Top Movies of 2012

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1.
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.)
“ HEY! This is one of the most amazing movies that I've seen this year. Acting was top notch: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver all played charming, heart-felt characters. I loved every second of it. David O. Russell has delivered two incredible movies in a row. I loved the football talk, the dancing, the mental aspect of it all, just a movie that really touched me! Wow! ” - Exxdee
 
2.
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 imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ Wow! The risk and difficulty in telling the story of Osama Bin Laden's assassination is dealt with fierceness and validity. Absolutely thrilling and poignant. The final act with Seal Team 7 is gripping. It felt like you were there. Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgarton are stellar in each of their respective roles. The team of Katheryn Bigelow and Mark Boal has done it again! ” - Exxdee
 
5.
End of Watch (2012)
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Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
“ Incredible chemistry! Gyllenhaal and Pena, really felt like they were lifelong brothers. Incredible action and gut-wrenching. Fantastic cop movie! Also loved Anna Kendrick. ” - Exxdee
 
6.
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.)
“ Riveting and bold, Quentin Tarantino delivers another marvelous rendition of violence, action and peculiar humor. Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio were impressive in each of their roles. My lofty expectations for the movie were sort of downplayed but I still enjoyed it. I expected more comedic Tarantino but it is still brilliant. ” - Exxdee
 
7.
Lincoln (2012)
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As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
“ Daniel Day-Lewis. Lincoln. Spellbinding. Steven Spielberg directs this account of the passing of the 13th amendment which abolished slavery. Tommy Lee Jones was incredible as Thaddeus Stevens. It felt like we were really there with Lincoln as every second. The bad: not too much action and JGL wasn't impressive but this is an incredible dramatic achievement in doing an accurate picture of Lincoln. ” - Exxdee
 
8.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
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An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
 
9.
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
“ Sci-fi thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis is full of action and intrigue. Loved it. ” - Exxdee
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
The Impossible (2012)
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The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. (114 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
“ A heartwarming story of surviving the Impossible. The Tsunami is one of the most touching events for me and this movie showed the hope and love that ignites a family. Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and newcomer Thomas Holland are stellar in each of their roles. A difficult movie to make, the first half was amazing but the other half dragged on. Still, it's a great movie with fantastic performances. ” - Exxdee
 
13.
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
 
14.
Amour (2012)
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Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Emmanuelle Riva is fantastic in this movie that examines love, old age and death. Really Original. ” - Exxdee
 
15.
The Sessions (2012)
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A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Lewin
“ John Hawkes and Helen Hunt each tackle the sensitive subject of the Sessions with humor and gentleness. Touching at it's finest. ” - Exxdee
 
16.
The Master (2012)
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A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. (144 mins.)
 
17.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Directed by the melancholic Wes Anderson, Moorise Kingdom shines with terrific acting, beautiful costumes and a heart-felt story. I loved Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and newcomer Kara Heyward. The story was a little bit lacking after the two kids were caught but it picked up well at the end. There are very few movies that captivate you and make you laugh subtlety today. Moorise Kingdom is the exception ” - Exxdee
 
18.
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.)
“ Led by Will Smith's funny and charismatic performance, Men in Black 3 delivers a fast paced, action packed summer movie. Josh Brolin was a perfect young agent K, he nailed Tommy Lee Jones's younger self. It was just a lot of fun. Oh, Alice Eve was hot. ” - Exxdee
 
19.
The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
20.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
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A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. (101 mins.)
Director: Rich Moore
 
21.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
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Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
 
22.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
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Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ The Cabin in the Woods is a thrilling horror ride which goes by in a flash, leaving you guessing after every scene. Funny in some parts, but script and acting were lackluster. The plot was executed well. Keep an eye out for Kristen Connolly. ” - Exxdee
 
23.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
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Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. (83 mins.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
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
 
26.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
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Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
“ QW(won't try to spell her name) is absolutely breathtaking in her role as Hush Puppy and Dwight Henry delivers a serious and tragic performance in this movie set in the fictional island of the "Bathtub". There was a lot of risks involved but the film pulled it off. I didn't like the fictional "beasts"... I felt it didn't really fit with the plot but this is a real treat. ” - Exxdee
 
27.
Life of Pi (2012)
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A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
28.
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
“ Javier Bardem (Silva) is a fantastic villain and Ralph Fiennes is great as Mallory. Daniel Craig settles in his role as James Bond. I'm not a fan of Judi Dench and Naomie Harris. Ben Whishaw was boring, nothing spectacular. Amazing action sequences, effects + character development. It was predictable at times but it is a great addition to the Bond series. ” - Exxdee
 
29.
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
“ A monster task that has its imperfections but performances from Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Samantha Barks are highlights of this musical film directed by Tom Hooper. I felt like the story dragged on, the beginning was epic but the middle was slow, saggy. The constant singing and belching started to get on my nerves but it is still a fantastic touching story ” - Exxdee
 
30.
Brave (2012)
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Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (93 mins.)
 
31.
Game Change (2012 TV Movie)
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Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska becomes Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election. (118 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
 
32.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
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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
 
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
“ Fueled by Tom Hardy's performance as Forrest Bondurant, Lawless delivers a gory thrilling tale of the prohibition era. Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman were fantastic. The bad: story had some plot holes, cliches, Riggs' end, not enough "risks" ” - Exxdee
 
34.
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
 
35.
The Lorax (2012)
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A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. (86 mins.)
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
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Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. (112 mins.)
Director: Jason Moore
“ Anna Kendrick is sexy and charming in her role as Becca. Rebel Wilson is a breakout star ala Melissa McCartney in Bridesmaids. The corniness and cheeseness of an a cappella competition was irritating, too much like Glee. For me, it's about those two stars that make this movie a hit. ” - Exxdee
 
39.
Think Like a Man (2012)
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Four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey's relationship advice against them. (122 mins.)
Director: Tim Story
 
40.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. (81 mins.)
Director: David Gelb
“ Interesting documentary about Jiro and his persistence and attention to detail in mastering the difficult art of sushi. Very salivating and educational experience about the culinary world. ” - Exxdee
 
41.
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
 
42.
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
 
43.
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
 
44.
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
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When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Ramsey
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
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A daughter tries to remedy her dysfunctional relationship with her ailing father, a decorated baseball scout by helping him in a recruiting trip which could be his last. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Lorenz
“ Amy Adams is one of the most talented actress working right now. I love her. Timberlake and Goodman were good supporting characters. Eastwood didn't have a convincing performance. The story lacked validity to someone who knows even a little bit about baseball. It was cheesy like when Mickie finds magically the unknown Spanish pitcher outside the motel. I love baseball movies though. 6/10 ” - Exxdee
 
47.
John Carter (2012)
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Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior. (132 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
 
48.
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
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One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together. (124 mins.)
“ Jason Segel (love him in HIMYM) and Emily Blunt (love her in the Adjustment Bureau) star in this romantic comedy about a five-year engagement as the title suggests. There's good chemistry between both leads but the supporting cast wasn't too strong. The script felt sloppy and it felt boring during the middle of the movie. I liked the conclusion even though it was a little bit corny. I expected a little bit more but the movie still delivers. ” - Exxdee
 
49.
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
“ Jeremy Renner lacks Matt Damon's charisma and energy that he brought to the trilogy. ” - Exxdee
 
50.
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012 Documentary)
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The life, career and music of singer Katy Perry as we follow her on the California Dreams World Tour. (93 mins.)
 
51.
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
 
52.
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
“ Liam Neeson shows of his action star power in this Luc Beeson written movie also starring Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace. The numerous plot holes were not believable, almost laughable but you cannot deny the entertainment value of it all. ” - Exxdee
 
53.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
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As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan. (101 mins.)
Director: Lorene Scafaria
 
54.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
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In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. (127 mins.)
Director: Rupert Sanders
“ Chris Hemsworth + Charlize Theron were fantastic in their roles. Kristen Stewart made me want to puke every time she was on the screen. Her accent was terrible. Some of the battle scenes were filmed beautifully, but the movie's running time, lack of direction and story that isn't told effectively is it's downfall. ” - Exxdee
 
55.
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
 
56.
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
 
57.
This Means War (2012)
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Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman. (103 mins.)
Director: McG
 
58.
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
 
59.
Here Comes the Boom (2012)
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A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Coraci
 
60.
Take This Waltz (2011)
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A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street. (116 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley