Classic Cinema’s Mark Mazrimas sent us the Lake Theatre’s top movies for 2011:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Concluding an eight-film saga spanning 10 years (2001-11), the film grossed just under $170 million nation-wide during its opening weekend on July 17.
The King’s Speech: Winning the Best Motion Picture Oscar this year, the King’s Speech was actually started at The Lake on Dec. 24 in 2010 but still attracted enough moviegoers in January to take second in 2011 ticket sales.
The Help: Based on the bestselling book by Kathryn Stockett, the film is set in Jackson, Miss. during the Civil Rights era as a young journalist exposes racism toward the maids of her hometown.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon: The city of Chicago is prominently featured (and then obliterated) in the third film of the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons.
Bridesmaids: This comedy, starring Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig, left moviegoers laughing out loud or looking in horror (or a little of both) during an unforgettable scene featuring the aftermath of a meal at a Brazilian restaurant.
Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen’s romantic comedy features several famous characters of the 1920s, including Gertrude Stein and Oak Park’s own Ernest Hemingway.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Filmmakers scrapped the time-traveling premise of the original “Apes” movie for a more believable plot involving a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee leading other apes in a revolution against humans.
Hangover Part 2: The second film in the buddy-comedy adventure finds the cast running amok in Thailand, this time with a monkey in tow. Monkeys were big this year.
Rio: This animated flick about the adventures of a macaw lost in Rio de Janeiro featured the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, the latter known for his role in the Oscar-winning film, The Social Network.
Black Swan: The film’s budget was so tight that when actress Natalie Portman had a rib dislocated during a performance, she was told by the producer that they could not call a medic. Portman would later win Best Actress at the Oscars for her performance.