Watched in 2012

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1.
The Hangover Part II (2011)
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Two years after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu's wedding. Stu's plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry. (102 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ Comes close to the original! Pretty funny! 3-2-2012. ” - rickumali
 
2.
Battle Royale (2000)
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In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ Frightening! 3-19-2012. ” - rickumali
 
3.
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
“ Hadn't read the book, but as a movie, it was really good! 3-22-2012. ” - rickumali
 
4.
Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on the rise of professional soccer player Jay DeMerit from being overlooked in the U.S. to struggling in England to World Cup player recognition. (90 mins.)
“ Inspiring! 3-25-2012. ” - rickumali
 
5.
Moneyball (2011)
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Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ Marvelous! 4-14-2012. ” - rickumali
 
6.
Indie Game: The Movie (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. (94 mins.)
“ This is a wonderful movie that reminds me strongly of "It Might Get Loud". It's a movie about the creative process, and the desire and the demands to "finish". My favorite of the year so far! 4-19-2012. ” - rickumali
 
7.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 Documentary)
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Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games. (79 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
“ Superb story about perseverance, bordering on obsession. 5-11-2012. ” - rickumali
 
8.
Objectified (2009 Documentary)
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A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. (75 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
“ Fascinating. 5-19-2012. ” - rickumali
 
9.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
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Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island. (94 mins.)
Director: Brad Peyton
“ A gift from Turbine. Light and enjoyable. 6-7-2012. ” - rickumali
 
10.
Urbanized (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. (85 mins.)
Director: Gary Hustwit
“ Superb documentary on the nature of cities, and city planning. 6-10-2012. ” - rickumali
 
11.
Prometheus (2012)
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Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Stunning visuals. Scary but choppy story. 6-24-2012. ” - rickumali
 
12.
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 Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ Fitting finish to a great trilogy! Awesome! 7-19-2012. ” - rickumali
 
13.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
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Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style. (93 mins.)
“ Hilarious! A great addition to this series. 7-28-2012. ” - rickumali
 
14.
We Were Soldiers (2002)
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The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news. (138 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
“ Even-handed. Unflinching. 8-19-2012. ” - rickumali
 
15.
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.)
“ A quite moving action picture. Proud of our military! 9-8-2012. ” - rickumali
 
16.
Excalibur (1981)
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Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart (140 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ Lush scenes. Stately performances! 9-15-2012. ” - rickumali
 
17.
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. (113 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ Great action, and thought provoking! 9-30-2012. ” - rickumali
 
18.
Give Up Tomorrow (2011 Documentary)
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When a teenager from a political family in the Philippines is accused of a double murder, the country's entire judicial system is put to the test after years of alleged corruption. (95 mins.)
Director: Michael Collins
“ My youngest brother recommended this to me. An aching documentary about a wrongfully imprisoned man. Superb! 10-13-2012. ” - rickumali
 
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
“ I borrowed this one from a co-worker. Pure big Hollywood entertainment! 10-20-2012. ” - rickumali
 
20.
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
“ There were some good laughs in this one! 11-04-2012. ” - rickumali
 
21.
Redline (2009)
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A story about the most popular racing event in the galaxy, the Redline, and the various racers who compete in it. (102 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Koike
“ A co-worker recommendation. Fast-moving, and fantastic anime! Lots of action. 11-15-2012. ” - rickumali
 
22.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
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The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. (102 mins.)
Director: Dean Parisot
“ Another co-worker recommendation. Very funny and also heartfelt! 12-1-2012. ” - rickumali
 
23.
Elf (2003)
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After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Farrell is funny! 12-8-2012. ” - rickumali
 
24.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
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A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug. (169 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Very enjoyable, and not overlong as I feared. There were some parts that could have been dialed back, but overall I enjoyed it! 12-22-2012. ” - rickumali
 
25.
Zombieland (2009)
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A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. (88 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ Fun movie! 12-25-2012. ” - rickumali