2012 films

Yes, I'm a very leniant critic. All I ask is that I be entertained. If a movie can entertain me, it gets a passing mark.
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1.
The Devil Inside (2012)
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In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism. (83 mins.)
“ 1 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
2.
Contraband (2012)
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To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills. (109 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
3.
Haywire (2011)
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A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. (93 mins.)
“ 6 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
4.
The Grey (2011)
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After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
“ 9 out of 10 Excellent film, Neeson is great! ” - moviemaniac008
 
5.
Red Tails (2012)
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A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. (125 mins.)
“ 6 out of 10...Fun movie, the plane sequences are awesome ” - moviemaniac008
 
6.
Underworld: Awakening (2012)
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When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrior Selene leads the battle against humankind. (88 mins.)
Director: Mårlind, Stein
“ 6 out of 10...Flawed, but still pretty enjoyable ” - moviemaniac008
 
7.
Man on a Ledge (2012)
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As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion. (102 mins.)
Director: Asger Leth
“ 6 out of 10 Enjoyable enough. Worth at least a rental ” - moviemaniac008
 
8.
Chronicle (2012)
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Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. (84 mins.)
Director: Josh Trank
“ 8.5 out of 10...very good entertainment ” - moviemaniac008
 
9.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
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As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. (96 mins.)
Director: Neveldine, Taylor
“ 2 out 10...utterly disappointed by the lack of competence in this movie ” - moviemaniac008
 
10.
Goon (2011)
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Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Dowse
“ 9 out of 10...was laughing all through...I definitely recommend this film very very much ” - moviemaniac008
 
11.
Safe House (2012)
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A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge. (115 mins.)
Director: Daniel Espinosa
“ 8 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
12.
Act of Valor (2012)
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An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. (110 mins.)
“ 6 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
13.
Project X (2012)
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3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads. (88 mins.)
Director: Nima Nourizadeh
“ 6 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
14.
The Hunger Games (2012)
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Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. (142 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ 4.5 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
15.
21 Jump Street (2012)
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A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. (109 mins.)
“ 8.5 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
16.
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
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Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world. (99 mins.)
“ 7 out of 10 (IMAX version, the one I saw)
5 out of 10 as an actual movie
Overall score: 6 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
17.
American Reunion (2012)
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Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion. (113 mins.)
“ 7 out of 10...for fans of the first American Pies, don't miss this one out...I'm glad I didn't, cuz I laughed all the way through that one (yes, maybe the humor is a bit juvenile, but that's what it does: it makes you feel younger) Also stay during the credits for a very nostalgic montage... ” - moviemaniac008
 
18.
Safe (2012)
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Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail. (94 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
“ 8 out of 10...I liked it ” - moviemaniac008
 
19.
The Avengers (2012)
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Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ 8 out of 10...Fun but had a few flaws. ” - moviemaniac008
 
20.
The Dictator (2012)
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The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. (83 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
“ funny...7 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
21.
Men in Black 3 (2012)
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Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. (106 mins.)
“ 9 out of 10...Faithful to the original film and had a surprsingly emotional ending I felt... ” - moviemaniac008
 
22.
Prometheus (2012)
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Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant moon containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ 8 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
23.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
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Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them. (105 mins.)
“ 8 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
24.
Ted (2012)
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John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori. (106 mins.)
Director: Seth MacFarlane
“ 9 out of 10 Hilarious! ” - moviemaniac008
 
25.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death. (136 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ 8 out of 10 ” - moviemaniac008
 
26.
Savages (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend. (131 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ 8.5, Oliver Stone is back! and I really enjoyed this film, to be honest. ” - moviemaniac008
 
27.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ 10 out of 10...Yes, I enjoyed this more than Avengers. Saw it in IMAX, and it was one hell of an experience. I was captivated all along, compared to Avengers, where I thought many of the scenes ran on for too long. Plus, as a villain, Bane is much more terrifying than Loki, who just looks ridiculous. ” - moviemaniac008
 
28.
The Watch (2012)
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Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion. (102 mins.)
Director: Akiva Schaffer
“ 6 out of 10...passable comedy, gets much better during the second half. Was expecting more from Akiva Schaffer. Good visual effects, Richard Ayoade and Jonah Hill are hilarious, but Vince Vaughn is borderline annoying at times and Stiller's character is, for the most part, laugh-free (no fault of Stiller, just the way the character is written). ” - moviemaniac008
 
29.
Total Recall (2012)
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A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run. (118 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
“ 7 out of 10 very fun while it lasts, but not very memorable ” - moviemaniac008
 
30.
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
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An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. (135 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
“ 5 out of 10...Passable action flick, but with the name Bourne, it could've (should've) been a whole lot better. ” - moviemaniac008
 
31.
The Campaign (2012)
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An incumbent congressman embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers. (85 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
“ 7 out of 10...Not all the gags are funny, but when they are they're pretty *beep* hilarious. Those interested in politics will surely get a kick out of it. ” - moviemaniac008
 
32.
The Expendables 2 (2012)
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Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. (103 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ 8 out of 10... action film at it's finest, nicely shot action, wonderful cameos, hilarious cultural references (Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenagger, Bruce Willis). Much better than the disappointing first entry. ” - moviemaniac008
 
33.
Lawless (2012)
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Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits. (116 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ 9 out of 10...great performances (especially by Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce), interesting story, some cool action scenes, check this one out. ” - moviemaniac008
 
34.
The Possession (2012)
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A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child. (92 mins.)
Director: Ole Bornedal
“ 4.5 out of 10...way too predictable and cheesy, but the actors played some pretty good performances ” - moviemaniac008
 
35.
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
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Alice fights alongside a resistance movement to regain her freedom from an Umbrella Corporation testing facility. (96 mins.)
“ 5.5 out of 10...for what it's worth, much better than the fourth. Nicely shot action scenes, but that's really all what the film has to offer and I really hope that the 6th movie will be the ending to the franchise. ” - moviemaniac008
 
36.
Dredd (2012)
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In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. (95 mins.)
Director: Pete Travis
“ 9 out of 10...yes, it is similar to The Raid, but both movies are different in their own style. So much action and violence (amazing action sequences) and Karl Urban is super badass as Judge Dredd. Plus, the 3D for once might actually be worth the price. Action fans, do not miss out on Dredd! ” - moviemaniac008
 
37.
Looper (2012)
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In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ 10 out of 10...Brillantly scripted and acted, Looper delivers the action and thrills while still offering an intelligent story. JGL, Emily Blunt and Bruce Willis' performances are amazing. I will definitely be seeing this one in theaters again. ” - moviemaniac008
 
38.
Taken 2 (2012)
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In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. (92 mins.)
Director: Olivier Megaton
“ 4.5 out of 10...Goofy and stupid. Sometimes laughably cheesy. Most of the action feels bland and thrilless, except for a few exceptions here and there. However, Liam Neeson is still very good. ” - moviemaniac008
 
39.
Argo (2012)
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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ 9.5 out of 10...Tense, funny, smart, and very well acted, I truly believe Argo will be winning some Oscars this year. Perhaps Ben Affleck's best movie as a director so far (coming from someone who loved Gone Baby Gone and The Town, my second favorite film of 2010) ” - moviemaniac008
 
40.
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
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On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers. (95 mins.)
Director: RZA
“ 8 out of 10...Really enjoyed it, was a real throwback to old 70's kung-fu films. Excellent soundtrack, good story, and the weapons were really creative. Overall, kind of in the same vein as Kill Bill...Fans of Tarantino and Wu-Tang, you do not want to miss this! ” - moviemaniac008
 
41.
Flight (2012)
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An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ 8 out of 10. Enjoyable movie throughout. Impressive plane crash sequence. Great ending. Wonderful performances, especially by Denzel Washington. A bit long at some places, though. ” - moviemaniac008
 
42.
Skyfall (2012)
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Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ 9 out of 10. Awesome movie. Action is great, Craig is at his best. Bardem is an excellent villain, the ending is very good. I recommend whole-heartidly. If you haven't seen this yet, Go See this NOW! Don't even bother sitting through Casino Royale or Quantum of Solace, watch them after (in fact, don't even bother wathcing Quantum of Solace at all...) ” - moviemaniac008
 
43.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
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Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. (97 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
“ 9 out of 10...Yes it is slow-paced and very talk, but so what? I love dialogue, and I thought that in this movie, it was very well written. Brad Pitt offers an incredible performance. Would've liked it to be a bit longer though. ” - moviemaniac008
 
44.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
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After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
“ 9 out of 10. Very funny movie. Original concept. Loved Cooper's performance (His best to date) and I loved Jennifer Lawrence as well. The chemistry worked very well between the two. The story as well was very well crafted. ” - moviemaniac008
 
45.
Django Unchained (2012)
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With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ 11 out of 10. Simply brillant. Quentin's best work since Pulp Fiction (coming from someone who put Inglorious Basterds as his best movie of 2009). Waltz, DiCaprio, Jackson and Foxx are all brillant. And honestly, DiCaprio deserves an Oscar, if only for that table scene. Elsewhere, the script is tight and the action is very present. Quentin at his best! ” - moviemaniac008
 
46.
Les Misérables (2012)
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In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (158 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ 9 out of 10. I was moved. I rarely tend to get emotional during movies, but this time I did. Anne Hathaway really moved me to tears (if she does not get an Oscar, I will be one angry person). The cast signs very well (Russell Crowe included, I don't see why people didn't appreciate him as much as they did). It could've been trimmed down a little near the end, but I guess they wanted to stay loyal to the musical show, so I understand. Beautiful movie altogether, memorable songs, and every actor gets his or her time to shine. ” - moviemaniac008