Living Up To Expectations: The Good, The Better, And The Best Of 2012

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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 Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ Christopher Nolan has done it again. Another classic from his sterling repertoire. Expected this to be the best this year & so far it is. Its just a thrill-a-minute ride.

Thrill-a-minute screenplay, to thrill-a-minute direction, to thrill-a-minute action, to thrill-a-minute plot narration, to thrill-a-minute action & plot combination & inter-dependency, to thrill-a-minute character development, to thrill-a-minute cinematography, to thrill-a-minute editing, to thrill-a-minute background score, to thrill-a-minute suspense, to thrill-a-minute & just the adequate amount of CGI, to thrill-a-minute stunts, to thrill-a-minute dialogues & one-liners, which all culminated in one helluva thrill-a minute ride.

If I had to describe the movie in just a solitary statement I would say that its "Almost three hours of pure, thrill-a-minute awesomeness!" ” - DareDevilKid
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
“ There Was The Anticipation! There Were The Expectations! There Was The Hype! And.....Boy Did It Deliver!!! 'The Avengers' reminds us of the reason we love movies ant buy tickets for admittance in a cinema hall. It will keep drawing you back for more, as viewing it just once is insulting and will leave you just plain unsatisfied. The euphoria you experience after completing this exalting visual odyssey will settle only after many long hours and then the realization will ultimately dawn - that you have been privileged to witness an classic that will be indelibly etched in cinematic archives. ” - DareDevilKid
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
“ Ridley Scott is back at his best. One of the most pure, hardcore, detailed & discerning sci-fi movies in years. ” - DareDevilKid
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. (113 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ We are very lucky to receive 3 classic sci-fi films this year - 'Prometheus' & 'Chronicle' being the other two. This one ranks right up there with the all time sci-fi greats, & the director Rian Johnson is certainly one to look out for in years to come. Repeated viewings of this movie are recommended, as its only going to get better with age. ” - DareDevilKid
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
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A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations. (320 mins.)
Director: Anurag Kashyap
“ An uncompromising, unrelenting, arresting, & purely entertaining; hardcore gangster magnum opus. One of the 20 best crime movies of world cinema ever - period! One of the 20 best Indian films ever - period! ” - DareDevilKid
Kahaani (2012)
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A pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him. (122 mins.)
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
“ Vidya Balan is on a roll. Another superlative performance from her in another superlative film. Unpredictable & shocking right till the curtain call. ” - DareDevilKid
Shanghai (2012)
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Prime leader of a campaign against a big government project is killed in what appears to be a road accident. An IAS officer is ordered to probe the incident and the veils of falsehood begin to drop. (120 mins.)
“ Gritty realistic political thriller which makes us introspect silently after the movie concludes. Performances from the entire cast (even the bit players) were all exemplary, but its Emraan Hashmi who completely reinvents himself & delivers the performance of his career. ” - DareDevilKid
Paan Singh Tomar (2012)
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The story of Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian athlete and seven-time national steeplechase champion who becomes one of the most feared dacoits in Chambal Valley after his retirement. (135 mins.)
“ Tigmanshu Dhulia has always delivered good to very good films. This is the first classic he's churned out. A gritty & surprisingly heart-warming crime story. If there's any justice at the 'Filmfare' panel, then Irfan Khan should receive a Best Actor nomination. ” - DareDevilKid
Argo (2012)
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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
“ Ben Affleck, you beauty.....take a BOW!! This is what thrillers should be like. The scenario is tangibly harrowing, the characterizations are fantastic, the build-up is terrific & nerve-wracking, & it all leads to an edge-of-the-seat & heart-pounding climax. This movie is the paradigm of what palpable tension really means. ” - DareDevilKid
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
“ If you love sprawling fantasy adventures, don't miss this film. I you love great blockbusters, don't miss this film. Hell if you just love movies, don' miss this film. This film demands to be seen on the big screen and you are meant to obey its command. The Hobbit: AUJ grabs your eyeballs from the onset and never lets go till the final shot, making it an instant, classic, blockbuster fantasy adventure. Peter Jackson Sir, please take a bow, and thanks a ton for taking us back to middle earth. Just can't wait for the next installment. ” - DareDevilKid
Django Unchained (2012)
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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.)
“ Hollywood has finally produced a western after eons & who better to helm this rousing tale of retribution than Mr. Quentin Tarantino himself. The auteur is in his elements once again, exemplifying the idiom that vengeance is a dish best served cold albeit, with oodles of panache, flair, and homages to past classics of the genre. Leo & Jamie are competent enough, but its Christopher Waltz & Samuel Jackson who walk away with all the accolades and both deservedly merit their second supporting Oscar nomination. Do yourselves a favor & rush to see this film, & then rush to see it once again. ” - DareDevilKid
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
“ Not just 1 of the best Bond films ever but also one of the best action films ever. Like 'Casino Royale', its a throwback to the 1st three classic Bond films, with quips that are memorable, stunts that are gritty & edgy, action that's realistic, a plot line that's believable, & both protagonists & antagonists that are perceptibly human. ” - DareDevilKid
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
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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
“ 'The Avengers' might be the best film this year but this is not far behind, & definitely one of the best superhero action movies of all time. Finally, Spider-man fans like myself get a movie worthy of the characters' legacy, which delves into his roots & develops the main characters passionately. Special thank to the Director - Mark Webb.Can't wait for the sequel! ” - DareDevilKid
Barfi! (2012)
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Three young people learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's definition of normal and abnormal. (151 mins.)
Director: Anurag Basu
“ Barring 2 or 3 scenes which have been deeply influenced from some Hollywood classic, this movie & Ranbir 's performance needs to be cherished for years to come. Its one of the most pristine & beautiful films ever produced in Indian Cinema. ” - DareDevilKid
The Expendables 2 (2012)
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Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. (103 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ They don't make action movies like this anymore, because there are no more action stars like these anymore. Biff, Bang, Slam, Wang, Boom, Chop, Slash, Kick, Whack, Dash, Hack, Punch, wait.......some excellent one-liners too, & an even better story-arc than the equally great 1st all the action demigods in one frame, this is every action buff's wet dream come true. ” - DareDevilKid
OMG: Oh My God! (2012)
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A shopkeeper takes God to court when his shop is destroyed by an earthquake. (125 mins.)
Director: Umesh Shukla
“ Mandatory viewing for all Indians. Even though a tad preachy at times, it really illuminates the nuances of blind faith as opposed to strong faith. Paresh Rawal & Mithun were superb, as was Akshay Kumar in his limited role, but kudos to him for producing such a sensitive subject with headlong convictions & necessary provocations. It was the most exhilarating emotion experienced in a theater after eons, as was conveyed by the rousing applause it elicited after its conclusion, a rarity in cinema halls these days. ” - DareDevilKid
Contraband (2012)
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To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills. (109 mins.)
“ Classic crime movie, with an exciting plot, intriguing twists, & good acting by Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster & Kate Beckinsale. ” - DareDevilKid
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
“ One of the best & most innovative horror movies to come out in recent years. The trill was there, the chills were there, the suspense was palpable, & the last 15 to 20 mins. was an astonishing conglomerate of pure adrenaline-pumping horror fun. ” - DareDevilKid
Ferrari Ki Sawaari (2012)
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How the pursuit of an Indian cricket legend's Ferrari makes a young boy's dreams of playing cricket at Lords a reality. (140 mins.)
Director: Rajesh Mapuskar
“ A truly heartwarming film. The last time I had laughed, cried, felt emotional, felt chocked, and enjoyed and even sneered at a slice of life all simultaneously was when the same team had served us the scrumptious '3 Idiots'. A classic feel-good satire in the same vein as 'Mr. Deeds Goes To Town', 'Mr. Smith Goes To Washington', 'Meet John Doe', 'Modern Times', and our very own 'Munnabhai MBBS' among other masterpieces of the genre. Most of all, watch it for one factor which it dishes out in copious amounts, and one which our society is badly in need of - "HOPE"......."LOTS OF HOPE"! ” - DareDevilKid
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
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A daughter tries to remedy her dysfunctional relationship with her ailing father, a decorated baseball scout by helping him in a recruiting trip which could be his last. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Lorenz
“ CLint Eastwood, please don't stop acting. Because, although he's a brilliant diirector, a film starring Eastwood is not just a film, it's an event. Another winner to add to his legendary list of calssics. The highpoint of this movie is that it's not just a feel-good sports drama, but i's a brilliant emotional drama as well. Eastwood was astounding as usual (especiall check out scene in which he pors his heart out at his wife's grave with subtlety), Amy Adams was her usual competent self, & it looked like some of Clint's magnetic charm rubbed of on Justin Timberlake as well. In all justice, this film should snare a few nominations this year, come Oscar season. ” - DareDevilKid
Jannat 2 (2012)
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A dealer of illegal guns is bullied into being an informer for a cop who wants to put an end to this racket. (150 mins.)
Director: Kunal Deshmukh
“ Emraan Hashmi has done it yet again. Another classic crime movie from his ever-growing repertoire. The romantic angle and songs (though good), do not merge well with the story, but these are only minor flaws in an otherwise very good film. And the scintillating performances by Emraan Hashmi and Randeep Hooda along woth their sizzling on-screen chemistry need to be seen to be beleived. ” - DareDevilKid
Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum (2012)
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Adi and Sid want to make big but always run out of luck and series of confusion start taking place when they reach Goa. (136 mins.)
Director: Sachin Yardi
“ It creates India's first bonafide adult comedy franchise in the
vein of the 'American Pie', the 'Naked Gun', & the 'Austin Power',
series. Its an instant classic laugh-riot. You can't get enough first time around & will be anxiously anticipating the next time you can catch this side-splitting hilarious film. ” - DareDevilKid
English Vinglish (2012)
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A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter every day because of her inability to speak and understand English. (134 mins.)
Director: Gauri Shinde
“ Sridevi is back with a BANG & she aptly demonstrates to the entire current crop of pseudo A-list actresses (barring Vidya Balan), as to how a heroine shoulders the responsibility of a female oriented film. The film itself is an endearing tale on the simplicity of life, family, relationships all together interspersed with classic satirical humor. Expect this one to gather a few nominations come awards season, & Sridevi might just pip Vidya Balan for 'Kahani' in the race to the Best Actress trophy. ” - DareDevilKid
Lincoln (2012)
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As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
“ Brilliantly directed by Steven Spielberg, superlatively enacted by Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, & the rest of the cast, and finally, it is Daniel-Day-Lewis who proves why he is the best practicing actor alive today. He delivers a poignant, stirring, and an accurately memorable performance which will be etched in cinematic history as one of the best acts ever. The movie itself - while not a complete biopic on President Abraham Lincoln - primarily focuses on one major aspect of the great man's legacy, in which he's instrumental in the constitutional amendment for the abolition of American slavery. ” - DareDevilKid
Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)
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An uncompromising film on true love from the legendary and unforgettable director Yash Chopra which is fascinatingly distinctive and contemporary. (176 mins.)
Director: Yash Chopra
“ A resoundingly fitting swansong to the legacy of Yash Chopra. Anushka was splendid, Katrina was joltingly astounding, & Shahrukh was brilliant, dynamic & reliable as ever. It does have its minor flaws & is a tad lengthy, but at its core is a triumphant tale of romance which leaves an indelible mark in our hearts, & this coming from a guy who generally abhors love stories, but this saga ranks right up there with such classics as 'Titanic' & 'DDLJ'. If you are in love, ever been in love, or just believe in love, then please go & watch it. If you think that "LOVE" is just an unprioritized four-letter fluffy word, then please go & watch it. At the end of the day, this movie might or might not jump the bandwagon of the 100 crore club, but its profound aura of 'love conquering all odds' will remain etched in our hearts & minds for 100's of years to come. Sigh......they just don't make love stories like these any more, & Yashji, you Sir, will be sorely missed forever! ” - DareDevilKid
The Impossible (2012)
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The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. (114 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
“ A rousing human drama that exemplifies the meaning of family and never quitting on your loved ones. The film is a paradigm of how the human spirit can triumph against all odds. Naomi Watts was stupendous, Tom Holland - the kid who plays her eldest son was impressive, and Ewan McGregor adept as usual. ” - DareDevilKid
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
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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 throwback to all those classic arcade games we loved, adorable characters, a simple story of good over evil & discovering the hero within us executed marvelously, & without a shred of doubt, the best animation movie of the year so far. ” - DareDevilKid
The Campaign (2012)
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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
“ Funny, inspirational & emotional - all the ingredients that one would expect from an exuberantly good satire. Both, Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis were amazing. ” - DareDevilKid
Kon-Tiki (2012)
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Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. (118 mins.)
“ An excellent and griping adventure. An engrossing drama that never lets go & the first Norwegian film I really enjoyed. Way better than the pretentious, mushy, & over-hyped Life Of Pi. This film deservedly earns its Oscar nomination in the foreign language film category & maybe just falls short of being considered a classic. ” - DareDevilKid
Life of Pi (2012)
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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
“ Not just visually stunning, but a stunningly crafted film as well. Ang Lee should definitely ensnare another Academy Award nomination for a meticulously hemmed, enthralling piece of artistic entertainment, within the difficult constraints of this implausible concept & limited material on offer. This film would have most certainly ended up as a caricature in the hands of a lesser director. The performances are all spellbinding & Irfan Khan might just sneak in with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Is this film among the best of the year? No, but it is still a very good film which will certainly be remembered for a very long time. And all the credit must be bestowed on Mr. Lee's craftsmanship will remain indelibly etched in our souls forever & ever. ” - DareDevilKid
End of Watch (2012)
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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
“ Very Good crime drama with some very good & realistic performances indeed, which cumulatively documented realistic police procedure. ” - DareDevilKid
Flight (2012)
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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
“ Great comeback to live film-making for Robert Zemeckis. He has handled a tricky and somber subject effectively and made it interesting. Maybe not one of the best films this year, but definitely one of the better films of the year. Denzel Washington has rightfully earned another Oscar nomination. ” - DareDevilKid
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 quirky little gem of an offbeat drama that's emotional yet funny at the same time. Frank Langella was simply sublime. ” - DareDevilKid
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
“ While it no way lives up to the expectation generated by the hype surrounding it from Cannes, to the numerous claims of Oscar buzz - I've seen way better Oscar nomination contenders in my lifetime -, this in no way detracts from the veracity that it is plausibly the most simplistically & refreshingly humorous representation of innocence, care, ethereal beauty, & fledgling love, while simultaneously coercing us to wrench out the child lurking deep within our souls. ” - DareDevilKid
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
“ Beautiful animation film and one of the most splendidly rendered clay animated film I've seen. If you can overlook the contrivances and plot-holes strewn intermittently over the film, there is a poignant tale to savor, a tale with which Tim Burton has redeemed himself to at least a certain degree. ” - DareDevilKid
Chakravyuh (2012)
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On the request of his friend Kabir, SP Adil Sends him to the Naxal group as an informer. When Kabir finds the truth he becomes one of their gang leader. (152 mins.)
Director: Prakash Jha
“ It might not be up there with some of Jha's best works, but it leagues better than most of the high-grossing fluff released this year. The best outcome for this film is that it tackled its core issue of naxalism head-on & denotes it comprehensively yet needfully ambiguously. Rampal is getting better with each outing, Esha Gupta doesn't need to contribute much, but surprising Abhay disappoints in this feature of his. ” - DareDevilKid
Arbitrage (2012)
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A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. (107 mins.)
“ A neat drama, with adequate & appropriate plot twists, which more than keeps the viewer resolutely engrossed. Richard Gere might have just delivered a serious Oscar contending performance. ” - DareDevilKid
Jack Reacher (2012)
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A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. (130 mins.)
“ Say what you want about Mr. Cruise, but the man just won't go down. I for one acknowledge him for his caliber of performances, choice of roles, and the quality of films he partakes in. With Jack Reacher, he delivers another winner to add to his already sterling repertoire. A good solid action thriller, with an intriguing plot, some ingenious twists, and a well executed car chase scene. If not for the predictable climax, this Tom Cruise offering could have been an instantaneous classic. ” - DareDevilKid
Premium Rush (2012)
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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
“ Cool bike stunts, great chase sequences, edge-of-the-seat action & breezy performances, make this a one helluva fast, freewheeling 84 min. ride. ” - DareDevilKid
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
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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
“ Entertaining for kids & adults alike. Could have been better but it's at least not a juvenile attempt at same old mundane offerings. The best part of this movie is how it reminds us to never stop believing in fantasy, fairy-tales & legendary creatures, in a world besieged with grief & strife. ” - DareDevilKid
John Carter (2012)
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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
“ Though the trailers had made me really excited, I was still skeptical going into this movie, as you do not know what to expect with 'Disney' nowadays. But it deliverd exactly what it promised. A classsic Sci-Fi epic 3 years after 'Avatar'. ” - DareDevilKid
Vicky Donor (2012)
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A man is brought in by an infertility doctor to supply him with his sperm, where he becomes the biggest sperm donor for his clinic. (126 mins.)
Director: Shoojit Sircar
“ Very good film & a surprise hit at the box-office, considering the rancid taste of Indian audiences. Excellent performances from the entire cast & a smashing debut from Ayushmann Khurrana. Thank God that John Abraham's dexterity as a producer is in stark contrast to his skills as an actor. ” - DareDevilKid
The Dictator (2012)
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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
“ Crude, Offensive, Abrasive, Sexist, Racist, Uninhibited, Unabashed, just pure Over-The-Top, No-Holds-Barred R-Rated Fun. Both Sacha Baron Cohen & Anna Faris are in top form, while Ben Kingsley is his usual dependable self. ” - DareDevilKid
Rush (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
Story of a struggling news reporter engulfed by the veneer of glamour, money, power and the enviable life of media. (110 mins.)
Director: Shamin Desai
“ A taut & engaging thriller with a smooth edgy pace right through. Another winner from Mr. Emraan Hashmi. ” - DareDevilKid
Why Stop Now? (2012)
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When a college piano prodigy tries to check his mother into rehab, he is taken hostage by her drug dealer and swept along on a wild adventure. (85 mins.)
“ Quirky little comedy. Both Eisenberg & Melissa Leo were great together. Loved how the whole mother-son realtionship was played out. ” - DareDevilKid
Taken 2 (2012)
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In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. (92 mins.)
Director: Olivier Megaton
“ A good, solid action film, which, while not being in the same league as its predecessor, does provide enough of thrills, chills, proficient performances, & a decent plot, to make this a fun ride from start to finish. ” - DareDevilKid
Agneepath (2012)
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A young boy's father is lynched before his eyes; fifteen years later he returns home for revenge. (174 mins.)
Director: Karan Malhotra
“ Just because of the ridiculous climax, this film falls short of a classic, but a very good gangster movie nevertheless, with enough of plot variations & innovative narration to hold its own as a remake. Memorable performances by Sanjay Dutt & especially Rishi Kapoor steal the limelight. ” - DareDevilKid
Project X (2012)
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3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads. (88 mins.)
Director: Nima Nourizadeh
“ More than funny movie which effectively takes us on a trip down our college memory lane (in India its college immediately after grade school) & also elicits a huge sigh of relief at certain garish & indelibly horrendous mistakes we might have avoided in our inane adolescent stupor. Especially pleasing is the manner in which the relatively unknown actors portray their characters competently well. ” - DareDevilKid
Brave (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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.)
“ Now this is how animation movies must be! This is why Pixar & 'Disney' are head-and-shoulders above the rest of the Hollywood studios churning out animated films, with just a few exceptions from Dreamworks. While not in the same league as the studios' other classics, but a vast improvement from their pallid previous outing - 'Cars 2'. Good fun for the entire family. ” - DareDevilKid
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
“ Solid debut from Seth MacFarlane into the world of film-making. Both Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis were fantastic. Contained all the trademarks of Family Guy, which was a treat for fans like us. Could have been better though especially towards the end, but ut still held up well. Curious to see MacFarlane next full-length feature offering. ” - DareDevilKid
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.)
“ Archetypal dark comedy with a truly innovative & never-before-seen docu-comedy narrative. Matthew McConaughey & Shirley MacLaine both drive home memorable performances, but Jack Black is truly the star here & completely reinvents himself. He astoundingly embodies this real life character, from the mannerisms, to the body language, gait, posture, voice modulation, right down to the finest nuances, his performance is more than worthy of an Oscar nomination. ” - DareDevilKid
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.)
“ Aardman continues it winning streak. They have no equals when it comes to stop-motion, clay-animation. While it doesn't have the same classic touch of the "Wallace & Gromit", it has all the staple features associated with Aardaman - a heartwarming tale, instantaneously lovable characters, cool action, & stop-motion, clay-animation at its sublime best. ” - DareDevilKid
Thuppakki (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An army captain is on a mission to track down and destroy a terrorist gang and deactivate the sleeper cells under its command. (165 mins.)
Director: A.R. Murugadoss
“ Light breezy action entertainer while it lasted. Not as great as some south films, but definitely way better than most south films. ” - DareDevilKid
Dabangg 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Chulbul Pandey invites a fresh trouble when he kills the brother of a notorious politician and the former swears to wreak havoc in his life. (120 mins.)
Director: Arbaaz Khan
“ A Salman Khan film that finally lives up to expectations after a long time. A entertaining masala film just done right - nothing more, nothing less. Good one-liners, good songs, good background score, decent action, decent cinematography, good humor, and Salman entertaining the masses to the hilt. In short, you get what you paid for, which is a relief when you compare this breezy film to Salman's recent money churning duds. ” - DareDevilKid
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
“ A lot was expected from the Director of 'In Bruges' & though this was nothing like the filmmaker's previous classic, it still goes down as one of the better movies hemmed this year. A wickedly funny crime-comedy, with some refreshingly unexpected twists & hilariously witty one-liners. Sam Rockwell & Christopher Walken were both a delight to watch. ” - DareDevilKid
House at the End of the Street (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident. (101 mins.)
Director: Mark Tonderai
“ Contrary to prevalent misconception, this Jennifer Lawrence shouldered horror film has just enough thrills, chills, and plot twists to merit at least 95 mins. of undivided engrossment. ” - DareDevilKid
The Collection (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A man who escapes from the vicious grips of the serial killer known as "The Collector" is then forced to help rescue an innocent girl from the killer's booby-trapped lair. (82 mins.)
Director: Marcus Dunstan
“ Like its predecessor, its a smart & visceral horror film. Unlike its predecessor, its not as smart & this time the ingenuity is not as prevalent & doesn't do enough to compensate for the lack of thrills, twists, & spooks. But its still enjoyable while it lasts. ” - DareDevilKid
Les Misérables (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (158 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ Good musical but I have seen some really better ones over the years. People are complaining about Tom Hooper not getting an Oscar nomination in the best Director category, but from an objective viewpoint, while his craftsmanship is competent, it is not really Oscar worthy. What really holds this film together is Hugh Jackman's astounding performance. He completely reinvents himself & should be Daniel Day-Lewis' closest competitor come Oscar time. ” - DareDevilKid
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. (88 mins.)
“ Though none of the sequels could ever match up to the praiseworthy original, they were all decent followups, with this latest entry, aptly carrying the legacy of Manny, Diego, Sid, & Scratt forward. A thoroughly enjoyable 90 mins. ” - DareDevilKid
Aiyyaa (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
A woman goes on the hunt for her dream man, armed with her wild imagination, her passion for Masala-films, and her ultra-sensitive sense of smell. (152 mins.)
“ Light breezy entertainment which ranges from good to offbeat to downright silly & unfortunately sometimes it deviates towards mediocrity. The entire cast has performed really well, but if not for anything else, watch it for Rani Mukerji at her seductive, voluptuous, & sexiest best. ” - DareDevilKid
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A few drinks too many leads an uptight architect and quick-witted hairstylist to marry in Las Vegas. Can a mistake lead to friendship and love? (110 mins.)
Director: Shakun Batra
“ A Karan Johar production usually delivers and this was no different. Imran Khan was his usual pansy self, but it sufficed for this movie, while Kareena Kapoor was competent as usual. ” - DareDevilKid
Superman vs. The Elite (2012 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The Man of Steel finds himself outshone by a new team of ruthless superheroes who hold his idealism in contempt. (76 mins.)
Director: Michael Chang
“ A innovative spin on the most powerful & noble of all superheroes - begs us to question his motivations & tactics & then satisfactorily answers these questions with making superman do what we love to see him doing - pulverizing the bad guys with all his courage & in the most noble of all ways. ” - DareDevilKid
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
“ Silly, enjoyable fun, & Tom Cruise was just brilliant. The lack of plot is more than compensated by the impeccably recreated classical 80's 'Rock & Roll' music & feel, outstanding performances, ample skin-show, & once again - Tom Cruise. ” - DareDevilKid
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
“ Good crime drama, but it tended to slacken & meander in certain places, however, thankfully, it also picked up the pace soon after such dull moments & maintained an engrossing fell right till the end. Brad Pitt was effortless as usual. Ray Liotta in an abridged role was terrific. But the monologue after the climax, was remarkably unpleasant, insipid & uncalled for. ” - DareDevilKid