The King's Speech
Rousing comedy of manners about a king (George VI) and the court jester (speech therapist Lionel Logue) who helped untie the stammering monarch's tongue and enabled him to find his voice. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are sensational in the leads, likewise Helena Bonham Carter as the king's shrewd helpmeet.
The Fighter A knockout. Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale are topnotch as real-life half-brothers Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund in David O. Russell's gritty, triumphant boxing biopic. Outside the ring, the siblings trade punches; inside, Dicky coaches Micky. With Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. R