Best of 2012
Click on a title to navigate to that review. Note that any additions to the initial “best of” list will expand it beyond a top ten.
Barely Missed the Top Ten
Directed by Mortem Tyldum. Rated R.
Directed by Christopher Nolan. Rated PG-13.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Rated R.
Directed by Rian Johnson. Rated R.
Directed by Ralph Fiennes. Rated R.
Directed by David O. Russell. Rated R.
Directed by Richard Linklater. Rated PG-13.
Directed by Joe Carnahan. Rated R.
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Rated R.
Directed by Gary Ross. Rated PG-13.
Worst of the Year
Titles memorable simply as abysmal failures to entertain. In order from most excruciating to barely tolerable.
1. One for the Money (PG-13, 1:31)
2. Mirror Mirror (PG, 1:46)
3. The Raid: Redemption (R, 1:41)
4. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (PG-13, 1:55)
5. The Woman in Black (PG-13, 1:35)
6. Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13, 2:07)
7. The Innkeepers (R, 1:40)
8. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG, 1:33)
9. Rock of Ages (PG-13, 2:03)
10. A Thousand Words (PG-13, 1:31)
Rest of the Year
Films that fall in between.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13, 1:33), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13, 2:04), The Bourne Legacy (PG-13, 2:15), Brave (PG, 1:40), Chronicle (PG-13, 1:24), Dark Shadows (PG-13, 1:53), Flight (R, 2:19), Frankenweenie (PG, 1:27), The Iron Lady (PG-13, 1:45), Jiro Dreams of Sushi (PG, 1:23), John Carter (PG-13, 2:12), Joyful Noise (PG-13, 1:58), The Lorax (PG, 1:26), Marvel’s The Avengers (PG-13, 2:23), Monsieur Lazhar (PG-13, 1:34), Pitch Perfect (PG-13, 1:52), Red Tails (PG-13, 2:05), Ruby Sparks (R, 1:44), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13, 1:47), The Secret World of Arrietty (G, 1:34), Taken 2 (PG-13, 1:32), The Three Stooges (PG, 1:32), To Rome with Love (R, 1:52), Undefeated (PG-13, 1:53)
Still on My List for Home Video
Amour, Anna Karenina, Bully, Cloud Atlas, Django Unchained, Dredd, End of Watch, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hunter, Hyde Park on Hudson, The Impossible, Inocente, The Intouchables, Kon-Tiki, Marley, The Master, No, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Oslo August 31st, Paranormal Activity 4, ParaNorman, Parental Guidance, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, The Possession, Premium Rush, Robot & Frank, A Royal Affair, Rust and Bone, Safety Not Guaranteed, Samsara, Searching for Sugar Man, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Sessions, Seven Psychopaths, Sinister, This Is Not a Film, Total Recall, Trouble with the Curve, War Witch, Won’t Back Down