Best Movies Off the Radar 2012

Summary

The Avengers. The Dark Knight Rises. Skyfall. There were plenty of highly-anticipated, critically acclaimed films that wowed moviegoers this year. But you know all about that stuff already, so we at RT decided to give some love to a few of the overlooked, underappreciated, and, in some cases, critically dismissed movies that made an impression on us. Read on for a rundown of lesser-known gems from 2012 that we think deserve another look. Back to Article

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Matthew Melange

Matthew Melange

I really hated looper because of the basic time paradox problems that are never addressed in the movie. Along with if it's so hard to kill people in the future, why did they do it to bruce willis' asian wife? Other than dramatic effect.

Dec 28 - 12:42 AM

Stan Deeks

Stan Deeks

Clearly, you A) You looked way to deep into a movie that was trying 100% to stay away from time travel as the main point of the movie. and B) Weren't following along. They kill his wife basically on accident, it wasn't the fact that killing people in the future was so hard it was the face that it was easily caught and illegal, hence why you needed loopers. As for the time paradox this isn't a movie about time travel it's about life choices and how you define yourself with a future already planned out. Time travel is a small aspect of this movie, it isn't primer.

Dec 28 - 03:57 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

It certainly was not "Primer". That was an excellent movie.

Dec 29 - 12:12 AM

JD Shippel

JD Shippel

The characters themselves said the mechanics of it would have your head spinning. It was never about the function of the time travel. It was simply a neat plot device and was part of an awesome movie. I don't get hung up on the details if they aren't distracting, and they weren't here for me.

Dec 29 - 07:46 PM

TJ S.

TJ Seher

The Invisible War may get an Oscar nomination (and probably will). That's hardly under the radar...

Dec 28 - 01:07 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Actually, I consider it under the radar regardless; it should be required viewing because it's so damn important.

Dec 28 - 12:52 PM

Renaud Bouquet

Renaud Bouquet

End of Watch was almost excellent... these two actors were awsome. I loved it.

Dec 28 - 01:28 AM

Max Herberg

Max Herberg

This Means War an off-the-radar movie?! Should've been Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World and The Grey

Dec 28 - 01:46 AM

Jaroslav Korbel Jr.

Jaroslav Korbel Jr.

End of Watch was overlooked? It was number one at Box Office and everyone knows about this movie. Not even talking about the fact that it was a 3/5 at best.

Dec 28 - 02:41 AM

Andreas Palm

Andreas Palm

Seven psychopaths should be on here as well!

Dec 28 - 03:16 AM

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Zach Caruso

I love that The Turin Horse was included, but that came out in 2011....

Dec 28 - 03:55 AM

Samuel Sidiqi

Samuel Sidiqi

This means war was really aweful. I saw it on a plane, and it made the plane food taste good in comparison.

Dec 28 - 04:22 AM

Sam P.

Sam Peacey

@Luke Goodsell, "What can I say, I love comedies about messed-up, unpleasant people -- and the more messed-up and unpleasant the better, as far as I'm concerned". If that's the case, you should read Malice in Blunderland, may not be a movie, but still it's worth a shout...

Dec 28 - 04:25 AM

Kyle Gerardi

Kyle Gerardi

<3

Dec 28 - 06:48 AM

SixDegreesOf21

Kathleen Runas

I listed CABIN in the WOODS as my second favorite movie of 2012. MOONRISE KINGDOM still on top of my list. and speaking of under the radar, where is Moonrise Kingdom in this list?

Dec 28 - 07:02 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

What is your final list looking like Kathleen, aside from CITW and MK?

Dec 30 - 11:25 AM

SixDegreesOf21

Kathleen Runas

Seen END of WATCH twice already. One of the best action/cop film I've seen in years.

Dec 28 - 07:04 AM

Johan Ilagan

Johan Ilagan

No Killer Joe?? That was awesome!

Dec 28 - 07:12 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

It wont, it's this years "Waiting for Superman" A harsh and brutal truth the academy and all its board members would rather ignore.

Dec 28 - 07:30 AM

Damla Karagoz

Damla Karagoz

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Dec 28 - 07:55 AM

Michael Cole

Michael Cole

I agree, I felt Dredd was like flat soda.

Dec 28 - 08:29 AM

Michael Cole

Michael Cole

The Imposter is a top pick for me

Dec 28 - 08:41 AM

James Pasier

James Pasier

This Means War was horrible, what country were you guys in?

Dec 28 - 08:44 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The Kind that say Bane and Captain Kirk can do no wrong! That's why "People like us" is on here as well.

Dec 28 - 08:49 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

The Kind that say Bane and Captain Kirk can do no wrong! That's why "People like us" is on here as well.

Dec 28 - 08:49 AM

Samantha Chong

Samantha Chong

seven psychopaths was great

Dec 28 - 09:31 AM

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