Movies I want to watch in 2012

by Marti_smarti | created - 16 Dec 2011 | updated - 12 Sep 2012 | Public

A list of movies coming out in Australia in 2012 that I want to watch. I will review them as I watch them. I watch too many movies and rate them too high. Comments are welcome!

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1. The Avengers (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Votes: 1,095,459 | Gross: $623.36M

Seen on 25/4/12 Rating: 9.5/10 Review: Not much to say here. An amazing ensemble piece with several AWESOME action scenes while still managing to develop each character's arc. As heavily invested a fan of the series this movie was very satisfying. Special Mention to: Mark Ruffallo for finally giving audiences a good hulk

2. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz

Votes: 315,444 | Gross: $42.07M

Seen on:15/6/12 Rating:8.6/10 Review: As someone who doesn't usually watch horror movies but is well informed of the genre this was an interesting movie to watch. The subversion of the sterotypical horror movie characters was interesting and pretty damn funny. However I was far more interested in the "Bad guys" behind everything than the actual main characters. This means I was a little bored during the second act but the movie made up for this with one of the most insane third acts I have seen in a while. It really ramped things up and was quite succesful (Also suprisingly scary for a horror/comedy). A lot of laughs and a few good scares. Special mention to: The awesome surprise cameo at the end

3. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 516,345 | Gross: $126.48M

Seen on 9/6/12 Rating:8.4/10 Review:While I understand the many issues that people had with this movie (Many of which I agreed with, particularly the fact that this movie raised more questions than it asked) I have to say that I ultimately enjoyed it. It was an exciting, fast paced movie with excellent visuals and some really interesting ideas. Definitely worth seeing! Special Mention to: Michael Fassbender as David. One of the best sci fi performances I have seen in years

4. The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 765,290 | Gross: $408.01M

Seen on:6/4/12 Rating:8.3/10 Review: Pitch-perfect casting and overall an amazing adaptation. I had some minor issues (such as over use of the hand held camera and pacing of the third act) but nothing too significant. Special Mention to: Wes Bentley's beard

5. Chronicle (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly

Votes: 221,163 | Gross: $64.58M

Seen on:25/05/12 Rating:8.3/10 Review: I admit I had fairly low expectations. I thought it would be another movie with an interesting premise that doesn't deliver. However I was pleasantly surprised. A short movie but still very tightly written and pretty well shot and acted for a "found footage" movie. A very good watch. Special Mention to: Director Josh Trank not sticking to stale found footage camera techniques and keeping things fresh

6. Brave (2012)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

69 Metascore

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.

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell | Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters

Votes: 313,365 | Gross: $237.28M

Seen on:5/7/12 Rating:7.9/10 Review: While not my favourite pixar movie of the past several years, I thought that Brave was a very enjoyable movie that broke new ground in modern animation. For Pixar's first female protagonist, Meridia is an interesting and quite relatable character and it is refreshing to see a movie aimed at kids focused on complex female relationships. Brave is quite funny (the kids in my theatre loved it) and there is a genuine emotional core within the movie. However, I do think that the movie became a bit rushed towards the end. Special Mention To: Pixar for finally having a female protagonist and to the animators at Pixar who had the difficult job of animating Meridia's unruly hair.

7. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 497,595 | Gross: $262.03M

Seen on:4/7/12 Rating:7.8/10 Review:What the film lacked in plot substance it made up for with heart. It is quite succesful as a stand alone film and stands up well among Sam Raimi's trilogy (although in my opinion, does not surpass them). Andrew Garfield brings a new take on Peter Parker and the amazing chemistry between Garfield and Emma Stone is one of the films strong points. However it does have some weaknesses, mainly the many loose ends at the end of the film (which I suspect is due to the many scenes cut from the movie particularly the subplot about Peter's parents). Another weak point is that I feel that there were many unused opportunities in the movie, with many ideas left unexplored (E.g. The Gwen/Peter relationship arc, Peter's relationship with Aunt May, Peter fully exploring his powers, Peter balancing school with his responsibilities as a superhero) although I think there is a good chance that they will be explored in the sequel. Overall a charming, enjoyable film which certainly stands among the original trilogy. Special Mention to: Writer James Vanderbilt for managing to explore new ground that wasn't seen in the original trilogy while still keeping Spidey's character arc strong.

8. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

57 Metascore

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Director: Rupert Sanders | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin

Votes: 248,588 | Gross: $155.33M

Seen on 25/6/12 Rating:6.8 Review: This movie is pretty much what the trailer makes it out to be: A well known plot with great visuals. The plot was pretty basic and didn't really add much to the original story. Stewart is suprisingly good in this (and her accent is ok too) although her character had so few lines, leading to many strange awkward pauses. There were also many subplots in this story which weren't really wrapped up (particularly the kinda forced love triangle). Visuals were gorgeous, particularly the Queen Ravenna's scenes. I just think the movie needed more attention to the script to create more detailed characters and a plot with a bit more action to it. Special Mention to: Charlize Theron's enjoyably hammy performance as the evil queen. Every single line was incredibly over acted but it added some fun to the movie

9. Margaret (I) (2011)

R | 150 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron

Votes: 14,140 | Gross: $0.05M

Seen on:13/7/12 Rating:6.7/10 Review: Margaret is a long, complex film which explores the many aspects the life of a teenage girl living with guilt. Anna Paquin does a good job as the film's main character and is given a lot to do as her character Lisa exhibits a huge range of emotions throughout the movie. While I found almost none of the characters in this movie likeable, I still found that I sympathised with many of them and the film kept my interest for all of its 2 and half hours. Special Mention To: The casting director for managing to attract a great cast, many of which were given minor roles (Matt Damon as a math teacher who is given two scenes?) but all of whom contributed well to the movie

10. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,299,972 | Gross: $448.14M

11. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,120,888 | Gross: $162.81M

12. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 238,047 | Gross: $95.72M

13. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 693,827 | Gross: $303.00M

14. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 272,476 | Gross: $45.51M

15. The Bourne Legacy (2012)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

61 Metascore

An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.

Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn

Votes: 256,492 | Gross: $113.20M

16. Much Ado About Nothing (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese

Votes: 14,958 | Gross: $4.33M

17. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

Votes: 400,160 | Gross: $17.74M

18. To Rome with Love (2012)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

54 Metascore

The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page

Votes: 76,146 | Gross: $16.69M

19. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 270,809 | Gross: $148.81M

20. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen

Votes: 80,079 | Gross: $12.82M

21. Killing Them Softly (2012)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, News

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Scoot McNairy

Votes: 120,169 | Gross: $15.03M

22. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 591,915 | Gross: $132.09M

23. Dredd (2012)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood

Votes: 224,469 | Gross: $13.41M

24. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

86 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 218,227 | Gross: $182.21M

25. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken

Votes: 210,592 | Gross: $15.02M

26. Lawless (2012)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke

Votes: 204,583 | Gross: $37.40M

27. Total Recall (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

43 Metascore

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Recall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 219,549 | Gross: $58.88M

28. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 308,949 | Gross: $189.42M

29. Red Dawn (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

31 Metascore

A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

Director: Dan Bradley | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck

Votes: 66,933 | Gross: $44.81M

30. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

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.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 475,633 | Gross: $66.49M

31. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 121,403 | Gross: $16.38M