Best of 2012

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1. Beyond the Hills (2012)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama

79 Metascore

The friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga

Votes: 10,619 | Gross: $0.11M

2. The Hunt (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 243,007 | Gross: $0.69M

3. Paradise: Love (2012)

Unrated | 120 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian mother, travels to the paradise of the beaches of Kenya, seeking out love from African boys. But she must confront the hard truth that on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz

Votes: 7,688 | Gross: $0.02M

4. A Gun in Each Hand (2012)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

A comedy centered on eight men in their 40s, all with identity crises.

Director: Cesc Gay | Stars: Javier Cámara, Ricardo Darín, Eduard Fernández, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 2,677

5. Death of a Man in the Balkans (2012)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

After a musician commits suicide, the discovery of his dead body by his eccentric neighbors is recorded by the dead man's web cam.

Director: Miroslav Momcilovic | Stars: Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Radoslav 'Rale' Milenkovic, Natasa Ninkovic, Ljubomir Bandovic

Votes: 1,250

6. Kuma (2012)

93 min | Drama

Ayse, a beautiful 19-year-old girl from the Turkish countryside, is chosen to be married to the handsome Hasan, son of formidable and house-proud mother Fatma, who resides in Vienna with ... See full summary »

Director: Umut Dag | Stars: Nihal G. Koldas, Begüm Akkaya, Vedat Erincin, Murathan Muslu

Votes: 688

7. Broken (IV) (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.

Director: Rufus Norris | Stars: Charlie Booty, Lily James, Tim Roth, Eloise Laurence

Votes: 12,572

8. The Other Son (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

63 Metascore

Two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover they were accidentally switched at birth.

Director: Lorraine Lévy | Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbé, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi

Votes: 3,146 | Gross: $1.16M

9. Disconnect (I) (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.

Director: Henry Alex Rubin | Stars: Jason Bateman, Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm, Hope Davis

Votes: 70,079 | Gross: $7.44M

10. Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)

84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A simple yet timeless love story between a man and a woman, told using scenes edited together from hundreds of other films.

Director: György Pálfi | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Woody Allen, Agustín Almodóvar, Julie Andrews

Votes: 2,045

11. The Scapegoat (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Set in 1952, as England prepares for the coronation, The Scapegoat tells the story of two very different men who have one thing in common - a face.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Matthew Rhys, Eileen Atkins, Anton Lesser, Jodhi May

Votes: 3,674

12. Three Worlds (2012)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

42 Metascore

This is the tale of a hit and run accident that results in the death of an illegal foreigner. Three men, including a young executive, are aboard the vehicle responsible of the accident and ... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Corsini | Stars: Raphaël Personnaz, Clotilde Hesme, Arta Dobroshi, Reda Kateb

Votes: 643

13. The Daughter (2012)

110 min | Drama

Provincial half-orphan Inna meets two newcomers to her small town: promiscuous classmate Masha and priest's son Ilya. The town is infamous for a serial killer whose victims are indecent teenage girls.

Directors: Aleksandr Kasatkin, Natalya Nazarova | Stars: Mariya Smolnikova, Yana Osipova, Igor Mazepa, Oleg Tkachyov

Votes: 357

14. Thanks for Sharing (2012)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A romantic comedy that brings together three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction.

Director: Stuart Blumberg | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad

Votes: 24,677 | Gross: $1.06M

15. Sonja and the Bull (2012)

103 min | Comedy, Romance

A comedy about two people with different world-views, from different places, whose fate, with the help from a bull Garonja (a name given to the black bulls in villages of Croatia), ... See full summary »

Director: Vlatka Vorkapic | Stars: Judita Frankovic, Goran Bogdan, Dejan Acimovic, Ivo Gregurevic

Votes: 1,886

16. Keep Smiling (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

10 women, seven of them belonging to the poorest population, are desperately trying to win a beauty contest for mothers who have more than 3 children. The winner will get an apartment and $25000.

Director: Rusudan Chkonia | Stars: Ia Sukhitashvili, Gia Roinishvili, Olga Babluani, Tamar Bukhnikashvili

Votes: 541

17. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 31,134 | Gross: $0.49M

18. My Beautiful Country (2012)

88 min | Drama, Romance, War

A moving love story in a time of hatred: During the civil war in Kosovo, the young Serbian widow Danica falls in love with Ramiz, a Albanian soldier who, wounded in battle, seeks refuge in her home on the Serbian side of the River Ibar.

Director: Michaela Kezele | Stars: Zrinka Cvitesic, Misel Maticevic, Andrija Nikcevic, Milos Mesarovic

Votes: 395

19. Hannah Arendt (2012)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch

Votes: 9,427 | Gross: $0.71M

20. Caesar Must Die (2012)

Unrated | 77 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Inmates at a high-security prison in Rome prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri, Antonio Frasca

Votes: 5,692

21. Tepenin Ardi (2012)

94 min | Drama, Mystery

When some people from the other side of the mountain invade the territory of a farming family, the family head tries to unite the family and fight back. But then problems within the family start to appear as well.

Director: Emin Alper | Stars: Tamer Levent, Reha Özcan, Mehmet Özgür, Berk Hakman

Votes: 2,394

22. Two Lives (2012)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

As the Berlin Wall crumbles, Katrine, the daughter of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier, finds her idyllic life disrupted as she refuses to testify a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of her fellow "war children."

Directors: Georg Maas, Judith Kaufmann | Stars: Juliane Köhler, Liv Ullmann, Sven Nordin, Ken Duken

Votes: 2,739 | Gross: $0.00M

23. Eden (I) (2012)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A young Korean-American girl, abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers, cooperates with her captors in a desperate ploy to survive.

Director: Megan Griffiths | Stars: Jamie Chung, Beau Bridges, Matt O'Leary, Eddie Martinez

Votes: 7,714

24. Lilet Never Happened (2012)

105 min | Drama

A look at child prostitution in Manila.

Director: Jacco Groen | Stars: Sandy Talag, Johanna ter Steege, John Arcilla, Angeli Bayani

Votes: 197

25. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

74 Metascore

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Directors: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano

Votes: 5,323 | Gross: $0.09M

26. 4Some (2012)

Unrated | 78 min | Comedy

Two middle-aged couples are linked by more than just a lifelong friendship. While relaxing on a Caribbean island, they get an unconventional idea to enrich and, as a result, complicate their sexual lives.

Director: Jan Hrebejk | Stars: Jirí Langmajer, Marika Sarah Procházková, Hynek Cermák, Viktorie Cermáková

Votes: 399

27. The Attack (2012)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, War

74 Metascore

An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing.

Director: Ziad Doueiri | Stars: Ali Suliman, Reymonde Amsallem, Evgenia Dodina, Dvir Benedek

Votes: 3,735 | Gross: $1.71M

28. Blancanieves (2012)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Fantasy

82 Metascore

A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.

Director: Pablo Berger | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina

Votes: 9,753 | Gross: $0.28M

29. The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

R | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson

Votes: 12,514 | Gross: $0.52M

30. Barbara (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke

Votes: 11,300

31. Nobel's Last Will (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Reporter Annika is at the Nobel prize awards, when shooting kills a woman and wounds an Israeli stem cell scientist. Annika is silenced as witness, so she investigates the killed woman while the press writes about the Israeli.

Director: Peter Flinth | Stars: Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman, Leif Andrée, Kajsa Ernst

Votes: 2,500

32. Loving (2012)

105 min | Drama, Romance

The relationship of a young successful couple expecting a baby is put to the test after the traumatic experience Maria has endured. Her husband Tomek wants to seek revenge but doesn't know who is to blame.

Director: Slawomir Fabicki | Stars: Marcin Dorocinski, Julia Kijowska, Adam Woronowicz, Agata Kulesza

Votes: 257

33. Midnight's Children (2012)

TV-14 | 146 min | Drama

56 Metascore

A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Rajat Kapoor, Vansh Bhardwaj, Anupam Kher, Neha Mahajan

Votes: 2,728 | Gross: $0.14M

34. Imagine (II) (2012)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A blind teacher breaks the rules to help a female student rediscover the pleasures of life.

Director: Andrzej Jakimowski | Stars: Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara, Melchior Derouet, Francis Frappat

Votes: 2,203

35. Deadfall (2012)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

52 Metascore

A thriller that follows two siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist, and their unlikely reunion during another family's Thanksgiving celebration.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek

Votes: 36,504 | Gross: $0.07M

36. Wadjda (2012)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd

Votes: 16,524 | Gross: $1.35M

37. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama

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: 422,936 | Gross: $17.74M

38. The Door (I) (2012)

97 min | Drama

A novelist forms a strange bond with her eccentric maid that will have a lasting effect on both women.

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Helen Mirren, Martina Gedeck, Károly Eperjes, Gábor Koncz

Votes: 1,652



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