Best Movies 2012

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1. Killing Them Softly (2012)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Scoot McNairy

Votes: 125,486 | Gross: $15.03M

2. 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: 545,406 | Gross: $124.99M

3. 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: 249,382 | Gross: $0.69M

4. 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: 428,873 | Gross: $17.74M

5. 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: 37,597

6. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 628,535 | Gross: $132.09M

7. The We and the I (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A look at the lives of a group of teenagers who ride the same bus route and how their relationships change and evolve on the last day of school.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Michael Brodie, Teresa Lynn, Raymond Delgado, Jonathan Ortiz

Votes: 1,822 | Gross: $0.03M

8. Museum Hours (2012)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama

84 Metascore

When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads that sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways in which works of art reflect and shape the world.

Director: Jem Cohen | Stars: Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits, Marcus O'Hara

Votes: 1,819 | Gross: $0.08M

9. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 78,011 | Gross: $12.80M

10. Cosmopolis (2012)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

58 Metascore

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.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric

Votes: 42,357 | Gross: $0.74M

11. Lawless (2012)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke

Votes: 216,675 | Gross: $37.40M

12. 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: 182,053 | Gross: $19.02M

13. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken

Votes: 226,982 | Gross: $15.02M

14. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic lazy leader

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 135,944 | Gross: $16.38M

15. Compliance (2012)

R | 90 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on.

Director: Craig Zobel | Stars: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp

Votes: 29,131 | Gross: $0.32M

16. 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: 230,423 | Gross: $21.38M

17. 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: 214,498 | Gross: $41.00M

18. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 545,078 | Gross: $126.48M

19. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

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

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 296,568 | Gross: $45.51M

20. 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: 231,581 | Gross: $64.58M

21. 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: 1,203,607 | Gross: $623.36M

22. 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: 330,272 | Gross: $27.11M

23. Being Flynn (2012)

R | 102 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Paul Dano, Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby

Votes: 15,971 | Gross: $0.53M

24. 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: 1,243,660 | Gross: $162.81M

25. Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

80 Metascore

A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.

Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Toby Jones, Antonio Mancino, Guido Adorni, Susanna Cappellaro

Votes: 13,297

26. 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: 70,654 | Gross: $7.44M

27. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 255,098 | Gross: $95.72M

28. 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: 507,556 | Gross: $66.49M

29. John Dies at the End (2012)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown

Votes: 34,810 | Gross: $0.14M

30. It's a Disaster (2012)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

Four couples meet for Sunday brunch only to discover they are stuck in a house together as the world may be about to end.

Director: Todd Berger | Stars: Rachel Boston, Laura Adkin, Kevin M. Brennan, David Cross

Votes: 9,694 | Gross: $0.04M

31. Resolution (III) (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

80 Metascore

A man imprisons his estranged junkie friend in an isolated cabin in the boonies of San Diego to force him through a week of sobriety, but the events of that week are being mysteriously manipulated.

Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead | Stars: Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran, Emily Montague, Kurt David Anderson

Votes: 11,834

32. A Late Quartet (2012)

R | 105 min | Drama, Music

67 Metascore

Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.

Director: Yaron Zilberman | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir

Votes: 13,147 | Gross: $1.56M

33. The Wall (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

67 Metascore

A woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Pölsler | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Luchs, Karlheinz Hackl, Ulrike Beimpold

Votes: 5,540 | Gross: $0.04M

34. La cinquième saison (2012)

93 min | Drama, Mystery

In a scenic Belgian village, nature is turning its back on man. How will the locals cope with this new reality?

Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth | Stars: Aurélia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Sam Louwyck, Gill Vancompernolle

Votes: 1,271

35. Sleepwalk with Me (2012)

PG-13 | 81 min | Comedy

71 Metascore

A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.

Directors: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish | Stars: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane

Votes: 11,181 | Gross: $2.26M

36. Starlet (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

74 Metascore

An unlikely friendship forms between twenty-one-year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie's yard sale.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Boonee, Stella Maeve

Votes: 6,377 | Gross: $0.09M

37. Robot & Frank (2012)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

Director: Jake Schreier | Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler

Votes: 59,790 | Gross: $3.33M

38. In the House (2012)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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: 27,717 | Gross: $0.35M

39. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

Director: Lorene Scafaria | Stars: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melanie Lynskey, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 103,109 | Gross: $6.62M

40. Reality (II) (2012)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Aniello Arena, Paola Minaccioni, Loredana Simioli, Nando Paone

Votes: 4,658 | Gross: $0.06M



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