Year 2012 Top Movie Picks
The artist written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius — An actor famous for his roles in silent films forms a relationship with an actress who is headed for fame in the new era of sound films.
The avengers written and directed by Joss Whedon — Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America assemble together for the very first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster.
The best exotic Marigold Hotel directed by John Madden — A group of British retirees decide to outsource their retirement to a newly renovated hotel in Jaipur, India, that is being marketed as a retirement residence - but when they arrive, they find it to be in less luxurious condition than they had imagined.
The big year directed by David Frankel — Three men put their lives and careers on hold in an attempt to set a new record for the number of bird species spotted during a year.
The cabin in the woods directed by Drew Goddard — Five college friends head for a cabin in a remote forest and through a tattered diary left behind by a former inhabitant, begin to discover the deadly truth behind their lodging.
The dark knight rises directed by Christopher Nolan — With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman raises the stakes on his war on crime and sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets - but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker.
The Dust bowl by Ken Burns — documents the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains, followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
Footnote directed by Joseph Cedar — An examination of the complicated relationship of rival professors, who are also father and son.
Friends with kids written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt — The lives of a a close-knit circle of friends change once they have kids.
The hedgehog directed by Mona Achache — Paloma, a bored eleven-year old who has decided to kill herself on her twelfth birthday, befriends her building's concierge and new neighbor who inspire her to change her pessimistic outlook on life.
Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese — Hugo is an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When he encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy.
The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross — Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister's place and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she's pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives.
Midnight in Paris written and directed by Woody Allen — While in Paris on vacation, a writer travels back in time each night at midnight and discovers what he truly wants from life.
Moonrise kingdom by Wes Anderson — On an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, two twelve-year-olds fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore, and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.
My afternoons with Margueritte directed by Jean Becker — Uneducated Germain and avid reader Margueritte begin an unlikely friendship when Margueritte introduces Germain to the world of literature and reading.
Puss in boots directed by Chris Miller — Lover, fighter, and outlaw Puss in Boots is off on the adventure of his nine lives as he teams up with Kitty Softpaws and Humpty Dumpty for the ultimate showdown with the notorious Jack and Jill.
Salmon fishing in the Yemen directed by Lasse Hallstrom — A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.
21 Jump Street directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller — Two new police officers take on an undercover job of busting a high school drug ring.
The way written and directed by Emilio Estevez — After his son dies while walking on the Camino de Santiago between France and Spain, a grieving father decides to finish hiking the trail in honor of his son.
We bought a zoo directed by Cameron Crowe — When his teenage son gets into trouble, Benjamin Mee gives up a lucrative newspaper job to move his family to the most unlikely of places: a zoo! With help from an eclectic staff Benjamin embarks on a fresh beginning to restore the dilapidated zoo to its former glory, while uniting his family.
The whistleblower by Larysa Kondracki — When Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac accepts a U.N. peacekeeper position in postwar Bosnia, she discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring. Risking her own life to save the lives of others, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost.