* 127 Hours, Danny Boyle and James Franco bring the pain in the most tense movie of the season.
* Burlesque. I still love you Christina, but why did you make me sit through this? Cher is going to be great in the Ben Stiller threquel Night at the Wax Museum.
* Carlos, the epic biography of Carlos the Jackal from Olivier Assayas.
* Due Date is one appointment you can postpone. (Bazinga!) Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis give it a good effort, but only about half the jokes land.
* Fair Game, has no backfield play, despite good performances by Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. The story before Valerie Plame's outing as a CIA agent is interesting, though.
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the beginning of the end, and HP ain't goin' out like that!
* Outside the Law, a familiar but overall solid story of three brothers in the fight for Algerian independence.
* Tamara Drewe, 2010 gives us another great comic book adaptation; Stephen Frears brings Posy Simmonds to life.
* Alien Anthology, the classic sci-fi franchise looks better than ever on Blu-Ray.
* Altitude, comics artist Kaare Andrews' debut movie is like Cthulu in the clouds. A confined-space horror movie with lots of tension.
* Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection, 14 hours of vintage television specials from the Chairman of the Board.
* Mad About You: The Complete Fifth Season, the year of the Buchman pregnancy. Another cycle of shows from one of my favorite sitcoms.
* Metalocalypse: Season Three: Somehow the cartoon series manages to overcome its thin premise (chronicling the over-the-top situational adventures of the biggest black metal band in the world) and continue to crank out the comedy. Best season yet.
* The Other Side of Paradise, an impressive indie romance that takes its heart out on the road.
* Sherlock: Season One, the clever and inventive BBC modernization of the legendary detective.
* They Came to Play, a documentary about the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs.
* The Venture Bros.: Season 4, Vol. 1, one of the best cartoons on TV has a bit of a lacklustre cycle, but still worth it for when the jokes hit their mark.
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?, an interesting documentary about the unique singer that has a lot of good stuff, but maybe not enough to answer it's own titular question.