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Digital Spy's Top 20 Movies of 2011: 5-1

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In the final part of our movie rundown of 2011 we reveal our favourite five films from the last 12 months. There's a documentary, a scintillating remake of a Swedish mystery, a brutal British drama, a colossal blockbuster and a Hollywood film that injects new life into the crime thriller genre.

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5. Senna
"Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna is the subject of this exhilarating documentary from The Warrior director Asif Kapadia... There's not a talking head in sight as Kapadia expertly weaves audio interviews through home video and archive footage of Senna's career to fashion a gripping narrative. It's a stylistic trick that works, making sure that Senna is the star of his own movie and keeping the action moving along at a pace to match the auto racing cars." [SR]


4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
"David Fincher's eagerly-awaited adaptation of Stieg Larsson's acclaimed opus is a scintillating masterpiece that holds you in a vice-like grip for every frame of its extensive duration. An audacious title sequence set to a pulsating Trent Reznor score instantly instills a powerful visual dynamism that never diminishes in this twisted tale of murder, lust and revenge." [BRJ]


3. Tyrannosaur
"Tyrannosaur is a mesmerising masterpiece. An often unbearably tense fusion of understanding, compassion, revulsion and disgust levelled at humanity, the film taps into the empathy of the viewer through the fascinating central relationship between two damaged people who need each other." [BRJ]


2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 stands as a spectacular closing chapter to the wizard saga, packed with breathtaking action sequences and moving performances from Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. It's an emotional farewell for fans of JK Rowling's fantasy world, but also one that's easily accessible to those who don't know their Muggles from Moaning Myrtles." [SR]


1. Drive
"Belying its formulaic Hollywood premise, this is a compelling and hugely entertaining thriller infused with moody Scandinavian spirit thanks to its director Nicolas Winding Refn. A story with grace, beauty and brutality, the outstanding Drive lingers long on the mind. Whisper it quietly, but this may just be the best movie of 2011." [SR]


Review excerpts from Simon Reynolds and Ben Rawson-Jones

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