Mark Kermode's Films of the Week from "Kermode and Mayo's Film Review" (2012)by irumat | created - 07 Feb 2012 | updated - 29 Dec 2012 | Public
Every week, on the BBC Radio 5 Kermode and Mayo's Film Review show, Mark Kermode recommends his "Film of the Week". This list is a continually updated list of those films, by week, starting January 2012.
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1. Mother and Child (2009)
R | 125 min | Drama, Romance
A drama centered around three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and an African American woman looking to adopt a child of her own.
Votes: 10,530 | Gross: $1.11M
For the first 90 minutes....then walk out. (6th Jan 12)
2. War Horse (2011)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, War
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.
Votes: 129,427 | Gross: $79.88M
(Recommended with a sigh on 13th Jan 12)
3. 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: 76,626 | Gross: $18.94M
I like Haywire and I don't care what anyone else thinks. (20th Jan 12)
4. Like Crazy (2011)
PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Romance
A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
Votes: 53,241 | Gross: $3.41M
The Descendents has a lot going for it but I like Like Crazy. (27th Jan 12)
5. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.
Votes: 43,961 | Gross: $2.98M
Martha Macey...oh for heaven's sake!...I can't do it...It's a very good title. (3rd Feb 12)
6. The Muppets (2011)
PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A Muppet fanatic with some help from his 2 human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures.
Votes: 80,009 | Gross: $88.63M
Well, what do you think? Aaaaaaarrrrrrhhhhhhh.... (10th Feb 12)
7. The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2009)
Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music
Fun, disarming and musically provocative, the Topp Twins are New Zealand's finest lesbian country and western singers and the country's greatest export since rack of lamb and the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.
Votes: 286 | Gross: $0.02M
Chosen by Boyd & Floyd, 17 Feb 12
8. 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
See, I'm really tempted to say 'The Adopted'...but it is Rampart...but with all my reservations...God, I hate picking a movie of the week. (24 Feb 12)
9. Carancho (2010)
Unrated | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In Argentina over 8,000 people die in traffic accidents every year. Behind each of these tragedies is a flourishing industry founded on insurance payouts and legal loopholes. Sosa is a ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,742 | Gross: $0.09M
Film of the week, by a million miles. (2 Mar 12)
10. The Raven (I) (2012)
R | 110 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.
Votes: 77,580 | Gross: $16.01M
(9 Mar 12)
11. Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da (2011)
Not Rated | 157 min | Crime, Drama
A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.
Votes: 31,023 | Gross: $0.14M
(16 Mar 12)
12. The Kid with a Bike (2011)
PG-13 | 87 min | Drama
Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.
Votes: 23,513 | Gross: $1.38M
(and 'Hunger Games' 23 Mar 12)
13. Into the Abyss (2011)
PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.
Votes: 14,193 | Gross: $0.22M
(30 Mar 12)
14. 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: 315,646 | Gross: $42.07M
Chosen by Boyd & Floyd (13 Apr 12)
15. Marley (2012)
PG-13 | 144 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.
Votes: 12,018 | Gross: $1.41M
(20 Apr 12)
16. Juan of the Dead (2011)
Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
A group of slackers face an army of zombies. The Cuban government and media claim the living dead are dissidents revolting against the government.
Votes: 8,653 | Gross: $0.02M
(4 May 12) [also possibly "Outside Bet"]
17. Café de Flore (2011)
Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance
A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love.
(11 May 12)
18. 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: 165,393 | Gross: $4.11M
(18 May 12)
19. 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: 272,735 | Gross: $45.51M
(25 May 12)
20. The Angels' Share (2012)
101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.
Votes: 20,567 | Gross: $0.30M
American Masters (1985– )
Woody Allen: A Documentary
Not Rated | 192 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary on Woody Allen that trails him on his movie sets and follows him back to Brooklyn as he visits his childhood haunts.
(chosen by Floyd and Boyd - 8 Jun 12)
22. A Royal Affair (2012)
R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History
A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.
Votes: 38,783 | Gross: $1.55M
(15 Jun 12)
23. The Last Projectionist (2011)
82 min | Documentary, History, News
When the UK's oldest working cinema opened in 1909, it took five years to train a projectionist - a century later, it takes less than an hour. The Last Projectionist charts the amazing ... See full summary »
(22 Jun 12)
24. 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
(29 Jun 12)
25. The Hunter (IV) (2011)
R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.
Votes: 33,498 | Gross: $0.18M
(6 Jul 12)
26. 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: 118,631 | Gross: $113.72M
(13 Jul 12) - and also "Nostalgia for the Light"
27. 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: 1,300,866 | Gross: $448.14M
(20 Jul 12)
28. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.
Votes: 55,388 | Gross: $3.97M
(26 Jul 12)
29. Ted (2012)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy
John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.
Votes: 515,470 | Gross: $218.82M
(26 Jul 12) - Chosen by Al Murray for week the show was off air.
30. 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
(17 Aug 12) - Chosen by Floyd and Boyd.
31. The Imposter (2012)
R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.
Votes: 39,951 | Gross: $0.89M
(24 Aug 12) - Chosen by James King
32. Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.
(31 Aug 12)
33. 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
(7 Sep 12) - very apathetically!
34. Darbareye Elly (2009)
119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travelers.
Votes: 33,986 | Gross: $0.11M
(And 'ParaNorman'...) (14 Sep 12)
35. Killing Them Softly (2012)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, News
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Votes: 120,205 | Gross: $15.03M
(21 Sep 12)
36. 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.
(28 Sep 12)
37. Liberal Arts (2012)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them.
Votes: 32,506 | Gross: $0.32M
(5 Oct 12)
38. Ruby Sparks (2012)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 87,544 | Gross: $2.54M
(12 Oct 12)
39. 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: 75,305 | Gross: $12.80M
(19 Oct 12)
40. 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: 568,559 | Gross: $304.36M
(26 Oct 12)
41. 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: 55,760 | Gross: $2.06M
(2 Nov 12 - chosen by Floyd & Boyd)
42. 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: 508,113 | Gross: $136.03M
9 Nov 12
43. 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: 121,477 | Gross: $16.38M
16 Nov 12...along with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" and "Amour"
44. 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: 202,368 | Gross: $41.00M
23 Nov 12
45. Sightseers (2012)
Not Rated | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.
Votes: 23,485 | Gross: $0.04M
30 Nov 12
46. 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: 210,748 | Gross: $15.02M
7 Dec 12
47. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 694,026 | Gross: $303.00M
14 Dec 12
48. Life of Pi (2012)
PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Votes: 500,859 | Gross: $124.99M
21 Dec 12