Favorite Films of 2012 So Far

More to come. Movies I hope I love enough to add: Chronicle, Avengers, American Pie 4, Prometheus, Amazing Spider-Man, Dark Knight Rises and maybe John Carter if I'm one of the few to like it.
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1.
The Hunger Games (2012)
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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
“ ***1/2 ” - jwoehr
 
2.
The Avengers (2012)
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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
“ Yes, Michael Bay, you can blow up buildings in a city during a big fight but it gets boring with no character build-up or good story telling or fine direction and Avengers has all that "Dark Side of the Moon didn't ." ***1/2 ” - jwoehr
 
3.
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
“ ***1/2 ” - jwoehr
 
4.
Men in Black 3 (2012)
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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.)
“ ***1/2 ” - jwoehr
 
5.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ ***1/2: Full of Sci/Fi movie cloches and not much originality as I hope. Still, Sci-Fi films have missed Ridley Scott presensence for too many years since his idea of what a science fiction film should look like is fabulous. But it's mostly the scene in the end credits that made me like this film even more. ” - jwoehr
 
6.
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
“ ***1/2 ” - jwoehr
 
7.
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
“ ****: People bitch about how we didn't need the spider bite done all over again or Uncle Ben's death. Get over it! This is an under-rated movie with some fine action, as well a much better story than Spider-Man 3. ” - jwoehr
 
8.
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.)
“ ***1/2: The Bane vs Batman stuff steals the show and Anne Hathaway makes a fine Catwoman. Still, I can't help feeling that Nolan's Batman series was rushed. ” - jwoehr
 
9.
Looper (2012)
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In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ ***1/2: A trippy Sci/Fi/Action/Drama that's one of the years best films. ” - jwoehr
 
10.
Frankenweenie (2012)
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Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. (87 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ ****: A remake of Burton's charmless live action original short didn't seem necessary but this movie is everything that the short wasn't. It's funny, charming, clever and not just Frankenstein with a dog like the original was. ” - jwoehr
 
11.
Brave (2012)
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Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (93 mins.)
“ ***1/2 ” - jwoehr
 
12.
Skyfall (2012)
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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
“ **** ” - jwoehr
 
13.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ ***1/2 ” - jwoehr
 
14.
21 Jump Street (2012)
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A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. (110 mins.)
“ ***1/2 ” - jwoehr
 
15.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era? (76 mins.)
Director: Jay Oliva
“ ***1/2 ” - jwoehr
 
16.
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
“ **** ” - jwoehr
 
17.
Savages (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend. (131 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ *** ” - jwoehr