Warrior [2011]

Utterly captivating if just a little corny and unrealistic, Warrior features truly great dialogue as well as riveting fight sequences, not to mention a welcome change to the tried “from zero to hero” montage from every sports movie ever made. There is great acting to be found from rising stars Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) and Tom Hardy (Inception). Nick Nolte, as their recovering alcoholic father, turns in my favorite supporting performance from a male actor in 2011. Without a doubt, one of the best and most underrated films of the year.