The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Total Recall (2012)
Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012)
The Tortured (2012)
6 Month Rule (2012)
"If the plotting and payoffs of this love triangle are a bit problematic and less satisfying than one wished, there are also pleasant inversions to be found in the film's finale, reminding viewers that every down is a prelude to an up, and vice versa."
Patagonia Rising (2012)
"A deliberately paced indie offering that bills itself as a psychological thriller but is actually an aimless tone piece about twentysomething emotional dislocation that only in its final reel leaps somewhat clumsily into genre-oriented skirmish."
Natural Selection (2012)
"A cracked road trip, marked by a pair of arresting leads turns, shot through with good intention but lacking in either deft enough execution or a tonal commitment one way or another that would tip it toward honest recommendation."
The Watch (2012)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Pact (2012)
"Debut director Nicholas McCarthy possesses a good grasp of effective, tension-building technique in this psychologically rooted chiller, in which dark, repressed memories of a turbulent childhood bubble to the surface."
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Take This Waltz (2012)
Magic Mike (2012)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Your Sister's Sister (2012)
Rock of Ages (2012)
High School (2012)
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Chernobyl Diaries (2012)
The Intouchables (2012)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Bill W. (2012)
"A doc about the man who clawed his own way out of drunkenness and then forged a path for countless others to follow, Bill W. suffers from some misplaced focus, but benefits from the plainly fascinating nature of its subject."
I Wish (2012)
"If the Dardenne brothers were Japanese instead of French-Belgian, or perhaps set out to craft a homage to Yasujiro Ozu that was crossed with a whimsical yet melancholic version of The Parent Trap, it might well resemble this."
Nobody Else But You (2012)
"A stylishly shot film that's at once forlorn and hopeful, unfolding in a space that seems real and familiar, yet also a bit off-kilter and dreamlike. If it's a candle in the wind, it flickers some, but doesn't get blown out."
"A bittersweet, fitfully engaging film which benefits from appealing leads and an original focus, Nesting ultimately doesn't elicit a deep enough audience identification to rise above the level of bohemian curio."
Dark Shadows (2012)
"Could certainly use some honing of intent and argument, but it still paints a commingled ghastly and hopeful portrait of early 21st century America, and is not a picture from which you can readily look away."
The Perfect Family (2012)
"A resolutely middle-of-the-road affair that never locates and communicates a very persuasive reason for its existence, or even a compelling dramatic throughline. A cinematic 'meh' if ever there were one."
God Bless America (2012)
Suing the Devil (2011)
"Aiming for some theoretical sweet spot between comedy, courtroom drama and Up-with-Jesus! sermonizing, this inane film can't even be saved via attempted personality transfusion from Malcolm McDowell. 'Trial of the century,' huh? Only in movie hell."
Asylum Blackout (2012)
"A skillfully cobbled together little calling card of a film. If in the end it's a bit short on convincing payoff, its atmospheric spell should generally satisfy genre fans, and also augur good things for most involved."
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
"A ponderous, self-satisfied drama that can't be saved by a characteristically nuanced performance from Juliette Binoche. A would-be character study that comes across as a plodding and muddled adaptation of a didactic women's studies term paper."
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
"Possesses the same nougaty center of ribaldry and sentimentality in which Judd Apatow specializes, but falls victim to a sagging hour-plus in its middle, plus an ending which feels less than genuine and more stamped for test-marketing approval."
Restless City (2012)