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2011

People who added this item 1451  Average listal rating (776 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.7 
1. The Tree of Life (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 27 May 2011

directed by : Terrence Malick

with : Brad Pitt, Sean Penn

plot : Tree of Life is a period piece centered around three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son of two characters (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) witnesses the loss of innocence....

Why do I want to see this ?
I'm a big fan of Terrence Malick, especially "The New world" and this movie has just won the Golden Palm at Cannes.

My verdict :
Many people won't get this movie and will loathe it. It is definitely the least accessible movie directed by Mallick and I'm not sure I did get half of it but it doesn't matter. It touched me very deeply.
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People who added this item 1627  Average listal rating (986 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 21 December 2011

directed by : David Fincher

with : Daniel Craig, Robin Wright

plot : A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker.

Why do I want to see this ?
I have finally seen the original movie and it was just great. Honestly, I don't think Rooney Mara has the acting chops to pull this off. However, Daniel Craig is a great choice and as said before, Fincher is a very interesting director and I try to watch anything he directs.

My verdict :
First of all, congrats for Rooney Mara. I was really sceptical when I heard she would portray Lisbeth Salander but her performance was more than convincing. So, even though it is a completely unnecessary remake, even though it is not better than the first version, Lisbeth Salander remains one of the most fascinating characters in a motion picture and the story was still really spellbinding.
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People who added this item 809  Average listal rating (505 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.2 
3. Carnage (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 16 December 2011

directed by : Roman Polanski

with : Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly

plot : Tells the story of two sets of parents who decide to have a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a schoolyard brawl.

Why do I want to see this ?
Roman Polanski + Kate Winslet + Jodie Foster!!!! Do I have to say more ?!? One of my favorite directors with 2 of the best actresses around, that's enough to make me anticipate this movie. And Waltz and Reilly are both usually very good as well.

My verdict :
Eventually, I wasn't disappointed. Indeed, I thought the whole thing was just hilarious and it has been a while since I laughed so much at the movie theater. Roman Polanski always impressed me in the past but I didn't expect him to make such a funny dark comedy. And the cast was just awesome!
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People who added this item 1580  Average listal rating (948 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
4. Hugo (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 9 December 2011

directed by : Martin Scorsese

with : Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen

plot : Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and a robot.

Why do I want to see this ?
Martin Scorsese is a great director and everything he directs is worth a look. And finally, a movie without DiCaprio, how will it turn out ?

My verdict :
Even though I enjoyed it, in my opinion, it remains a minor effort in Scorsese's career but still a minor Scorsese is always better than all the garbage you can see nowadays.
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People who added this item 1528  Average listal rating (909 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
5. Rango (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 4 March 2011

directed by : Gore Verbinski

with : Johnny Depp

plot : A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it

Why do I want to see this ?
I just love the poster ! The story sounds nice aswell.

My verdict :
Wow ! This was a really gorgeous animated picture ! Only for this, it is worth watching it. It's too bad the story is not that great but I still laughed a couple of times.
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People who added this item 734  Average listal rating (455 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 6.1 
6. Immortals (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 11 November 2011

directed by : Tarsem Singh

with : Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, John Hurt

plot : Greek warrior Theseus battles against imprisoned titans.

Why do I want to see this ?
I have seen both flicks directed by Tarsem Singh and they were both visually striking. I'm really curious to see what he is gonna do this time.

My verdict :
Indeed, what a gorgeous flick! But also, unfortunately, what a boring story... I mean, it wasn't really bad but it was just so pedestrian (after '300', 'Clash of The Titans', I need more than this to entertain me). Still, some really impressive visuals here.
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People who added this item 1095  Average listal rating (687 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.7 
7. Contagion (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 21 October 2011

directed by : Steven Soderbergh

with : Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne

plot : An action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

Why do I want to see this ?
Steven Soderbergh is a great director, the casting is very exciting (see above) and the story seems very interesting

My verdict :
They chose a more realistic and scientifical approach so there are no shootings, chases, explosions and it was much appreciated. So, the whole thing was interesting and entertaining and I liked it but I can't say it was really mindblowing. Still, I thought it was a decent virus thriller and it is definitely worth a look.
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People who added this item 446  Average listal rating (287 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.8 
8. Haywire (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 20 January 2012

directed by : Steven Soderbergh

with : Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Mathieu Kassovitz,...

plot : A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.

Why do I want to see this ?
Steven Soderbergh is an amazing director, the cast is really impressive and the story sounds pretty cool.

People who added this item 920  Average listal rating (494 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.5 
9. A Dangerous Method (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 23 November 2011

directed by : David Cronenberg

with : Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel

plot : A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Why do I want to see this ?
This is already the third time Cronenberg and Mortensen are working together and since I enjoyed their previous two movies, I should definitely check this one out as well. The story seems quite intriguing as well.

People who added this item 901  Average listal rating (534 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.2 
10. The Ides of March (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 7 October 2011

directed by : George Clooney

with : George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright

plot : An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Why do I want to see this ?
Honestly, at first, I wasn't really interested (maybe it was because of this very lame title). But then, there is a very impressive cast and George Clooney really needs to redeem himself after the lackluster "Leatherheads". Eventually, it deals with politics and I'm a sucker for this kind of flicks.

My verdict :
Even though I did like it, I can’t help thinking that I’m being actually too generous. Personally, I always thought that politics are fascinating so I’m always eager to check movies about this subject and I had some high expectations for this movie. Unfortunately, the whole thing doesn’t tell or show you anything you haven't seen before so that was rather a let-down.
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People who added this item 1010  Average listal rating (672 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
11. The Descendants (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 9 December 2011

directed by : Alexander Payne

with : George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges

plot : A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Why do I want to see this ?
After 7 long years, Alexander Payne is finally bringing a follow-up to 'Sideways'. The story sounds intriguing and with George Clooney playing the lead, I'm definitely eager to check this one out.

My verdict :
I wonder why it took Alexander Payne 7 years to finally come up with a new director effort. Anyway, it was definitely worth the wait, that’s for sure. Indeed, I thought it was a very good drama with a perfect pace, some more than solid performances and some of the best written characters I have seen lately. Definitely one of the best movies I have seen released in 2011.
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People who added this item 1179  Average listal rating (753 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.6 
12. In Time (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 28 October 2011

directed by : Andrew Niccol

with : Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy

plot : In the future people stop aging at 25 and must work to buy themselves more time, but when a young man finds himself with more time than he can imagine he must run from the corrupt police force to save his life.

Why do I want to see this ?
Honestly, except for Cillian Murphy, the rest of the cast doesn't interest me at all. But the story seems interesting enough and I just loved everything where Andrew Niccol was involved ('Lord of War', 'S1m0ne', 'The Truman Show', 'Gattaca').

People who added this item 692  Average listal rating (360 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.6 
13. J. Edgar (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 14 December 2011

directed by : Clint Eastwood

with : Leonardo diCaprio, Naomi Watts

plot : Biopic on FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, focusing on his scandalous career and controversial private life as a homosexual and rumored cross dresser.

Why do I want to see this ?
It reminds me of The Aviator which I consider the best of Scorsese/DiCaprio flicks. And Clint Eastwood + Leonardo DiCaprio + Naomi Watts, it sounds like a good combo to me!

My verdict :
The whole thing sounded great on paper: one of the best directors and one of the best actors working together on a biopic on one of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the whole thing was indeed rather disappointing. I mean, if we follow the story line, Hoover not only created the FBI, but was also a repressed homosexual, allegedly a cross dresser, a socially impaired borderline autistic fellow and his mother was apparently a b*tch as well. That was frankly a little too much too swallow as a viewer and a little too difficult to handle for the makers.
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People who added this item 793  Average listal rating (380 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 6.2 
14. The Rum Diary (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 28 October 2011

directed by : Bruce Robinson

with : Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi

plot : American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots who live there.

Why do I want to see this ?
I don't know why but until now, I wasn't really enthousiast about this flick. I guess I'm getting a little bit fed up about the whole Johnny Depp mania... Still, he remains one of my favorite actors and all his new movies are an event not to be missed.

My verdict :
Even though it was not bad at all, it was still rather disappointing. I mean, for a movie dealing with alcoholists, I thought it was terribly sober. Just like the directing, it was just way too clean and neat. Basically, it is yet another disappointing feature for Johnny Depp who slowly but surely is becoming one of the most overrated actors at work nowadays.
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People who added this item 156  Average listal rating (59 ratings) 4.7  IMDB Rating 4.9 
15. Twixt (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : ??? 2011

directed by : Francis Ford Coppola

with : Val Kilmer, Ben Chaplin, Elle Fanning

plot : A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He's unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.

Why do I want to see this ?
Actually, I have never seen a movie by Coppola in the movie theater and honestly, he hasn´t directed any masterpieces since the last 30 years but still when one of his movies is coming out, it is always an event.

People who added this item 154  Average listal rating (57 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.1 
16. 360 (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : ???

directed by : Fernando Meirelles

with : Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Foster, Eminem, Moritz Bleibtreu, Jamel Debbouze

plot : A look at what happens when partners from different social backgrounds engage in in physical relationships.

Why do I want to see this ?
Meirelles has directed the amazing 'City of God' and his other movies were quite interesting, there is an impressive cast (Eminem!) and the story is intriguing.

People who added this item 490  Average listal rating (228 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
17. Restless (2011)


Release date (U.S.) : 16 September 2011

directed by : Gus Van Sant

with : Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper

plot : The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.

Why do I want to see this ?
Honestly, for a long time, I wasn't really attracted by this flick but since it is directed by Gus Van Sant, one of my favorite directors, I eventually want to check this out as well.


2012

People who added this item 2636  Average listal rating (1596 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.6 
18. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 20 July 2012

directed by : Christopher Nolan

with : Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

plot : Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent's crimes.

Why do I want to see this ?
Nolan last 4 movies were Inception, The Dark knight, The Prestige and Batman Begins !!! He sounds like the new Stanley Kubrick. I wonder how long he is going to keep such a high quality in his movies. On the other hand, how could he do better than The Dark Knight ?? Maybe 2 movies were enough... Anyway, I won't miss this one, that's for sure.

My verdict :
What is it any good? Yes, it was pretty awesome. Was it better than 'The Dark Knight'? No way... I'm not sure if it was actually even better than 'Batman Begins'. Still, this farewell to the Batman remains a very good flick and it is absolutely and definitely worth a look.
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People who added this item 2117  Average listal rating (1193 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
19. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 14 December 2012

directed by : Peter Jackson

with : Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm

plot : Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.

Why do I want to see this ?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was like the Star Wars trilogy for the year 2000's. It was huge. I don't think Peter Jackson is going to mess up his legacy like George Lucas. It should be great ...

My verdict :
Finally... I was rather disappointed by 'Prometheus' and 'The Dark Knight Rises' but I finally saw something that lived up to my expectations. It was just grand to get back to Middle Earth, to hear the music, to see the Shire and Bilbo's house and to go once again in another adventure with Gandalf the Grey.
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People who added this item 744  Average listal rating (434 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
20. The Master (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : ?? 2012 (6 December 2012 in The Netherlands!!!)

directed by : Paul Thomas Anderson

with : Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman

plot : A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.

Why do I want to see this ?
Any movie directed by PT Anderson is a must see and look! Joaquin Phoenix is back as well!! Count me in...

My verdict :
I had some huge expectations concerning this flick. Unfortunately, I thought it was rather disappointing. I mean, it was really good, there were even some really brilliant moments but it was never truly amazing. In my opinion, the main issue was with the writing. Still, there was some great stuff here.
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People who added this item 1608  Average listal rating (1061 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.1 
21. Prometheus (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 8 June 2012

directed by : Ridley Scott

with : Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

plot : A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Why do I want to see this ?
I always follow Ridley Scott's work. He is a very good director and he hasn't done any SF since Blade Runner in 1982 so I wonder what he will do with this.

My verdict :
Visually, it was really awesome. Storywise, it was allright and entertaining but nothing groundbreaking like I was hoping for. Still, it remains a solid SF flick.
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People who added this item 269  Average listal rating (112 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
22. To the Wonder (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 12 April 2013

directed by : Terrence Malick

with : Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko

plot : To likely go by another title, set over a period of several years, Neil (Ben Affleck), is a failed writer stuck in a loveless marriage with Marina (Kurylenko), whose expiring visa put pressure on Neil to propose. Neil and Marina have a daughter (Tatiana Chilin) together, but both of them are looking outside the marriage. Neil is drawn to Jane (McAdams) and Marina betrays her husband by having an affair with Charlie (Charles Baker).

Why do I want to see this ?
I'm a big fan of Terrence Malick and the cast seems rather interesting.

My verdict :
To be honest, it was rather a tough watch which was expected from Malick but also, unfortunately, his least satisfying feature so far. I still liked this flick though but Malick is getting pretty tiresome at this point.
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People who added this item 1896  Average listal rating (1273 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
23. Django Unchained (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 25 December 2012

directed by : Quentin Tarantino

with : Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Kurt Russell, Don Johnson

plot : A slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from the brutal Calvin Candie, a Mississippi plantation owner.

Why do I want to see this ?
Honestly, I think that Kill Bill 1 & 2 and Inglourious Basterds are really overrated and Tarantino must stop believing he is the greatest director on Earth. But still, all his movies are worth a look and the cast is pretty cool (even though I wish Will Smith was still on board).

My verdict :
Pretty much like 'Inglourious Basterds', there were many things I really enjoyed and admired but there were also many things that just puzzled me. At least, the story was a little bit more focus than with his previous movie.
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People who added this item 928  Average listal rating (475 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.5 
24. Lincoln (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 16 November 2012

directed by : Steven Spielberg

with : Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones

plot : The sixteenth President of the United States guides the North to victory during the Civil War.

Why do I want to see this ?
For years, Liam Neeson was supposed to have the lead on this project. Finally, it will be made but without him! I guess it must be frustrating for Liam Neeson but even though he is pretty good, Day-Lewis is even better. I'm really curious to see him working with Spielberg.

My verdict :
It is one of the (very) few movies which managed to exceed my expectations. Indeed, as expected, Daniel Day-Lewis was great but Spielberg should get some credit as well since he made a fascinating historical and political epic.
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People who added this item 1236  Average listal rating (750 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.2 
25. Brave (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 22 June 2012

directed by : Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

plot : Scottish princess, Merida, defies her parents by persuing an interest in archery, but inadvertently jeopardizes her father's kingdom in the process.

Why do I want to see this ?
Even though I enjoyed both ´Toy Story 3´ and ´Cars 2´, I can´t wait to see Pixar exploring some new material. Anyway, any flick by Pixar, even their sequels, is a must see in my book.

My verdict :
Unfortunately, this was the 3rd disappointing picture in a row for the great Pixar (indeed, even though I thought 'Toy Story 3' was pretty good, I didn't think it was mind-blowing at all). The amazing thing about this new flick is that even though it was disappointing, it was still pretty good actually.
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People who added this item 497  Average listal rating (267 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.6 
26. Savages (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 28 September 2012

directed by : Oliver Stone

with : Blake Lively, John Travolta, Aaron Johnson, Salma Hayek, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Benicio Del Toro

plot : Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Why do I want to see this ?
I have watched almost all Oliver Stone movies and I won't miss a new one. Furthermore, there is a very impressive cast and the story seems to be intriguing enough.

My verdict :
I thought it was a well made and decent drug feature but not much more than that eventually. I mean, there was indeed a terrific cast and they all delivered some decent performances, especially Travolta who is always awesome when playing such sleazy back-stabbing SOB but the story never really reached its potential.
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People who added this item 993  Average listal rating (556 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
27. Cloud Atlas (2012)

Can you believe this is actually f*cking Hugh Grant?!?


Release date (U.S.) : 26 October 2012

directed by : Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski brothers

with : Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent

plot : Six stories set in a different time and place become intricately related to each other.

Why do I want to see this ?
It must be one of the weirdest movies on this list... I mean, check the directors ! Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski brothers... I mean, it is not a combination I was expecting anytime soon. It is like the cast, a combination of very interesting actors (Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent) and not so interesting (Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant). Anyway, I am really curious to see the end result!

My verdict :
Even though it was definitely not of one of my priorities for 2012 (only postion n.13), it turned out to be one of the best movies I have seen so far. I wouldn't expect less from Tom Tykwer but I wasn't expecting something so impressive from the Wachowski siblings after the pseudo-psycho babble they gave us in 'The Matrix'. Even though I have seen more than 4000 movies in my whole life, it is not often that I came accross such a bold and inspiring feature.
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People who added this item 1186  Average listal rating (757 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
28. Life of Pi (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 21 December 2012

directed by : Ang Lee

with : Gérard Depardieu

plot : Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi is found adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.

Why do I want to see this ?
The story sounds a little bit weird but since it is directed by Ang Lee, one of the best directors at work nowadays, I'm still curious about it.

My verdict :
I wasn't sure about this flick but after hearing so many good things, I seriously wanted to check it out. And I wasn't disappointed. It was a really fascinating story, a gorgeous movie to look at and I'm really glad I managed to watch in the theater and in 3D. Once again, a movie rather low in my priorities turned out to be one of the best I have seen so far.
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People who added this item 1644  Average listal rating (854 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.3 
29. Dark Shadows (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 11 May 2012

directed by : Tim Burton

with : Johnny Depp, Chloe Moretz, Michael Sheen, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer

plot : A gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Based on the popular "Dark Shadows" TV series.

Why do I want to see this ?
Even though it is now getting a little bit tiresome, a Burton-Depp movie is still an event and I won't miss it.

My verdict :
Even though it was still nothing mind-blowing, it was still better than what I thought it would be. Johnny Depp was just hilarious and gave one of the best performances he gave for years and the introduction was just a gorgeous Gothic show by Mr Burton. Too bad that the rest of the movie didn't really hold up but, all in all, I really enjoyed it.
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People who added this item 601  Average listal rating (325 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.8 
30. Amour (2012)



Release date (U.S.) : 19 December 2012

directed by : Michael Haneke

with : Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant

plot : A retired couple deals with aftermath of the wife suffering from a debilitating stroke.

Why do I want to see this ?
Haneke is an acquired taste but I always liked his work (except maybe ´Code inconnu´). Here, he is back in France with an intriguing premise so count me in. Furthermore, it has won the Golden Palm at the last Cannes Film Festival. Yeah, I will definitely watch it.

People who added this item 430  Average listal rating (228 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating
31. Cosmopolis (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 7 June 2012 (Netherlands)

directed by : David Cronenberg

with : Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Jay Baruchel, Mathieu Amalric

plot : Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.

Why do I want to see this ?
Ever since the word came out that Robert Pattinson was playing the lead, this movie got a bad rep. Personally, I don't really care about this bad buzz and anything directed by Cronenberg is worth a look in my book.

People who added this item 1228  Average listal rating (815 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
32. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 25 May 2012

directed by : Wes Anderson

with : Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Frances McDormand

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

Why do I want to see this ?
Even though most of Wes Anderson's flicks were good but not great, they were always worth a a look and he definitely blew me away with "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" so I'm quite curious to see what he will do next. And check this cast!

People who added this item 166  Average listal rating (61 ratings) 5  IMDB Rating 5.3 
33. Passion (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : ??? (21 February 2013 in the Netherlands)

directed by : Brian De Palma

with : Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper

plot : A young businesswomen plots murderous revenge after her boss and mentor steals her idea.

Why do I want to see this ?
I´m not sure about this flick... On one hand, it could be one of those good old thrillers that Brian De Palma used to make. On the other hand, De Palma hasn´t made anything remotely amazing for the last 20 years of even more. It is like the cast. On one hand, I can´t wait to see Noomi Rapace in such a different environment. On the other hand, I´m not really excited by Rachel McAdams. Indeed, a few years back she was one of the most promising actresses but since then she didn´t do anything impressive in my book. We´ll see!

People who added this item 40  Average listal rating (13 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.1 
34. The We and the I (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 12 September 2012 (France)

directed by : Michel Gondry

plot : Gondry’s team interviewed participants from youth programs at The Point, Go Girl, Bronx Defenders and area high schools, asking them to describe important moments in their lives, then to act out these stories, improvising short sketches. This centers on a group of school kids who accidentally travel into the future to discover another machine that keeps people younger. "It's about the group effect, how people in groups transform when the group is dislocated, because everyone jumps out of the bus at different times, there is a smaller group and how the relationships evolve."

Why do I want to see this ?
After the commercial and not really interesting ´The Green hornet´, Gondry is back with some more experimental material and I´m definitely curious about the end-result.

People who added this item 83  Average listal rating (40 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.6 
35. Me and You (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : ??? (7 February 2013)

directed by : Bernardo Bertolucci

plot : An an introverted teenager tells his parents he going on a ski trip, but instead spends his time alone in a basement.

Why do I want to see this ?
It has been more than 20 years since Bertolucci directed a masterpiece ('The Dreamers' was pretty good though) but he remains a very interesting director and I will check this one out.

People who added this item 125  Average listal rating (55 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.6 
36. Promised Land (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 11 January 2013

directed by : Gus Van Sant

with : Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Frances McDormand

plot : A salesman experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town.

Why do I want to see this ?
It was supposed to be Matt Damon's directing début but, I guess, it wasn't meant to be. Eventually, it will be directed by Gus Van Sant which is the main reason I want to watch this movie, even though, in my opinion, 'Good Will Hunting' is definitely overrated.

People who added this item 116  Average listal rating (64 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.4 
37. The Company You Keep (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 5 April 2013

directed by : Robert Redford

with : Shia LaBeouf, Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Elliott, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Chris Cooper, Julie Christie

plot : A thriller centered on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.

Why do I want to see this ?
I always had a weak spot for the movies directed by Robert Redford and check this cast! I'm not so sure about the story but the whole thing seems pretty interesting to me.

My verdict :
In spite of its impressive cast, it was barely noticed when it was released and, I have to admit it, it was really flawed. Still, somehow, I enjoyed it and I liked the idea of reflecting back to the 70's when there was some kind of revolution going on and where do we stand after all these years.
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People who added this item 760  Average listal rating (405 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
38. Frankenweenie (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 5 October 2012

directed by : Tim Burton

with : Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder

plot : Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

Why do I want to see this ?
This movie is the best example to show the current lack of inspiration concerning Tim Burton for at least a decade. It goes so far that the guy is now remaking his own work! Still, I have to admit it, it looks pretty neat and I will eventually watch it at some point.

People who added this item 518  Average listal rating (310 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.1 
39. Magic Mike (2012)


Release date (U.S.) : 29 June 2012

directed by : Steven Soderbergh

plot : An upstart male stripper is taken under the wing of a more experienced colleagues.

Why do I want to see this ?
I know, the plot sounds terrible (I mean, a biopic about the life of Channing Tatum who used to be a male stripper?!?). Still, since 'The social network' was an awesome movie about a tedious subject such as Facebook, I keep an open mind. And since Soderbergh is directing, it might be awesome. Still, it is the last movie I chose for 2012 so it is definitely not a high priority...

My verdict :
As you can read above, I didn't have the highest expectations about this flick but guess what? It was actually pretty good! Above all, I thought that Channing Tatum was really good and after watching this and ’21 Jumpstreet’, two movies I was expecting nothing from, I must admit that Tatum is actually pretty talented and could go very far if he doesn’t focus too much on some random generic action flicks.
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People who added this item 1185  Average listal rating (501 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
40. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)


Release date (U.S.) : 13 December 2013

directed by : Peter Jackson

with : Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm

plot : The Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo has gained the One Ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.

Why do I want to see this ?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was like the Star Wars trilogy for the year 2000's. It was huge. I don't think Peter Jackson is going to mess up his legacy like George Lucas. It should be great and it is my top priority for 2013.

My verdict :
Honestly, I was rather skeptical about this flick for a while. Indeed, the more I thought about the first installment, the more I thought that my rating was a little bit too generous. However, after 5 minutes, I have to admit it, I was sold again. Indeed, what a spectacle! By now, it is pretty obvious those movies won't reach the awesomness of the first trilogy but those prequels are still damned entertaining.
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People who added this item 873  Average listal rating (466 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.4 
41. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)


Release date (U.S.) : 15 November 2013

directed by : Martin Scorsese

with : Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau

plot : A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.

Why do I want to see this ?
I thought 'Silence' would be Scorsese's next directing effort but it seems it wasn't meant to be but come on... It is Martin Scorsese's fifth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio... Need I say more?!? Of course, it is a must-see.

My verdict :
Honestly, even though I did like 'Hugo', I didn't think it was really mind-blowing but, this time, I really liked this flick. Honestly, I didn't expect to be so funny and it is easily the most hilarious flick starring DiCaprio I have ever seen. Basically, even though it is not really a masterpiece, it is really entertaining and once again, another fine collaboration from the team Scorsese-DiCaprio.
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People who added this item 378  Average listal rating (235 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
42. Trance (2013)


Release date (U.S.) : 5 April 2013

directed by : Danny Boyle

with : James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel

plot : A thriller centered around a botched art heist that pits two men against one another, though they both develop unusual relationships with the same woman.

Why do I want to see this ?
I'm a huge fan of Danny Boyle and all his movies are must-see for me. Plus, there are 3 nice actors and an intriguing story and it is a thriller! Sounds like a winner...

My verdict :
I had some rather huge expectations and, unfortunately, I thought it was slightly disappointing. I mean, don't misunderstand me, I actually enjoyed it and I was entertained throughout the whole thing but it was definitely a weaker effort, especially considering the exceptional track-record of Danny Boyle.
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People who added this item 305  Average listal rating (108 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.5 
43. The Counselor (2013)


Release date (U.S.) : 15 November 2013

directed by : Ridley Scott

with : Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem

plot : A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.

Why do I want to see this ?
I'm a big fan of Ridley Scott's work so it is definitely a must see for me. Plus, there is a terrific cast and the plot is really interesting. Count me in.

People who added this item 1072  Average listal rating (691 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
44. Gravity (2013)


Release date (U.S.) : 4 October 2013

directed by : Alfonso Cuarón

with : George Clooney, Sandra Bullock

plot : The lone survivor of a space mission to repair the Hubble telescope desperately tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter.

Why do I want to see this ?
After 'Children of men', I'm definitely eager to watch another science-fiction flick directed by Cuaron and anything starring George Clooney is worth a look. I must say I'm not really convinced by Sandra Bullock though. Angelina Jolie was actually the first choice (way more interesting in my opinion). And when she rejected the role, all the following actresses were tested : Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, Abbie Cornish, Carey Mulligan, Sienna Miller, Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall and Olivia Wilde. And they ended up with....Sandra Bullock! Go figure... Anyway, it is still an interesting flick, count me in!

My verdict :
At last... A really good movie coming out in 2013!!! After seven long years, Alfonso Cuaron finally came up with a new directing effort and, boy, it was definitely worth the wait. Indeed, what a spectacle! From a visual point of view, it was quite mind-blowing and concerning Sandra Bullock, I was rather surprised that they picked her up but she did a great job, providing easily the best performance of her career.
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People who added this item 59  Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.3 
45. Venus in Fur (2013)


Release date (U.S.) : ???

directed by : Roman Polanski

with : Emmanuelle Seigner, Louis Garrel, Mathieu Amalric

plot : An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production.

Why do I want to see this ?
Roman Polanski is probably my favorite director alive so, of course, I have to see this movie at some point. Furthermore, it seems that he has made an impressive come back since 'The Ghost Writer' making more movies, all critically acclaimed so this should be pretty good.

People who added this item 90  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.6 
46. The Zero Theorem (2013)


Release date (U.S.) : ???

directed by : Terry Gilliam

with : Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, Mélanie Thierry

plot : A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.

Why do I want to see this ?
It sounds like a typically weird Gilliam feature and I'm totally going to watch it. Hopefully, he will manage to get this one done...

People who added this item 347  Average listal rating (140 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.6 
47. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)


Release date (U.S.) : ??? (5 December 2013 in the Netherlands)

directed by : Ethan and Joel Coen

with : Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman

plot : A singer-songwriter navigates New York's folk music scene during the 1960s.

Why do I want to see this ?
Even though I kind of think the Coen Brothers are rather overhyped, I have watched all their movies and most (all?) of them were worth a look so I will definitely check this one out.

My verdict :
Depending on when I would watch one of the Coen brothers movies, I would either love it or it would make me indifferent. Apparently, this time, I was in a great mood since I really loved this flick. Indeed, I thought it was quite hilarious, one of their best sardonic comedies.
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People who added this item 107  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 7.3 
48. Under the Skin (2013)


Release date (U.S.) : ???

directed by : Jonathan Glazer

with : Scarlett Johansson

plot : Aliens descend upon Earth with a specific mission in mind: To abduct hitchhikers and take them back to their home world, where human meat is considered a delicacy.

Why do I want to see this ?
Jonathan Glazer is a rather unknown but definitely underrated director and he is 2 previous movies were really impressive so I'm really curious to see what he will do next. Furthermore, the story sounds really intriguing.

People who added this item 509  Average listal rating (316 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.1 
49. Side Effects (2013)


Release date (U.S.) : 8 February 2013

directed by : Steven Soderbergh

with : Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones

plot : A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.

Why do I want to see this ?
Soderbergh is a very interesting director and I'm curious to see what Rooney Mara will do next (she blew me away with 'The girl with the dragon tattoo'). The plot sounds also promising but it is worrying that Soderbergh keeps making 2 movies a year which is not a good thing qualitywise, in my opinion.

People who added this item 930  Average listal rating (570 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 7.1 
50. World War Z (2013)


Release date (U.S.) : 21 June 2013

directed by : Marc Forster

with : Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

plot : Ten years after the human victory over the world wide Zombie epidemic, referred to as World War Z, Max Brooks scours the world collecting the stories and experiences of those who have survived the conflict that almost eradicated humanity.

Why do I want to see this ?
Marc Forster is a very interesting director and I have enjoyed all his flicks. I can't wait to see him doing some Science-Fiction. Plus, there is Brad Pitt in it and he seems to do only good movies those last years.

My verdict :
I was first really excited by this flick, then really worried but it turned out to be OK. Basically, from a really ambitious project, it turned out to be a rather half-baked but still entertaining blockbuster
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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Aug 25 20:29
I'm looking forward to The Social Network A) as someone who grew up during the rise of the internet and B) For Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor's score.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Nov 18 6:44
I'm with ya on a number of these, particularly "Fair Game", "127 Hours", "The Tourist", the Hobbit flicks, and of course, the Alien prequel. I did see 'Hereafter' last week...

Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait! Trent Reznor did the score for 'The Social Network'?!! Okay, NOW is want to see it.

Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Dec 3 21:07
Lots of these I want to see as well. Some I'll have to watch trailers for before I commit to wanting to see them though. Keeping an eye on this list, as some of these I wasn't aware of yet.
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Dec 3 22:13
Great list!
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jul 12 9:20
I didn't care for the Social Network, but it wasn't my kind of film.

The Black Swan I thought I would like, but it didn't stand out to me.

Fair Game ... There are a lot of atrocities committed by governments, this one wasn't worth wasting film on.

127 Hours: I liked this movie, but it was a bit long.

True Grit: Everyone thought no one could top John Wayne, but you didn't have too. The acting was great and the directing was better than the original.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Aug 31 4:12
I want to see the In Time too. I also want to see the 127 hours, because I love movies based on true stories. Great list!
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Oct 5 10:31
I'm surprised you didn't include Moneyball. If you enjoyed The Social Network, you will enjoy Moneyball, as it is also written by Aaron Sorkin.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Oct 5 11:33
@sunset96, I'm not so sure about 'Moneyball' but it is only since a couple of days that I started hear good things about it.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Oct 15 0:10
A very good list but I recommend that you don't see "In Time" I thought the same thing in terms of the written story. But, well if you want to find out read my review. The choice is your's just thought I'd toss my two cents in. Also, I saw the movie through an early screening in case you're wondering.
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at May 17 17:23
The Sin City sequel now has an official release date of October 4, 2013. :)
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Jun 25 16:56
want to see all of these
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Sep 19 7:58
I can't wait to see most of these, especially the Hobbit movies!
Posted: 9 months, 2 weeks ago at Jul 6 10:58
Erg Interessante lijst. Sin City 2 is helaas uitgesteld tot lente 2014.
Posted: 5 months ago at Nov 14 17:01
"Honestly, I don't care much about Noah".


Gee. Thanks.
Posted: 5 months ago at Nov 14 17:03
@thenoah, hahahahaha! I do like thenoah, I don't care much about the biblical figure ;)

By the way, Ridley Scott's latest, 'The Counselor' seems to be a massive flop. Maybe it is not such a bad thing that I won't see it in the theaters like I was at first planning to.
Posted: 5 months ago at Nov 14 17:15
Yeah, I saw it was sort of getting bad reviews. I actually wasn't following it too well, so I just heard about it recently, which is kind of odd because I'm pretty fond of Scott. I'll probably watch it, but I won't waste my time and money in a theater.

I actually haven't ever read the Noah book, though I know all about it. One of the few of the very famous books I haven't read from The Bible, but I'll still see the film, mainly because I'm pretty fond of Aronofsky and Crowe and it'll be cool seeing them together.
Posted: 5 months ago at Nov 15 0:07
@thenoah, yeah, Aronosky is one of the most exciting directors at work nowadays so it should be definitely worth a look.

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