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Back in June, I had only seen just over 20 movies that had been released in 2012. After deciding that was unacceptable, and thanks to Netflix Instant, Redbox, Amazon Instant Video, and of course, advanced screenings and my local Hollywood theaters, I devoted the last half of the year to seeing as many movies as I could, bringing my tally to around 150 for the year (check out the full list of all the 2012 movies I watched this year here). Since the Mayan apocalypse never came a few days ago, I figured it is a good time to break down my favorite movies of the year. Like last year, I have compiled three separate lists: the Most Overrated Moves of the Year, Most Underrated Movies of the Year, and my Top 10.
Now, there are a lot of great movies that you will not find on these lists, such as blockbusters Marvel's The Avengers, »
Also new this week is the latest David Cronenberg movie, "Cosmopolis," starring Robert Pattinson as a billionaire drifting through New York City in his limo, as well as the Blu-ray of "School of Rock," now available in stores everywhere.
Box Office: $66 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Fresh
Storyline: Time travel has been invented but is banned and only available on the black market in this futuristic sci-fi thriller. The mob sends targets back in time 30 years to be killed by a waiting hired gun, a "looper" like Joe (Joseph-Gordon Levitt). Joe collects a lot of silver and life is good until the mob sends his future self (Bruce Willis) back through time for Joe to assassinate. »
- Robert DeSalvo
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In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper - a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life »
Rian Johnson is a writer/director who has slowly been making a name for himself. In 2005, he brought us the bizarre mystery film Brick, a film that I didn’t care much for, but which earned him a reputation. His follow-up film, The Brothers Bloom, was an excellent example of a con film that plays with the audience as much as it does with its characters. Now Johnson brings us his latest project, Looper, a fascinating science-fiction film that asks you to wrap your head around the age-old concept of time travel.
Set about 30 years into the future, we are informed that time travel has not been invented yet, but it will be in 30 years. At that time, since it’s nearly impossible to get rid of a body, a crime organization simply sends them back in time where they are killed and incinerated by hired guns known as “loopers. »
- Jeff Beck
Crafting a Top 10 Movies of the Year list always presents a little bit of a conundrum: Do you include the greatest films created, technically and artistically speaking, or do you go with the ones you simply enjoyed the most? It's the "best" versus "favorite" argument.
I tend to lean toward the latter and highlight the movies that had the most emotional impact on me, be it through laughter, shock, thrills or tears.
Maybe it also helps to give less heralded movies some shine. "Argo" is probably a better film than "Ruby Sparks." But honestly, I enjoyed "Ruby Sparks" more. "Argo" will be on everyone else's list, and you may not have heard of "Ruby Sparks" or "Searching for Sugar Man," movies you'd probably really like.
So here are my 10 favorite movies of the year. And hey, at least I can always cheat with some Honorable Mentions. "Argo" made it there. »
- Kevin Polowy
30: Moonrise Kingdom – Beach Scene
Director Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom has had mixed reviews here at Sound On Sight. But just about every one of us agrees that the goofy dance sequence to Francoise Hardy’s “Le Temps De L’amour” – which leads to an uncomfortable first kiss/first arousal, is by far the highlight of the pic. Moonrise Kingdom is tender, sweet, smart, low-key and yes sometimes awkward. And hey, the scene works just as well in French. See the clip below.
29: Looper – Torture
One of the major plot points in Looper is the matter of the “Loopers” having to assassinate themselves 30 years into the future – but in the present day – or past? The highlight of the film shows what happens to a “looper” if they break their contract and let their future selves escape. The torture sequence in Rian Johnson’s sci-fi/fantasy is one of »
Photo: Warner Bros. Warner Bros. just sent over several new images from 14 of their 18 upcoming 2013 releases. The films included in the preview are the Jackie Robinson story 42, the sequel to Zack Snyder's breakout feature 300: Rise of an Empire, the adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures, the Sylvester Stallone actioner Bullet to the Head, the James Wan thriller The Conjuring, the late '40s mob tale Gangster Squad, Getaway, Alfonso Cuaron's still undated sci-fi feature Gravity, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, the final chapter in the comedy trilogy The Hangover Part III, the second part in the newly launched Hobbit franchise The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer, Zack Snyder's Superman feature Man of Steel, Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs. robots feature Pacific Rim, Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, the supernatural feature The Seventh Son »
- Brad Brevet
Like every year, 2012 seems to have gone by far too quickly. But, unlike almost every year, 2012 was filled to the brim with great movies. From moving dramas and unforgettable indies to shockingly worthy comedies and actually super superhero blockbusters, Team NextMovie really had a difficult time narrowing down our 25 favorite flicks of the year.
In fact, the only thing we all agreed on unanimously was what film should sit at the very top. What was it?
As if we'd tell you this early! Read on to see what made our shortlists and let us know in the comments what made yours.
25. 'The Hunger Games'
With "Twilight" coming to a close, many pundits kicked off 2012 wondering which franchise would fill its major money-making shoes. "The Hunger Games" may have been lucky to be the first out the gate – 2013 will see many others jockeying for a place in Twi-hards' hearts »
- NextMovie Staff
A professional hit man is charged with taking out his future self in the critically acclaimed, mind-bending sci-fi action-thriller Looper, available Monday, December 31st on Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Bruce Willis (Die Hard series), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) and Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau) star in this riveting, time-travel thriller that has dazzled critics and audiences alike with its non-stop action and unique plot twists.
Movie fans of the present and future can enjoy dozens of mind-blowing bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD, including cast and crew commentary with stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and writer/director Rian Johnson, as well as 22 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Rian Johnson and Noah Segan, who plays Kid Blue. The Blu-ray and DVD also come with two featurettes. "Looper: From the Beginning" provides a look into the making of the film and »
This year, directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris delivered the low key Ruby Sparks, a romantic comedy in the same vein as Stranger Than Fiction. It's easily one of the best films of the year with great performances from Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, and audiences should seek it out on Blu-Ray/DVD right now. Now Dayton and Faris, who also directed the crowd pleasing Little Miss Sunshine, are attached to direct The Big Cigar at Sony Pictures. The story sounds like an unofficial companion to Ben Affleck's Argo as it follows a successful cover effort to smuggle the Black Panthers co-founder Huey Newton out of the United States and into Cuba to avoid being prosecuted for murder and another violent crime. More below! In fact the script will be based on a Playboy Magazine article by Joshua Bearman (who also wrote the article that Argo was based »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: Felicity Jones has reunited with her agent, Warren Zavala, at Wme. The young British actress, best known for Like Crazy, becomes the latest thesp to move from CAA with Zavala, who moved to Wme last June. The actress just starred in director Drake Doremus’s latest film, Breathe In, which will debut at Sundance. She recently wrapped the lead in the Ralph Fiennes-directed The Invisible Woman. She continues to be represented by Claire Maroussas at Independent in London. Zavala brought a strong list of thesps with him, as Jones rejoins a stable that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tobey Maguire, Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, David Giuntoli, Jackie Earle Haley, Johnny Galecki, Paul Dano, Shiloh Fernandez, Anna Faris, Kelli Garner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miranda Cosgrove, and Amber Heard. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR.
1.) Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn is in discussions with Sony to direct The Equalizer. The adaptation of the '80s TV show and potential franchise will star Denzel Washington as a former CIA operative now working as a private investigator as a way to redeem himself for his dark past. Refn's next film, the Ryan Gosling-led Only God Forgives, will debut this spring, while Sony has already set an April 11, 2014 for The Equalizer. I'm also guessing this move will spell further delays for Refn's long-gestating remake of Logan's Run. Variety 2.) Although Christoph Waltz was originally attached for one of the major human roles in the currently Untitled Muppets Sequel, but that deal fell through and Disney has replaced him with "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell. While Jason Segel isn't returning for the sequel, director James Bobin and writer Nicholas Stoller are. The film is scheduled to shoot in London this winter, »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Iron Man star Terrence Howard secured another promising gig by joining the A-list stuffed ensemble Prisoners alongside Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, and Maria Bello, respectively.
The Hustle & Flow thesp is the latest actor to join the Denis Villeneuve-directed thriller. The Oscar-nominated Canadian filmmaker Villeneuve (Incendies) is directing this movie with a script from Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband) which made the Black List a few years back.
The Boston-set thriller centers on a small town carpenter Keller Dover (Jackman), a father whose life is thrown into spin when his young daughter and her best friend go missing. Not content to leave the police to find them, Dover tirelessly pursues his own search, which leads to conflict with the hotshot detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) assigned to the case.
Maria Bello has recently joined the cast as Jackman character’s wife, but details aren’t available as to »
- Nick Martin
• Terrence Howard has joined the A-list stuffed ensemble Prisoners alongside Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, and Maria Bello, about a carpenter (Jackman) whose daughter and her best friend are kidnapped, and then goes rogue trying to find them, going head-to-head with a detective (Gyllenhaal). French-Canadian Denis Villeneuve, known for 2010′s Oscar-nominated Incendies, is directing from a screenplay by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband). [Deadline]
• Ty Burrell (ABC’s Modern Family) has snagged a plum role in Disney’s Muppets sequel as an Interpol inspector, a major part previously eyed by Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz. James Bobin, who directed 2011′s silly, »
- Solvej Schou
With Hugh Jackman in the lead and Melissa Leo, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Viola Davis and Paul Dano all set for supporting roles, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners is starting to turn into quite a promising project. Today, things have gotten even better as we now have word that Terrence Howard will take a role in the film as well.
Following ”a small town carpenter (Jackman) who takes the law into his own hands when the local police can’t find his kidnapped daughter and her best friend,” the film sounds pretty standard, right? You’d think so given that plot description. Although, considering the fact that the project has attracted as much talent as it has, I’m sure Villeneuve is cooking up something special with this one.
No word yet on which role Howard will play but those who have seen him give his best work in films like »
- Matt Joseph
Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) directs. Written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband), the story revolves around a small-town carpenter named Keller (Jackman) whose young daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, Keller takes the law into his own hands but in the process runs up against Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal), a hotshot cop with confidence to burn, assigned to the case.
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- Uncle Creepy
Walk of Shame
James Marsden has joined the cast of the comedy "Walk of Shame" for Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.
The story centers on an uptight news anchor (Elizabeth Banks), whose prospects for a new job are put in jeopardy after she is locked out after a one-night stand, with no money, phone, or ID. [Source: Variety]
Hugh Jackman plays a small-town carpenter whose young daughter and her best friend are abducted. After the cops fail to find them, he takes the law into his own hands but runs up against a detective (Jake Gyllenhaal). Melissa Leo, Viola Davis, Maria Bello and Paul Dano also star. [Source: Deadline]
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- Garth Franklin
Ever since Hugh Jackman finally signed on to lead the cast of the crime thriller Prisoners this March after circling the role back in 2009, the film has been picking up great actors left and right to fill out its cast. Melissa Leo, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano have already jumped on board, and now Deadline reports that Iron Man star Terrence Howard is the latest big time player to sign on the dotted line. Denis Villeneuve, the Oscar-nominated helmer who directed the acclaimed family drama Incendies, is directing this movie with a script from Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband) that made the Black List a few years back. The story follows a small town carpenter (Jackman) who takes the law into his own hands when the local police can't find his kidnapped daughter and her best friend. Jackman's character runs into a problem when a hot shot cop (Gyllenhaal) is sent in »
- Ben Pearson
Hugh Jackman stars as a distraught father who takes the law into his own hands to find his kidnapped daughter. He clashes with a big city detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is assigned to the case. Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Viola Davis, and Maria Bello are also attached to star.
Principal photography is slated to begin in February. Warner Bros. will distribute through their deal with Alcon, with a fall 2013 release date being targeted.
Prisoners comes to theaters September 20th, 2013 and stars Hugh Jackman, Melissa Leo, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard. The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve. »
There’s one more familiar face set to pop up in Denis Villeneuve’s new thriller Prisoners. The latest to sign on to the kidnap drama is Terrence Howard.While Deadline’s story on the casting doesn’t make clear whom he’s playing, it’s just another solid choice for a film that is currently loaded with talent.Hugh Jackman leads the pack, playing a father whose daughter is kidnapped alongside her friend. When the cops fail to find the girls, he takes the law into his own hands and imprisons the man he thinks is responsible. But that’s when he runs afoul of the hotshot detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) running the case, who doesn’t exactly appreciate an otherwise well-intentioned civilian getting in the way of things.Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano are all already aboard and given this cast, we have our fingers »
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