The Impossible (2012)
Les MisÚrables (2012)
The Long Green Line (2008)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Life of Pi (2012)
The Sessions (2012)
"Hitchcock takes us through the struggle, travail, and rejections that faced Hitch as he tried to make a new kind of movie. We perhaps forget how revolutionary Psycho was in 1960. No one had ever done what Hitchcock was attempting. "
"Robert Zemeckis directs unevenly from an erratic screenplay by John Gatins. Flight basically is a shaky character study, but its strength is a terrific action sequence, as the pilot struggles trying to control his plummeting plane. "
"Where have you gone, 007? Skyfall has transformed you from the human, vulnerable, skillful spy into a Superhero Bond. In Skyfall, Bond is part Aquaman and part Road Runner, with some familial angst pilfered from Bruce Wayne. He's become an action toy. "
"Shifty is low-key, low budget, but high grade. It's a film about sitting and talking. And drug dealing. It builds slowly - some may want more action, but it has a surprisingly satisfying conclusion. "
"Argo is a skillful, dramatic entertainment. It's slick. But in its rush to be "feel-good," Argo sacrifices a lot - such as depth and credibility. It has thrills and laughs; it just doesn't have much substance. "
End of Watch (2012)
"End of Watch avoids many of the conventions of other cop movies and goes its own way. But then it veers back to the easy, most conventional of modes. End of Watch is a moral tale that unfortunately misplaces its truth. "
The Master (2012)
"Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the loopy looper, has to time travel into another time to kill himself (Bruce Willis) so that he doesn't make bad movies. No, that's not it. So he can avoid Demi Moore. No. Oh, forget it. "
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
"Trouble with the Curve should be titled Trouble with the Cliche. It was not written by a hitter; it was written by a hacker. It's depressing to think that Clint Eastwood's final screen appearance may be in this junkball movie. "
Robot & Frank (2012)
Side by Side (2012)
"In Side by Side, editor Walter Murch states, "In a way, film was the church of the 20th century." But the church of film is shutting its doors. Stained glass is being replaced by digital imagery. A new religion is on its relentless way. "
Ruby Sparks (2012)
"Ruby Sparks goes beyond quirky fluff and deals with relationships. Zoe Kazan rides her screenplay on a high-altitude flight of imagination. Although there's an occasional bump on the way, the landing is smooth. "
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Neil Young Journeys (2012)
"Neil Young Journeys does for some of us what a rare film can do - it revives and renews our spirit. Neil Young and Jonathan Demme. Heart and soul. Wisdom and age. Fire and ashes. Lightning and thunder. "
The Deep Blue Sea (2012)
The Monitor (Babycall) (2012)
"Norwegian director/writer Pal Sletaune appears to have been influenced by Roman Polanski, but The Monitor is more oppressive than haunting. There is little or no sense of dread. The climax is predictable. "
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
"The best quality of this film is that it shows that "blockbusters" do not have to surrender to a bombardment of special effects. They can keep intelligence and humanity. Because of that monumental lesson, this film could become an important classic. "
Stella Days (2012)
"Martin Sheen gives a lilting performance as dogged Father Barry. Sheen continues his professional and personal journey. The ending may not be as firm as one might want, but Stella Days is a further step in Martin Sheen's spiritual journey. "
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
"The contemporary world is smitten with "Reality Shows." Beasts of the Southern Wild should fit right in. It could be called "Louisiana Shore." It has a crowd of noisy people, who swill beer and nonsense. "
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Monsieur Lazhar (2012)
"In Monsieur Lazhar, education can prevail over its literal restrictions. Teachers may make mistakes, but the good ones emphasize independence and intelligence. And interpretation. They serve inquisitiveness, not inquisition. "
"I'm taking over for Macklin -- he can't handle the truth about bears. But I can. I'm a bear named Teddy. So this review of Ted is a peer review. Ted isn't a teddy bear's picnic. It's a raunchy blast. "
Rock of Ages (2012)
"The subtitle of Rock of Ages should be, "We Built This Sinkhole on Rock and Roll." Despite the relentless vapidity of Rock of Ages, there is one reason to see this movie -- Tom Cruise. Is a single performance enough to recommend a movie? If so, go. "
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
To Rome with Love (2012)
"In To Rome with Love, Woody is back on screen. His flippant patter is still amusing, but his persona doesn't sharpen the movie at all. His patented anxiousness is distracting. Fortunately, it doesn't distract from anything interesting. "
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
"At its best, Snow White and the Huntsman is a bold, vivid, imaginative retelling of a beloved fairy tale. It is both stark and gorgeous, bleak and beautiful. In this version, the powerful conflict is between age and youth. "
Men in Black III (2012)
"The actor and character that most humanizes the movie is Michael Stuhlbarg as Griffin, the alien with the gift of seeing potential futures. Griffin is both knowing and insecure. Stuhlbarg gives an affecting performance of warmth and fearful anxiety. "
"What makes this film work is not the predictable plot and characters. It's the acting. The movie has a special cast. Even though they often are given pat sequences, the actors are crown-jewel professionals, and their talent glimmers through. "
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
"Although it takes a while to hit its stride, once it does Marvel's The Avengers is a razzle-dazzle, rip-roaring entertainment. Count on The Hulk. Once he erupts, The Avengers soars across the screen with ferocity and style. "
Sleepless Night (2012)
We Have a Pope (2012)