Oscar's 2012

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1.
A Better Life (2011)
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A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had. (98 mins.)
Director: Chris Weitz
 
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (122 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
3.
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
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Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl. (99 mins.)
Director: Simon Curtis
 
4.
Warrior (2011)
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The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
5.
A Cat in Paris (2010)
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In Paris, a cat who lives a secret life as a cat burglar's aide must come to the rescue of Zoe, the little girl he lives with, after she falls into a gangster's clutches. (70 mins.)
 
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Chico & Rita (2010)
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Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. (94 mins.)
 
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Anonymous (2011)
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The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her. (130 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
8.
Jane Eyre (2011)
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A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
 
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W.E. (2011)
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The affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson, and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard. (119 mins.)
Director: Madonna
 
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Hell and Back Again (2011 Documentary)
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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically... (88 mins.)
Director: Danfung Dennis
 
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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011 Documentary)
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A rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.' (85 mins.)
 
12.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011 Documentary)
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A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence. (121 mins.)
 
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Pina (2011 Documentary)
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A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations. (103 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
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Undefeated (2011 Documentary)
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Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field. (113 mins.)
 
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The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement (2011 Documentary)
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The film features 85-year-old Mr. Armstrong, an African American barber in Birmingham, Alabama, as he... (25 mins.)
 
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Incident in New Baghdad (2011 Documentary)
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U.S. Army veteran Ethan McCord recounts his life-changing experiences at the scene of one of the most... (22 mins.)
Director: James Spione
 
17.
Saving Face (2012 Documentary)
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Plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad returns to his native Pakistan to help those left horribly scarred by acid attacks. (40 mins.)
 
18.
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011 Documentary)
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Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan's recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. (39 mins.)
Director: Lucy Walker
 
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Bullhead (2011)
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Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Jacky, a young cattle farmer who is constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader. (129 mins.)
 
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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
 
21.
In Darkness (2011)
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A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov. (145 mins.)
 
22.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
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At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
 
23.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
24.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011 Short Film)
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After a hurricane levels his city, a young man wanders into a mysterious library where books literally come to life. (15 mins.)
 
25.
La Luna (2011 Short Film)
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A young boy helps his father and grandfather harvest stars from the moon. (7 mins.)
Director: Enrico Casarosa
 
26.
A Morning Stroll (2011 Short Film)
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When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we are left to wonder which one is the real city slicker. (7 mins.)
Director: Grant Orchard
 
27.
Wild Life (2011 Short Film)
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Calgary, 1909. An Englishman moves to the Canadian frontier, but is singularly unsuited to it. His letters home are much sunnier than the reality. Intertitles compare his fate to that of a comet. (14 mins.)
 
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Pentecost (2011 Short Film)
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Ireland 1977. Eleven-year-old Damian Lynch (Scott Graham) is called in at the last moment to serve as... (11 mins.)
Director: Peter McDonald
 
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Raju (2011 Short Film)
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A German couple adopts in Kolkata an Indian orphan. Their child suddenly disappears and they realize that they are part of the problem. (24 mins.)
Director: Max Zähle
 
30.
Time Freak (2011 Short Film)
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A neurotic inventor creates a time machine and gets lost traveling around yesterday. (10 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bowler
 
31.
Tuba Atlantic (2010 Short Film)
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Everybody is going to die one day. Oskar (70) is going to die in 6 days. He is now ready to forgive his brother for a disagreement years ago... (25 mins.)
Director: Hallvar Witzø
 
32.
Real Steel (2011)
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In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. (127 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
 
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Margin Call (2011)
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Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. (107 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor