Watch list 2012

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1.
The Iron Lady (2011)
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An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. (105 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
 
2.
The Descendants (2011)
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A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
3.
The Mill and the Cross (2011)
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The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564. (92 mins.)
Director: Lech Majewski
 
4.
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
 
5.
The Flowers of War (2011)
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A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety. (146 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
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Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Durkin
 
8.
We Have a Pope (2011)
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A story centered on the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist. (102 mins.)
Director: Nanni Moretti
 
9.
The King's Speech (2010)
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The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Outside Satan (2011)
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In a village on the French Opal Coast, a drifter engages in a perplexing relationship with a young woman who has suffered abuse. (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
12.
Wish You Were Here (2012)
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Four friends lose themselves in a carefree South-East Asian holiday. Only three come back. Dave and... (89 mins.)
 
13.
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
 
14.
The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
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The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot. (98 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
 
15.
Shame (2011)
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A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
 
16.
White Deer Plain (2011)
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(45 mins.)
Director: Quan'an Wang
 
17.
The Lady (2011)
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The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris. (132 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
18.
Innocence (2011)
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The descent from the top of the ladder to the bottom of the barrel can be very quick. Sometimes just... (90 mins.)
Director: Jan Hrebejk
 
19.
Alps (2011)
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A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process. (93 mins.)
 
20.
11 Flowers (2011)
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11-year-old Wang lives with his family in a remote village in China. Life is tough, but they make the most of what little they have... (110 mins.)
Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
 
21.
Twilight Portrait (2011)
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Marina, an upper-class social worker with a doting husband and an enviable downtown apartment, is suddenly transformed into a bizarre twilight version of herself after having been raped by three policemen. (105 mins.)
 
22.
Putin's Kiss (2011 Documentary)
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Masha Drokova joins Nashi, a Russian ultra nationalist youth group, at the age of 16 and rapidly ascends its ranks, famously garnering a medal and the opportunity to kiss Vladimir Putin. The film details her growing disillusion with the group's leaders and her falling in with the anti-Putin opposition, especially a journalist and blogger named Oleg Kashin, who gets brutally attacked. (85 mins.)
 
23.
The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era (1957)
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In the last days of the Shogunate, a resourceful grifter seeks to outwit competing prostitutes, rebellious samurai and other inhabitants of a brothel in order to survive the hardened times. (110 mins.)