Best of 2012

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1.
Mumblecore (2011)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Megan Boyle, Tao Lin
“ 9/10 ” - blbl1
 
2.
The Loneliest Planet (2011)
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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
“ 9/10 ” - blbl1
 
3.
Damsels in Distress (2011)
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A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind. (99 mins.)
Director: Whit Stillman
“ 8/10 ” - blbl1
 
4.
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
“ 8/10 ” - blbl1
 
5.
Jack & Diane (2012)
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Diane's feelings for Jack -- the girl she met over the summer -- begin to manifest themselves in terrifying ways when she learns that her friend will soon be moving away. (110 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - blbl1
 
6.
A Burning Hot Summer (2011)
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The once-happy marriage between brooding painter Frederic and his movie-star wife Angele hits the rocks when another couple joins them on a Roman holiday. (95 mins.)
Director: Philippe Garrel
“ 8/10 ” - blbl1
 
7.
Goodbye First Love (2011)
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A chronicle of the romance between Camille and Sullivan, which begins during their adolescence and picks up after Sullivan's 8-year absence from exploring the world. (110 mins.)
“ 8/10 ” - blbl1
 
8.
Coriolanus (2011)
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A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city. (123 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
“ 8/10 ” - blbl1
 
9.
Dark Horse (2011)
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Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound. (86 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
10.
Keep the Lights On (2012)
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In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself. (101 mins.)
Director: Ira Sachs
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
11.
The Day He Arrives (2011)
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A professor in the film department at a provincial university goes to Seoul to meet his senior, who works as a film critic, and stays in a northern Seoul village for three days. (79 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Hong
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
12.
Uncle Kent (2011)
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A pothead kid's show cartoonist in Los Angeles spends a weekend trying to sleep with his visiting house guest - a woman from New York who he met on Chatroulette. (72 mins.)
Director: Joe Swanberg
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
13.
Marriage Material (2012)
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Emily and Andrew, a young couple living in Memphis, agree to babysit their friend's 7-month-old for a day. The experience causes them to examine their own relationship and their feelings about marriage and children. (55 mins.)
Director: Joe Swanberg
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
14.
All the Light in the Sky (2012)
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Jane Adams is an actress living in a house precariously perched above the beach in Malibu. Her age exempts her from more and more acting opportunities... (79 mins.)
Director: Joe Swanberg
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
15.
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.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
16.
The Comedy (2012)
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Indifferent to the notion of inheriting his father's estate, a restless, aging New Yorker passes time with his friends in games of mock sincerity and irreverence. (95 mins.)
Director: Rick Alverson
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
17.
New Jerusalem (2011)
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Returning from Afghanistan, Sean is befriended by lke, a strong-willed evangelical who endeavors to ensure the fragile Sean's salvation. (94 mins.)
Director: Rick Alverson
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
18.
A World Without Women (2011)
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Confused feelings for Sylvain when he meets Patricia and Juliette on their one-week holiday by the sea. (56 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Brac
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
19.
For Ellen (2012)
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A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter. (94 mins.)
Director: SoYong Kim
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
20.
This Is Not a Film (2011 Documentary)
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It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema. (75 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
21.
Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012 Documentary)
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On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision. (108 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
22.
V/H/S (2012)
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When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for. (116 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
23.
4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011)
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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
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
24.
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
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
25.
Magic Mike (2012)
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A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money. (110 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
26.
The We and the I (2012)
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A look at the lives of a group of teenagers who ride the same bus route, and how their relationships change and evolve on the last day of school. (103 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
27.
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
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
28.
Norwegian Wood (2010)
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Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori. (133 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
29.
Bebe Zeva (2011 Documentary)
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Tao Lin and Megan Boyle follow 17-year-old fashion blogger Bebe Zeva around Las Vegas for a night and film it on a MacBook. (90 mins.)
Director: Megan Boyle, Tao Lin
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
30.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
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A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence. (104 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
31.
Starlet (2012)
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An unlikely friendship forms between 21 year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie's yard sale. (103 mins.)
Director: Sean Baker
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
32.
Killer Joe (2011)
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When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance. (102 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
33.
Bernie (2011)
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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.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
34.
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.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
35.
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
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
36.
Only the Young (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on three teenagers living in a small desert town in Southern California. (72 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
37.
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012)
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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.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
38.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
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Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
39.
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
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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
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
40.
Anna Karenina (2012)
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In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky. (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
41.
Footnote (2011)
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Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. (107 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cedar
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
42.
The Angels' Share (2012)
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Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives. (101 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
43.
Vamps (2012)
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Two female vampires in modern-day New York City are faced with daunting romantic possibilities. (92 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
44.
I Wish (2011)
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Twelve-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, hears a rumor that the new bullet trains will precipitate a wish-granting miracle when they pass each other at top speed. (128 mins.)
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
45.
A Letter to Momo (2011)
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Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her... (120 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
46.
Frankenweenie (2012)
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Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. (87 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
47.
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
“ 7/10 ” - blbl1
 
48.
Wrong (2012)
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Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others -- risking his sanity all the while. (94 mins.)
Director: Quentin Dupieux
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
49.
Twixt (2011)
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A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl... (88 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
50.
The Innkeepers (2011)
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During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Ti West
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
51.
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.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
52.
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
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Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends. (84 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
53.
In Another Country (2012)
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A three-tiered story centered on a trio of French tourists visiting the same seaside resort. (89 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Hong
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
54.
Shadow Dancer (2012)
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Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare. (101 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
55.
A Late Quartet (2012)
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Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust. (105 mins.)
Director: Yaron Zilberman
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
56.
Arbitrage (2012)
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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.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
57.
Not Fade Away (2012)
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Set in suburban New Jersey the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big. (112 mins.)
Director: David Chase
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
58.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
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Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. (88 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
59.
Trishna (2011)
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The story of the tragic relationship between the son of a property developer and the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner. (117 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
60.
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
61.
The Rabbi's Cat (2011)
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Set in Algeria in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat who learns how to speak after swallowing the family parrot expresses his desire to convert to Judaism. (100 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
62.
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012)
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Two brothers compete in their own private 25-event Olympics. (76 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
63.
Open Five 2 (2012)
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A relationship drama set amid a winter van trip from New York to New Orleans. A loose continuation of the 2010 film. (66 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
64.
Autoerotic (2011)
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Follow four interconnected Chicago couples as they explore the boundaries of self-pleasure and sexual exploration. (72 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
65.
Your Sister's Sister (2011)
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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
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
66.
What Richard Did (2012)
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What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers... (88 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
67.
Kotoko (2011)
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The story of a single mother who suffers from double vision; caring for her baby is a nerve-wrecking... (91 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
68.
Tchoupitoulas (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows three brothers as they discover the scenes of late-night New Orleans. (80 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
69.
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
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
70.
Side by Side (2012 Documentary)
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The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. (99 mins.)
Director: Chris Kenneally
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
71.
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.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
72.
The Queen of Versailles (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. (100 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
73.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government. (91 mins.)
Director: Alison Klayman
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
74.
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
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
75.
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
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
76.
Dark Shadows (2012)
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An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. (113 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
77.
Any Day Now (2012)
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In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof. (98 mins.)
Director: Travis Fine
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1
 
78.
A Royal Affair (2012)
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A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. (137 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
“ 6/10 ” - blbl1