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Best Films of 2012

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An in-depth story of a small but important island nation in trouble because of climate change, and the man determined to make a difference.
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People who added this item 433 Average listal rating (299 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
A great idea for a movie that I feel could have been handled better. Some great choice scenes in there, though
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People who added this item 61 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
Starlet (2012)


A very low budget and simple story about an odd friendship. Creatively reveals plot points along the way.
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People who added this item 231 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
A ridiculously tough journey behind five cameras that each tell a story, witness to violence, unrest, brutality, and more shit than anyone wants to see in a lifetime.
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People who added this item 101 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
Tabu (2012)
Beautifully filmed in black and white with a touch of surrealism with the back and forth, in time, throughout the film. This seems to throw some people but I respect the effort and while I lost a bit of interest by the end the story and characters' stories about love and life hold enough interest.

The shot of the crocodile (which is featured on the cover) is probably the strongest image of the film.
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Felicity Jones has never been prettier and her beauty is set up among beautiful pastels and art direction. Unfortunately, while the dialogue is interesting, the story is somewhat aimless and becomes long near the end.

I think the characters and setting are interesting enough to make it a series instead of a stand-alone movie, as I thought there didn't seem to be an end or needn't be an end.
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People who added this item 144 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Big Miracle (2012)


This is the kind of movie that should have been a huge hit, much like the story was in the 1980s. If this movie were released in the 1990s, I think it would have been a hit. It's simply a 90's type of movie. I love when everyone is playing a part in achieving a singular goal but they have their own ambitions. This movie does an average job with the material.
Plus, it's buoyed by the it being about saving whales.
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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Up Series continues to stay interesting as the people remain interested in participating.
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People who added this item 1085 Average listal rating (732 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Dictator (2012)
An example of Cohen's work where his publicity stunts leading up to the film were funnier than the actual film. There are plenty of funny moments, but for every funny moment is a stupid one. I think Cohen is very talented but is sometimes misguided when trying to shock the audience.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 8.1
Pretty Sweet (2012)
It's true, this skateboard doc is pretty sweet
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People who added this item 234 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.2
Coriolanus (2011)
Ralph Fiennes brings us an impressive directional debut with this classic Shakespeare story. It's set in a modern world while keeping the integrity of the original dialogue, for the most part. Fiennes and Redgrave are strong here, and Butler tolerable as well
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A raucous satire of misfit pirates on their way to winning the title of 'Pirate of the Year' with the help of... Science!
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People who added this item 2108 Average listal rating (1405 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Prometheus (2012)


It's decent entertainment filled with gorgeous visuals; but likely the biggest disappointment of the year.
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People who added this item 219 Average listal rating (142 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Arbitrage (2012)
A nice 90s-style, Richard-Gere-in-trouble movie. Brit Marling is the standout here and the remaining supporting cast keeps it fresh.
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People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (117 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.7


A really simple and low key production but it has likable characters that keep you interested to the end.

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People who added this item 381 Average listal rating (226 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.6
Wanderlust (2012)
Sure, this is a paint-by-numbers romantic comedy filled with the genre's cliches, but Rudd and Aniston are hilarious and the supporting cast is comedically wacky and, to me, it all works for a good romp of harmless humor.
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People who added this item 33 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Undefeated (2011)
A strong documentary with authentic subjects and a nicely developed story.
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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Starbuck (2011)


A crazy idea with funny and somewhat dramatic results. I feel like the direction and editing hurt the overall product.
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A lovely geriatric film boasting an excellent cast that manages to make this movie, that's mostly unoriginal in its storytelling, appealing.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.4
Like an extended background story you see when watching Olympics coverage... except better.
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People who added this item 818 Average listal rating (543 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.8


A horror film that doesn't insult your intelligence and isn't doused in clishes. Aahhh, refreshing.

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A meticulous full-length supercut that actually tells a full story using other films. This is an idea I had of doing, but now it seems someone has set the bar pretty high.

As impressive of a feat as this is I cannot rank it higher due to it not actually being a film. But hey, it's better than 'Starbuck'.
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People who added this item 194 Average listal rating (88 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.2
360 (2011)
For a movie with a title so proud of its concept it wasn't very 360 or too original in its organization. I mean, it did the job but it didn't wow me like I had hoped.
The performances were solid and it is a beautiful looking movie and interesting throughout.
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People who added this item 254 Average listal rating (157 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Robot & Frank (2012)


A funny and strangely touching film about the old age in the near future.
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People who added this item 660 Average listal rating (437 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
Safe House (2012)
Denzel playing Denzel. He nails it every time. And as much I see movies that may be too much in his wheelhouse, I can't get enough.
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People who added this item 179 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
As a filmmaker I could relate to the development, art, and ultimate frustration of releasing something you've devoted years to and expecting the public to understand it and understand you.
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People who added this item 714 Average listal rating (496 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7
Jack Reacher (2012)


I really didn't like how this movie started off but I'm glad I stuck with it. Pike and Cruise lead a cast of notable actors and the action is there, but the filmmakers were smart to show it off only when it needs to be.

I also want to point out how bad the marketing for this film was, if they had done their job I would have likely seen this movie in theatres.

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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
A very well-made documentary that will depress the hell out of you but then hopefully inspire you in the end.
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A decent documentary on the shortened career of my favorite athlete of all time
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People who added this item 146 Average listal rating (105 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Aye, a wee bit of a Scottish film about ryes and thug guys that'll kick ya in the arse.

It's very Ken Loach, and is probably his best directing effort, after 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley'.
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People who added this item 304 Average listal rating (151 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6


Bale and the supporting Chinese cast are fantastic in this beautiful and heartbreaking story.

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People who added this item 100 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
A beautiful piece of drama with movements as simple on the surface as a quartet would play, but showing us the complications of inner workings of their music.
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People who added this item 507 Average listal rating (335 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.7
I thought it was about a time piece...

These four guys make a fun comedy team, but the film falls short of its full potential.
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People who added this item 569 Average listal rating (378 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
Killer Joe (2011)


Not a movie you go see with your church buddies. It's possibly the best guilty pleasure of the year. The final scene makes it all worth it.

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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
An animated trip into the day of a depressed man in an impressed world, full of ugliness and beauty. It's an animated unlike anything you've seen.
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People who added this item 636 Average listal rating (354 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Hopkins and Mirren are great as co-leads; so it should have been titled "Alfred and Alma" instead. A more accurate and interesting title seeing that it's not a biopic on Hitchcock.
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People who added this item 34 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
A wild adventure into a subject and land I know/knew very little about. It's difficult to believe what you're witnessing on screen at times. There are definitely some interesting characters in this documentary.
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People who added this item 144 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.9


This is a delightful and beautiful looking film from an unusual point of view about a very interesting and important weekend between the royal couple and the first couple.
Bill Murray is great as well as the rest of the cast.

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People who added this item 285 Average listal rating (150 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
This is a nice but uneven account of a realistic marriage that finds boredom just to have the bride be in another marriage that fails because of boredom. Thankfully the movie is not boring but finds it difficult to end the movie, much like The Return of the King.
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People who added this item 300 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3
Finally a sexy geriatric movie. Plenty of a funny moments that play well. Anyone who is disgusted by it must be closed minded and perhaps can't realize passion is allowed to happen throughout your life; so why shouldn't it shown in a movie?

Carell does a fine job, but I feel like his talent was slightly wasted and it's a role many people could have played to similar success.
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People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.5


A funny, silly parody that stays subtle and true to its purpose. Like many Will Ferrell efforts the genius lies beneath the stupidity.

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People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
This is a documentarian's dream. Starts off with this spotlight on an ultra-rich family but turns into a 'riches to rags' story. Several gems in this.
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People who added this item 94 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
A very difficult movie to watch, because of the subject matter and the inconceivable way the victims have been and are still dealt with.

Difficult but an important documentary for anyone to watch. Kirby Dick has created his best doc yet.
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People who added this item 163 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6
While keeping with the same story Delpy directs an entirely different sequel with its own unique layers and odd moments. Once again the dialogue is intelligent and snappy but Chris Rock gives it a completely different feel than Adam Goldberg.
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People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.8
Chasing Ice (2012)


Some extraordinary images give credit to the purpose of its subject and the subject. Images tell more of the horrific effect on the ice caps than stats and graphs.

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People who added this item 967 Average listal rating (626 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
A beautiful epic blockbuster with a huge story and world behind it. Too bad it lost money because this was actually worthy of such a budget.
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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Comedy (2012)
A subtly brilliant piece of monotonously absurd dialogue from a bored man-child of the leisure class. The creators were able to make every scene awkward, trying and funny.
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People who added this item 624 Average listal rating (402 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
End of Watch (2012)
Gyllenhaal and Pena make an entertaining duo in this movie that is full of surprises and intense scenes. Like in most of her roles I could not get into or believe anything Anna Kendrick was saying.
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People who added this item 816 Average listal rating (406 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.6


A gorgeous looking movie with strong performances but the writing never fully shows the intricacies of its source material.

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This list was created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz
Created January 2013
Updated August 2018
Films Seen: 188


Another strong year. Both Andersons continue to show their artistic prowess and a lot of new directors turned out some impressive work. One sour note is the lack of quality comedies. I'm not sure if it's because I'm getting older or the industry just can't do comedies in movies... because TV comedies are currently stronger than ever.

Enjoy!


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Rated 7/10

The Raven
Rated 6/10
Splinters
Amour
Sleepwalk with Me
Goon
ParaNorman
Side by Side
The Lorax
American Reunion
One Day on Earth
The Expendables 2
The Central Park Five
Albatross
Premium Rush
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
Act of Valor
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jesus Henry Christ
Knuckleball!
Sexual Chronicles of a French Family
Total Recall
Smashed
With Every Heartbeat
Cosmopolis
The Grey
16 Acres
The Hunger Games
Sunset Strip
The Babymakers
Hungry for Change
Les Petits Mouchoirs
30 for 30: Broke
The Deep Blue Sea
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titans
Albert Nobbs
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Dredd
Surviving Progress
Journey to Planet X
Elles
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
The Guilt Trip
Hit & Run
How to Survive a Plague
Pitch Perfect
28 Hotel Rooms
This Must Be the Place
Fame High
Three Stars
Alps
Detropia
Barrymore
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon
A Cat in Paris
Mansome
Shadow Dancer
The Good Doctor
Meet the Fokkens
Safe
The Paperboy
Rampart
Nightmare Factory
Craigslist Joe
Unraveled
That Guy... Who Was in That Thing
Rated 5/10
Magic Mike
This Means War
4:44 Last Day on Earth
Hick
The Loneliest Planet
Butter
Red Dawn
Runaway Slave
Lockout
Jack & Diane
Red Lights
About Cherry
Haywire
The Lucky One
Lay the Favorite
Best Man Down
Rated 4/10

Iron Sky
Danland
For a Good Time, Call...
After Porn Ends
Makers: Our Story
Rated 3/10
Twixt
Rated 2/10
The Guest House
A Perfect Ending
Rated 1/10
The Exhibitionists



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