The ten highest-grossing movies of 2010, and what that says about America

The top grossing movie of 2009 was, of course, Avatar, and this year the title goes to Toy Story 3. We're calling that social progress, although there's something a little too futuristic about computer-animated movies taking the crown back-to-back -- we're pretty sure it means there will be a robot overthrow within the next ten years. As for the rest of the top ten, more kids' movies and even more sequels. And only two of them were among the 10 best reviewed movies of the year, which is disheartening if you're a movie critic. Not surprising, however. America does not have a history of voting for quality with its dollars. After the jump, the full rundown.
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Kiernan Maletsky is Westword's music editor. His writing has appeared in alt-weeklies around the country as well as Miley Cyrus's mom's Twitter feed.
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