2012 Cinematic Releases Ranked

The Australian cinematic release dates are a bit screwy, so to qualify for this list a film has to meet these criteria:
1) The film needs to be considered a 2012 release by Letterboxd.
2) I must have watched the film at the cinema.

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  • Killing Them Softly

    1

  • The Loneliest Planet

    2

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    3

  • The Hunt

    4

  • Take This Waltz

    5

  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

    6

  • Dredd

    7

  • Prometheus

    8

  • The Expendables 2

    9

  • The Intouchables

    10

  • Killer Joe

    11

  • Cosmopolis

    12

  • Looper

    13

  • In Darkness

    14

  • L

    15

  • Holy Motors

    16

  • The Imposter

    17

  • The Three Stooges

    18

  • Where Do We Go Now?

    19

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    20

  • Alps

    21

  • A Royal Affair

    22

  • Life of Pi

    23

  • 21 Jump Street

    24

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    25

  • Berberian Sound Studio

    26

  • This Is 40

    27

  • Skyfall

    28

  • The Woman in Black

    29

  • The Master

    30

  • Seven Psychopaths

    31

  • Argo

    32

  • Monsieur Lazhar

    33

  • Lawless

    34

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    35

  • Brave

    36

  • Boy Eating the Bird's Food

    37

  • Samsara

    38

  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

    39

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    40

  • Big Boys Gone Bananas!*

    41

  • Shadow Dancer

    42

  • Beauty

    43

  • The Secret World of Arrietty

    44

  • The Suicide Shop

    45

  • Aya

    46

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    47

  • End of Watch

    48

  • Django Unchained

    49

  • The Watch

    50

  • Friends with Kids

    51

  • [REC]³ Genesis

    52

  • Men in Black 3

    53

  • Hitchcock

    54

  • The Campaign

    55

  • The Dictator

    56

  • The Raid

    57

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    58

  • To Rome with Love

    59

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    60

  • Total Recall

    61

  • The Bourne Legacy

    62

  • Chasing Ice

    63

  • The Avengers

    64

  • For Love's Sake

    65

  • August. Eighth

    66

  • Ted

    67

23 Comments

  • Certainly.

  • Hmm.

  • Haha, uh oh. What did I do wrong?

  • Gonna get to see THE LONELIEST PLANET in a few days. High hopes for the film considering it has gotten mostly unanimous praise from people I trust.

  • ...leaving me perched precariously on the top of a mountain with "trustworthy recommendation valley" on one side and "shit taste creek" on the other. Hope you like it.

  • Killing Them Softly, be out nationwide already!!! Like that you give props to "Seeking a Friend", the virtually non-existent marketing campaign had a lot of people just skipping it over. The black comedy was so dark and terrific! The last act killed it for me, but I really admired it for what it went for, you don't see comedy that dark in Hollywood anymore.

  • Everyone I have spoken to about Killing Them Softly has not liked it as much as me, and all the reviews seemed to have problems with it, but none that I agree with or are expressed particularly well. I've seen it twice now and it's fucking amazing.
    Seeking a Friend... I absolutely loved. I always love 'pre-apocalyptic' movies and this one had the balls to stick with its concept when it could easily have opted for an easier 'rom-com' ending. The only thing that knocked .5 off was Keira Knightly. I thought she was terrible but I made a conscious decision to not be bothered by it because the film had build up so much good will already.
    Also, Carrell's performance is easily one of the best of the year. Full of introspection, pathos and humanity. It is a far richer performance than any comedy would normally call for.

  • I clicked through to here from your review of The Comedy. Where is it on your list? Made me think it would be high on here.

  • Well because of the rules I imposed on myself it can't place on this list as I didn't see it in the cinema. That's why I made a general top ten over here. It's number four.

  • @David, I loved Killing Them Softly is sitting in my top 10 as we speak and I do see that changing any time soon, is an awesome film, I am sure time will only make it better...

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