Films of 2012

The best and worst for the year
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The Muppets (2011)
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A Muppet fanatic with some help from his two human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures. (103 mins.)
Director: James Bobin
“ Summary: Great return vehicle for the muppets. Good entertainment for both adults and children.

Look for: The intro with brothers Walter and Gary. Plenty of guest appearances, especially Dave Grohl as a Moopets band member ” - bigearl-1
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
“ Summary: An interesting take on a popular theme: the superhero. A slow build up, well worth the wait. Special Effects superb.

Look for: Andrew's turn to the darkside, leading to an action packed ending. ” - bigearl-1
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
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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.)
“ Summary: Another very clever production from the Aardman studios. Lots of humour for the adults and heaps going on to keep the kids entertained.

Look for: The clever reference jokes and Bo-Bo the non-talking chimp. One of the funnier silent characters. ” - bigearl-1
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
“ Summary: Massive blockbuster with all the bells and whistles. Plenty of humour and great work to get all characters involved and interesting.

Look for: The Hulk going off and more Tony Stark one-liners ” - bigearl-1
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
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Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world. (99 mins.)
“ Summary: Improved sequel to the dodgy Clash of the Titans. Plenty of action and cool weird beasts. Kronos is a disappointment but overall a guilty pleasure.

Look for: A demi-god with a thick Aussie! ” - bigearl-1
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.)
“ Summary: A suprisingly funny remake of a cheesy 80s show. An unlikely pairing are funny together.

Look for: Drug induced chaos from the main characters ” - bigearl-1
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ Summary: Blockbuster in every sense. Brings everything together in a fitting conclusion to the trilogy. Oh, and some pretty exciting action scenes too.

Look for: Batman dusting off the cobwebs and getting down and dirty ” - bigearl-1
Get the Gringo (2012)
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A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy. (96 mins.)
“ Summary: Ok forget Mel Gibson's past discretions and enjoy a trip into the weird and dangerous world of a Mexican prison. The claustrophic and neurotic surrounds are captured well in this film.

Look for: The 'Gringo' adapting to his environment early on in his prison stay ” - bigearl-1
Prometheus (2012)
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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
“ Summary: Ridley Scott dazzles us with amazing visuals in a trip down alien memory lane. Story line loses track in the middle ground but we are left with no doubt about 'prequel' theories in the end.

Look for: Caesarian anybody? ” - bigearl-1
The Lorax (2012)
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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.)
“ Summary: Dr Seuss story with a relevant contemporary message regarding conservation. A good message for the kids but slow in the middle sequences.

Look for: The penny finally drops ” - bigearl-1
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
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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.)
“ Summary: The Madagascar team is back and in circus mode. No new tricks here, very slow in the middle.

Look for: Da da dadada Afro Circus Afro Circus ” - bigearl-1
Ted (2012)
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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
“ Summary: The Family Guy team bring us the story of a boy who grows up with his inappropriate teddy bear with a heart. Some great banter between Ted and Mark Wahlberg and some surprising heartfelt moments between a man and his Teddy bear

Look for: Partying with The Flash ” - bigearl-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
“ Movie version of the popular novel. Strong performance by Jennifer Hudson but some over-the-top characters and hard to describe this as for kids with the dark subject matter

Look for: Plenty of overacting and camping it up darkstyle ” - bigearl-1
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
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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
“ Jackson returns us to Middle Earth. He occasionally captures the essence of the book such as the dwarves visit to Bag End or the involvement of the eagles. However, there are plenty of detours from the famous novel. Not all of them hit the right notes. The visuals are amazing.

Look for: Any scenery shot. ” - bigearl-1