My Top Ten of 2012 +

My top ten plus all the films that i saw in 2012 ranked, in theaters and at home. US Releases only, so some of these came out a while ago somewhere in the world.
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The Master (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. (144 mins.)
“ *Spoilers* I adore this one. It declares why we are the way we are in the 21st Century through one very horny sailor in the 20th century named Freddie Quell. How I took it; its about this sailor sleeping next to a sand woman on the foreign beaches after the war is over, and through his dreams he finds a pathway into creating a religion, By following this Scientology like family. Perhaps he's met this religious group in a past or future life and that is what he's dreaming of. Which would then provoke him enough to act on it throughout his entire present life. Hence, Quell is The Master. But he's been scarred by a tough life and war, like many of his companions as well, and that's where the message applies. In a post 9/11 America, we're anxious and aberrated. So we turn to our vices (drug, drink, money, religion, what have you..) for satisfaction, much like Quell does. But in the end, and this is debatable, it keeps us in the past rather than in the present. Because whenever Lancaster Dodd processes Freddie, he can't help but be taken not to a past life but to his life before the war. And it leads him to an old girlfriend who eventually moved on from Quell. An answer that took him ages to achieve but ended up nowhere. Although I've said a great deal here, this isn't even the whole story. The film is edited so that you don't know when these moments are taking place but with enough thought provided anyone can make it out after repeated viewings. It's easy to write something off as pretentious, it's a bit more difficult to actually solve a film's puzzle. This film is far from what it's negative criticism has implied, just take a look at the vagina on the cover. That's one for the fans. ” - EvinC
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ Completely original and just damn great from the performers, to the story, and everything else in between. This is one for the books. Very proud of Rian Johnson, hopefully this film will allow him to create even bigger and (dare i say), better films in the future. ” - EvinC
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
“ Changed my life. For those who can see it, David O is just a brilliant man. The cast is perfect and it's just a beautiful message. ” - EvinC
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Loved it!! This is where film should be going people, not racist. Honest, bold, and daring. Then again Tarantino hardly ever disappoints. ” - EvinC
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
“ One of the most charming and engrossing film's i have seen this year. It's hilarious, while being perfectly dramatic, the performances are warm and a good story about time travel is always welcome. ” - EvinC
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ A delightful story that will remain with me for as long as i live. My favorite Wes Anderson film. ” - EvinC
Argo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ I think this film puts Ben Affleck in the league of greatness. He's 3 for 3 in my book now. His efficiency to keep the pace going is magnificient and he knows how to keep a shot interesting and important. ” - EvinC
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
“ This movie was actually pretty good. It was a pretty great fantasy. Definitely gonna become a cult classic and age better in time. Definitely gonna make the top ten. ” - EvinC
Life of Pi (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
Killer Joe (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance. (102 mins.)
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
“ Saw it trice. it's a superhero masterpiece. Kudos to Joss Whedon who repeatedly kicks ass. ” - EvinC
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.)
“ Bombastic to a fault, but it ends the trilogy with a good message of Bruce Wayne leaving the 1st mark on the legacy of Batman. ” - EvinC
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
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.)
“ This animated film was a wonderful blend of mild horror and comedy. I thought the filmmakers did an amazing job. ” - EvinC
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. (81 mins.)
Director: David Gelb
End of Watch (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
“ A terribly entertaining cop drama with two very good performances from Michael Pena and Jake Gylenhaal. Kudos to David Ayer for finally making a film almost as good as Training Day. ” - EvinC
Skyfall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ Definitely Works as a modern "dark" thriller about Bond but it doesn't work as a "Bond Film". It feels like the makers were going for a Chris Nolan/Batman themed bond movie. I wanted it to feel more "Bond", rather than "The Dark Bond". Nevertheless, it's a grand, smart, and visual spectacle. ” - EvinC
Your Sister's Sister (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days. (90 mins.)
Director: Lynn Shelton
“ Very funny and refreshingly human. ” - EvinC
Killing Them Softly (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. (97 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
Chronicle (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
“ Finally breaking the *beep* found footage chain, Chronicle is a devastating yet fascinating turn for a super hero movie. Good performances and a solid story. I dig it. ” - EvinC
21 Jump Street (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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.)
“ This was actually pretty damn funny! It was suprisingly hilarious to see Hill and Tatum as the cliched buddy cop duo. The film's satire and editing make it comedic and really a breath of fresh air. Best comedy of the year thus far. Although its hard to judge because its barely march. I hope the recently greenlit sequel is just as good. ” - EvinC
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.)
Ruby Sparks (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence. (104 mins.)
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. (83 mins.)
“ The Duplass' create a moving little tale about fate and one misfortunate family's progress towards a better life. ” - EvinC
Cloud Atlas (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. (172 mins.)
“ Even though i don't think the story or makeup is as effective as it wants to be, The Wachowski's and Tom Tykwer definitely create something that is really good when stripped down but not as huge as it should be when put together. ” - EvinC
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Martin McDonagh puts his sharp tongue to use through a cast of colorful psycho's. It sure is intriguing and an interesting lesson on writer's block. ” - EvinC
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 find a structure on a distant moon, but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ *spoilers* A fascinating and original science fiction film for about the first two thirds, until it becomes a franchise building "alien" origin film in its final act. ” - EvinC
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
“ I was never a fan of Oliver Stone before but this one had me intrigued since it's trailer surfaced. It's actually a decent film. Even though the stories end up nowhere, i can see why Stone is the icon amongst directors he is now. It's a lesser film from a master and i'll take that over all the dross thats been recently released any day. Most of the performances are good and of course the direction is pretty great. ” - EvinC
This Is 40 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart. (134 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
The Grey (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
“ Liam Neeson is amazing as always. His gruff demeanor is put to great use in this. Along with the supporting cast (Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, and Dallas Roberts) who each bring their own talents to the table. It's also nice to see Joe Carnahan taking another serious approach to film like his early work. He has an interesting way of making a bad situation take a turn for the worse, all without making an uneven transition. His plane crash was real, and the wolves were horrifying and memorable all the same. Overall, good film. ” - EvinC
Flight (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together. (124 mins.)
“ Like most reviewers of this film i agree that it could have been shorter but nevertheless it was funny. It just wasn't anything special. The whole cast was solid and Alison Brie was definitely a standout. ” - EvinC
Ted (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ Very funny and irreverent. A mature take in comedy in the most childish way, Seth Macfarlane makes a fine transition onto the silver screen. ” - EvinC
The Loved Ones (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge. (84 mins.)
Director: Sean Byrne
“ Came out in 2012 in the US. ” - EvinC
The Dictator (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. (83 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
“ Mr. Cohen's latest is a raunchy and offensive flick, but it's impossible not to laugh at least once with the high number of jokes they throw at you. The supporting cast was solid, along with its bumpy direction and script. It wasn't Larry Charles and Sacha Baron Cohen's best, but it's worth your money. ” - EvinC
The Campaign (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An incumbent congressman embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers. (85 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
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
“ A fun b-movie, the actors seemed to be havin a good time and David Koepp's hyper shooting style is a good substitute for energy drinks. ” - EvinC
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
“ I liked the first half of the film, it felt different and i was kind of invested in the characters. But then when the actual "hunger games" started, It lost a lot of my interest because it was just a random collection of scenes that were stitiched together until it abruptly ended. I'm down for the sequels if they can do it better the 2nd time around. ” - EvinC
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.)
“ A worthy sequel but a lot of parts were dumb. Too many misfired jokes and uneven acting, although Josh Brolin and Michael Stuhlbarg ruled. ” - EvinC
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
“ I wanted to like this, but Sam Raimi did it so much better the 1st time around. In the end, the result is a tired and strained story with inspired performances. Perhaps they can change it up with a sequel. ” - EvinC