(fiction) Films of 2012 (best to worst)

a constantly updated list of the films i saw in 2012 released theatrically in, or released later on dvd, in order from my favorite to least favorite. Based on the Canadian theatrical release date.

i am a bit more critical of modern movies, given the freedom the digital age has created and all that has already been done. i love film but a large part of me yearns for new images, risks, new ideas. not only a good story; on top of one.

the line between fiction and non-fiction (documentary) is constantly blurring and i myself don't see a huge difference, but "fiction" is in the title because i have excluded documentaries from these lists.

my favorite documentary (and actually my favorite film of 2012) was "The Imposter".
a few other doc's i liked were "Into the Abyss", "Searching for Sugarman", and i forgot the rest, i'll edit this later.

my top 10 at the end of the year (dec.31st 2012 obviously) was:

1. Django Unchained
2. Prometheus
3. Killing Them Softly
4. 21 Jump Street
5. Amazing Spider-Man
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
7. Moonrise Kingdom
8. Intouchables
9. Chronicle
10. End of Watch
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1.
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy. (62 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
2.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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.)
“ 9.5/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
3.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant planet 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
“ 9.5/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
4.
Holy Motors (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
“ 9/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
5.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
6.
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo. (95 mins.)
Director: Joachim Trier
“ 8.5/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
7.
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.
Bernie (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp. (99 mins.)
 
9.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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
 
10.
Flight (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
11.
21 Jump Street (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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.)
 
12.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
 
13.
Arbitrage (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. (107 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
 
16.
The Intouchables (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
17.
Chronicle (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
“ 8/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
18.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
 
19.
Your Sister's Sister (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days. (90 mins.)
Director: Lynn Shelton
 
20.
End of Watch (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
21.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
 
22.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
23.
Cosmopolis (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart. (109 mins.)
 
24.
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
25.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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.)
 
26.
Compliance (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on. (90 mins.)
Director: Craig Zobel
 
27.
4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A look at how a painter and a successful actor spend their last day together before the world comes to an end. (82 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
28.
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Two guys get a billion dollars to make a movie, only to watch their dream run off course. In order to make the money back, they then attempt to revitalize a failing shopping mall. (93 mins.)
 
29.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
30.
Keyhole (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Gangster and deadbeat dad, Ulysses Pick, embarks on an unusual journey through his home. (94 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
“ 7.5/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
31.
The Sessions (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
32.
Premium Rush (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. (91 mins.)
Director: David Koepp
 
33.
Skyfall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
34.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
35.
Sound of My Voice (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future. (85 mins.)
Director: Zal Batmanglij
 
36.
Life of Pi (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
37.
The Pact (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother's death and the disappearance of her sister, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home. (89 mins.)
 
38.
ParaNorman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. (92 mins.)
 
39.
To Rome with Love (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. (112 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
40.
Haywire (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. (93 mins.)
 
41.
Why Stop Now? (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
When a college piano prodigy tries to check his mother into rehab, he is taken hostage by her drug dealer and swept along on a wild adventure. (85 mins.)
 
42.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. (172 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
43.
The Master (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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.)
 
44.
The Loneliest Planet (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves. (113 mins.)
Director: Julia Loktev
 
45.
Chasing Mavericks (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. (116 mins.)
 
46.
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two brothers compete in their own private 25-event Olympics. (76 mins.)
 
47.
The Hunger Games (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
48.
Lincoln (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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.)
 
49.
Argo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
50.
Les Misérables (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
51.
Safe House (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
“ 6.5/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
52.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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.)
 
53.
The Dictator (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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
 
54.
Goon (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
55.
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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.)
 
56.
Lockout (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. (95 mins.)
 
57.
Man on a Ledge (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
 
58.
The Campaign (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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
 
59.
Lawless (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
“ 6/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
60.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ 48fps/3d ” - bubba_blais
 
61.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
 
62.
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
63.
Seeking Justice (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return. (105 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
64.
Hitchcock (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A love story between the influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959. (98 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
 
65.
2-Headed Shark Attack (2012 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
Survivors escape to a deserted atoll after a Semester at Sea ship is sunk by a mutated two-headed shark. But when the atoll starts flooding, no one is safe from the double jaws of the monster as it eats fresh delicious women and men. (88 mins.)
 
66.
John Carter (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
 
67.
Silent House (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A girl is trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences. (86 mins.)
“ 5/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
68.
Taken 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
“ 4.5/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
69.
Project X (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
“ 4/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
70.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
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
 
71.
Brake (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Secret Service Agent is held captive in the trunk of a car and endures mental and physical torture as terrorists attempt to extract information for their plot against the President of the United States. (92 mins.)
Director: Gabe Torres
“ 3.5/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
72.
The Devil Inside (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
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.)
 
73.
Act of Valor (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. (110 mins.)
“ 2.5/10 ” - bubba_blais
 
74.
A Thousand Words (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word he speaks. (91 mins.)
Director: Brian Robbins
“ 2/10 ” - bubba_blais