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Brian Gallagher's Top Overrated / Underrated Movies of 2012

31 December 2012 2:49 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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, »

- MovieWeb

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Julian Roman's Top 10 Movies of 2012

31 December 2012 2:32 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Putting together this year's best of 2012 list is akin to the buffet at my favorite barbeque restaurant. There's so many good choices, it's pretty difficult to know what to pick. 2012 was an excellent year in cinema. From Sundance in January to the slew of awards contenders in December, there was a tremendous variety of great films across every genre. Whittling down to the ten best movies was as tough a process as I've ever had writing this article. I chose my top 10 with the ideal of repeated viewing in mind. What films would stand the test of time? What films would I watch a second time if it were 3Am and I came across them on late night TV? Much like the buffet analogy, what would make me fill up my plate again and again. As we review the choices, let's start off with the films that didn't make the cut. »

- MovieWeb

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Best 2012 Films For...A Good Cry, To Watch Without Your Parents and To Indulge Your Aching Heart

31 December 2012 2:03 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As the year comes to a close, you may be in search of some guidance to top off your viewing hours of 2012 films. May we suggest the following films, dependent on your needs and/or emotional state: Best 2012 Films To Watch… ...for a good cry: "The Impossible" Nothing will pull at your heartstrings more than this true story about a family who caught for survival after the 2004 Thailand tsunami. When the two youngest brothers finally see their brother and shout his name, "Lucas!" while they run into his arms--waterfalls. Director Juan Antonio Bayona knows how to play with our emotions. ...with your whole family: "Moonrise Kingdom" Because Wes Anderson's film is delightful. There's plenty of recognizable actors to catch everyone's interest and ample charm to make even the grumpiest holiday grinch smile. ...without your parents: "Starlet" Yes, it's charming and focuses on the unlikely bond »

- Sophia Savage

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Nicholas Bell’s Top Ten Films of 2012: Strong Year for U.S. Indie – DuVernay, Batmanglij & Zobel Among Picks 10-6

31 December 2012 1:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

10. Elena – Dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev (Russia)

Of my theatrical releases, two of these made waves in 2011 on the festival circuit, such as Russian auteur Andrei Zvyagintsev’s third film, Elena (the 2012 Los Angeles film festival screened his neglected 2007 sophomore feature The Banishment, for which I felt extremely thankful to have had the opportunity to experience—and with his trio of films, you can note this director as one of the most exciting names working in cinema). With a score by Philip Glass and a noir tinged tale concerning class issues and inheritance, his third feature is a beautifully calibrated take on icy issues of the heart.

9. Middle of Nowhere – Dir. Ava DuVernay (Us)

The only woman director to make my Top 10 list is the amazingly talented Ava DuVernay with her sophomore film, Middle of Nowhere, for which she won Best Director at 2012’s Sundance Film Festival. I’ve been championing this »

- Nicholas Bell

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BuzzFocus: Best of Movies 2012 Nominations

31 December 2012 10:31 AM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Best Film Hero

Antonio Mendez – Argo (Warner Bros) – Ben Affleck

Batman / Bruce Wayne – The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) – Christian Bale

Hulk / Bruce Banner – The Avengers (Marvel Studios) – Mark Ruffalo

Iron Man / Tony Stark – The Avengers (Marvel Studios) – Robert Downey Jr.

James Bond – Skyfall (Columbia Pictures) – Daniel Craig

Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence

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Best Comic Book Adapted or Superhero Feature Film

The Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia Pictures)

The Avengers (Marvel Studios)

Chronicle (Twentieth Century Fox)

The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros)

Dredd (Lionsgate)

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Best Villain

Bane – The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) – Tom Hardy

Charlie – Seven Psychopaths (CBS Films) – Woody Harrelson

Loki – The Avengers (Marvel Studios) – Tom Hiddleston »

- Editorials

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'Zero Dark Thirty': Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks Musical Suspense

31 December 2012 7:30 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Like the majority of critics groups around the country, we think "Zero Dark Thirty" is one of the best films of 2012. And as the movie continues to rack up the accolades (four Golden Globe nominations, ten Best Picture nods from assorted film critics groups thus far), audiences will soon have more opportunities to weigh-in, thanks to its expanded release in the new year.

There are a lot of appealing aspects to Katherine Bigelow's thriller: the cultural relevance, taking a cinematic peek inside secret government operations, an A-list cast, reactions from ex-government officials and that excellent musical score backing all the action(?).

We know what you're thinking. What's so interesting about the movie music that it warrants being mentioned among the items in that list? Well, it's because this particular film score was composed by the very busy Alexandre Desplat, who is also behind the scores for "Rise of the Guardians, »

- Kara Warner

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Dan’s Top 10 Films of 2012

31 December 2012 7:25 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

As 2012 draws to a close, here’s yet another top 10 list for you to have a read through.

One of my goals for 2012 was to try to go outside of the genre’s I’d usually frequent and expand my horizons. As you’ll see from the list, that wasn’t terribly successful. While you’ll see things like Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amour, The Master, and Moonrise Kingdom on other lists, you’ll not find them here because I haven’t seen them.

There are also films that I can’t include here because they don’t count as 2012 releases: American Mary, Maniac, and Sleep Tight are three of the best films I’ve seen this year, but they’ll have to wait for inclusion next time.

10) Shame

Shame is not a fun film to watch. It’s a bleak, depressing look at one man’s sex addiction »

- Dan

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Metacritic's Top Films, Shows, Games of 2012

30 December 2012 10:06 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With all the year's films now out in U.S. theaters, Metacritic.com has revealed what films and TV shows were the best of the year based on the aggregate scores of the top critics.

I've divided the lists into three sections - films, TV shows and major console games - specifically PS3 & 360. Check out the scores below:

Best Films

This list does Not include old film re-releases such as "Wake in Fright" and "A Man Vanishes". Films also have to have At Least ten reviews to be considered, which is why high scoring works like "Almayer's Folly," "The Gatekeepers" and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" are not included.

"Zero Dark Thirty" - 95/100

"Amour" - 92/100

"This Is Not a Film" - 90/100

"Barbara" - 88/100

"Elena," "How to Survive a Plague," "The Kid with a Bike" - 87/100

"Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Lincoln," "The Master" - 86/100

"Holy Motors," "Looper," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Oslo August 31st, »

- Garth Franklin

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Metacritic's Top Films, Shows, Games of 2012

30 December 2012 10:06 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With all the year's films now out in U.S. theaters, Metacritic.com has revealed what films and TV shows were the best of the year based on the aggregate scores of the top critics.

I've divided the lists into three sections - films, TV shows and major console games - specifically PS3 & 360. Check out the scores below:

Best Films

This list does Not include old film re-releases such as "Wake in Fright" and "A Man Vanishes". Films also have to have At Least ten reviews to be considered, which is why high scoring works like "Almayer's Folly," "The Gatekeepers" and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" are not included.

"Zero Dark Thirty" - 95/100

"Amour" - 92/100

"This Is Not a Film" - 90/100

"Barbara" - 88/100

"Elena," "How to Survive a Plague," "The Kid with a Bike" - 87/100

"Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Lincoln," "The Master" - 86/100

"Holy Motors," "Looper," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Oslo August 31st, »

- Garth Franklin

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The Best Trailers Of 2012

30 December 2012 9:38 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Theatrical Trailer: the official theatrical piece, usually cut from the first (very long) cut of the picture or sometimes (if there is no first cut yet) from dailies (all the shot footage, including all the different takes and angles), maximum length of a trailer is two and a half minutes.

Teaser Trailer: A first, short theatrical preview piece (usually not longer than a minute and a half), cut from a few selected takes and scenes while the picture is still being shot.

For those of you who think it’s okay to show up to a film after the coming attractions – move along. No self-respecting movie geek would dare miss the previews. And don’t get us started on the individuals who arrive during the trailer you’ve been dying to see only to move through your line of sight during the all-important money shot.

In most cases, trailers are »

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Readers Poll: Your Favorite Movies of 2012 Are The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Skyfall, Looper, and The Hobbit

30 December 2012 7:48 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

table.boxoffice {font-size: 12px; margin-left:10px;} .boxoffice td {border-bottom: 1px solid #606060; padding: 7px 2px 0px;} .boxoffice th {padding: 7px 2px 0px; background-color: #1B4400; color: #Fff; font-weight: bold;} To try something new with our top 10 lists this year, we opened up a readers poll where you could vote for your 10 favorite movies of 2012.  The tallies are in: 3,760 of you from over 100 different countries racked up 28,375 total votes.  Your top ten of the year are The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Skyfall, Looper, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Django Unchained, Argo, The Cabin in the Woods, Moonrise Kingdom, and Prometheus. The two superhero giants were always a lock for the top spots, but I was surprised to find that a true majority of our readers voted for The Dark Knight Rises (59.9%) and The Avengers (55.4%).  It's nice to see that not everything on the list is a blockbuster, as so many of you »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Fleming Q&A’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Director Wes Anderson

30 December 2012 6:48 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Moonrise Kingdom amounted to Wes Anderson at his best. It was a relate-able story of first love, injected with Anderson’s playful wit, his sense of the absurd, and his singular visual style. The result was a $66 million worldwide gross and one of the year’s big specialty film hits. Since making his debut on Bottle Rocket, Anderson has honed a highly original voice that has sometimes hit the crossover bulls eye (Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums) and sometimes is confined to a smaller core audience (The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). On a train ride in Germany where he was prepping his next film The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson talked about how he learned to be confident in and satisfied with his unique voice. Deadline: Moonrise Kingdom was one of your most appealing films, and it crossed well beyond your usual core audience. When you »

- MIKE FLEMING JR.

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Arthouse Audit: 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Amour' Lead Limited Releases

30 December 2012 1:20 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

With the Top Ten continuing to skew to adult-oriented, critically acclaimed films, specialized theaters playing more limited releases continue to scuffle, often at levels below previous holiday seasons. "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Amour" stood out again in their two-city platforms, although both declined in their second weeks, while multi-city openings of "Promised Land" were modest at best. The increase for "The Impossible" in its second stanza would be more promising if it weren't quickly headed for wide release. In a year with many stellar specialized films - "A Separation," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Intouchables," "The Beasts of the Southern Wild" among those that opened limited and didn't go to immediate broader breaks - the end of the year has been disappointing, with later releases not rising to expectations at theaters. Many of the core specialized houses are able to play some of the »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider, Episode 141: The best movies of 2012

29 December 2012 9:07 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

0:00-5:00 – Introduction, chit-chat, etc.

5:00-40:30 – Our top 10 lists

40:30-47:30 – Qotw: your favorite movies of 2012

47:30-58:10 – Character Casserole: 2012 edition

58:10-1:04:30 – IMDb’s top stars of 2012, which Eric tries to guess

1:04:30-1:06:15 – Wrap-up and goodbyes

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Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider

Jeff Bayer and Eric D. Snider are movie critics, but not the stuffy,

elitist kind. They’re not the idiotic fanboy kind either. So what kind

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Staff List: The Best Films of 2012 (#10-1)

28 December 2012 5:07 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

#10: The Cabin in the Woods (107 points)

Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard

Directed by Drew Goddard

USA, 2012

Like Scream, it’s a self-aware slasher film, but where Scream was happy simply to turn the genre’s bloody glove inside out and examine the stitching, The Cabin in the Woods has more complicated ambitions. If Scream is a bloody glove turned inside out, then The Cabin in the Woods is a Russian nesting doll described by H. P. Lovecraft and carved by M. C. Escher. Like Hitchcock’s Psycho and Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom, The Cabin of the Woods isn’t just about killing, it is about watching (and filming) killing. Our sympathies are torn between the victims being watched and the watchers, including an action sequence modelled loosely on the Psycho car burial. What is perhaps most horrifying is that the watchers are almost bored, like a »

- Ricky

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Top Ten Most Disappointing Movies of 2012

28 December 2012 9:04 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Listing the best films of any year comes down to a matter of ordering -- Which film will I say was the absolute best? Listing the worst films of a particular year comes down to being honest with yourself -- Did I dislike it enough to call it one of the worst? However, when it comes to disappointments it's a different story. As a movie critic, maybe it's different for me. People tend to believe critics should walk into every movie without anticipation or excitement. Then, if that perception is held up, those that disagree with your opinion will either say "Yeah, but you didn't want to see it anyway!" or "You were always going to like that film." I do my best to let my opinion be known before seeing most films (running a blog of daily opinions helps). I do my best to avoid expectations (not watching trailers »

- Brad Brevet

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Top 7 Films of 2012

28 December 2012 7:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

It was a really good year. I went to Cannes for the first time ever. I went to Fantastic Fest for the first time ever. I went to SXSW for the fourth time … ever, but finally stayed for the musical festival. More importantly, it was a great year for films even if you remove all of the festivals. Normally I have a tough time deciding on a Top 7 (or Top 10) because there aren’t enough films that definitely should be on the list. This year, I have 21 films that I loved, or at least really, really liked. The 21st film, that just barely made the cut? The Avengers. Again, it was a really good year.

For Another Opinion Read – Nick Allen’s Top 7 Films of 2012

7. The Impossible

Recap: Based on a true story, this is the account of a family of five »

- Jeff Bayer

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Maahin’s Top 10 Films of 2012

28 December 2012 4:18 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

This year’s list was hard to make up, more for deciding what would go where, rather than what would make the list. A few of them will probably feature on a lot of Top 10 lists this year, one or two definitely won’t. It has been a good year for films though, and there were a fair few that could have made the list, which I will mention at the end, but there were some that surprised me with how much I would enjoy them.

And so the list is:

10. Moonrise Kingdom 

Wes Anderson’s adorable and a little eccentric comedy about young love is easily one of the loveliest and funniest films of the year. It is so odd, it’s almost genius, and the kids that play the leads, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, are excellent.

9. Pitch Perfect

I absolutely loved Pitch Perfect, even though it was advertised as Bridesmaids meets Ted, »

- Maahin

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Indiewire's Editors and Bloggers Pick Their Top 10 Films of 2012

27 December 2012 1:26 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

While Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" took the top spot in Indiewire's recent 2012 poll of more than 200 critics, journalists and tastemakers of the film world, this smaller grouping of picks from Indiewire staffers and bloggers highlights a wide range of movies large and small (but mostly small) from this year's release calendar. "Holy Motors," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Master" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" received plenty of expected mentions, but there are a slew of solo votes below equally worth consideration. Participants were invited to include films released theatrically this year, but each person devised his or her own criteria. Indiewire thanks those who took part and were brave enough to share their choices. Please share your own Top 10 list for 2012 in the comments section at the end of this article (and don't forget to include your name). Eric Kohn »

- Indiewire

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Wes Anderson Confirms Full 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Cast

27 December 2012 10:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

The full ensemble cast for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has been assembled, and it's just as impressive as we've come to expect in a Wes Anderson movie. In addition to a cast of Anderson regulars, newcomers like Jude Law and Saoirse Ronan also are going to be featured.

Anderson confirmed the array of actors in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. With his latest film, "Moonrise Kingdom," being considered an awards season contender, Anderson seems to understand that his next film has some big shoes to fill.

"It’s a Euro movie. It’s a period picture," he said. "We have Ralph Fiennes, and we have Tilda Swinton and Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, we have F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law, and we’ve got Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Mathieu Amalric. And I think Owen [Wilson] is gonna have a little part, too. »

- Terri Schwartz

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