2012 Top 10 Movies Seen

by Bruce-49 | created - 01 Jan 2013 | updated - 05 Jan 2013 | Public

Best movies seen in the year 2012

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1. Mildred Pierce (2011)

TV-MA | 336 min | Drama

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Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her ambitious elder daughter, Veda.

Stars: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Brían F. O'Byrne

Votes: 15,799

With “Double Indemnity,” “The Postman Always Rings Twice” and “Mildred Pierce” James M. Cain certainly had a way with melodrama. The toxic mother-daughter pair in “Mildred Pierce” may be his most volatile duo. Todd Haynes, who earned his period-piece melodrama credentials with “Far From Heaven” does not disappoint.

2. Melancholia (2011)

R | 135 min | Drama

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80 Metascore

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 142,504 | Gross: $3.03M

Lars von Trier’s sublimely beautiful black comedy tells the story of two sisters, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Justine’s clinical depression, which scuttles the storybook wedding Claire has thrown for her, turns out to be exactly the right attitude for what comes next, the annihilation of the planet.

3. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

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86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 118,485 | Gross: $16.38M

Paul Thomas Anderson explores the mysterious co-dependency between master and disciple in post World War II America. Philip Seymour Hoffman plays cult leader Lancaster Dodd and Joaquin Phoenix plays rudderless seaman Freddie Quell whose loose-cannon ways could scuttle Dodd’s entire enterprise. Dodd can’t live without Freddie’s blind faith.

4. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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

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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: 266,635 | Gross: $45.51M

Wes Anderson’s whimsy, which sometimes feels like a self-conscious stylistic choice, is completely suitable in this childhood fable about an orphaned scout who runs away with a troubled young girl. A pitch-perfect ensemble of actors, meticulous art direction and Benjamin Britten’s music help conjure 1960s small-town Americana.

5. Tiny Furniture (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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72 Metascore

About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.

Director: Lena Dunham | Stars: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Rachel Howe

Votes: 12,881 | Gross: $0.39M

This female version of “The Graduate” takes an excruciatingly unglamorous look at a young woman’s post-collegiate life as she tries to find her place in the world and escape her upper middle-class upbringing. Her artistic mother and overachieving sister can’t imagine why she’s having such a hard time.

6. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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75 Metascore

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

Director: Sean Durkin | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Christopher Abbott

Votes: 43,423 | Gross: $2.98M

Just as the title suggests, Martha (Elizabeth Olsen), is facing a rather daunting identity crisis. Having physically escaped the clutches of a creepy cult, she takes shelter in her sister’s home. But her mind, has trouble staying in the present and Sean Durkin’s fragmented style mirrors her troubled psychological state.

7. Your Sister's Sister (2011)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

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72 Metascore

Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mike Birbiglia

Votes: 23,525 | Gross: $1.57M

In the year’s best largely improvised romantic comedy, Jack (Mark Duplass) who has recently lost his brother goes to a secluded island cabin at the behest of his brother’s girlfriend Iris (Emily Blunt). There he runs into Iris’s sister (Rosemarie DeWitt) who is running from her own demons. Complications ensue.

8. Dark Horse (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

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66 Metascore

Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow

Votes: 4,904 | Gross: $0.94M

Todd Solondz delivers his best black comedy since “Happiness” in the tale of Abe, a grown up baby in his thirties who lives with his parents, works for his father, and convinces an attractive depressed woman to marry him because she hasn’t the energy to resist his cluelessly relentless advances.

9. The Queen of Versailles (2012)

PG | 100 min | Documentary

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80 Metascore

A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Jaqueline Siegel, David Siegel, Alyse Barker, Lorraine Barrett

Votes: 11,451 | Gross: $2.40M

This serendipitous documentary starts out to chronicle the building of the world’s largest private residence. Through the sublime intervention of the 2008 financial crisis it instead documents a family addicted to wretched excess as funds to fuel their lifestyle have suddenly dried up. The result is both funny and sad.

10. And Everything Is Going Fine (2010)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

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76 Metascore

A look at the art of Spalding Gray who drew from real life experience to create a compelling and deeply personal series of monologues.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Star: Spalding Gray

Votes: 908 | Gross: $0.02M

For those who enjoyed Spalding Gray’s autobiographical yarns, Steven Soderbergh’s compilation of interviews and monologue excerpts serves as a fitting send-off for the man who stepped off a ferry to end his life in 2004. For those who don't know him, the piece serves as a pretty good introduction.