Best Films to See This January 2012

The FreeStyle Life is kicking off the New Year with a list of great films playing in theaters January 2012.
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1.
A Separation (2011)
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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. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ A Separation
An Iranian marriage is strained when a father struggles to choose whether to leave the country to better the life of his child, or to stay and care for his ailing father. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
2.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
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A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. (157 mins.)
“ Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
In Turkey, a group of men search for a dead body buried in the Anatolian steppes. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
3.
Norwegian Wood (2010)
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Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori. (133 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
“ Norwegian Wood
Upon hearing The Beatles' song “Norwegian Wood”, a Japanese man is sent back to his student years in 1960s Tokyo where he was torn between tragedy and two different women. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
4.
The Iron Lady (2011)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
“ Iron Lady
Meryl Streep stars as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming biopic The Iron Lady. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
5.
Newlyweds (2011)
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Newlyweds Buzzy and Katie find their blissful life disrupted by the arrival of his half-sister and news of her sister's marriage troubles. (95 mins.)
Director: Edward Burns
“ Newlyweds
Remarkably shot in 12 days on a $9K budget, Edward Burns writes, directs, acts, and tackles modern romance in his new film Newlyweds. Burns’ latest tells the story of a newlywed couple whose married life is upended by the marital troubles of their own family members. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
6.
Sing Your Song (2011 Documentary)
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Most people know the lasting legacy of Harry Belafonte, the entertainer. This film unearths his significant contribution to and his leadership in the civil rights movement in America and to social justice globally. (103 mins.)
Director: Susanne Rostock
“ Sing Your Song
Documentary profiling the career and legacy of musician and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
7.
Crazy Horse (2011 Documentary)
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A look inside Paris' Crazy Horse, a club that boasts the greatest and most chic nude dancing in the world. (134 mins.)
“ Crazy Horse
Exalted as "the best nude dancing show in the world", avant-garde cabaret Le Crazy Horse has been a Parisian landmark since it opened its doors in 1951. In his latest film Master Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman goes behind the curtain to document the creation of Désirs, the exotic revue’s current show choreographed by Philippe Decouflé. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
8.
Miss Bala (2011)
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After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding. (113 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Naranjo
“ Miss Bala
In Tijuana, 23 year old Laura Guerrero dreams of becoming a beauty queen on the pageant circuit. But when she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, she is thrust into the world of organized crime, forced to become a mule for a violent drug cartel. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
9.
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on Broadway legend Carol Channing. (87 mins.)
Director: Dori Berinstein
“ Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
At 90 years of age, Broadway star Carol Channing is still as unstoppable as she was over half a century ago. Director Dori Berinstein pulls back the curtain to reveal Channing’s prolific career in show business and follows the Broadway diva as she prepares to star in a new show. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
10.
Coriolanus (2011)
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A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city. (123 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
“ Coriolanus
William Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy leaves Ancient Rome and gets a modern makeover in Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut, Coriolanus. Fiennes directs and stars as Coriolanus, a revered Roman hero who is banished from his city when his political opponents successfully conspire to brand him a traitor. With the help of his former enemy, General Aufidius, Coriolanus embarks on a campaign of vengeance, determined to destroy Rome. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
11.
Albert Nobbs (2011)
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Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living. (113 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo García
“ Albert Nobbs
In order to escape her life of poverty, a woman defies Victorian Dublin’s rigid gender roles by disguising herself as a man named Albert Nobbs and working as a butler in a posh hotel. Albert’s (Glenn Close) double life takes a strange turn when she meets a handsome painter who has a secret of his own. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
12.
In Darkness (2011)
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A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov. (145 mins.)
“ In Darkness
Based on a true story, in the city of Lvov, sewage worker and part time burglar Leopold Socha agrees to shelter a group of Jewish refugees in Nazi-occupied Poland. However, what starts off as a cold business arrangement, gradually evolves into something much deeper. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
13.
Rampart (2011)
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Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival. (108 mins.)
Director: Oren Moverman
“ Rampart
Set in the late ‘90s against the backdrop of Los Angeles’ infamous Rampart scandal, one of the largest police misconduct cases in US history, a dirty LAPD officer (Woody Harrelson) attempts to preserve his twisted notion of law enforcement and salvage his crumbling private life. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
14.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
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Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
“ We Need to Talk About Kevin
When a sociopathic teenager goes on a spree killing at his high school, his mother struggles to come to terms with the horrific act committed by her son and contemplates her own culpability for his shocking actions. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus
 
15.
Declaration of War (2011)
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When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Roméo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival. (100 mins.)
“ Declaration of War
Based on the true story of Valerie Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim, who wrote, directed and star in Declaration of War, a young couple struggles to stay together after their child is diagnosed with cancer. ” - Tommy_Swanhaus