The best movie of the year is Contagion, boasting best direction (so realistic, also fast-paced), best dialog (so fresh), best cast (it has several big actors, all of whom went beyond their famous personas), and best editing (so smooth).
My favorite performance is that of Andrew Howard as the Russian gangster in Limitless, followed by...
- Cuba Gooding, jnr. in The Hit List
- Stephen Fry in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
- Jared Harris, also in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Limitless also has my most favorite story concept, that of a drug that vastly improves mental performance.