Best Movies of 2012 (updated constantly)

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1.
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
“ Very probably the most perfect movie of 2012, a wonderful and perfect twisting of every crap horror movie that the universe has put together and putting it together as a hilarious, nerve-wracking, and brutal horror comedy. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
2.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
“ An absolutely beautiful film based on an absolutely beautiful book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an astonishing film that actually speaks with teenagers instead of speaking to them. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
3.
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
“ An astonishingly beautiful work of art that truthfully does the impossible-it renders you back to a state of childlike wonder in the cynical world that coats the theater doors. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
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
“ Such a blissful attitude, boasted by the brilliance of the almighty Joss Whedon (who also was a part of the top film on this list), this conclusion to the first act of Marvel's takeover of superhero cinema is just funny, fun, exciting, and charismatic enough to be not just a great superhero film, but a great film in general. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
5.
Bernie (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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.)
“ Possibly the biggest surprise of the year for me so far, and one of the best performances by an actor supposed to never have a great performance. Jack Black is nothing but Oscar-worthy as Bernie, even though he'll never get the credit he deserves. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
6.
Robot & Frank (2012)
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Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team. (89 mins.)
Director: Jake Schreier
“ A melancholic little comedy, and easily one of the best of the year, Robot and Frank is a movie that 90% of you will never think about twice, and maybe that's the reason why it's so brilliant. Because in retrospect, knowing what kind of people will watch it, it's all mine. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
7.
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
“ A brilliant teen drama that got the money it deserves by coating itself in a brilliantly-made found footage style, and some wonderful superhero action. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
8.
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.)
“ A beautiful and melancholic film, a Detachment for the sad instead of the angry, Monsieur Lazhar is a film that absolutely proves that the French do somehow believe in fairy tales. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
9.
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
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The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. (94 mins.)
“ Studio Ghibli could make any movie in the entire world and I would love it. On more than one occasion have I considered learning Japanese so I wouldn't have to wait for the TWO-YEAR LATE American dub. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
10.
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.)
“ The fact that it doesn't live up to its predecessor aside, DKR provides a hopeful finale to a great trilogy, and should be remembered as such, and not by its convoluted story and Hollywood ending. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
11.
ParaNorman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. (92 mins.)
“ The most fun American kids movie I've seen all year, ParaNorman doesn't talk down to its audience, doesn't overuse the crappy kids jokes, and actually is funny and enjoyable, which sadly is far too few and far between in kids movies these days. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
12.
The Woman in Black (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (95 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ An actually surprisingly effective horror film; takes the place of last year's Insidious as the Q1 small horror movie that is not only fun and well-made, it's actually...*gasp*...scary. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
13.
Premium Rush (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city. (91 mins.)
Director: David Koepp
“ It's not a masterpiece. But it's a lot of fun, and I enjoyed the crap out of it. It's shallow, it's stupid, and it's the most fun this year you can have using less than 10 brain cells per hour. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
14.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. (101 mins.)
Director: Rich Moore
“ A loving piece of nostalgia for old video games, and enough really funny humor from the poop joke-loving Sarah Silverman to make this an actually funny movie, the PIXAR movie for a year with a less than stellar PIXAR movie in it. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
15.
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.)
“ Fixes a whole lot of the mistakes that the second one fell into, and while there are its share of misses, both in jokes and standard storytelling, this might be the best in the series due to some truly inventive ideas and a nice sweet little ending. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
16.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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.)
“ The latest movie by British PIXAR, or Aardman animations sadly fails to reach the same level of brilliance as something like Wallace and Gromit or Chicken Run, but as they say, shoot for the moon, so even when you miss, you'll land among the stars. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
17.
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
“ An odd mixture of a film, with a lot of ideas and not enough time to showcase them all in their glory, but the chemistry and charisma between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and the direction by (500) Days of Summer's Mark Webb end up saving the film from a Spider-Man 3-like fate. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
18.
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
“ Actually a decent disappointment, way too far in the direction of commercial Twilight-isms for a movie about children murdering children, but still a fun little romantic thriller. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
19.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible. (107 mins.)
“ A sweet little drama with a good heart, charismatic actors, and a smiling screenplay brought down by a left-turn ending that is inorganic to the flow of the story and sadly leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
20.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. (124 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel delivers exactly what it promises-food that is easier than easy to swallow. It's nice, charming, sweet, and it leaves a good impression on your heart, but it's so free of any real substance it can't be seen as anything truly great. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
21.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style. (93 mins.)
“ Actually creating a much better movie than its predecessors, this one is actually sweet, well-animated, and most of all, it's legitimately funny. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
22.
The Hole (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares. (92 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ A fair disappointment having come from the great name that is Joe Dante, The Hole spends too much time in the moral-horror genre, and not enough time actually scaring you. It's by no means terrible, but the fact that it was sitting on the shelf for so long doesn't surprise me. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
23.
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Ramsey
“ It's got it's heart in the right place, and some actually funny gags, but it has far too many technical issues, such as it doesn't follow its own rules a lot of the time and there were more than a few animation audio/visual synchronization problems, and those take Rise of the Guardians from being a solid animated movie to just being difficult to sit through at times. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
24.
ATM (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
On a late night visit to an ATM, three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man. (90 mins.)
Director: David Brooks
“ Nice, easy, and fun. Not perfect by any means, but a fun movie to watch at 3 AM in the morning. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
25.
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
“ By no means a great film, at times it's even not a good film, but The Vow falls into less corners than it doesn't, which makes for a decently painless experience. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
26.
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
“ By far the worst movie of 2012 I will watch more than five times in my life, Rock of Ages is a poorly-written, poorly-acted (except for Tom Cruise), and quite frankly, poorly-sung jukebox musical, but it somehow contains the one factor of Glee that can't stop me from watching it, even though I know that it truly isn't that good. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
27.
Lockout (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. (95 mins.)
“ A really stupid but cheesy enough film, with some dreadful special effects but a charismatic performance by Guy Pearce. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
28.
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 seem to like this movie less and less every time I think about it, but it's still containing some scenes of moronic fun, despite the fact that most of it is just not that fun. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
29.
The Three Stooges (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
While trying to save their childhood orphanage, Moe, Larry and Curly inadvertently stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality television show. (92 mins.)
“ There are some decently funny moments, and there are also some terrible gags that make me want to gag. It's such a mixed bag, it's difficult to recommend. The performances are spot on, but the script is just too kiddie to enjoy at even the most basic comedic level. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
30.
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
“ John Carter falls into the uncanny valley, becoming not good enough to be recommended, but not bad enough to be something worth mentioning. If it didn't lose a crap-ton of money for Disney, this movie wouldn't even be thought of in a year. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
31.
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
“ Starting off with a great first 20 minutes and then taking a giant downfall might even be worse than an actually bad movie. And Dark Shadows does just that, and doesn't really make a great movie out of it. And there are so many wonderful people in this movie; the entire thing's just painful to watch. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
32.
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.)
“ Mirror Mirror isn't a dreadful film. In fact, it's extremely beautiful to look at, and for that reason I almost recommend it. But-marijuana still is illegal, so there's really no true reason to see this. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
33.
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.)
“ After getting over my initial rage at its lack of respect for its original story, all I can see is that The Lorax is a semi-fun musical comedy, with not enough of either parts of that genre successfully done. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
34.
Red Tails (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. (125 mins.)
“ If this was made before 1999, and we still all had massive love for the then genius of George Lucas, I would have been really disappointed in how lazy this film was. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
35.
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
“ Takes a really cool premise for what could be the tense version of My Dinner with Andre (a personal film geeky wish) and pulls every drop of humanity from it, making it into a dreary heist/espionage thriller with someone as dull-faced as Sam Worthington in the lead. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
36.
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
“ Nothing is more of a shame than seeing three of the most likable modern actors today stuck in a movie that, under everything else, is just not funny. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
37.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. (96 mins.)
Director: Neveldine, Taylor
“ The first one is one of the few movies that I refuse to sit through, as it is such a mess, but this one, while it's a less personal level of awful pain, it contains a performance that not even an actor as brilliant as Nicolas Cage can even upgrade from painful to bad. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
38.
A Thousand Words (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
After stretching the truth on a deal with a spiritual guru, literary agent Jack McCall finds a Bodhi tree on his property. Its appearance holds a valuable lesson on the consequences of every word he speaks. (91 mins.)
Director: Brian Robbins
“ Despite a fairly unpainful first act, A Thousand Words makes a conscious decision to be another metaphor for Eddie Murphy flipping off every chump stupid enough to pay for the movie (me included). ” - PortalToAlazon
 
39.
Gone (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A woman is convinced her kidnapper has returned when her sister goes missing. (94 mins.)
Director: Heitor Dhalia
“ A mess of red herrings and a sad attempt to lead a film by Amanda Seyfried (she can be good, she just shouldn't get to lead a film yet) make Gone an angering, albeit forgettable film. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
40.
One for the Money (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past. (91 mins.)
“ The most misogynistic unfunny insulting soul-sucking mind-wiping hypocritical performance of the year by the world's biggest misogynistic hypocrite, Katherine Heigl. And don't even get me started on the actual movie. ” - PortalToAlazon
 
41.
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
“ Decent special effects cannot save Liam Neeson from a horrendous and product-placement-ridden script, vomit-inducing direction, and the biggest mess of current it-girls that will be gone in three years including brick wall Brooklyn Decker and Taylor (the Kitsch of Death). This "movie" almost MST3K's itself. ” - PortalToAlazon