My Films Of 2012

A list of all the films I have seen at the cinema. They are in order of the month I saw them. I will update the list as I see a new film.
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Underworld Awakening (2012)
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When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrior Selene leads the battle against humankind. (88 mins.)
Director: Mårlind, Stein
“ January in 3D. A much better film in the series after two disappointing sequels. Still not anything fantastic though. ” - rjwickings
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
“ February. A great film with a really good story. Some very original ideas. My favourite part is where they play american football in the sky. ” - rjwickings
Safe House (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge. (115 mins.)
Director: Daniel Espinosa
“ February. A very well paced and clever film with some good performances from Reynolds and Washington. ” - rjwickings
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory. (136 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ February in 3D. I only went to see this as it was in 3D. I wish I hadn't bothered. Hadn't seen the film since it's release, I forgot how bad it was. It is still a massive shame that Darth Maul was killed off and the acting is dreadful in places. ” - rjwickings
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. (96 mins.)
Director: Neveldine, Taylor
“ February in 3D. A strange film. A sequel to the original but the styling of the story and some of the graphics used are just so different that it is hard to link them together. Not a great film and Cage laughing maniacally through the film is just weird. A shame because Ghost Rider is one of the more interesting Marvel characters. ” - rjwickings
Wanderlust (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Rattled by sudden unemployment, a Manhattan couple surveys alternative living options, ultimately deciding to experiment with living on a rural commune where free love rules. (98 mins.)
Director: David Wain
“ March. A brilliantly funny comedy which has some very loud laugh out loud moments. Nothing groundbreaking but well worth watching for a fun film. ” - rjwickings
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
“ March in 3D. I still can't understand the bad reviews. This film is really good. Some great visuals and a very good story. Would recommend to any sci-fi fan. ” - rjwickings
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.)
“ March. A very funny film with Channing and Hill on very good form. Plus there are some special cameos you don't see coming! ” - rjwickings
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.)
“ March. Great fun for the family, my little one loved it. Another good story by Aardman Animations. ” - rjwickings
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
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.)
“ March in 3D. A very disappointing film. The trailer promised a great film but I don't think it really delivered. Still very good but I expected more. Some great scenes and good fights but just not enough. Maybe better in 2D. ” - rjwickings
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
“ April in 3D. Good sci-fi film. One of the best bits is the scene where they tie in the film with the board game. This film made Battleships exciting to play again! ” - rjwickings
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
“ April. Amazing. Not a huge fan of horror films but this one was actually clever, original, funny, scary, gory and enjoyable to watch. Would recommend to anyone to watch. Except for kids! ” - rjwickings
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
“ April in 3D. My film of the year so far. Partly because of anticipation but also because the film delivered on the promise. Initially disappointed not to see Edward Norton reprise his role as Banner but Mark Ruffalo was fantastic. Would like to have seen it in 2D as well. Contains one of my favourite lines in a film, "That's my secret, cap: I'm always angry". ” - rjwickings
American Reunion (2012)
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Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion. (113 mins.)
“ May. Very funny. After American Pie 2 the franchise seemed to nose dive into ridiculous sequels. But this one is well worth watching and returns to the original's quality. ” - rjwickings
Safe (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail. (94 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
“ May. A very good Jason Statham film with an interesting story. Plus the final fight scene is one of my favourites, definately not what you would expect. ” - rjwickings
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
“ May. A very good comedy. I didn't enjoy Borat and thought that Bruno was ok in places. This however is Baron Cohen at his best. A very funny film. ” - rjwickings
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.)
“ May in 3D. Disappointing. I enjoyed the original MIB and even MIB 2 was ok. But even with Jermaine Clement delivering a great performance as Boris this film just wasn't that good. Clearly the plan was not to make a trilogy at the beginning as the story is a bit weak. If you liked both the other MIBs then you might like this. ” - rjwickings
Red Lights (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away. (114 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo Cortés
“ June. Fantastic. A very suspenseful film with a twist that you don't see coming unless you look for it. Some great acting supported by a brilliant script. ” - rjwickings
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
“ June. Great fun. Obviously a fantastic soundtrack and Cruise is brilliant as Stacee Jaxx. ” - rjwickings
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them. (105 mins.)
“ June in 3D. A very strange concept but works very well. Some good acting and a fun idea. Makes me want to see if Lincoln maybe was a Vampire hunter (he probably wasn't). ” - rjwickings
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 finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ June in 3D. My second best movie of the year. Thoroughly enjoyable and some disturbing scenes. Think that some people didn't enjoy this due to being fixated on wanting answers to Alien. It clearly is a prequel but not set directly before Alien. Without being a prequel this is still a brilliant film. ” - rjwickings
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. (127 mins.)
Director: Rupert Sanders
“ June. Not a bad film. Visually very good and some good action in there. The dwarf's humour was enjoyable but almost ruined the mood of the film for me. Well worth watching though. ” - rjwickings
Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone. (86 mins.)
Director: Brad Parker
“ July. A great scary film. Not overly clever but well delivered and a great ending. Would recommend to horror fans. ” - rjwickings
Storage 24 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
In London, a military plane crashes leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware that the city is in lockdown, a group of people become trapped inside a storage facility with a highly unwelcome guest. (87 mins.)
“ July. Not a bad film but not the best either. A good script and an interesting idea are executed quite well. But nothing overly special in this one. Fans of Attack The Block will enjoy this. ” - rjwickings
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
“ July in 3D. A brilliant reboot which was risky so soon after the Maguire series. Garfield is very well cast though as the quick witted geek that is Peter Parker. A shame that they didn't stay completely true to the comic book but they brought in some very important aspects of Spiderman - the webshooters and his quips. A great film for anyone to see. Rhys Ifans is brilliant as Dr Connors/The Lizard. ” - rjwickings
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.)
“ July. A good comedy with some funny performances from Blunt and Segel. Very enjoyable and easy to watch. Some laugh out loud moments in there too. Alison Brie is very good as the sister. The Elmo-Cookie Monster scene is one of the funniest of the year. ” - rjwickings
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.)
“ July. Brilliant film for all the family. A really good film in a franchise that continues to impress. Expect another one. After 4 very good films though it may be asking too much for a fifth. ” - rjwickings
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
“ July. Outstanding. My new film of the year which was to be expected. Hardy and Bale are brilliant. Hathaway is also very good as Selina Kyle. Nolan has managed to end the trilogy on a high. A twist which you get glimpses of but don't see coming. I worry that no one will be able to follow this and there'll be no more Batman films though! ” - rjwickings
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
“ August. Hilarious. A very funny film, any fans of Family Guy will really enjoy this. Not the best film of the year but one of the funniest. ” - rjwickings
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
“ August. A good film with some great scenes. Apparently this film is confusing in places, I found it quite easy to follow and well written. Not the best Bourne film but setting up for some more sequels I think. ” - rjwickings
The Expendables 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
“ August. Pure indulgent fun! Some absolutely great fire fights, great fight scenes, good gags and just generally good moments. Possiubly poking a bit too much fun at itself to the point where it's just for the sake of it. But good to see some legends coming back to the big screen. Would like Vin Diesel/Dwayne Johnson in the next one! ” - rjwickings
Total Recall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run. (118 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
“ Sptember. This film was well worth the wait. You have to get over looking for the similarities between this one and the original and just enjoy it. Some really good moments and makes me want to read the book. ” - rjwickings
That's My Boy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
While in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down when Donny resurfaces just before Todd's wedding. (116 mins.)
Director: Sean Anders
“ September. Sandler's more recent films haven't been that good. This one is great! A ridiculous story which made me laugh a lot. I would compare this to Billy Madison/Happy Gilmore with how funny it is. ” - rjwickings
Dredd (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. (95 mins.)
Director: Pete Travis
“ September in 3D (of course!). Brilliant film visually and a much better outing than the Stallone one. Not really groundbreaking but some really good 3D scenes. Looking forward to a sequel! ” - rjwickings
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Alice fights alongside a resistance movement to regain her freedom from an Umbrella Corporation testing facility. (95 mins.)
“ September in 3D. Not the greatest film in the franchise but still worth watching if you enjoyed the others. ” - rjwickings
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
“ October. A great film only ruined by the political message running through it. A great performance as always by Pitt. ” - rjwickings
The Sweeney (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police. Based on the '70s UK TV show. (112 mins.)
Director: Nick Love
“ October. Never going to be film of the year but this one is great fun to watch. They do some ridiculous things in this film and it's just hilarious. Ben Drew is very good as usual and Winstone is extremely believeable as Regan. If you like gun fights/car chases then this is for you. ” - rjwickings
Taken 2 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
“ October. No where near as good as the original. Needed to be really different and isn't. Leeson is still very good and is worth watching if you like the original but nothing special. Could have been a lot better. ” - rjwickings
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
“ October. A great concept and really well done. Hard to get used to the make-up Gordon-Levitt is wearing but still a great performance by all. Really good ending which surprised me. ” - rjwickings
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter. (91 mins.)
“ October in 3D. A good kids film but nothing overly special. Will be good to watch around halloween with the family. ” - rjwickings
Frankenweenie (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment. (87 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ October in 3D. A beautiful film which was a great film and a really good kids film. I would like to see the original short this is based on. Another great piece of work by Tim Burton. ” - rjwickings
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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.)
“ October. A fantastic kids film which my little one really enjoyed. Visually fantastic during the circus performances near the end. ” - rjwickings
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. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ October. A brilliant film with a fantastic performance by Javier Bardem. Quantum of Solace was a bit disappointing but this one has got back to where Bond is best. ” - rjwickings
Love Bite (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
School is over and summer has begun in the dead-end seaside town of Rainmouth. While Jamie's friends... (91 mins.)
Director: Andy De Emmony
“ November. Not a bad werewolf film, some funny moments. If you like werewolves then it's worth a look but I wouldn't go hunting it down! ” - rjwickings
Here Comes the Boom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Coraci
“ November. A surprisingly good film. Full of soppy moments but Kevin James looks very impressive in the cage. A funny film which older kids will enjoy. ” - rjwickings
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
“ November. Absolutely fantastic, another great performance by Gyllenhaal. A great story with some horrific scenes. A very well paced film which will keep you interested throughout. ” - rjwickings
Gambit (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen. (89 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
“ November. A mediocre comedy which only fans of Colin Firth will really enjoy. The only mild saving grace is Alan Rickman is quite funny. ” - rjwickings
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.)
“ November. A great film with some fantastic performances by the whole cast. A story which anyone can enjoy and a great film for couples to see. ” - rjwickings
Gremlins (1984)
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A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. (106 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ December. Only saw it as it was a special screening. Absolutely brilliant and still a classic to this day! ” - rjwickings
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.)
“ December. Not a bad film to end the year with. Quite a good story and a good performance from Cruise. I haven't read the book so don't know if it does it justice but a good fiilm. ” - rjwickings