Holiday Season 2012 Reviews

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1.
Skyfall (2012)
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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
“ ****: I originally gave it ***1/2 but seeing the movie in IMAX after only seeing it on-line I appreciate it as the great Bond film Skyfall truly is. ” - jwoehr
 
2.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
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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
“ ****: One of the most charming and funny films of the year. ” - jwoehr
 
3.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
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A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug. (169 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ ***1/2: Dragged out to 3....3 hour movies for no good reason other than probably money and Peter Jackson not knowing when to leave Middle Earth once he gets there.
Yet, I loved the film and only 65% good reviews still isn't fair. The Hobbit has fine visuals, a great Gollum scene and some really good Fantasy aspects.
Watch it again Richard Roeper! ” - jwoehr
 
4.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
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After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. (115 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ ***: Spoiler: It would have been nice if the big battle actually happened. Other than that, this one guys should have less trouble sitting through. ” - jwoehr
 
5.
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
“ ***: Fun and cute but the Jack Frost backstory is a bit sad. ” - jwoehr
 
6.
Life of Pi (2012)
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A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ **** ” - jwoehr
 
7.
Lincoln (2012)
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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.)
“ ***1/2 ” - jwoehr
 
8.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
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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.)
“ ***1/2: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence give fine performances while having great chemistry as two people with sanity problems that find each other. Want a Romantic Comedy that doesn't suck ? Look no further! ” - jwoehr
 
9.
Red Dawn (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers. (93 mins.)
Director: Dan Bradley
“ **: Red Dawn is just a watered down and unnecessary remake of a 1984 film that wasn't too special to begin with. Patrick Swayze's better movies are being remade too. Hollywood is so respectful, wait for someone to die so there's no lawsuits when you remake everything he has ever done.
I bet Too Wong Foo with Channing Tatum, Tyrse Gibson and Taylor Lautner is in our near future as well. ” - jwoehr
 
10.
Hitchcock (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A love story between the influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959. (98 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
“ ***1/2: a sweet and fun movie to watch as a Hitchcock fan. ” - jwoehr
 
11.
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
 
12.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ ****: A lot of people planned on hating it before they have even seen it but I found the film engaging and well made. ” - jwoehr
 
13.
This Is 40 (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart. (134 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
 
14.
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.)
“ **1/2: Tom Cruise wanted another action hero to play...so he cast himself as a character that is supposed to be a 6'5 blond. Cruise's ego is that big but he isn't. He just seems to enjoy playing "the guy that can get things done" whether he's right for the part or not. ” - jwoehr
 
15.
The Impossible (2012)
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The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. (114 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
 
16.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ **** ” - jwoehr
 
17.
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
 
18.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
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An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. (172 mins.)
 
19.
Flight (2012)
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An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
20.
Argo (2012)
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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
“ ****: An engaging and suspenseful film based on a true story. ” - jwoehr