2012 Watchlist

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1.
The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
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An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. (135 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
The Words (2012)
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A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man's work. (102 mins.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
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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
 
9.
Great Expectations (2012)
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A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. (128 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
10.
Chicken with Plums (2011)
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Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. (93 mins.)
 
11.
Neighboring Sounds (2012)
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The lives of the residents of a Brazilian apartment building and the security guards who get the job guarding the surrounding streets. (131 mins.)
 
12.
Not Fade Away (2012)
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Set in suburban New Jersey the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big. (112 mins.)
Director: David Chase
 
13.
Hit and Run (2012)
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Former getaway driver Charlie Bronson jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles. The feds and Charlie's former gang chase them on the road. (100 mins.)
 
14.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)
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A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Hedges
 
15.
Quartet (2012)
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At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. (94 mins.)
Director: Dustin Hoffman
 
16.
The First Time (2012)
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A shy senior and a down-to-earth junior fall in love over one weekend. (95 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kasdan
 
17.
Chasing Mavericks (2012)
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When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. (116 mins.)
 
18.
Cosmopolis (2012)
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Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart. (109 mins.)
 
19.
Dark Shadows (2012)
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An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. (113 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
20.
Friends with Kids (2011)
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Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships. (107 mins.)
 
21.
The Guilt Trip (2012)
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As inventor Andy Brewster is about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, a quick stop at his mom's house turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with her along for the ride. (95 mins.)
Director: Anne Fletcher
 
22.
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
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The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. (94 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
 
23.
On the Road (2012)
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Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly. (124 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
 
24.
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
 
25.
Parental Guidance (2012)
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Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behavior collides with Artie and Diane's old-school methods. (105 mins.)
Director: Andy Fickman
 
26.
People Like Us (2012)
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While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices. (114 mins.)
Director: Alex Kurtzman
 
27.
This Means War (2012)
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A pair of CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another when they discover they are dating the same woman. (103 mins.)
Director: McG
 
28.
The Vow (2012)
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A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Sucsy
 
29.
The Woman in Black (2012)
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A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (95 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
 
30.
Won't Back Down (2012)
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Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. (121 mins.)
Director: Daniel Barnz
 
31.
2 Days in New York (2012)
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Manhattan couple Marion and Mingus, who each have children from prior relationships, find their comfortable family dynamic jostled by a visit from Marion's relatives. (96 mins.)
Director: Julie Delpy
 
32.
Beloved (2011)
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In London, a mother and daughter navigate their respective romances: Madeline rekindles an affair from thirty years earlier, while her daughter Vera is caught between a musician who cannot commit and her ex, who still pines for her. (133 mins.)
 
33.
Bully (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. (98 mins.)
Director: Lee Hirsch
 
34.
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on Broadway legend Carol Channing. (87 mins.)
Director: Dori Berinstein
 
35.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011 Documentary)
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A look at the life and work of the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland. (86 mins.)
 
36.
Elena (2011)
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When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan ... (109 mins.)
 
37.
Hello I Must Be Going (2012)
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Circumstances force a young divorcée to move back in with her parents in suburban Connecticut, where an affair with a younger guy rejuvenates her passion for life (95 mins.)
Director: Todd Louiso
 
38.
Little White Lies (2010)
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A near-fatal accident leaves one friend in the hospital while the rest go on their annual vacation. But their secrets and personal grief threaten to drive them apart. (154 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
 
39.
Lola Versus (2012)
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Dumped by her boyfriend just three weeks before their wedding, Lola enlists her close friends for a series of adventures she hopes will help her come to terms with approaching 30 as a single woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Daryl Wein
 
40.
The Matchmaker (2010)
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During the summer of 1968 a teenage boy goes to work for a matchmaker who has survived the Holocaust - both their lives are forever altered. (112 mins.)
Director: Avi Nesher
 
41.
Middle of Nowhere (2012)
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When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process. (97 mins.)
Director: Ava DuVernay
 
42.
Nobody Walks (2012)
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A Silver Lake family's relaxed dynamic is tested after they take in a young artist so she can complete her art film. (83 mins.)
Director: Ry Russo-Young
 
43.
The Oranges (2011)
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The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family. (90 mins.)
Director: Julian Farino
 
44.
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
 
45.
Sound of My Voice (2011)
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Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future. (85 mins.)
Director: Zal Batmanglij
 
46.
Sound of Noise (2010)
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A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city. (102 mins.)
 
47.
To Rome with Love (2012)
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The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. (112 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
48.
The Details (2011)
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When a family of raccoons discover worms living underneath the sod in Jeff and Nealy's backyard, this pest problem begins a darkly comic and wild chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity and murder. (101 mins.)
 
49.
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
 
50.
Smashed (2012)
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A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober. (81 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
 
51.
Promised Land (2012)
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A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources. (106 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
52.
No (2012)
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An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (118 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
 
53.
Frances Ha (2012)
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A story that follows as a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles. (86 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
 
54.
The Fairy (2011)
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A hotel clerk searches all over Le Havre for the fairy who made two of his three wishes come true before disappearing. (93 mins.)
 
55.
Brooklyn Castle (2012 Documentary)
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Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team. (101 mins.)
 
56.
The Other Son (2012)
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Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth. (105 mins.)
Director: Lorraine Lévy
 
57.
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
 
58.
Wuthering Heights (2011)
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A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. (129 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
59.
Any Day Now (2012)
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In the 1970s, a gay couple fights a biased legal system to keep custody of the abandoned mentally handicapped teenager that comes to live under their roof. (98 mins.)
Director: Travis Fine
 
60.
Little Birds (2011)
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Lily and Alison face a life-changing event after they leave their Salton Sea home and follow the boys they meet back to Los Angeles. (94 mins.)
Director: Elgin James
 
61.
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)
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An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python. (85 mins.)
 
62.
Price Check (2012)
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Peter, a family man who works for a failing supermarket chain finds his life shaken up by his new boss, Susan, who starts to groom him for an executive position. Money and opportunities are within his grasp, but at what price? (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Walker
 
63.
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
 
64.
Barbara (2012)
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A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital. (105 mins.)
 
65.
Tabu (2012)
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A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa. (118 mins.)
Director: Miguel Gomes
 
66.
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.)
 
67.
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