My Top 20 Favorite Movies of 2012 so far

My 20 Favorite Movies of 2012 so far.

Honorable Mentions:
The Hunger Games
Prometheus
Lawless
People Like Us
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
The Expendables 2
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1.
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 Catwoman, 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.)
“ I know there's many people that would definitely agree with me, and many that won't (seems to be the most divided one of the trilogy), but The Dark Knight Rises for me was the perfect finale of one of my favorite trilogies of all-time. It's emotional, engaging all the way through, intense, and powerfully acted by it's all-star cast that all bring their A-game. It's not an absolutely masterpiece like The Dark Knight, but it's honestly damn well close. Not only did this movie have me on the edge of my seat more than any other movie this year, but I've never been as engaged or invested in a superhero movie the way I was with The Dark Knight Rises (at least tied with The Dark Knight). I loved the characters, story, action, performances and just everything about it. It would be a shame if this movie doesn't at least get nominated for Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score. Whether you disagree with me or not, I would obviously put it up for Best Picture. ” - lilwill1997
 
2.
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. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Skyfall is honestly probably my favorite Bond movie I've ever seen (even slightly better than Casino Royale). It features some of the best action scenes I've seen all year especially a scene involving Bond and another guy fighting on top of an elevator, and amazing Cinematography that is sure to get an Oscar nomination. Skyfal gives us the most story and character driven James Bond movie to date, and Daniel Craig gives a great performance as the most human and emotional James Bond I've seen yet. Also great is Judi Dench as M in a much bigger role than she had in both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, but hands down the actor who steals the movie is Javier Bardem as Silva, who's not only my favorite villain of the year probably, but by far my favorite villain I've seen from the Bond movies. Skyfall more than enough makes up for that disappointment that was Quantum of Solace, and I definitely think you'll be watching that movie and forget that movie ever existed. This is for sure going to grab Oscar nominations for, Best Cinematography, possibly Best Original Score, and hopefully Best Picture and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Javier Bardem). This movie even surpassed my favorite action movie of last year, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol by a margin. Skyfall like The Dark Knight & Rises, is more than just a James Bond movie. ” - lilwill1997
 
3.
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
“ I'll admit I had lots of hope going into this movie since I've been waiting for it for 4 years since the first Iron Man movie, but I still had some skepticals as well wondering how they would have been able to balance all of these characters into one film. But, boy did Joss Wheldon not only meet my expectations with this movie, but he really exceeded them as well. Some of the best action scenes I've seen in years especially the final battle at the end, great humor and banter between the characters that work perfectly, great performances by the whole cast especially Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo who nearly steals the movie as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, great characters, and a great script with a great balance of witty humor and action. Definitely the second best comic book movie that came out this year (obviously you can just my favorite one lol), but the best comic book adaption for sure if that makes sense lol. Now one of my all-time favorite comic book movies and movies in general. Probably the most fun I've had at the movies in years, and I saw it 4 times in the movie theatre more than any other movie this year. Great film, and delivered everything I wanted. Great villain in Loki and performance from Tom Hiddleston. ” - lilwill1997
 
4.
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.)
“ The best romantic dramedy I've seen in years. The performances are excellent in this movie from, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver, and even Chris Tucker. But, the standout here I think is Jennifer Lawrence who without a doubt needs to get an Oscar nomination for her performance, she's amazing in this movie and might even win this time. This is for sure to be shoe-in for the Oscars. David O'Russell has done it again. ” - lilwill1997
 
5.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ My personal favorite Wes Andreson film and one of the most unquie and funniest comedies I've seen in years. The script is so witty and clever. The performances are all excellent too espeically Bruce Willas, Edward Norton, and Bill Murray. This movie is the perfect balance of humor, but also some really intense dramtic/crazy moments. Be sure to check this out if you haven't yet. ” - lilwill1997
 
6.
Argo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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 hits it out of the park again with Argo, and is now three for three as a director with quite possibly his best film to date which is saying a lot because I loved both Gone Baby Gone and especially The Town. Ben Affleck also gives a great performance in this movie as well does John Goodman, but i think my favorite performance comes from Alan Arkin who's also pretty underused here as well. ” - lilwill1997
 
7.
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ One of the greatest and most emotionally engaging sc-fi action movies in years. Joseph Gordon-Levitt once again hits it out of the park here in the lead role as Joe, and the guy just keepes getting better and better, easily one of the best actors working today. He was born to receive an oscar nomination one of these days and win one. He will! Should have been nominated at least for 50/50 already of last year. Was fantastic in this and The Dark Knight Rises, which shows me if he hasn't already, he'll become a star in no time. And of course, Bruce Willis is just fantastic in this movie, and totally bad-ass. It was great to see him and Gordon-Levitt act together on screen. And Jeff Dianels as the film's villain, and Emily Blunt deliver great supporting performances. Looper is a great film and keeps you engage and on the edge of your seat all the way through. ” - lilwill1997
 
8.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
“ Quite possibly my biggest surprise of the year was, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. When I first saw the trailers, I thought it looked kind of like a typical high school movie, and I had never read the books, but boy was I wrong about this movie. The Perks of Being a Wallflower was fantastic and easily the best high school movie I've seen at least since Superbad. I loved all the characters in this movie, and was invested into them and the story. They all feel real and so does the entire movie. The script is perfectly written and the performances from Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, and Emma Watson are all excellent as well from many supporting cast memebers. Loved this movie, great coming of age story, and a great throwback to many great John Hugh classics especially The Breakfast Club. ” - lilwill1997
 
9.
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 in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ The Cabin in the Woods is the best horror movie I've seen in years. Possibly even since the original Scream. Is it the scariest one? No. But that doesn't matter because this is more than just a horror movie. If you go into The Cabin in the Woods expecting another typical slasher flick, you're in for a huge surprise. The Cabin in the Woods is not only one of the most cleverest horror movie you'll ever see, it's also perfectly written, scary, thrilling, scary, and often hilarious. Joss Whedon has know hit it out of the park twice this year with The Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods. Though keep in mind, he didn't direct The Cabin in the Woods, he wrote and proudced it, while Drew Goddard directed it and did a great job doing it. The cast is terffic, including raising star, Chris Hemsworth, but I would say Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford steal the show here. They have some great chemistry and hilarious dialogue with each other, but I won't dare to tell you what their roles are because it's a surprise. ” - lilwill1997
 
10.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ Not only by far my favorite animated movie of the year, but one of my favorite movies of the year in general. I'll admit I've never been the biggest gamer in the world, but it was awesome to see all of these noticeable video game characters like Sonic, Mario, Street Fighter, extc all in one film even if they're not the main characters or have barely any dialogue. Wreck It Ralph is boosted by a great voice cast that includes John C. Reliey as Ralph, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, and Alan Tudyk. The film is not only hilarious, it's also filled with a great story, heart, and characters you'll love and get invested in. It feels like it can be like a classic pixar movie, and I'am almost certain that many of us can agree Wreck It Ralph is a much better film than Pixar's last two movies that aren't classics (Cars 2, Brave). It's a great film that anyone any age can enjoy even people who never played much or any of the video games references in this movie. ” - lilwill1997
 
11.
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
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. (109 mins.)
 
16.
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
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
 
19.
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
 
20.
Lincoln (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As the Civil 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.)