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Best Movies of 2012

Voting on the best movies of the year.


The Dark Knight Rises

Blog post at Are You Screening? : This week we took on The Dark Knight Rises, and it was an interesting conversation. As usual, one of us sounded rather negative, and one of [..]

The Avengers

Blog post at Are You Screening? : The Avengers hardly needs introduction or review at this point, and the Blu-Ray release is an awfully easy sell, but for those not automatic[..]

Life of Pi

Directed by Ang Lee. With Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu. The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.

The Hunger Games

Blog post at Are You Screening? : As seemingly irrelevant as it may be - to review - (as is the case with Twilight and Harry Potter), there is more to explore in The Hunger G[..]




Blog post at Are You Screening? : This week we took on Looper, which we loved, and it turned into an interesting show, as you might expect, because there were so many aspects[..]




Blog post at Are You Screening? : Ben Affleck's big effort this year has been the cause of a fair amount of buzz, and even still, I think it surprised us a bit. We had even h[..]

Les Misérables

Directed by Tom Hooper. With Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter. An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.




Blog post at Are You Screening? : Brave is already being referred to as a varied string of Pixar firsts, and depending on who you're listening to, the list may include first [..]

The Amazing Spider-Man

Blog post at Are You Screening? : I would say that we were disappointed again this week, but I don't think we actually had much in the way of expectations. I was after a bit [..]

The Bourne Legacy

Blog post at Are You Screening? : Almost caught up from vacation here, and The Bourne Legacy found us sitting once again with very nearly the same rating.

It has a very sl[..]

The Master

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons. A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Cloud Atlas

Directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski. With Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving. 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.

Silver Linings Playbook

Directed by David O. Russell. With Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver. 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.

Django Unchained

Directed by Quentin Tarantino. With Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington. With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Damsels in Distress

Directed by Whit Stillman. With Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke. A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind.

Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by Wes Anderson. With Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray. A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.


Blog post at Are You Screening? : Prometheus let us down in the most amazing, and surprising ways. Though we probably wouldn't have been too surprised simply to be disappoint[..]

Lola Versus

Blog post at Are You Screening? : Lola Versus is a movie that's been made countless times, and a story that has been told as often as any other, but we've rarely run into it [..]




Blog post at Are You Screening? : Lawless sent us into somewhat strange territory, because it at least managed to get us both to want to like it. The beginning was great, and[..]




Directed by Sam Mendes. With Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory, Javier Bardem, Bérénice Marlohe. Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Directed by Peter Jackson. With Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis. A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.




Directed by Richard Linklater. With Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman. In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.

The Raven

Blog post at Are You Screening? : We were back to film reviews this week, and we took on The Raven. Before going into the show at all, I want to make sure I mention the forum[..]

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Directed by Lorene Scafaria. With Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melanie Lynskey, Patton Oswalt. 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.




Blog post at Are You Screening? : This week we took on Savages, and we didn't exactly love it. The latest from Oliver Stone takes us on a strange journey, one that reveals fa[..]