The Watch (2012)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Life of Pi (2012)
"Especially in today's frustratingly gridlocked political environment, Lincoln is timelier than ever. It gives us hope that government can accomplish great things even as it drags itself through the muck and strain of corruption."
Ruby Sparks (2012)
"It tackles the idea that people in a relationship will often try to remake the other person in their image. Some of the twists are more obvious than others, but it has just enough charm (mostly from Kazan herself) to skate by."
In the Mood for Love (2001)
"The movie isn't necessarily realistic-it's about the theater after all-but its unusually cynical center keeps it from becoming so much sentimental mush, while delivering the heartbreak that audiences so crave."
Neil Young Journeys (2012)
The Forgiveness of Blood (2012)
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Cloud Atlas (2012)
"A gloriously entertaining mainstream cinematic mosaic in multiple genres. Parallel cross-cutting across time and amazing montage sequences allow the viewer to come to its own conclusion about the film's ultimate meaning."
Last Ride (2012)
"Weaving carries the film in a rare lead role as a father who loves his son but has criminal tendencies that get the best of him. Tom Russell is subtle and effective as the boy who has to grow up fast. "
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
"Seven Psychopaths isn't interested in complete narrative coherency, only with ridiculous flights of fancy and layering joke upon joke as McDonagh skewers the modern crime genre and just about every other action movie trope."
"Pretty uneven, but it has a fresh spirit and it feels like these filmmakers want the final word on the found-footage horror craze. After six shorts full of shaky cam and thin plot lines, you might be ready to let them put it to rest."
Sleepwalk With Me (2012)
"It isn't the typical romcom with a happy ending and rosy outlook all around, but it spins its wheels in familiar territory too often and takes a lazy approach to its central relationship, even as its sleepwalking scenes hit all the right notes."
Umberto D (1955)
"Even sentimentality is something that springs naturally from the characters' situations. Umberto has an immense amount of pride despite his impoverished conditions and his attempts to survive aren't accompanied by the usual filmic theatrics."
Taken 2 (2012)
"One series of dumb, overly convenient action scenes after another...it fails critically even in the action department, thanks to lots of confusingly fast zooms and rapid-fire cuts, making it virtually impossible to tell who's hitting or shooting at who."
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012)
"Voice-over is always a dangerous prospect, and Crave is a perfect example of why you should think twice before using it, especially if your character's inner monologue isn't really worth listening to."
I Declare War (2013)
Vanishing Waves (2013)
Munger Road (2011)
"But time has been kind to this strange movie, and now it plays like a bizarre satire of 80s excess-kind of like a backwoods version of American Psycho with equal parts gross-out humor and over-the-top acting."
The Master (2012)
[REC] 3 Genesis (2012)
"A bit short on original ideas, but at 81 minutes, it's difficult to say that it's too long. Some may feel that the humor betrays the mood of first two movies, and that dropping the reality style was a mistake, but I disagree."
"Kuenne's screenplay has some great twists and surprising moments that illuminate its main character, proving that he has the chops to make more than merely genre film, but the ending overdoses on saccharine and overreaches."
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
"Director Franc Roddam shot the film with a gritty, realistic feel and the themes of youthful rebellion and confusion are absolutely timeless, magnified by the specificity of the setting rather than being limited by it. "
The Ambassador (2012)
"Brügger recalls gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who once went undercover with the Hell's Angels. Brügger has similar intentions, and mostly he succeeds. If only he had Thompson's way with words."
"Throws heady ideas at you faster than Michael Bay can explode a building, but the rate at which ideas stick is inconsistent. It does, however, develop a rhythm. The metered language forces you to adjust just as emotion develops."
Killer Joe (2012)
"It unfolds like a prank. After freewheeling dangerously and thrillingly for 90 minutes, it skips the relief and goes straight to the punishment. After that: The final, puzzling twist suggests that it may not have been a joke at all."
"The camera follows right behind Rosetta as she stampedes her way through hardship after hardship, determined to get a fair shake. This puts the viewer in the shoes of Rosetta and we experience her pain firsthand."
Darling Companion (2012)
Premium Rush (2012)
"For a movie that bares the souls of its characters so completely, Weekend doesn't unfold like a complicated movie. The dialogue is natural, the sex scenes are tender, and the camera never gets in the way of the story. "
Tonight You're Mine (2012)
"Filled with colorful characters that seem real and a surprising sense of spontaneity, spurred in part by its backdrop. Director David MacKenzie has pulled off a movie with the kind of easy charm that most romcoms struggle with."
Meeting Evil (2012)
"It features tons of poor decisions, from the overwrought and intrusive musical score to bad-joke one liners from the main characters down to the supporting ones. The worst decision either actor made was actually appearing in this awful film."
"It's hard not to admire the absolute commitment to a script that is very ambitious and totally bonkers in the plot department. And maybe its lack of focus is meant to reflect the scattered attention spans of its audience."
Get the Gringo (2012)
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)
Last Days of Disco (1998)
"Not only are the characters in The Last Days of Disco embarrassingly earnest about their love for spectacular nightclubs and thumping dance music, but they're also completely transparent about their desires, even when they think they're being clever."