2012

Reviews of the best and worst films of 2012, including The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper, The Master, and Skyfall.

The Kid with a Bike Review

The Kid with a Bike Review

RATING: (3 STARS) Those familiar with the films of the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc, shouldn’t…

Sleepless Night Review

Sleepless Night Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Better than Bond, better than Bourne, better than Bauer, the new French thriller…

The Loneliest Planet Review

The Loneliest Planet Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) There’s a moment near the midpoint of Julia Loktev’s The Loneliest Planet that…

Promised Land Review

Promised Land Review

RATING: (3 STARS) When it comes to an issue like fracking, it’s hard to find middle…

Killing Them Softly Review

Killing Them Softly Review

RATING: (2.5 STARS) It took five years following The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward…

Detropia

Detropia

If the 1920s were the best of times for the city of Detroit, Michigan, the late…

Smashed Review

Smashed Review

RATING: (2.5 STARS) To convincingly play drunk is one of an actor’s greatest challenges. Too often,…

Amour Review

Amour Review

RATING: (3.5 STARS) One has to be prepared for the kind of cinematic masochism that comes…

Anna Karenina (2012) Review

Anna Karenina (2012) Review

RATING: (1.5 STARS) Joe Wright’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s monumental novel Anna Karenina is a borderline…

The Sessions Review

The Sessions Review

RATING: (3 STARS) There’s a monologue just past the halfway point of Ben Lewin’s The Sessions…

A Late Quartet Review

A Late Quartet Review

RATING: (3 STARS) A sedate and stately drama about the dysfunctional private lives of classical musicians,…

Silver Linings Playbook Review

Silver Linings Playbook Review

RATING: (4 STARS) Silver Linings Playbook is a bright rainbow of a film, but you wouldn’t…

Not Fade Away Review

Not Fade Away Review

RATING: (2.5 STARS) David Chase—creator of HBO’s The Sopranos—makes his debut as a feature filmmaker with…

Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man definitely contains elements of mystery, and it represents the concert documentary well,…

The Paperboy Review

The Paperboy Review

RATING: (2 STARS) With The Paperboy, Lee Daniels has made a film best described as a…

The Impossible Review

The Impossible Review

RATING: (3 STARS) The Impossible tells a very micro-level story about one of the greatest natural…

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