5. The Fighter
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The Fighter hasn’t been in theaters for all that long, but it's already become one of the most beloved films of the year. How could it not be? It’s about one of boxing’s true warriors of the sport. F*** Rocky, "Irish" Micky Ward is the real deal, people. For those of you dudes that don’t know, the David O. Russell feature stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale and tells the true story of the unbelievably tough pro boxer "Irish" Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his older brother Dickie Eklund (Bale). Boxing fans worldwide are sure to be elated by this release because it successfully gives Micky his due on the largest stage possible.
4. The Expendables
The Expendables didn’t reinvent the wheel in terms of filmmaking, but it did deliver everything action fans were salivating for. Sylvester Stallone returned once more with a fresh group of mercenaries and set out to create the all-star game of action movies. In the film, Sly’s crew of Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Randy Couture are hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. As if that weren't enough, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and even The Governator also make appearances. The Expendables is filled to the brim with balls-to-the-wall visuals and is a must-see for anyone reading this list.
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Easily one of the finest films of the year, Inception saw The Dark Knight mastermind Christopher Nolan put together a mind-blowing sci-fi story that traveled far into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a skilled thief who snatches valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state. This movie is a rare breed these days. Not only did Inception live up to the hype, it surpassed it and satisfied almost everyone that took the plunge into Nolan’s world of false memories and introspective illusions.
2. Iron Man 2
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Iron Man 2 is a blockbuster in its purest form. It’s got the perfect hero, an all-star cast, and it killed at the box office. Robert Downey Jr. returned to his classic shenanigans as Tony Stark with Mr. Favreau doing another brilliant job behind the camera. The new editions to the cast were also quite amazing. Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Don Cheadle, and Scarlett all brought their A-game and helped the film take in over $621 million worldwide. Not a bad day at the office. It’s a shame Favreau won’t be back for part 3, but at least we have two great films to satisfy all of our action needs.
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I know it sounds nuts, but as far as "movies for guys" go, Kick-Ass is easily the most thoroughly satisfying movie of the year. It has everything a guy could ever want in a film. When high school student and comic book lover Dave Lizewski decides that he's going to become a superhero, he hooks up with a group of equally insane, if better trained, vigilantes. Instant gold if you ask me. At a time when audiences were being bombarded with endless strings of sh***y comic book blockbusters, Kick-Ass came along and put everyone on notice with one of the most unique action/adventure films seen in a very long time. Seeing a ten-year-old vigilante tearing goons limb from limb ain’t bad either.