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The Movies of 2012: U.S. Releases
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Top Ten List

1. Tabu Dir. Miguel Gomes. With Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira, Carloto Cotta, Teresa Madruga A
2. Elena Dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev. With Nadezhda Markina, Andrei Smirnov, Elena Lyadova A
3. Amour Dir. Michael Haneke. With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert A
4. The Turin Horse Dir. Béla Tarr. With János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos A–
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild Dir. Benh Zeitlin. With Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry A–
6. How to Survive a Plague Dir. David France. Documentary about ACT-UP's anti-AIDS activism A–
7. Magic Mike Dir. Steven Soderbergh. With Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey A–
8. Holy Motors Dir. Leos Carax. With Denis Lavant, Édith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue A–
9. Starlet Dir. Sean Baker. With Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve, James Ransone A–
10. Looper Dir. Rian Johnson. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Pierce Gagnon A–

Remainder of Films Screened

Miss Bala Dir. Gerardo Naranjo. With Stephanie Sigman, Noe Hernandez, Miguel Couturier A–
The Snowtown Murders Dir. Justin Kurzel. With Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris A–

Corpo Celeste Dir. Alice Rohrwacher. With Yle Vianello, Salvatore Cantalupo, Pasqualina Scuncia B+
Damsels in Distress Dir. Whit Stillman. With Greta Gerwig, Annaleigh Tipton B+
Goodbye, First Love Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve. With Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky B+
The House I Live In Dir. Eugene Jarecki. Documentary about U.S.'s ill-conceived War on Drugs B+
In the Family Dir. Patrick Wang. With Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John, Sebastian Banes B+
The Kid with a Bike Dirs. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. With Thomas Doret, Cécile de France B+
Life of Pi Dir. Ang Lee. With Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Adil Hussain, Tabu B+
Lincoln Dir. Steven Spielberg. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field B+
Middle of Nowhere Dir. Ava DuVernay. With Emayatzy Corinealdi, Omari Hardwick B+
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Dir. Stephen Chbosky. With Logan Lerman, Emma Watson B+
A Simple Life Dir. Ann Hui. With Deannie Yip, Andy Lau, Wang Fuli, Qin Hailu, Paul Chun B+
Sister Dir. Ursula Meier. Kacey Mottet Klein, Léa Seydoux, Martin Compston, Gabin Lefebvre B+

21 Jump Street Dirs. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. With Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum B
Attenberg Dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari. With Ariane Labed, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou B
Barbara Dir. Christian Petzold. With Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke B
Bestiaire Dir. Denis Côté. Documentary about animals kept in Québécois zoo B
The Bourne Legacy Dir. Tony Gilroy. With Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton B
The Central Park Five Dirs. Sarah Burns, David McMahon, and Ken Burns. Documentary B
The Color Wheel Dir. Alex Ross Perry. With Alex Ross Perry, Carlen Altman, Bob Byington B
Detropia Dirs. Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. Documentary about downsizing of Detroit B
Elles Dir. Małgośka Szumowska. With Juliette Binoche, Anaïs Demoustier, Joanna Kulig B
Farewell, My Queen Dir. Benoît Jacquot. With Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen B
Francine Dirs. Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. With Melissa Leo, Keith Leonard B
Frankenweenie Dir. Tim Burton. Animated. Voices of Charlie Tahan, Martin Short, Catherine O'Hara B
Girl Walk // All Day Dir. Justin Krapnick. With Anne Marsen, Daisuke Omiya, John Doyle B
Hello I Must Be Going Dir. Todd Louiso. With Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Abbott B
Hope Springs Dir. David Frankel. With Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell B
The Invisible War Dir. Kirby Dick. Documentary about rape and assuault within U.S. military B
Keep the Lights On Dir. Ira Sachs. With Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson B
Lawless Dir. John Hillcoat. With Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce B
The Loneliest Planet Dir. Julia Loktev. With Hani Furstenberg, Gael García Bernal B
The Master Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. With Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman B
Michael Dir. Markus Schleinzer. With Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Gisella Salcher B
Moonrise Kingdom Dir. Wes Anderson. With Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton B
Not Fade Away Dir. David Chase. With John Magaro, Jach Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote B
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan. With Yilmaz Erdoğan, Muhammet Uzuner B
Polisse Dir. Maïwenn. With Joeystarr, Marina Foïs, Karin Viard, Frédéric Pierrot, Arnaud Henriet B
Post Mortem Dir. Pablo Larraín. With Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Amparo Noguera B
The Queen of Versailles Dir. Lauren Greenfield. Documentary about billionaires in financial crisis B
A Royal Affair Dir. Nikolaj Arcel. With Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard B
Ted Dir. Seth MacFarlane. With Mark Wahlberg, voice of Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis B
This Is Not a Film Dirs. Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb. With Jafar Panahi B
The Wise Kids Dir. Stephen Cone. With Molly Kunz, Tyler Ross, Allison Torem, Stephen Cone B
Won't Back Down Dir. Daniel Barnz. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac B
Zero Dark Thirty Dir. Kathryn Bigelow. With Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler B

Arbitrage Dir. Nicholas Jarecki. With Richard Gere, Brit Marling, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth B–
Chronicle Dir. Josh Trank. With Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly B–
Footnote Dir. Joseph Cedar. With Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Micah Lewensohn B–
Friends with Kids Dir. Jennifer Westfeldt. With Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph B–
Ginger & Rosa Dir. Sally Potter. With Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola B–
The Grey Dir. Joe Carnahan. With Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Joe Anderson B–
The Imposter Dir. Bart Layton. Documentary about French man impersonating missing Texan teen B–
Killer Joe Dir. William Friedkin. With Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey B–
Killing Them Softly Dir. Andrew Dominik. With Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn B–
Mirror Mirror Dir. Tarsem Singh. With Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane B–
Oslo, August 31st Dir. Joachim Trier. With Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner B–
The Paperboy Dir. Lee Daniels. With Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman B–
Prometheus Dir. Ridley Scott. With Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron B–
Red Hook Summer Dir. Spike Lee. With Jules Brown, Clarke Peters, Toni Lysaith, Heather Simms B–
Return Dir. Liza Johnson. With Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, Talia Balsam, John Slattery B–
Rust and Bone Dir. Jacques Audiard. With Matthias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard B–
Safety Not Guaranteed Dir. Colin Trevorrow. With Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, Mark Duplass B–
Silent House Dirs. Chris Kentis and Laura Lau. With Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese B–
Sound of My Voice Dir. Zal Batmanglij. With Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius, Brit Marling B–
Sparkle Dir. Salim Akil. With Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke B–
Think Like a Man Dir. Tim Story. With Romany Malco, Meagan Good, Terrence Jenkins B–
This Must Be the Place Dir. Paolo Sorrentino. With Sean Penn, Frances McDormand B–
Wanderlust Dir. David Wain. With Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda B–
Wuthering Heights Dir. Andrea Arnold. With Solomon Glave, James Howson, Shannon Beer B–

Alps Dir. Giorgos Lanthimos. With Aggeliki Papoulia, Johnny Verkis, Ariane Labed, Aris Servetalis C+
Argo Dir. Ben Affleck. With Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Scoot McNairy, Kerry Bishé C+
Bullhead Dir. Michaël R. Roskam. With Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy C+
The Cabin in the Woods Dir. Drew Goddard. With Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams C+
The Deep Blue Sea Dir. Terence Davies. With Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston C+
End of Watch Dir. David Ayer. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, David Harbour, Frank Grillo C+
Flight Dir. Robert Zemeckis. With Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood C+
Four Lovers Dir. Antony Cordier. With Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Roschdy Zem C+
The Impossible Dir. Juan Antonio Bayona. With Tom Holland, Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor C+
Joyful Noise Dir. Todd Graff. With Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Jeremy Jordan C+
Kill List Dir. Ben Wheatley. With Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, MyAnna Buring, Emma Fryer C+
Mosquita y Mari Dir. Aurora Guerrero. With Fenessa Pineda, Venecia Troncoso, Marisela Uscanga C+
On the Road Dir. Walter Salles. With Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Tom Sturridge C+
Paranormal Activity 4 Dirs. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. With Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively C+
ParaNorman Dirs. Chris Butler and Sam Fell. Animated. Voice of Kodi Smit-McPhee C+
Promised Land Dir. Gus Van Sant. With Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand C+
The Sessions Dir. Ben Lewin. With John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood C+
Silver Linings Playbook Dir. David O. Russell. With Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence C+
Skyfall Dir. Sam Mendes. With Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes C+
The Words Dirs. Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. With Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid C
Your Sister's Sister Dir. Lynn Shelton. With Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt C+

Anna Karenina Dir. Joe Wright. With Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jude Law C
Bachelorette Dir. Leslye Headland. With Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher C
The Bay Dir. Barry Levinson. With Kether Donohue, Stephen Kunken, Christopher Denham C
Brave Dirs. Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. Animated. Voice of Kelly Macdonald C
A Burning Hot Summer Dir. Philippe Garrel. With Jérôme Robart, Louis Garrel, Céline Sallette C
Cloud Atlas Dirs. Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski. With Bae Du-na C
The Details Dir. Jacob Aaron Estes. With Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney C
Django Unchained Dir. Quentin Tarantino. With Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio C
The Five-Year Engagement Dir. Nicholas Stoller. With Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt C
The Guilt Trip Dir. Anne Fletcher. With Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Brent Cullen C
Haywire Dir. Steven Soderbergh. With Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum C
Marvel's The Avengers Dir. Joss Whedon. With Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans C
People Like Us Dir. Alex Kurtzman. With Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Hall D'Addario C
Pitch Perfect Dir. Jason Moore. With Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow C
Searching for Sugar Man Dir. Malik Bendjelloul. Documentary about elusive folk singer C
Smashed Dir. James Ponsoldt. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman C
Take This Waltz Dir. Sarah Polley. With Michelle Williams, Luke Riley, Seth Rogen C
Trishna Dir. Michael Winterbottom. With Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Roshan Seth, Meeta Vashisht C

Bernie Dir. Richard Linklater. With Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey C–
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Dir. Peter Jackson. With Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen C–
The Hunger Games Dir. Gary Ross. With Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth C–
The Hunter Dir. Daniel Nettheim. With Willem Dafoe, Frances O'Connor, Sam Neill C–
A Late Quartet Dir. Yaron Zilberman. With Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman C–
Savages Dir. Oliver Stone. With Blake Lively, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch C–
Snow White and the Huntsman Dir. Rupert Sanders. With Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth C–
Steel Magnolias Dir. Kenny Leon. TV Movie. With Queen Latifah, Condola Rashad, Jill Scott C–
Wreck-It Ralph Dir. Rich Moore. Animated. Voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman C–

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Dir. John Madden. With Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith D+
Cosmopolis Dir. David Cronenberg. With Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, Kevin Durand D+
The Dark Knight Rises Dir. Christopher Nolan. With Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway D+
Room 237 Dir. Rodney Ascher. Documentary about five narrators' odd readings of The Shining D+
Ruby Sparks Dirs. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. With Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina D+
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Dir. Lasse Hallström. With Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor D+
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Dir. Lorene Scafaria. With Steve Carell D+
This Is 40 Dir. Judd Apatow. With Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow D+

Celeste and Jesse Forever Dir. Lee Toland Krieger. With Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg D
Compliance Dir. Craig Zobel. With Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp D
Good Deeds Dir. Tyler Perry. With Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Gabrielle Union, Brian White D
Hitchcock Dir. Sacha Gervasi. With Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson D
Premium Rush Dir. David Koepp. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez D
Trouble with the Curve Dir. Robert Lorenz. With Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake D
Virginia Dir. Dustin Lance Black. With Jennifer Connelly, Harrison Gilbertson, Ed Harris D

Les Misérables Dir. Tom Hooper. With Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway D–

Hyde Park on Hudson Dir. Roger Michell. With Laura Linney, Bill Murray, Samuel West F
Rock of Ages Dir. Adam Shankman. With Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin F
Sinister Dir. Scott Derrickson. With Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone F