Big films of 2012

by juliaeggnog | created - 19 Sep 2012 | updated - 19 Sep 2012 | Public

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1. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,283,635 | Gross: $448.14M

2. The Avengers (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
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69 Metascore

Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Votes: 1,085,655 | Gross: $623.36M

3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 268,635 | Gross: $45.51M

4. Lawless (2012)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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58 Metascore

Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke

Votes: 203,018 | Gross: $37.40M

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

Votes: 396,241 | Gross: $17.74M

Not out yet, but highly anticipated.

6. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan

Votes: 493,653 | Gross: $262.03M

7. Ted (2012)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.0
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62 Metascore

John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.

Director: Seth MacFarlane | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale

Votes: 511,935 | Gross: $218.82M

8. Brave (2012)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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69 Metascore

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell | Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters

Votes: 310,141 | Gross: $237.28M

9. The Expendables 2 (2012)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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51 Metascore

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme

Votes: 265,439 | Gross: $85.02M

10. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.0
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65 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 512,521 | Gross: $126.48M

11. 21 Jump Street (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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69 Metascore

A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson

Votes: 450,557 | Gross: $138.45M

12. The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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68 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 760,344 | Gross: $408.01M

This is only on here because everyone else seemed to like it. I really, really, hated this movie.

13. Chronicle (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.1
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69 Metascore

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly

Votes: 219,673 | Gross: $64.58M

14. Men in Black 3 (2012)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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58 Metascore

Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement

Votes: 288,174 | Gross: $179.02M

15. The Bourne Legacy (2012)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.7
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61 Metascore

An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.

Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn

Votes: 254,483 | Gross: $113.20M

16. Premium Rush (2012)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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66 Metascore

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Sean Kennedy

Votes: 101,630 | Gross: $20.28M

17. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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59 Metascore

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

Director: Lorene Scafaria | Stars: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melanie Lynskey, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 96,727 | Gross: $6.62M

18. Safe House (2012)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.8
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52 Metascore

A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.

Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 180,663 | Gross: $126.37M

19. Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.6
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49 Metascore

Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

Directors: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier | Stars: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Aziz Ansari

Votes: 162,053 | Gross: $161.32M

20. The Vow (2012)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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43 Metascore

A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again.

Director: Michael Sucsy | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Jessica Lange

Votes: 163,162 | Gross: $125.01M

21. Hope Springs (2012)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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65 Metascore

After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Jean Smart

Votes: 37,047 | Gross: $63.54M

22. Man on a Ledge (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.6
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40 Metascore

As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion.

Director: Asger Leth | Stars: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Mandy Gonzalez

Votes: 132,533 | Gross: $18.62M

23. Contraband (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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51 Metascore

To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Kate Beckinsale, Robert Wahlberg

Votes: 107,356 | Gross: $66.53M

24. The Woman in Black (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.4
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62 Metascore

A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds, Emma Shorey

Votes: 156,794 | Gross: $54.33M

25. Safe (I) (2012)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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55 Metascore

Mei, a young girl whose memory holds a priceless numerical code, finds herself pursued by the Triads, the Russian mob, and corrupt NYC cops. Coming to her aid is an ex-cage fighter whose life was destroyed by the gangsters on Mei's trail.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke

Votes: 91,429 | Gross: $17.14M

26. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.1
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57 Metascore

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Director: Rupert Sanders | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin

Votes: 247,027 | Gross: $155.33M

27. Magic Mike (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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72 Metascore

A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 117,719 | Gross: $113.72M

28. Act of Valor (2012)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.5
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40 Metascore

An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

Directors: Mike McCoy, Scott Waugh | Stars: Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Rorke Denver

Votes: 61,398 | Gross: $70.01M

29. The Lorax (2012)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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46 Metascore

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Directors: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda | Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms

Votes: 84,775 | Gross: $214.03M

30. This Means War (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

6.3
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31 Metascore

A pair of CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another when they discover they are dating the same woman.

Director: McG | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Til Schweiger

Votes: 159,875 | Gross: $54.76M

31. The Lucky One (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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39 Metascore

A Marine travels to Louisiana after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart

Votes: 87,474 | Gross: $60.46M

32. The Possession (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

5.9
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45 Metascore

A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport

Votes: 51,066 | Gross: $49.13M

33. Cosmopolis (2012)

R | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy

5.0
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58 Metascore

Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric

Votes: 40,187 | Gross: $0.74M

34. Step Up Revolution (2012)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.5
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43 Metascore

Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily's father's development plans.

Director: Scott Speer | Stars: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Cleopatra Coleman, Misha Gabriel Hamilton

Votes: 49,068 | Gross: $35.07M

35. Wrath of the Titans (2012)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.8
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37 Metascore

Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman | Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 164,312 | Gross: $83.67M

36. Gone (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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36 Metascore

A woman is convinced her kidnapper has returned when her sister goes missing.

Director: Heitor Dhalia | Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Daniel Sunjata

Votes: 37,290 | Gross: $11.65M

37. Mirror Mirror (I) (2012)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.6
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46 Metascore

An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane

Votes: 75,932 | Gross: $64.94M

38. What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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41 Metascore

Follows the lives of five interconnected couples as they experience the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and realize that no matter what you plan for, life does not always deliver what is expected.

Director: Kirk Jones | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, J. Todd Smith, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 62,301 | Gross: $41.15M