2012: The Films to Look Forward to

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1.
Les Misérables (2012)
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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
 
2.
Anna Karenina (2012)
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In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky. (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
3.
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
 
4.
Marley (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. (144 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
5.
The Gatekeepers (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. (101 mins.)
Director: Dror Moreh
 
6.
How to Survive a Plague (2012 Documentary)
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The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. (110 mins.)
Director: David France
 
7.
The Central Park Five (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. (119 mins.)
 
8.
The Waiting Room (2012 Documentary)
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Go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. (81 mins.)
Director: Peter Nicks
 
9.
Chasing Ice (2012 Documentary)
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Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. (75 mins.)
Director: Jeff Orlowski
 
10.
Ethel (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on Ethel Kennedy that provides an insider's view of a political dynasty, including her life with Robert F. Kennedy and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own. (97 mins.)
Director: Rory Kennedy
 
11.
The House I Live In (2012 Documentary)
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From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. (108 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
12.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011 Documentary)
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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
 
13.
Samsara (2011 Documentary)
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Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. (102 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
14.
Love, Marilyn (2012 Documentary)
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Modern day celebrities interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters. (107 mins.)
Director: Liz Garbus
 
15.
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. (106 mins.)
 
16.
Gayby (2012)
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Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together... the old fashioned way. (85 mins.)
 
17.
Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
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A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people. (92 mins.)
 
18.
Fill the Void (2012)
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When the older sister of Shira, an 18-year-old Hasidic Israeli, dies suddenly in childbirth, Shira must decide if she can and should marry her widowed brother-in-law, which also generates tensions within her extended family. (90 mins.)
Director: Rama Burshtein
 
19.
Detropia (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base. (90 mins.)
 
20.
Alms for a Blind Horse (2011)
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A day in the life of a family in a village in Punjab as they deal with social and labor trials and inequities, leading to a night of a lunar eclipse. (112 mins.)
Director: Gurvinder Singh
 
21.
The Girl (2012 TV Movie)
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The turbulent relationship between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren. (91 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
 
22.
The Loneliest Planet (2011)
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An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves. (113 mins.)
Director: Julia Loktev
 
23.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government. (91 mins.)
Director: Alison Klayman
 
24.
In Another Country (2012)
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A three-tiered story centered on a trio of French tourists visiting the same seaside resort. (89 mins.)
Director: Sang-soo Hong
 
25.
The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
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The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot. (98 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
 
26.
The Paperboy (2012)
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A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. (107 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
Sister (2012)
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A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests. (97 mins.)
Director: Ursula Meier
 
29.
Deadfall (2012)
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A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration. (95 mins.)
 
30.
House at the End of the Street (2012)
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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
 
31.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
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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.)
 
32.
Beyond the Hills (2012)
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The friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany. (150 mins.)
Director: Cristian Mungiu