Top movies of 2011 -- Globe critics' lists
Ty Burr: 2011 may not go down as the greatest year for movies, but it was among the most unsettled, questioning, disturbing, interesting. The twin themes that repeatedly cropped up seemed unrelated but were in fact two sides of the same coin. The patriarchal anxiety of Take Shelter, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, A Separation, and Win Win - films about fathers hard up against personal or primal apocalypse - reflected a deep unease about where our lives are hurtling in a world of technological heaven and economic hell. These movies ached with the emasculation of day-to-day uncertainty. Even Moneyball was about working with what you have when you just dont have enough.