Films to Watch From 2012by nick-nelsonmovies | created - 29 Jan 2012 | updated - 27 Jan 2013 | Public
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1. Haywire (2011)
R | 93 min | Action, Thriller
A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.
Votes: 76,628 | Gross: $18.94M
2. Coriolanus (2011)
R | 123 min | Drama, Thriller, War
A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.
Votes: 28,752 | Gross: $0.76M
3. The Grey (2011)
R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.
Votes: 220,053 | Gross: $51.58M
4. Chronicle (2012)
PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
Votes: 221,256 | Gross: $64.58M
5. Rampart (2011)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama
Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival.
Votes: 21,293 | Gross: $0.97M
6. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
Votes: 62,759 | Gross: $19.20M
7. 21 Jump Street (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.
Votes: 454,237 | Gross: $138.45M
8. Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama
Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife.
Votes: 58,729 | Gross: $4.24M
9. The Hunger Games (2012)
PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 765,536 | Gross: $408.01M
10. The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
R | 98 min | Drama, Romance
The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.
Votes: 12,974 | Gross: $1.12M
11. The Raid: Redemption (2011)
R | 101 min | Action, Thriller
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.
Votes: 165,401 | Gross: $4.11M
12. Damsels in Distress (2011)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.
Votes: 8,398 | Gross: $1.01M
13. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 315,662 | Gross: $42.07M
14. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
Votes: 39,929 | Gross: $31.05M
15. Bernie (2011)
PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.
Votes: 51,659 | Gross: $9.20M
16. The Avengers (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.
Votes: 1,096,337 | Gross: $623.36M
17. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Votes: 81,955 | Gross: $46.41M
18. Rust and Bone (2012)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance
Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Votes: 55,763 | Gross: $2.06M
19. Amour (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 80,122 | Gross: $6.74M
92% 5 Nominations
20. The Intouchables (2011)
R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
Votes: 614,705 | Gross: $13.18M
21. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.
Votes: 272,756 | Gross: $45.51M
22. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.
Votes: 135,256 | Gross: $216.39M
23. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.
Votes: 108,586 | Gross: $4.01M
24. Your Sister's Sister (2011)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.
Votes: 23,909 | Gross: $1.57M
25. Brave (2012)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 313,589 | Gross: $237.28M
26. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 75,307 | Gross: $12.80M
86% 4 Nominations
27. Magic Mike (2012)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.
Votes: 118,633 | Gross: $113.72M
28. Take This Waltz (2011)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama
A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street.
Votes: 24,734 | Gross: $1.24M
29. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.
Votes: 1,300,989 | Gross: $448.14M
30. Killer Joe (2011)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 64,914 | Gross: $1.99M
31. ParaNorman (2012)
PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
Votes: 82,144 | Gross: $56.00M
32. Premium Rush (2012)
PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Crime, Sport
In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.
Votes: 102,277 | Gross: $20.28M
33. The Impossible (2012)
PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Thriller
The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Votes: 166,131 | Gross: $19.02M
34. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)
R | 129 min | Drama, Romance
In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.
Votes: 80,121 | Gross: $12.82M
61% 4 Nominations
35. Arbitrage (2012)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Votes: 45,201 | Gross: $7.92M
36. The Master (2012)
R | 138 min | Drama
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
Votes: 121,483 | Gross: $16.38M
85% 3 Nominations
37. Dredd (2012)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
Votes: 224,550 | Gross: $13.41M
38. End of Watch (2012)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.
Votes: 202,374 | Gross: $41.00M
39. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
Votes: 400,369 | Gross: $17.74M
40. Looper (2012)
R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 475,842 | Gross: $66.49M
41. Frankenweenie (2012)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.
Votes: 83,875 | Gross: $35.29M
42. Pitch Perfect (2012)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
Votes: 241,740 | Gross: $65.00M
43. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
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 1979.
Votes: 508,145 | Gross: $136.03M
96% 7 Nominations
44. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
Votes: 210,758 | Gross: $15.02M
45. Holy Motors (2012)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.
46. The Sessions (2012)
R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 38,726 | Gross: $6.00M
47. Skyfall (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Votes: 568,577 | Gross: $304.36M
92% 5 Nominations
48. Flight (I) (2012)
R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller
An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.
Votes: 287,948 | Gross: $93.77M
77% 2 Nominations
49. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 309,151 | Gross: $189.42M
50. Lincoln (2012)
PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History