Best of 2012

by christian94 | created - 27 Mar 2015 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

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1. In the House (2012)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

72 Metascore

A high school French teacher is drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Vincent Schmitt, Ernst Umhauer, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 27,213 | Gross: $0.35M

2. Black's Game (2012)

R | 104 min | Crime, Thriller

After being reacquainted with a childhood friend Stebbi joins the drug trade world in order to pay off his debt. Inspired by actual events.

Director: Óskar Thór Axelsson | Stars: Thor Kristjansson, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Damon Younger, María Birta

Votes: 3,886

3. A Hijacking (2012)

R | 103 min | Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.

Director: Tobias Lindholm | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim, Roland Møller

Votes: 14,741 | Gross: $0.41M

4. 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: 1,204,761 | Gross: $162.81M

5. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)

PG | 91 min | Fantasy

51 Metascore

A young woman is entranced by an Aerialist. When they fall into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil and are separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner, John Clarke

Votes: 7,638 | Gross: $12.50M

6. Flight (I) (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle, John Goodman

Votes: 302,260 | Gross: $93.77M

7. Karakara (2012)

101 min | Drama

Pierre, a retired professor in his early sixties who ends up making a short, unsettling trip around Okinawa with Junko, a 40-year-old runaway wife. The confused intellectual would rather ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Gagnon | Stars: Yûki Kudô, Gabriel Arcand, Megumi Tomita, Atta Yuichi

Votes: 126

8. Lincoln (2012)

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

86 Metascore

As the American Civil 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: 228,207 | Gross: $182.21M

9. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 533,804 | Gross: $124.99M

10. 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: 499,383 | Gross: $66.49M

11. 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: 421,577 | Gross: $17.74M

12. Rust and Bone (2012)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette

Votes: 58,755 | Gross: $2.06M

13. 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: 31,013 | Gross: $0.49M

14. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 533,397 | Gross: $136.03M

15. Doomsday Book (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The First Chapter of The Anthology Film- In A Brave New World, a mysterious virus brings the city to ruins and zombies flood the streets of Seoul. The Chapter 2, The Heavenly Creature, a ... See full summary »

Directors: Pil-sung Yim, Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Doona Bae, Joon-ho Bong, Ji-hee Jin, Yun-hie Jo

Votes: 2,960

16. Omertà (2012)

107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Based on a widely-acclaimed TV series by Luc Dionne himself, Omertà-The Movie is centered around the character of Pierre Gauthier, a cop specialized in organized crime. He's now the head of... See full summary »

Director: Luc Dionne | Stars: Michel Côté, Patrick Huard, Rachelle Lefevre, Stéphane Rousseau

Votes: 400

17. Fair Sex (2012)

89 min | Drama

Would-be filmmaker Sophie left Africa for Canada as a child. After graduating, she films the daily doings as part of a summer job at a fair. When pointing the camera at herself, she reveals painful secrets from the past..

Director: Martin Laroche | Stars: Marie-Evelyne Lessard, Marc-André Brunet, Normand Daoust, Stephanie Dubois

Votes: 81

18. In Their Skin (2012)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

50 Metascore

The Hughes cottage vacation is violently interrupted by a family on a murderous and identity stealing journey, in search of the "perfect" life.

Director: Jeremy Power Regimbal | Stars: Selma Blair, Joshua Close, James D'Arcy, Rachel Miner

Votes: 4,911

19. Graceland (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Thriller

75 Metascore

When a kidnapping goes wrong, a desperate father risks everything to save his daughter from the men who hold her captive.

Director: Ron Morales | Stars: Arnold Reyes, Menggie Cobarrubias, Dido de la Paz, Leon Miguel

Votes: 1,201 | Gross: $0.02M

20. 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: 1,178,229 | Gross: $623.36M

21. Blokada (2012)

92 min | Documentary

The Blockade is a unique view from within on the most massive, longest, and politically most significant student protest in the country, since 1971, that started in April of 2009 at the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Igor Bezinovic

Votes: 65

22. Robo Jî (2012)

111 min | Comedy, Drama

Three employees of the Kimura Electrical Company are due to present a new robot to an important robot exhibition in the coming days, but after an accident in which the robot is destroyed, ... See full summary »

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Naoto Takenaka, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Gaku Hamada

Votes: 534

23. Wolf Children (2012)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Drama, Family

71 Metascore

After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Ohsawa, Haru Kuroki, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 31,356

24. The Impossible (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, History, Thriller

73 Metascore

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Oaklee Pendergast

Votes: 177,183 | Gross: $19.02M

25. Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)

Not Rated | 321 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

89 Metascore

A clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan leads to the expulsion of Khan from Wasseypur, and ignites a deadly blood feud spanning three generations.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia

Votes: 68,739

26. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 325,865 | Gross: $27.11M

27. 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: 342,818 | Gross: $189.42M

28. Touch of the Light (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A drama centered on the experiences of a blind piano prodigy.

Director: Jung-chi Chang | Stars: Sandrine Pinna, Yu-Siang Huang, Lieh Lee, Samantha Shu-Chin Ko

Votes: 845

29. Horses of God (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A fictional account of the lives of the men responsible for the suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003.

Director: Nabil Ayouch | Stars: Abdelhakim Rachi, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek, Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani

Votes: 1,476 | Gross: $0.00M

30. Holy Motors (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy

84 Metascore

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

Votes: 36,766

31. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

Director: Derek Cianfrance | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Craig Van Hook

Votes: 226,205 | Gross: $21.38M

32. No (I) (2012)

R | 118 min | Drama

81 Metascore

An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Luis Gnecco

Votes: 21,427 | Gross: $2.34M

33. A Royal Affair (2012)

R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

73 Metascore

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm

Votes: 40,870 | Gross: $1.55M

34. Stories We Tell (2012)

PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary

91 Metascore

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley | Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, Joanna Polley

Votes: 11,212 | Gross: $1.60M

35. The Sessions (2012)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 39,698 | Gross: $6.00M

36. 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: 228,819 | Gross: $64.58M

37. End of Watch (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera

Votes: 210,832 | Gross: $41.00M

38. Pieces of Me (2012)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

A precocious teenage girl in a small french town has a troubled relationship with her chronically-ill mom after her elder sister left home four year ago.

Director: Nolwenn Lemesle | Stars: Zabou Breitman, Tchéky Karyo, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Adélaïde Leroux

Votes: 427

39. Still Mine (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama

72 Metascore

An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home.

Director: Michael McGowan | Stars: James Cromwell, Ronan Rees, Geneviève Bujold, Campbell Scott

Votes: 3,672 | Gross: $1.15M

40. Masquerade (2012)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

A look-alike commoner is secretly hired to take the place of a poisoned king to save his country from falling into chaos.

Director: Chang-min Choo | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Seung-ryong Ryu, Hyo-Joo Han, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 5,156 | Gross: $0.92M



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