The Year in Movies

Rating everything from 2011's most unnecessary sequel to its coolest action sequence

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Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director—meh, save those titles for February, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decides, once and for all, indisputably, what the best films of 2011 were.

For now, though, The Atlantic's Entertainment channel contributors have come up with a few alternate awards categories for this past year's movies. What was the worst use of 3D technology this year? What was the best unpleasant film to watch? Read on:

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