Richard's 2012 Movie List

A list of the films I have seen in 2012, in the order I have seen them. Will continually be updated as I see movies.
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1.
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
“ Not a bad family film. I would say right on par with the previous film, with added bravado provided by The Rock and extra credit for bringing on Sir Michael Caine to play grandpa. 6 out of 10 stars ” - RCWjr
 
2.
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.)
“ An absolute thrill ride of a film. By far what makes this film work is real Seals are on display. Saw this twice in the theater, enjoyed it even more the second time. 8 out of 10 stars ” - RCWjr
 
3.
The Hunger Games (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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
“ Nice to see a female-led action film that is smartly done. Performances are what makes this film a success. Jennifer Lawrence is the class talent of the new generation of actors. 8 out of 10 stars ” - RCWjr
 
4.
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
“ Pure comic joy in one film. Joss Whedon does the impossible and takes characters and actors established in their own solo films and puts them together for a highly entertaining film. Mostly everyone gets their due in this film, save for Hawkeye. By far, the best CGI rendering of Hulk to date in film. Multiple viewings a must. 8 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
5.
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
“ A good thriller that feeds you information bit by bit. It is almost undone by the ending, but is a fun and satisfying ride. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
6.
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. (124 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ A whole lot of sugar and sweetness with no real threat of a downer ending. But sometimes it is good not to feel a good ending is in doubt. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
7.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ This film received a lot of critic love online. A good flick no doubt, but not the game changer the critics built it up as, IMO. Still, there is something to be said about Gosling's minimal dialog performance here. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
8.
This Means War (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman. (103 mins.)
Director: McG
“ A little unfocused in the editing department, reminds me a lot of the disjointed feeling I got with another McG vehicle, Charlie Angels: Full Throttle. Witherspoon alone makes this worth a watch and her fans will definitely enjoy. 6 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
9.
New Year's Eve (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine over the course of New Year's Eve. (113 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ Talk about sweet. A whole lot of sweet here. But you know, I am known for my affinity for sweet things. A lot of storylines that some how make sense together in the end. 6 out of 10 stars ” - RCWjr
 
10.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. (129 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ A little more humor this go around. RDJ and Jude Law once again prove to be a fantastic duo. Richie seems a bit in love with the slow-mo action, my only real complaint, but beyond that another winner Holmes movie. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
11.
Mirror Mirror (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright. (106 mins.)
“ Not quite as funny as the trailers lead you to believe. It definitely gets better when the dwarfs enter the picture. In the end, a missed opportunity here. 5 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
12.
Underworld Awakening (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrior Selene leads the battle against humankind. (88 mins.)
Director: Mårlind, Stein
“ Right on par with the series. Kate's reappearance is very much welcomed. If I have a complaint here it is the run-time. At just barely over 80mins, the 3rd act is cut way too short. I would have liked to seen it expanded a bit more. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
13.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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
“ Borrowing from "Legend" and "LOtR", this version of Snow White is more fulfilling than "Mirror". The biggest complaint could be that we just get a small taste of the fantasy element and would have been great to see it expanded on. 6 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
14.
Dark Shadows (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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
“ This is for fans of Burton's querky side. It is not a mass audience movie. I enjoyed the 70's vibe and meladrama. Fans of the series may have nitpicks over many changes. This is a love or leave it movie. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
15.
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
“ "Too soon" was the cry from many fans of Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (well, probably not including Spider-Man 3 in all honesty). Relax, the new Spidey film treads the origin waters again, but this is a totally new, and mature body of water. I loved Garfield and Stone in this. They embody my visions of Peter and Gwen, respectively. The action is much improved with less CGI Spidey and more practical action. 8 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
16.
Courageous (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers; together they make a decision that will change all of their lives. (129 mins.)
Director: Alex Kendrick
“ From the Sherwood folks that brought us "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof". Their latest is a call to all men to be 'courageous' fathers, no matter if we have biological children or not. Amen to that. These films are very predictable. Not a bad thing, but it would be nice to see them get outside their safe zone in the next film. 6 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
17.
Attack the Block (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion. (88 mins.)
Director: Joe Cornish
“ Another film from 2011 that I finally got around to seeing. Heard lots of great things via the net on this one. It was good, not great, but good. Like "Drive", I think this is another case of way too much love shown to what is a OK enough film. 6 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
18.
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.)
“ Wow, that is the word that kept running through my mind over and over. This is one of the best 3rd acts period. Many times, fans have been let down by the 3rd film in a trilogy. Not this time. Right on par with the series as a whole; Nolan and Co. take their saga out like a champion. 9 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
19.
Rock of Ages (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. (123 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
“ This is 100% absolute fun! If you are a fan of 80's music and like plenty of it, this is your movie. Tom Cruise is fantastic and his buddy "Heyman" steals every scene he is in, classic stuff. This is all about having fun. 8 out of 10 stars on fun alone. ” - RCWjr
 
20.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them. (105 mins.)
“ Crazy title, crazy premise and crazy action, equals to a crazy fun time. You gotta take the alternate history with a grain of salt, but this was a fun film to follow along the "what if" new history telling. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
21.
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
“ You know what? This movie was not bad at all, in fact, it was a fun movie to watch. I have not read the book this is based on. But bad press and lackluster boxoffice had me gun shy. But finally seeing it, I have to say I really enjoyed it. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
22.
People Like Us (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices. (114 mins.)
Director: Alex Kurtzman
“ If you blinked, you missed this gem of a movie. It is a very quiet movie that came out at a very noisy time. If you missed this, be sure to catch it on disk or pay-per-view. Performances are great with an engaging story. 8 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
23.
Total Recall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
“ I'm a fan of the original. This one resembles the original, but is a totally different look and feel, which is really a good thing. I thought it did what a remake should, which is have the same premise, but carve out its own signature. 7 out of 10. ” - RCWjr
 
24.
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
“ Legacy ties into the previous Bourne films while setting up its own storyline wonderfully. Renner and Weisz are great, as expect. Norton is top-notch as the cat in the cat and mouse game. Can't wait to see where the franchise goes from here. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
25.
The Lorax (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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.)
“ Good heart, good intentions, not so good execution. It is entertaining enough. But it just all feels a little off, to include songs that are just not all that good. 6 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
26.
The Expendables 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. (103 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ Just plain out and out fun. Loads of explosions, guns and fights. Just what you expect when all these guys get together. Here is hoping they go out in a huge bang with the 3rd installment. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
27.
Battleship (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. (131 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
“ A whole lot of cheese on this turkey sandwich of a movie. It tries so hard to be ID4, but lacks the character and charm. Effects are cool, but that is about it. 5 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
28.
The Vow (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Sucsy
“ Never been a big fan of Tatum, but have to say he is the best thing in this. I got frustrated with the McAdams character at times. But in the end, the spirit of the story made this a really nice film to watch. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
29.
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.)
“ It is total mystery to me how this film ever saw the light of a movie theater. One of the worst films I have ever sat through. Bad editing, bad music, bad story flow, bad acting. This was a total and absolute disappointment given who made it and the stars in it. 4 out of 10 stars and that is being generous. ” - RCWjr
 
30.
What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Follows the lives of five interconnected couples as they experience the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and realize that no matter what you plan for, life does not always deliver what is expected. (110 mins.)
Director: Kirk Jones
“ Call me a "chick", I totally loved this movie. It is very much your traditional "chick flick" and I love a good one. Enjoyed the different perspectives that the story is shown from. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
31.
House at the End of the Street (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident. (101 mins.)
Director: Mark Tonderai
“ This is a nicely done little thriller. The story takes all kinds of twists and turns. Just when you are settled into a flow, it takes a turn that puts you on edge. It is a slow burn that pays off with a pulse pounding 3rd Act. As always, Lawrence is great. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
32.
The Sitter (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A college student on suspension is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door, though he is fully unprepared for the wild night ahead of him. (81 mins.)
“ Another film from 2011 that I just got around to this year. This wasn't too bad. It is an updated version of the 80's film "Adventures in Babysitting". The kids make this one a hoot. 6 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
33.
Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in. (88 mins.)
“ If you enjoy this series, this one will satisfy, if not, it will not make you a fan. The boyfriend in this one is the first bad casting of the series. 6 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
34.
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
“ The best Craig outing of the Bond series and one of the top 5 of the series as a whole. Everything about this film from the heart-pounding cold open to the emotional end, everything we love about Bond is here. My first 10 out of 10 stars movie in many years. ” - RCWjr
 
35.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. (115 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ A fitting end to the Twilight Saga. Much credit goes to Condon for his directorial choices. Credit also goes to much improved acting from the primaries. Finally, the changes to the book text are welcomed and make for a very satisfying ending. 8 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
36.
Men in Black 3 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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.)
“ A strong and revelatory 3rd act makes this movie tolerable. The movie gains momentum when Josh Brolin enters, but the previous is just too muddled and mundane that the movie isn't totally saved. Too bad, really wanted to like this more. 6 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
37.
Ted (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ One of the few movies this year that elicited a number of actual laugh out loud moments from me. The final act gets a little predictable, but this is definitely a multi-watch comedy. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
38.
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
“ Lots of filler, but if you are a fan of Jackson's LOtR blueprint, this is right up your alley. Really enjoyed the return to Tolkien's world as presented by Jackson and Co. A solid 8 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
39.
Hope Springs (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. (100 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
“ One of Streep's worse acting jobs in recent memory and an all but paint by the numbers story, this was a major disappointment for me. Steve Carrell plays it majorly serious here, which isn't bad, you just don't expect it from him. Not a horrible film by any means, just a disappointing film. 6 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr
 
40.
The Lucky One (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A Marine travels to Louisiana after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. (101 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
“ As Nicholas Spark adaptations go, not bad. Anyone familiar with the book or with the Spark blueprint, you know what you are going to get here. Solid performances. 7 out of 10 stars. ” - RCWjr