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American Psycho 2:
Mila Kunis and William Shatner star in this straight-to-DVD sequel to the Christian Bale hit.
15. American Pie: The Reunion
Neither Spy Kids 4 nor Scream 4 performed as expected in 2011, and that’s inevitably going to leave Hollywood types feeling just a bit wary about belated sequels. What complicates matters still further with American Pie is the small matter of four, pretty crappy straight-to-DVD sequels that have blighted the last decade.
American Pie: The Reunion, though, is looking more promising.
Bringing in the directors of the first two Harold & Kumar movies, pretty much the full cast from the first film is back this time around, and that already seems like a wise move. Furthermore, there’s a beefed up role for Eugene Levy, as Jim’s dad. He’s the reason our ticket was sold some time ago.
It’s got promise, this one. If it works, though, here’s hoping that more straight-to-DVD sequels don’t follow…
14. World Warz
Max Brooks’ ephemeral horror novel, based on disparate accounts of a zombie apocalypse, will be a difficult film to accurately convert into a blockbuster movie. Nevertheless, director Marc Forster’s having a go at it, and his World War Z will be among the most expensive undead-based movies yet made, with a budget of $125 million. And if reviews of the script are anything to go by, it’s a great adaptation, too, with Ain’t It Cool describing it as a “genre-defining piece of work”.
Anyone fearing a warmed-over retread of George Romero’s movies can also rest assured that World War Z will be rather different from the zombie movies we’ve seen in the past. Forster has compared it to Watergate thriller, All The President’s Men, while others have said it’s like Children Of Men and The Bourne Identity.We’re not quite sure how all that ties together, but those comparisons alone have us itching to see just how good this film is.
13. Total Recall
We’ve always been willing to keep an open mind about Len Wiseman’s Total Recall,even though some have argued that the world doesn’t need another rendering of Paul Verhoeven’s bloodthirsty 1990 classic. So far, though, Total Recall 2012 doesn’t sound like a mere retread of the previous one – instead, it appears to be an alternate reading of Philip K Dick’s brief source story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, albeit with certain elements of Verhoeven’s movie thrown into the mix.
Colin Farrell stars as factory worker Doug Quaid, a Phildickian everyman figure rather than the Olympian hero Schwarzenegger provided, who begins to suspect that he may once have been a spy. Although this version of Total Recall remains firmly on terra firma, certain characters from the 1990 film remain, such as a rebel leader called Kuato (this time played by Bill Nighy) a mysterious lady of the night called Melina (with Jessica Biel replacing Rachel Ticotin) and a corporate villain called Vilos Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston, standing in for Ronny Cox).
The result, then, could be a sort of futuristic version of The Bourne Identity, with wide-eyed recollections of the past interspersed with lots of chases and fighting. With a great cast and some decent writers on its credits (Kurt Wimmer, Mark Bomback and James Vanderbilt), Total Recall may prove to be one next year’s most unexpectedly great sci-fi films.
12. The Hunger Games
Set in a post-apocalyptic future where competitiors in a televised bloodsport fight to the death, it’s easy to see why Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games novels have been picked up for a big-screen adaptation. Enthusiastically told and enormously successful, the books have a similar teen demographic to Stephanie Meyer’sTwilight series, and Lionsgate will no doubt be hoping that the first of its film versions will be as popular with audiences.
There’s some great talent at work on the film, too, with Pleasantville and Seabiscuitdirector Gary Ross at the helm, and a cast including Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in its two lead roles, backed up by Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth and Donald Sutherland.
Lionsgate certainly has faith in The Hunger Games’ chances, since a sequels’s already scheduled, and if Ross can capture the same energy as the book’s second half, the film should provide the perfect opening chapter in what could be a trilogy of films.
Hasn’t this one been a long time coming?
Since the end credits rolled on the 1995 movie adaptation of Judge Dredd (whether you liked it or not) it feels like we’ve been waiting for someone to come in and do it all properly. This new movie take on Dredd, with a helmeted-Karl Urban in the title role, has the potential to match our hopes.
There have, however, been tales of trouble behind the scenes, which have been refuted. The story ran that director Pete Travis wasn’t involved in the edit, and that writer Alex Garland had stepped in to finish the movie. How much truth there is in all of that is unclear. What is more certain is that Dredd is in the hands of people who really care about it (in fairness, the director of the Stallone take, Danny Cannon, was a massive fan too, but just didn’t have the power at that stage to get his vision across).
It’s on a tight budget, certainly, but Urban looks like fine casting. And we hope it marks the start of a few more big screen visits to Mega City One.
The last couple of years have seen a number of alien invasion movies infest our screens, and to date, it’s been the low-budget ones that have proved the most satisfying. Could director Peter Berg deliver an expensive invasion flick that delivers plenty of character as well as explosive set-pieces? That’s certainy what we’re hoping.
Certainly, the idea of setting an alien invasion film at sea’s a relatively fresh one, and there’s a great cast, including Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, and, erm, Rihanna as various officers, commanders and rear admirals.
There’s every possibility, given that Battleship’s based on the well-known guessing game of the same name, that this’ll be another landfill summer blockbuster made for the sole purpose of shifting merchandise. But we’re eternal optimists, and we also love invasion movies, so who knows? With Berg at the helm (Friday Night Lights, anyone?), Battleship may provide us with a big surprise next summer.
9. The Avengers
An already seemingly taken-for-granted part of the 2012 movie blockbuster landscape, The Avengers has sure-fire hit stamped right across it. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and more, all in the same film? What could go wrong?
We’d wager that no director of a blockbuster right now has a tougher job than Joss Whedon, who has to juggle lots of major characters, put across a threat worthy of uniting them, and leave room in the film for lots of personalities to make a mark. After all, this isn’t your traditional ensemble film, where characters can easily interweave with one another. The Avengers sees characters we’re used to seeing front and centre now working side by side.
Still, early signs are that Whedon is up to the job. The trailer that’s been released is strong, even if it makes the film look more of an Iron Man sequel than The Avengers, and we’ve met few people who won’t be in the queue to buy a ticket as a result. They are in the minority, though.
We have absolutely no doubt that Whedon will take the ingredients here and make a fun couple of hours at the movies. The test? Can he make a genuinely strong blockbuster, one that fully hangs together? It’s a good question, and time will tell the answer.
No pressure, but Marvel’s movie strategy now seems to hang on this one film…
8. Django Unchained
Genre-hopping Quentin Tarantino tackles a full-on western next, and as you’d expect, he’s got a stellar cast on board. Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz and Don Johnson are amongst the ensemble this time. Kevin Costner was also due to feature, but has since had to pull out due to other commitments.
Tarantino has, as always, penned the script, and Django Unchained - which arrives at the very end of 2012 – is the story of a slave-turned-bounty hunter, played by Jamie Foxx, who attempts to free his wife. Things do not go to plan.
Tarantino is giving himself a little more time to lock a final cut than he did with his last movie, Inglourious Basterds (whose schedule was part-dictacted by Tarantino’s desire to screen the film at Cannes), and that space should allow him to fashion one of 2012’s must-see movies. Here’s hoping.
7. Wreck-It Ralph
The distribution side of Disney is releasing three major animated films next year, each of which looks strong in its own right. The one we’ve left off this list is Pixar’sBrave, which we think will be strong, but it’s so under wraps, it’s hard to get too enthused just yet (the trailer didn’t do it too many favours, either).
It’s Wreck-It Ralph, then, that might emerge as the CG-animated film of choice for next year. The basic outline is lovely: an old, 8-bit computer game character finds himself in the modern world. Visually, straight away, that opens up an abundance of possibilities, and also, it’s Disney trying something just a little different. And it’s a bold move to wrap an entire mainstream animated feature around videogame characters.
If there’s one thing tempering our enthusiasm, it would be that this might end up being a fairly routine adventure in very different clothes. However, we suspect there’s something quite brilliant at work here. Rich Moore is making his feature directorial debut here, but his background – The Simpsons, Futurama, The Critic – certainly suggests that tonally, Wreck-It Ralph might just have the goods to marry up to its inspired concept.
The film isn’t due out until the very end of December. That’s the only downside so far…
6. John Carter
This lavish adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ pulp sci-fi heroes may be released in a crowded year for genre movies, but we’ve every hope that John Carter can compete with the best of them. Burroughs’ Barsoom books may not have the pre-installed global audience that, say, a high-profile Marvel or DC comic hero might have behind it (though they undoubtedly have a devoted following), but they’re the perfect jumping-off point for an exciting action fantasy that’s perfect for the big screen.
The other reason we’re looking forward to John Carter, though, is because Andrew Stanton’s directing it. He’s already proven his abilities as a storyteller in such Pixar movies as Finding Nemo and Wall-E, and the amount of CG effects work in John Carter should make this movie the perfect entry point into the very different world of live-action filmmaking.
The 20-minute preview we saw in November did nothing to dampen our enthusiasm, and there’s every chance that John Carter will provide a heady mix of drama and remarkable visual effects.
5. The Pirates: In An Adventure With Scientists!
You wait five years for an Aardman movie to arrive, and then two turn up within six months of each other. We really enjoyed CG-feature Arthur Christmas, but it’s Aardman’s first stop-frame animated movie since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit that is already shaping up as the family movie to beat in 2012.
Everything we’ve seen of the film thus far demonstrates a lavish attention to detail, a steadfast sense of character, and a style and wit that few of 2012’s releases look set to be able to hold a torch too. It helps that the expertise of Peter Lord – creator of Morph, director of Chicken Run – is calling the shots on the film, but there’s more to The Pirates than that.
This is a massively ambitious production, about a Pirate Captain who’s trying to win a Pirate Of The Year competition despite the fact that he’s generally a bit rubbish. This lays a platform for Aardman to not only showcase its unparalleled craft, but to put together a funny, warm family adventure (it’s already looking like one of 2012′s funniest).
It might not prove to be the biggest animated hit of 2012 (it doesn’t help that the film has a different title on each side of the channel), but its competition will have a job on their hands to beat it for sheer quality. We can’t wait.
Incidentally, it’s also the only film on the 2012 roster that uses the voice talent of Brian Blessed that we’re aware of. Shame on every other film.
4. The Hobbits
It’s almost surreal that The Hobbit movies are finally happening. First, Peter Jackson and New Line were at loggerheads. Then MGM’s bank balance cost the films another year or so. Then, Guillermo del Toro dropped out. And finally - finally- Peter Jackson got cameras rolling on the two films earlier this year.
The first of them, An Unexpected Journey, makes it into cinemas at the end of 2012, nine years after the release of Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King. It’s testament to how many interesting films are heading our way in 2012 that this ranks fourth in the list, but don’t let that fool you: The Hobbit is a flat-out must see from where we’re sitting.
To have Peter Jackson back in Middle Earth is proof that there is some justice in the world. That’s he recruited so many of the talented people who brought Lord Of The Rings to the screen could also provide a vital constistency. The even better news? There’s another Hobbit film the year after. Expect that similarly high up 2013’s list…
Anyone who saw the spectacular Children Of Men will know that any film Alfonso Cuarón directs is worth consideration, and, if anything, his sci-fi thriller Gravitysounds even more ambitious than his previous feature.
Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as a pair of astronauts fighting for survival in a crippled space station, it’s been said by those involved that Cuarón’s brought all his skills to bear on this apparently simple story, with the opening 20 minutes reportedly shot in one long, unbroken take. Cuarón’s friend Guillermo Del Toro’s already spoken of his enthusiasm for the film, having told MTV Movies that it’ll push “a new boundary in filmmaking.”
Other than these scant facts, there’s not a lot more we can really say aboutGravity, other than that it’s in 3D, and that Clooney and Bullock are the only two actors in it. What we can say, though, is that Children Of Men was a meditative and intelligent sci-fi film with moments of incredible intensity, and we’d be extremely surprised if Gravity was any different. We can’t wait.
2. The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan is making what’s almost certain to be his last ever Batman movie, while also looking to prove that it’s possible to make a comic book threequel that doesn’t dip in quality. He’s got his regular cast back – Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine – and recruited Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway too, in a film that promises to close this chapter of Bruce Wayne’s story.
The film has been shot very much in the open, with the Internet creaking under the weight of set videos and photos from observers. And inevitably, it’s led to a cauldron of hype that’s almost impossible to live up to.
Yet Nolan might. The Dark Knight built terrifically well on the excellent Batman Begins, and The Dark Knight Rises is set to try a few different things again. The stories to date have been ambitious, the execution excellent, and Nolan’s Batman movies will be resident in top ten comic book movie lists for many years to come.The Dark Knight Rises? It has the potential to top them all. May Nolan not be away from comic book movies for long…
There are so many reasons to look forward to Prometheus, but we’ll whittle them down to just a few for brevity’s sake.
First, it marks a return to sci-fi for Ridley Scott, and second, it shares “the same DNA” as 1979’s Alien. Add to that a great cast (including the ubiquitous Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba) and the writing talents of Damon Lindelof, and you have at least the possibility of a fantastic sci-fi film.
Some have pointed out that Scott’s creative bulb has dimmed somewhat of late, but we’re hoping that the visual possibilities the sci-fi genre offers (and let’s face it, Scott’s primarily an image maker rather than a director of actors) will result in the return to form we’re all anticipating.
We’re actually heartened, too, that Prometheus’ makers have played down the film’s links to Alien, because it gives Scott the opportunity to make something other than a modern retread of the original’s haunted-house-in-space. What we appear to be looking at is a kind of first-contact sci-fi flick, along the lines of Arthur C Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End or 2001: A Space Odyssey, albeit with an extremely nasty (and presumably acid-spitting) sting in its tail.
Like so many of next year’s highly anticipated films, from American Pie: The Reunion to The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus could disappoint us all. But then again, the talented people involved could exceed our expectations, and bring us a film that shares Alien’s brilliance as well as its DNA.
Looking forward for your feedback and inputs on this list… and your participation will be highly appreciated.
1. DRIVE (Nicholas Winding Refn)
2. A SEPARATION (Asghar Farhadi)
3. THE TREE OF LIFE (Terrence Malick)
4. THE LONELIEST PLANET (Julia Loktev)
5. MARGARET (Kenneth Lonergan)
5. MONEYBALL (Bennett Miller)
7. MELANCHOLIA (Lars Von Trier)
8. HOUSE OF TOLERANCE (Bertrand Bonello)
9. THE KID WITH A BIKE (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
10. THIS IS NOT A FILM (Jafar Panahi)
Honorable Mention: None Yet
1. BLACK SWAN (Darren Aronofsky)
2. THE SOCIAL NETWORK (David Fincher)
3. SHUTTER ISLAND (Martin Scorsese)
4. 13 ASSASSINS (Takashi Miike)
5. HOW DO YOU KNOW (James L. Brooks)
6. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Lisa Cholodenko)
7. TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS (Radu Muntean)
8. GREENBERG (Noah Baumbach)
9. BEGINNERS (Mike Mills)
10. COLD WEATHER (Aaron Katz)
Honorable Mention: None
Notable Shorts: None
Most Overrated: BIUTIFUL (Iñárritu)
1. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Quentin Tarantino)
2. WILD GRASS (Alain Resnais)
3. ANTICHRIST (Lars Von Trier)
4. FANTASTIC MR. FOX (Wes Anderson)
5. DISORDER (Weikai Huang)
6. ENTER THE VOID (Gaspar Noé)
7. ADVENTURELAND (Greg Mottola)
8. THE EXPLODING GIRL (Bradley Rust Gray)
9. POLICE, ADJECTIVE (Corneliu Porumboiu)
10. TETRO (Francis Ford Coppola)
Honorable Mentions: THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS (Herzog); EXTRACT (Judge)
Notable Shorts: LUST FOR LIFE (Brown & Chappell); PHANTOMS OF NABUA (Weerasethakul)
Most Overrated: AN EDUCATION (Scherfig); LEBANON (Samuel Maoz); A SERIOUS MAN (Coen)
1. A CHRISTMAS TALE (Arnaud Desplechin)
2. HUNGER (Steve McQueen)
3. VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (Woody Allen)
4. JULIA (Erick Zonca)
5. BURN AFTER READING (Joel & Ethan Coen)
6. WENDY AND LUCY (Kelly Reichardt)
7. TWO LOVERS (James Gray)
8. GRAN TORINO (Clint Eastwood)
9. STELLA (Sylvie Verheyde)
10. SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (Charlie Kaufman)
Honorable Mention: CHANGELING (Eastwood); MILK (Van Sant)
Notable Shorts: None
Most Overrated: FROST/NIXON (Howard); RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (Demme); SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Boyle); WALL·E (Stanton)
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Paul Thomas Anderson)
2. DEATH PROOF (Quentin Tarantino)
3. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (Joel and Ethan Coen)
4. IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA (José Luis Guerín)
5. ZODIAC (David Fincher)
6. I’M NOT THERE (Todd Haynes)
7. FUNNY GAMES (Michael Haneke)
8. STUCK (Stuart Gordon)
9. ALL IS FORGIVEN (Mia Hansen-Løve)
10. [REC] (Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza)
Honorable Mention: FROWNLAND (Bronstein); HOT FUZZ (Wright); INTO THE WILD (Penn); MY WINNIPEG (Maddin); SNOW ANGELS (Green); WE OWN THE NIGHT (Gray); YOU, THE LIVING (Andersson)
Notable Shorts: HOTEL CHEVALIER (Anderson)
Most Overrated: BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD (Lumet); THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (Akin); THE VISITOR (McCarthy)
1. THE DEPARTED (Martin Scorsese)
2. PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES (Alain Resnais)
3. PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER (Tom Tykwer)
4. THE RIGHT OF THE WEAKEST (Lucas Belvaux)
5. OFFSIDE (Jafar Panahi)
6. A SCANNER DARKLY (Richard Linklater)
7. PRIVATE PROPERTY (Joachim Lafosse)
8. BUG (William Friedkin)
9. HALF NELSON (Ryan Fleck)
10. THE MAN OF MY LIFE (Zabou Breitman)
Honorable Mention: None
Notable Shorts: DESTRICTED: IMPALED (Clark), MARIE ANTONIETTE TEASER (Coppola)
Most Overrated: BLOOD DIAMOND (Zwick); CARS (Lasseter); THE FALL (Singh); LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Dayton & Faris); ONCE (Carney)
1. THE NEW WORLD (Terrence Malick)
2. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (David Cronenberg)
3. CACHE (Michael Haneke)
4. BRICK (Rian Johnson)
5. I AM A SEX ADDICT (Caveh Zahedi)
6. MATCH POINT (Woody Allen)
7. GRIZZLY MAN (Werner Herzog)
8. THE CHILD (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
9. KISS KISS, BANG BANG (Shane Black)
10. THE SQUID AND THE WHALE (Noah Baumbach)
Honorable Mention: BUBBLE (Soderbergh); MANDERLAY (Von Trier); ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (July); NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN (Scorsese); OLD BOY (Park)
Notable Shorts: THE DENIAL TWIST (Gondry); EVA 2 (Noe); ONLY (Fincher)
Most Overrated: THE CONSTANT GARDENER (Meirelles); MUNICH (Spielberg); THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA (Jones)
1. KINGS & QUEEN (Arnaud Desplechin)
2. BEFORE SUNSET (Richard Linklater)
3. TRIPLE AGENT (Eric Rohmer)
4. KEANE (Lodge Kerrigan)
5. MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Clint Eastwood)
6. KILL BILL, VOL 2 (Quentin Tarantino)
7. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Michel Gondry)
8. 2046 (Wong Kar-wai)
9. RED LIGHTS (Cedric Kahn)
10. VERA DRAKE (Mike Leigh)
Honorable Mention: THE AVIATOR (Scorsese); DIG! (Timoner); I HEART HUCKABEES (Russell); THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU (Anderson)
Notable Shorts: ALL IN ALL (Skårild); THE BOX (Miike); CASHBACK (Ellis); FLOAT ON (Mills); JOAN OF ARC OF THE NIGHTBUS (Mundruczó); THE MATCH (Ferrara); Y-CONTROL (Jonze)
Most Overrated: CRASH (Haggis); FINDING NEVERLAND (Forster); THE INCREDIBLES (Bird); KINSEY (Condon); SUPER SIZE ME (Spurlock)
1. DOGVILLE (Lars Von Trier)
2. KILL BILL: VOLUME 1 (Quentin Tarantino)
3. ALL THE REAL GIRLS (David Gordon Green)
4. GOZU (Takashi Miike)
5. SARABAND (Ingmar Bergman)
6. THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS (Jorgen Leth and Lars Von Trier)
7. THE COMPANY (Robert Altman)
8. DOWN WITH LOVE (Peyton Reed)
9. COWARDS BEND THE KNEE (Guy Maddin)
10. TIME OF THE WOLF (Michael Haneke)
Honorable Mention: ANYTHING ELSE (Allen); BAD SANTA (Zwigoff); BUS 174 (Padilha); CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS (Jarecki); COLD MOUNTAIN (Minghella); THE DANCER UPSTAIRS (Malkovich); HAUTE TENSION (Aja); THE HUNTED (Friedkin); THE SCHOOL OF ROCK (Linklater)
Notable Shorts: HURT (Romanek); LIVE FROM SHIVA’S DANCE FLOOR (Linklater)
Most Overrated: LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (Jackson); A MIGHTY WIND (Guest); SEABISCUIT (Ross); SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER…AND SPRING (Kim); TARNATION (Caouette)
1. PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (Paul Thomas Anderson)
2. ADAPTATION (Spike Jonze)
3. 25TH HOUR (Spike Lee)
4. GERRY (Gus Van Sant)
5. TRILOGY: ON THE RUN / AN AMAZING COUPLE / AFTER LIFE (Lucas Belvaux)
6. DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY (Guy Maddin)
7. SPIDER-MAN (Sam Raimi)
8. FAR FROM HEAVEN (Todd Haynes)
9. KEN PARK (Larry Clark)
10. ANA AND THE OTHERS (Celina Murga)
Honorable Mention: ALL OR NOTHING (Leigh); DECASIA: THE STATE OF DECAY (Morrison); 8 WOMEN (Ozon); FEMME FATALE (De Palma); GANGS OF NEW YORK (Scorsese); GRAVEYARD OF HONOR (Miike); IRREVERSIBLE (Noe); LAUREL CANYON (Cholodenko); THE MAN ON THE TRAIN (Leconte); MURDER ON A SUNDAY MORNING (Lestrade); THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS (Rudolph); SECRET THINGS (Brisseau); SEX IS COMEDY (Breillat); SPIRITED AWAY (Miyazaki); SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE (Park)
Notable Shorts: COME INTO MY WORLD (Gondry); DEAD LEAVES AND THE DIRTY GROUND (Gondry); DO YOU REALIZE?? (Pellington); STAR GUITAR (Gondry)
Most Overrated: THE HOURS (Daldry); THE SON (Dardenne); WHALE RIDER (Caro)
1. WAKING LIFE (Richard Linklater)
2. MULHOLLAND DRIVE (David Lynch)
3. IN THE BEDROOM (Todd Field)
4. LATE MARRIAGE (Dover Kosashvili)
5. Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (Alfonso Cuaron)
6. AMELIE (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
7. ROBERTO SUCCO (Cedric Kahn)
8. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (Wes Anderson)
9. FAT GIRL (Catherine Breillat)
10. GHOST WORLD (Terry Zwigoff)
Honorable Mention: BULLY (Clark); MY VOYAGE TO ITALY (Scorsese); THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (Coen); OCEANS 11 (Soderbergh)
Notable Shorts: FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL (Gondry); THE FOLLOW (Wong); HUA YANG DE NIAN HUA (Wong); IMITATION OF LIFE (Jennings); KNIVES OUT (Gondry); LOVESONG (Brakhage); PYRAMID SONG (Shynola); WEAPON OF CHOICE (Jonze)
Most Overrated: A BEAUTIFUL MIND (Howard); LANTANA (Lawrence); MOULIN ROUGE! (Luhrmann)
1. YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (Kenneth Longeran)
2. WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES (Béla Tarr)
3. MEMENTO (Christopher Nolan)
4. UNTITLED (ALMOST FAMOUS) (Cameron Crowe)
5. HIGH FIDELITY (Stephen Frears)
6. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar Wai)
7. TRAFFIC (Steven Soderbergh)
8. DANCER IN THE DARK (Lars von Trier)
9. SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR (Roy Andersson)
10. GEORGE WASHINGTON (David Gordon Green)
Honorable Mention: AMERICAN PSYCHO (Harron); CODE UNKNOWN (Haneke); ESTHER KAHN (Desplechin); THE NINTH GATE (Polanski); NURSE BETTY (LaBute); THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR (Tykwer); REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (Aronofsky); STATE AND MAIN (Mamet); THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (Coppola); WATER DROPS ON BURNING ROCKS (Ozon); THE WIDOW OF ST. PIERRE (Leconte); WONDER BOYS (Hanson); YI YI (Yang)
Notable Shorts: AL GORE DOCUMENTARY (Jonze); THE HEART OF THE WORLD (Maddin); LIMP (Anderson); PAPER BAG (Anderson); PLAYGROUND LOVE (Coppola); WHAT’S UP FATLIP? (Jonze)
Most Overrated: O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU (Coen)
A husband endeavors to win back his new bride’s heart after she loses her memory in a tragic car accident in this romantic drama starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.
Release date: Feb 10-2012
A rookie CIA operative goes on the run with a rogue former intelligence officer after a South African safe house comes under attack by heavily armed mercenaries. Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent just waiting for the perfect opportunity to prove himself.