The Best Movies of 2012 (Post-Oscar)

I made a list before the Oscars, but I wanted to wait a little so then I could catch up on everything I needed to see. I am just about caught up. This list isn't a whole lot different, but I am glad I waited because it has given me some time to decide on that dreaded #10 slot. Happy Reading! Honorable Mentions: This is 40, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Ted, Friends with Kids, Hysteria, Chronicle, Men in Black III (I'm still rockin' it).
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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.)
“ 2012 was quite a year for movies. But I still say that the king daddy of them all was TDKR, the orgasmic final chapter in Christopher Nolan's trilogy. I can't remember the last Nolan film that wasn't my favorite movie of the year. I love the way that everything ties together. I love the constant surprises it throws our way. I love the feeling of doom you get while you're watching it. I love the performances, and to top it off, it has easily the greatest ending of any movie ever. Spectacular is one word to describe it. One of the best movies of all is another. Bravo! Screw the Oscars. They nominated Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. They don't know what a good movie is. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
2.
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.)
“ This is one of a few movies that left people divided. After many years of waiting, I think Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film is a masterpiece. Well worth the wait, it's easily his best work since Magnolia (his best work). Everyone is in top form, especially Phoenix who gives the creepiest performance since Heath Ledger's Joker, and one of the strongest of the year. The Master is unlike any other movie. It leaves you questioning Anderson's point, but that's a good thing I think. I love it's dreaminess, it's cinematography, and score. The academy screwed up again. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
3.
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.)
“ After giving it some serious thought, I realize that Django Unchained should have won Best Picture. Here is a ridiculous movie that takes itself seriously, and for the better. Following his previous masterpiece Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino has written his funniest movie to date, and deserved that long overdue second Oscar. Heck, Jamie Foxx is actually likable in this thing. But the real stars of the show are Christoph Waltz (who won his second Oscar), Leonardo DiCaprio (snubbed again), and Samuel L. Jackson (also snubbed). Django Unchained is a hell of a movie, and it goes out blazing. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
4.
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
“ What do you get when you put an Oscar winner in the reigns of a James Bond movie? One of the best James Bond movies. Sam Mendes(American Beauty) did an amazing job with Skyfall. Once again, we are shown why Daniel Craig is a star. He is the Bondiest of Bonds. Apparently, the inspiration behind this movie is The Dark Knight, and what a great movie to look off of. Javier Bardem is amazing as the creepy Joker-like villain, and basically, if you were never a Bond believer, or lost your belief, Skyfall will make you believe again. Dazzling, terrific looking, thrilling, and sexy, Skyfall is a great way to celebrate the series. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
5.
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.)
“ Steven Spielberg's latest movie is fantastic for many reasons. The top one obviously being Daniel Day Lewis. Obviously, when you cast DDL is a movie, it's gotta be good. Here, he gives another amazing performance. The man is a magician, and it seems as if he is possessed by the ghost of Abe himself. That said, everyone here deserves a pat on the back. This is a very well written and directed drama that everyone involved should be proud of. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
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
“ At least this year's Best Picture winner is a good one. Ben Affleck's Argo officially shows us just what Affleck is capable of. Like Matthew Maconaghay(I don't know if that's spelled right), Affleck has now broken out of movie jail. Argo is a great movie. Funny, fast, thrilling, original, and entertaining, Argo is the sort of movie the world needs. I can't wait to see what else Affleck brings our way. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
7.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty is even better than her last movie, The Hurt Locker. Here is a thrilling movie that keeps you guessing until the very end, even though the audience knows the very end. Jessica Chastain does her best work yet as Maya, who is easily one of the greatest characters of the year. Though it is a little long, Zero Dark Thirty is worth your time. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
8.
Amour (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Warning: If you're feeling down, don't watch Amour. Here is the most heartbreaking tale of love brought to the big screen since Atonement, and in depression standards, it blows Atonement away. Amour is a very depressing movie that will shock you and leave you stunned. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
9.
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
“ Here is the most surprising movie of the year. I never expected it to be this good. I watched it once, and immediately wanted to see it again. Everyone here is fantastic, espcially Ezra Miller, who will win an oscar someday. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a wonderful movie that is enjoyable for anybody who ever went to high school. So, everyone, basically. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
10.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ Critics tore Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Part 1 (I don't feel like typing the rest) apart. Why? It's a reminder of what made The Lord of the Rings trilogy so amazing, even though it doesn't quite match it. The Hobbit is a damn good movie. It has great visual effects, it's magical, and it works for nostalgia reasons. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
11.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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.)
“ Here is another movie that left many mixed. Cloud Atlas is way too long and occasionally confusing, but it really should be admired for it's technical accomplishments and its ambition. This is a movie like no other, and though not perfect, deserves to be admired. I kind of loved it. It's enchanting and consistently entertaining, and very original. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
12.
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
“ Wes Anderson's latest movie is a wonderful movie that appeals to his truest fans along with, well, the world. Funny, charming, visually beautiful, and well acted, Moonrise Kingdom is the kind of romantic comedy that we could use more of. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
13.
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 year romantic comedies got good again. Silver Linings Playbook is very entertaining and funny, but the main reason to see it is its actors. Bradley Cooper does his best work yet, and Robert De Niro does his best work in years. But the reason to see it is for Jennifer Lawrence, who gives one of the years best performances. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
14.
The Sessions (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Lewin
“ The Sessions is a very daring movie that must have been difficult to make. John Hawkes is amazing is this movie, and should have gotten an Oscar nomination. Helen Hunt deserved her Oscar nomination, and is also terrific for the first time in years. The Sessions is a powerful, funny, and moving drama. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
15.
The Impossible (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ Here is a drama that really slipped under the radar. The Impossible is a gripping drama that puts you in the middle of the terror. Naomi Watts gives her best performance as a mother fighting for survival, and Tom Holland and Ewan McGregor are also terrific as her family members. The Impossible will shake you as hard as an earthquake. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
16.
Flight (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
“ Denzel Washington does his best work in years in Robert Zemeckis' Flight. This movie is a reminder of why Denzel Washington has two Oscars, and why Zemeckis has an Oscar too. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
17.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
“ I realize that it came out last year, but I just couldn't make room for it. Tilda Swinton does her best work here, and she should have been nominated for an Oscar. As should Ezra Miller, who can also be seen in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. We Need to Talk About Kevin is an original and disturbing piece of work that should be seen. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
18.
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 journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant moon containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Ridley Scott's return to the world of Alien is one of the most terrifying movies since, well, Alien. Prometheus is a frightening mind trip that will leave you wanting more, even though we've gotten enough. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
19.
Killer Joe (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance. (102 mins.)
“ William Freidkin's Killer Joe is a guilty pleasure that I'm not guilty about. This is the trashiest, craziest thriller of the year, and that's what makes it so good. That, and Matthew McConaghey, who just can't be stopped right now. Killer Joe proves reminds us why M.M. is famous in the first place. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
20.
Frankenweenie (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. (87 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Tim Burton's Frankenweenie is his best movie since Sweeney Todd. It's a delightful homage to classic horror movies that will dazzle and charm. Easily the best animated film of the year. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
21.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence. (104 mins.)
“ The guys that directed Little Miss Sunshine finally came back with Ruby Sparks, a movie that I think is even better than their last. Ruby Sparks is a funny, creative, and well acted romantic comedy. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
22.
The Hunger Games (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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
“ It feels like Jennifer Lawrence is on top of the world right now. Good! Become president J-Law, I don't care. Her first slam-dunk of the year, The Hunger Games, is a chilling and thrilling movie that is even better than it looks. I can't wait for the sequel, Catching Fire. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
23.
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
“ Here is another movie I liked a lot more than I thought I would. The Amazing Spider-man isn't exactly necessary, but at the same time, it sort of is, because it is even better than the majority of the previous Spider-man series. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are comftorable in their roles, and I can't wait to see more of them. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
24.
Brave (2012)
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Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (93 mins.)
“ Here is yet another movie that I liked more than I thought I would. After Cars 2 left us all feeling blue, Brave came back and rescued Pixar from pure destruction. This is a funny and dazzling animated movie that is reminiscent of classic Disney movies. ” - Christian_Dimartino
 
25.
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
“ The years funniest movie is David Wain's Wanderlust. David Wain is a very orverlooked comedic director, and I can't wait to see more from him. Wanderlust is hilarious, and it never stops being so. ” - Christian_Dimartino