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Carsten Knox's Top 11 DVDs of 2011

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Bobby Fischer Against the World (Mongrel) Directed by Liz Garbus

Once upon a time, chess champions were famous. This doc follows the chaotic life of the biggest ever, and how pressure to compete drove him off the rails.

Bruce Springsteen, The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (Sony Music) Directed by Thom Zimny

Daydream Nation (eOne) Directed by Michael Goldbach

Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) breaks out in this Canadian dark comedy about boredom, sexually precocious teens, serial killers and small town life.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (Seville) Directed by Luc Besson

In A Better World (Mongrel) Directed by Susanne Bier

Last Night (eOne) Directed by Massy Tadjedin

Pearl Jam 20 (Sony Music) Directed by Cameron Crowe

Star rock documentarian (in print and film) Crowe revisits his buddies in PJ, charting their two-decade arc from the Seattle grunge scene to becoming one of the world's biggest cult bands.

Project Nim (Mongrel) Directed by James Marsh

Starbuck (eOne) Directed by Ken Scott

A heartwarming Quebec comedy about a shaggy 40-something who discovers he's fathered hundreds of kids thanks to the regular sperm bank deposits he made in his 20s. See it now before Hollywood remakes it in English.

Super (Alliance) Directed by James Gunn

Ellen Page keeps making great career choices, including this year's violent satire on the superhero movie genre, starring Rainn Wilson as a disturbed, wrench- wielding vigilante.

The Trip (Alliance) Directed by Michael Winterbottom

Favourite movie as a child: The Outlaw Josey Wales. Favourite movie now: Withnail & I. The Coast’s film and special issues editor.

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