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 top-notch 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
How Do You Know James L. Brooks' enjoyable, if uneven, comic romance plays hardball with the hearts of its characters. Reese Witherspoon is a softball player dating a fun-loving relief pitcher (Owen Wilson) but drawn to a morose businessman (Paul Rudd) under the cloud of a federal investigation. PG-13