Top 15 Films of 2012

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1.
Les Misérables (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ Powerful, and emotional. I have never been so emotional attached to a story and group of characters. Great performances all around, along with unique and amazing visuals that put this musical (a genre I normally do not care for) on a whole other level. This is the by far the best movie I have seen this year. ” - jbgray37
 
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.)
“ Strange, disturbing, lost, and obscure; everything that the main character is. This film left my head spinning in the best possible ways. The performances are out-of-this-world, and the visuals are breathtaking. Most people thought this film was just-okay, but I thought this film brilliant. ” - jbgray37
 
3.
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
“ Two word: Wes Anderson. Anderson is the most unique and colorful director out there right now, and his films always bring joy to my heart as well providing dark, black, and odd comedy. Moonrise Kingdom just happens to be his best film to date, and there is a reason for that: the acting, the simple story, and whimsical vibe all create a magical movie experience. ” - jbgray37
 
4.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 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.)
“ Bold, bloody, hilarious, and Quentin Tarentino. This film met my exceptions, takes the ward for most times seen in a theater (3 times. . . in one week) and it got better, and better per viewing. The comedy occurs at the appropiate moments and the determination of main character Django is surprisingly emotional. See it, now, it the most entertaining movie I have seen this entire year. ” - jbgray37
 
5.
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.)
“ Ambitious and beautiful. ” - jbgray37
 
6.
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
“ The most emotionally mature and well-constructed Bond movie I have seen. This is easily Daniel Craig's best performance. ” - jbgray37
 
7.
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
“ Fun, exciting, and everything you are looking for in a comic-book movie. ” - jbgray37
 
8.
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
“ Fun, and surprisingly hilarious. The only thing making this not in the top 5 is its overlong length, which can get a tad bit annoying. Other than the length, the visuals, acting, and story is on par with The Lord of the RIngs. ” - jbgray37
 
9.
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
“ Suspenseful. That is the main word to describe Ben Affleck's drama. It was highly entertaining, fun, and dramatic (mixed with sharp humor from the amazing John Goodman and Alan Arkin). This was by far one of the most enjoyable films of the year. ” - jbgray37
 
10.
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
“ Dark, and requires multiple viewings. The reason why I love this film is for the reason that is sparks so many conversations and creates multiple opinions. I thought it was great, consisting of great performances and visuals that made capitivated throughout the entire film ” - jbgray37
 
11.
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. (113 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ A great sci-fi thriller that makes me think that Joeseph-Gordon Levitt is becoming the next big actor in this generation. ” - jbgray37
 
12.
Lincoln (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As the 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.)
“ Great storytelling and powerful acting, but is a film that is slow and requires only one viewing. ” - jbgray37
 
13.
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
“ The-most-surprisingly-enjoyable-horror-comedy ever made. ” - jbgray37
 
14.
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 Selina, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ One of those movies that is great, but the more you think about it, the more flawed it seems. ” - jbgray37
 
15.
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
“ A little over-hyped, but highly emotional and powerful. ” - jbgray37