In rough order.
1. Sleeping Beauty
I just saw this. (It's available on demand even though IFC either just released it in theaters or is about to.) Fucking mesmerizing...hypnotic. Like a dream. Not for everyone. Most reviewers are mixed or negative. I loved it, loved it.
2. Margin Call
Mamet-level writing. Far-superior-to-Mamet-level filmmaking. Stellar performances.
3. Take Shelter
Atmospheric, beautiful, scary. Really upset me.
Genuinely touching. Hits all the familiar buttons but hits them expertly. Total commitment performances all around. Tom Hardy is a beast.
5. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Rupert Wyatt, who I thought disappeared after his amazing debut The Escapist from a few years ago, comes through with a massive-scale blockbuster that has a stand-up-and-cheer/down-with-humans finale.
6. X-Men: First Class
The scene with the quarter was great. Fassbender was great. The teeth ripping out of the mouth... the knife flying from his hand in the bar...
7. Win Win
Just a pleasure to sit through.
Surprised by some genuine scares. A well-structured script.
10. Attack the Block
"They're my neighbors. They protected me."
On here for the opening scene alone.
Haven't yet seen, but might be great:
Shame [update, saw it, strong but it wasn't great]
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy [update, saw it, torture]
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [update, so fucking boring!]
The Descendants [too much narration but Shailene Woodley is good]
Martha Marcy May Marlene [update, saw it, beautifully shot but I hated all the characters and wanted to shake some sense into them; also it ends without a climax]
Melancholia [beautiful, somewhat tedious]
Young Adult [update, saw it, kind of great although a few false notes brought it down]
Rampart [very good movie until it just ends with no ending, just like MMMM]
The Skin I Live In