5: A Single Man
I reviewed this movie earlier this year, but I assure you it's still fantastic. I didn't get to see The King's Speech before the year was out, so this movie is still my top choice for best Colin Firth performance of the year.
4. How To Train Your Dragon
3. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
2. Animal Kingdom
This movie came out of nowhere and really blew me away. Truly outstanding. The story revolves around a criminal family in Melbourne, Australia. A teenage boy, after the death of his mother, is welcomed into the fold by his uncles and grandmother and has to deal with what he discovers in their world. Jacki Weaver, who plays Smurf, the matriach, deserves major props for her performance. Every time she so much as smiled I got the chills.
1. A Prophet
This stunning crime drama by Jacque Audiard is about the steady rise of a young criminal, Malik, in a French prison. The film masterfully follows his journey from scared new prisoner to a person to be reckoned with. DCist wrote a much better review than I ever could.
Honorable mentions: Black Swan, Somewhere, Ondine, Inception, Waiting For Superman, Tangled