Movies I have watched this year (2012)

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1. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

8.1
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62 Metascore

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 355,281 | Gross: $169.71M

My rating: 8/10

2. Les femmes du 6e étage (2010)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy

7.1
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52 Metascore

In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple's lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.

Director: Philippe Le Guay | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Carmen Maura

Votes: 8,501 | Gross: $0.72M

My rating: 6/10

3. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 616,439 | Gross: $148.10M

My rating: 7/10

4. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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95 Metascore

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.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Votes: 172,794 | Gross: $7.10M

My rating: 8/10

5. Forces of Nature (1999)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

5.4
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46 Metascore

A soon-to-be-married man encounters an exciting stranger after his plane suffers an accident on takeoff.

Director: Bronwen Hughes | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck, Maura Tierney, Steve Zahn

Votes: 28,441 | Gross: $52.89M

My rating: 5+/10

6. Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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61 Metascore

In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister.

Director: Christine Jeffs | Stars: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Jason Spevack

Votes: 63,914 | Gross: $12.06M

My rating: 6+/10

7. La solitudine dei numeri primi (2010)

118 min | Drama

6.3
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Non-linearly follows two kids, rejected by their peers, who become friends. They separate later in life and dedicate to their careers. Still, they feel as if something is missing.

Director: Saverio Costanzo | Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Marinelli, Arianna Nastro, Vittorio Lomartire

Votes: 2,724

My rating: 8/10

8. Blow (2001)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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52 Metascore

The story of George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 212,669 | Gross: $52.99M

My rating: 7/10

9. One Day (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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48 Metascore

After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Tom Mison

Votes: 117,684 | Gross: $13.84M

My rating: 7/10

10. Honkytonk Man (1982)

PG | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.6
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As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the ... See full summary »

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood, John McIntire, Alexa Kenin

Votes: 6,610 | Gross: $4.48M

My rating: 8/10

11. Lost in Translation (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama

7.8
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89 Metascore

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Votes: 348,791 | Gross: $44.59M

My rating: 7/10

12. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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84 Metascore

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 85,169 | Gross: $43.18M

My rating: 7+/10

13. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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89 Metascore

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 204,457 | Gross: $44.67M

My rating: 8+/10

14. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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79 Metascore

A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 600,278 | Gross: $106.95M

My rating: 5+/10

15. Dolls (2002)

114 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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71 Metascore

Three stories of never-ending love.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Miho Kanno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tatsuya Mihashi, Kyoko Fukada

Votes: 14,143 | Gross: $0.00M

My rating: 7++/10

16. Magnifica presenza (2012)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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The only dream of Pietro is to become a famous actor. 28 year-old Pietro is so obsessed with becoming an actor that he does not mind trying every single way. He comes Rome and starts to ... See full summary »

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Elio Germano, Margherita Buy, Vittoria Puccini, Beppe Fiorello

Votes: 4,215

My rating: 7++/10

17. The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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54 Metascore

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.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown

Votes: 89,703 | Gross: $30.02M

My rating: 5+/10

18. The Next Three Days (2010)

PG-13 | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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52 Metascore

A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Michael Buie

Votes: 156,682 | Gross: $21.15M

My rating: 6/10

19. Boris - Il film (2011)

108 min | Comedy

6.9
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A director and his crew attempt to make the transition from the small to the big screen.

Directors: Giacomo Ciarrapico, Mattia Torre, Luca Vendruscolo | Stars: Luca Amorosino, Valerio Aprea, Antonino Bruschetta, Paolo Calabresi

Votes: 1,663

My rating: 7++/10

20. The Hours (2002)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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81 Metascore

The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 109,306 | Gross: $41.68M

My rating: 8+/10

21. The Intouchables (2011)

R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.6
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57 Metascore

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano | Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Votes: 589,451 | Gross: $13.18M

My rating: 8/10

22. The Fisher King (1991)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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61 Metascore

A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant, Paul Lombardi

Votes: 68,443 | Gross: $41.90M

My rating: 6/10

23. La masseria delle allodole (2007)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, History

6.5
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A stirring and stunning story of an aristocratic family who is unexpectedly swept into the ravages of World War I and a forbidden passion that may be the family's only hope.

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Paz Vega, Moritz Bleibtreu, Alessandro Preziosi, Ángela Molina

Votes: 1,878

My rating: 9/10

24. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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69 Metascore

"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 600,050 | Gross: $17.45M

My rating: 8++/10

25. Sideways (2004)

R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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94 Metascore

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

Votes: 159,734 | Gross: $71.50M

My rating: 6+/10

26. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 506,965 | Gross: $24.61M

My rating: 8/10

27. Another Year (2010)

PG-13 | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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80 Metascore

A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Oliver Maltman

Votes: 25,013 | Gross: $3.21M

My rating: 7/10

28. Habemus Papam (2011)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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64 Metascore

A story centered on the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist.

Director: Nanni Moretti | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti, Jerzy Stuhr, Renato Scarpa

Votes: 11,606 | Gross: $0.48M

My rating: 8+/10

29. The Tree of Life (2011)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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85 Metascore

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken

Votes: 147,509 | Gross: $13.30M

My rating: 8/10

30. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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82 Metascore

Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 211,681 | Gross: $38.41M

My rating: 6+/10

31. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.7
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81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 331,397 | Gross: $56.82M

My rating: 8/10

32. No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 688,325 | Gross: $74.28M

My rating: 8/10

33. Benvenuti al sud (2010)

102 min | Comedy

6.5
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Overwhelmed by his wife, a Northern Italy postal worker feigns a disability to request a transfer to Milan and when he's unmasked is sent for two years to a far and tiny village near Naples... See full summary »

Director: Luca Miniero | Stars: Claudio Bisio, Alessandro Siani, Angela Finocchiaro, Valentina Lodovini

Votes: 6,260

My rating: 7/10

34. Burn After Reading (2008)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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63 Metascore

A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, John Malkovich

Votes: 266,943 | Gross: $60.36M

35. To Rome with Love (2012)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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54 Metascore

The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page

Votes: 74,541 | Gross: $16.69M

36. Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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57 Metascore

When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

Votes: 108,536 | Gross: $22.85M