2012 At the Movies

List and ratings/blurbs of films I've seen in 2012. List ordered by release date.
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1.
Haywire (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. (93 mins.)
“ Tight thriller that is slightly marred by Gina Carrano's wooden performance. Soderbergh continues to prove he's a master, even when playing with common genre scenarios. ” - travis-block
 
2.
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
“ A film that I walked in wanting to hate, but ended up loving. This is where expectations can be helpful. I expected a balls-to-the-wall, outlandish Liam Neeson action film, but instead saw a mediation on life and death in the form of a Jack London-esque man vs. nature scenario. ” - travis-block
 
3.
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
“ A squandered opportunity. What starts out with so much potential during the first half of the film is lost when it becomes your standard superhero vs. supervillain battle. Highly disappointing. ” - travis-block
 
4.
John Carter (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
“ A fun and playful yarn that harkens back to its source material, that is far better than it history as a financial flop would lead you to believe. It doesn't help that Taylor Kitsch, who is great in ensemble pieces (such as Friday Night Lights), doesn't quite have what it takes to make a believable hero. However, it is nowhere near as bad as its reputation would make you believe and, in my humble opinion, is a far better family sci-fi option than The Hunger Games. ” - travis-block
 
5.
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 wasn't a huge fan of the book, so my opinion of the story was a bit colored walking in. I did like the design of the Capitol as well as how its residents were portrayed. Jennifer Lawrence was great as Katniss, earning her place as an actress to be watched. That said, everything else came across as uninspired at best. A book that already pulled its punches saw its adaptation pull those punches back even more, eliminating some of the more gruesome aspects of the book, while beautifying the contestants into something more akin to an issue of Seventeen, as opposed to poverty-stricken children. ” - travis-block
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
Goon (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Dowse
 
8.
American Reunion (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion. (113 mins.)
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
Battleship (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. (131 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
12.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
 
13.
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
 
14.
Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision. (108 mins.)
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
17.
2 Days in New York (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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
 
18.
Lawless (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits. (116 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
19.
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.)
“ Great performances. Great story. Beautifully shot. Yet, I walked out of the theater feeling cold and empty. Whether this is by design or not, there's plenty to discuss here. It's not my favorite of Anderson's, but it's worth seeing. ” - travis-block