Movies Released in 2012 That I've Seen

by Barloq | created - 06 Feb 2012 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Movies I've seen from 2012, ranked from best to worst.

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1. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 548,087 | Gross: $136.03M

This movie was intense and really goes to show that you don't have to have shootouts and blockbuster set pieces to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Kind of like a cross between a Jack Ryan film (political intrigue and drama) and Black Hawk Down (a rescue in a hostile city). The acting was top-notch (especially John Goodman!!!) and the fact that Ben Affleck starred in AND directed this with such a level of quality is nothing short of unbelievable.

2. Dredd (2012)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

60 Metascore

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood

Votes: 240,228 | Gross: $13.41M

I've never really looked into the Judge Dredd character or universe before (although I've been remotely aware of it), but this movie was so awesome that it almost makes me want to. The film runs in the tradition of a Die Hard movie (the good one[s?]): an extremely action-packed thrill ride, with some great characters in-between all the shoot-outs. The violence is very visceral, and to top it off the 3D is spectacular. Easily the best use of 3D in any film I've seen, and a great way to convert people like me who don't care so much for it.

3. The Avengers (2012)

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

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: 1,214,522 | Gross: $623.28M

I've seen this. Obviously. Everyone's seen it. It's an *event*, and thankfully it delivered. I don't think anyone seriously expected Marvel Studios to actually deliver on The Avengers, but miraculously they managed to put together an incredibly fun, spectacular superhero movie which manages (yet again) to reinvent the genre. It's not perfect, but it is supremely entertaining. It was a huge risk and very ambitious, literally the product of years of hype and it doesn't fail to deliver - for that, it's a hell of an accomplishment.

4. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

81 Metascore

James Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Votes: 605,172 | Gross: $304.36M

Probably the best Craig-era Bond flick (although Casino Royale is really close). Really, it's just a solid Bond movie until the last 30 minutes, at which point it blows it out of the park. Giving us a glimpse at Bond's past was inspired as well and is something they could easily mine in future movies. I have no idea how the next movie is going to hope to live up to this one (especially since they're going to be back on a 2 year cycle again), but I'm glad to see the franchise is alive and kicking.

5. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,262,899 | Gross: $162.81M

Another very solid genre flick by Quentin Tarantino, Django shares a lot of DNA with Kill Bill. If you're a fan of Tarantino, then you're definitely going to love it.

6. Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II - The Battle for Doldrey (2012)

TV-MA | 80 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

For three years, Guts believed his mission was to pursue Griffith's dream together with him. But in order to become Griffith's equal and truly be called his friend, Guts realizes he will ... See full summary »

Director: Toshiyuki Kubooka | Stars: Carrie Keranen, Orion Acaba, Chris Jai Alex, G.K. Bowes

Votes: 7,830

While Part 1 was very obviously just setting up the rest of the storyline, part 2 of this Berserk film series really feels like it can stand on its own. Surprisingly, the characters grow and changed quite a bit, and the battle sequences are absolutely phenomenal.

7. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 551,893 | Gross: $124.99M

A fantastic film with truly spectacular special effects (and 3D for that matter), and a nearly perfect adaptation of the book. My only complaint is that the ending is changed slightly so that it becomes overly-blunt, which goes against the thoughtful themes it fostered throughout. Also, it's going to convince a lot of people it's far deeper than it actually is (a la Inception), but it's certainly a great stepping-stone into spirituality.

8. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 258,061 | Gross: $95.72M

A good film for sure, but overrated in my opinion. I actually wasn't a fan of Jessica Chastain's performance - she was persistent, but in an annoying sense, and I found her delivery rather flat at times. The script was also rather laughable at a key points, and the human element was really laid aside in favour of telling the "official story". That said, the raid on Osama's compound was absolutely thrilling, easily one of the best sequences all year (even if it took us away from the one character we had actually been paying attention to the entire time). That said, I found that Argo was the superior of the year's political thrillers all-round.

9. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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

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: 300,169 | Gross: $45.51M

This film is notable primarily for its exceptional cinematography, I can honestly say it's probably the most unique-looking movie I have seen since... well, since Wes Anderson's last film, Fantastic Mr. Fox. That said, the story itself is quite good, if unusual (to say the least). A tale of childhood love, it manages to straddle the line between whimsical innocence and dark, mature and uncomfortable themes as well. All-in-all, a good film for those looking for something different.

10. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

R | 95 min | Horror

72 Metascore

Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Director: Drew Goddard | Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz

Votes: 350,902 | Gross: $42.07M

I'll be honest, when I saw the trailer for this movie I said "That looks like a huge piece of *beep* However, it's actually a clever, funny horror mash-up that's best left experienced. If you love horror, then definitely check it out. All I'll say is that the Third Act is AMAZING, blockbuster horror film making.

11. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

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 from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

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

Votes: 1,434,069 | Gross: $448.14M

A good conclusion to the Nolan Batman trilogy. Not as good as The Dark Knight, but I was incredibly surprised that Bane managed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with The Joker in terms of villainy.

12. 21 Jump Street (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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: 489,498 | Gross: $138.45M

This film is hilarious, there were many moments which just made me laugh out loud. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have great chemistry, which really knocks the film up a few notches. You might need to have a certain level of immaturity to enjoy it (or need to get the stick out of your ass if you're like some of the IMDb commenters...), but for most people, 21 Jump Street will be a riot.

13. Spring Breakers (2012)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer.

Director: Harmony Korine | Stars: Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine

Votes: 130,147 | Gross: $14.12M

I had heard that this film was extremely divisive - a lot of people I knew said it was crap, but when a friend whose opinion on movies I greatly respect said it was genius, I knew I had to see it eventually. I can definitely agree: Spring Breakers is pretty damn smart. This is one of those situations where those who disliked it probably were just looking at the surface level, but the real meat of the film is found beyond the (admittedly stunningly shot) superficial. Really, the film is pretty simple if you can get past the unconventional editing techniques: it's an ugly reflection of popular culture and how it can warp us if we buy into it.

BTW, I already liked the movie, but I appreciated it WAY more after I read James Franco's own take on it: http://www.vice.com/read/spring-break-a-fever-dream

14. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 732,336 | Gross: $303.00M

The LOTR movies are my all-time favourites, so of course I have been waiting for The Hobbit for over a decade. While it doesn't live up to those movies at all, it is still a fun romp and worth seeing. At the very least, the return trip to Middle-Earth is worth the while.

15. The Impossible (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, History, Thriller

73 Metascore

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Oaklee Pendergast

Votes: 184,983 | Gross: $19.02M

A very artful, inspirational and moving film with some truly gut-wrenching moments. While it's a tad schmaltzy at times and has an utterly generic (and yet, confounding) title, it definitely does a good job showing the sheer devastation of one of the most deadly disasters of all time without turning it into a spectacle.

16. The Grey (2011)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts

Votes: 232,943 | Gross: $51.58M

A very cool, thoughtful movie. I have some issues with it, however. While it is refreshing to see that there is definite substance beneath the "OMG wolves eating people!" draw, the philosophy is very nihilistic - you can argue that this is rectified at the end, but it's left very open for interpretation. On top of that, I don't think that the philosophy is given *enough* of a focus, which leads to this ambiguity. You might say that it is the point, but it makes it hard to view the film in a vacuum...

17. Chronicle (2012)

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

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: 233,047 | Gross: $64.58M

A very creative entry to the handheld camera genre. You'd think that these sorts of films would be just a gimmicky way to get people into seats, but the vast majority that I've seen (Cloverfield, [REC], etc) have been really good. Chronicle is close to the same level as those aforementioned films, showcasing some interesting characters and extremely innovative camera techniques (although it gets a little off the rails in the last 15 minutes). I very much enjoyed it.

18. The Hunger Games (2012)

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

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: 810,507 | Gross: $408.01M

An very entertaining film. Jennifer Lawrence puts in a fantastic performance as always. My only real issues are that the Peeta-Katniss angle is weakly done and the ending feels rushed and abrupt. Otherwise, it's a very thought-provoking blockbuster

19. Jack Reacher (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

50 Metascore

A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog

Votes: 292,584 | Gross: $80.07M

A very good, smart and entertaining thriller film which is different enough to set itself apart from the pack. Tom Cruise is doing his damnedest to stay relevant these days, and makes a great case for his stardom here. It's too bad this didn't do better on release, hopefully the sequel gets the attention it deserves.

20. Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King (2012)

TV-MA | 76 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

He trusts no one, only his sword.

Director: Toshiyuki Kubooka | Stars: Hiroaki Iwanaga, Carrie Keranen, Takahiro Sakurai, Kevin T. Collins

Votes: 9,560

This is a pretty enjoyable little anime, but in the awkward position where it is clearly intended to be all the set-up for the next two films in the mini-series. As a result, it doesn't feel complete at all, to the point where I was actually surprised when it just ended. It's necessary for the next couple parts of course, but it's just too bad part 1 couldn't feel a little more complete.

21. Superman vs. The Elite (2012 Video)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

The Man of Steel finds himself outshone by a new team of ruthless superheroes who hold his idealism in contempt.

Director: Michael Chang | Stars: George Newbern, Pauley Perrette, Robin Atkin Downes, Dee Bradley Baker

Votes: 11,691

While I think that the comic book it is based on tells its story in a stronger manner, Superman vs. The Elite is still an intriguing look at Superman and why superheroes shouldn't kill (cough, Man of Steel). The animation could certainly have been better though, it's very cheap here.

22. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 634,455 | Gross: $132.09M

Despite being kind of turned off of this film in the first 30 minutes, due to its rather dubious portrayal of mental illness, I couldn't help but become charmed by the performances and the characters at play. It's certainly an enjoyable film, but don't expect to get any real meaningful understanding from it - it's fun entertainment and little else... not that there's anything wrong with that.

23. Ted (2012)

R | 106 min | Comedy

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: 549,764 | Gross: $218.82M

A film that is equally as crude and offensive as it is funny. Seth Macfarlane is not one of my favourite comedians, but he hits far more often than he misses here. What really makes Ted stand out though is that the plot is actually pretty great, an asset which other so-called "comedies" should take a cue from.

24. Prometheus (I) (2012)

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

64 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: 549,343 | Gross: $126.48M

As a great fan of the Alien series, I can say that this is easily the best entry we've gotten since Aliens almost 30 years ago (although I must say that Alien 3 would have been much better received had it not essentially discarded Aliens at the outset). It is very interesting, but the lingering questions it leaves are kind of annoying (some are answered via the deleted scenes however... I predict that fanedits of the film will be popular). Still, it's far better than the film's mixed reaction would have you believe.

25. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 512,787 | Gross: $66.49M

Admittedly, I really liked this movie for the first 2 acts - it was smart, funny and intense. However, by the 3rd act, things really start to crumble. It, unfortunately, doesn't really follow the first 2 acts of the film, and we're left with a very unsatisfying conclusion as a result. Sadly, the poor conclusion has really soured my enjoyment of the rest of the film, but don't let that stop you from watching it - it's definitely worth it.

26. Pitch Perfect (2012)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

66 Metascore

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Director: Jason Moore | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp

Votes: 263,658 | Gross: $65.00M

Despite the pretty generic premise and setting, Pitch Perfect manages to put itself above the crowd by being quite funny and featuring some standout performances.

27. The Bourne Legacy (2012)

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

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: 274,040 | Gross: $113.20M

Nowhere near as bad as I feared it would be, but this sequel lacks the tight direction and plotting (not to mention its star) of its predecessors which defined action movies in the new millennium. The film also ends on an obvious sequel hook, failing to tie up all but its most simple of loose ends. This was good enough that I have confidence, but I'd like to see Paul Greengrass back in the director's chair, and a Damon + Renner double-headliner.

28. The Expendables 2 (2012)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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: 282,887 | Gross: $85.02M

Confession: I HATED the first Expendables. It was such a generic, boring action movie considering the cast and was a huge waste of potential. Thank God this movie was a hell of a lot better. It was incredibly entertaining (if a bit silly at times) with a ton of action and a ludicrous body-count. Seriously, all I expected was a meatheaded action movie with some awesome fight scenes, and this movie totally delivered (unlike the first). Stupid, but worth your time.

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

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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: 103,851 | Gross: $6.62M

Like most end of the world movies, this is one that gets you thinking about how you're living your life and how you shouldn't dwell on the past. I like the optimism even amongst the apocalyptic setting. It's pretty dour for a supposed comedy though, and sometimes the movie feels like events are being constrained by the budget (like when they're supposedly trying to escape a so-called "riot"). I liked it but it felt like it just meandered about until the sad conclusion.

30. Savages (2012)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

59 Metascore

Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro

Votes: 117,623 | Gross: $47.38M

Savages keeps you entertained and engaged, although the story itself doesn't gel together quite as slickly as you'd expect from crime drama of this calibre.

31. Lockout (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

48 Metascore

A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

Directors: James Mather, Steve Saint Leger | Stars: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Vincent Regan

Votes: 90,803 | Gross: $14.33M

Lockout is a fun but stupid piece of disposable entertainment, feeling like an unofficial Escape from New York sequel. That said, it's also totally forgettable, within 12 hours I was already struggling to piece together exactly what happened in this film.

32. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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

66 Metascore

After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to save the city from the machinations of a mysterious reptilian foe.

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

Votes: 538,416 | Gross: $262.03M

This was, unfortunately, rather disappointing. The action was rather dull and the villain was terrible (not to mention his plan was ridiculous). On top of that, it tells the same basic story as the original Spider-Man, but to much weaker effect. The only truly strong element of the movie was the cast, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are great for their roles. On the whole the movie's not bad, but it's certainly disappointing in comparison to the much stronger Raimi movies. Hopefully the sequel improves things.

33. Taken 2 (2012)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Thriller

45 Metascore

In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.

Director: Olivier Megaton | Stars: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser

Votes: 279,084 | Gross: $139.85M

Honestly I went in expecting this to be crap, a total rehash (Die Hard 2 style). And honestly... it was basically the same idea, but done differently. That's not to say it's better by any stretch of the imagination though. I honestly found myself enjoying it, until the last third of the movie when I thought "wait... this is it?" The movie just lacks the intensity and thrills of the first, which is a shame. The movie is also far harder to believe than the first one, so much unlikely crap happens with little expectation that it's very hard to accept. If you want to see Liam Neeson kick the ever loving *beep* out of people then you'll enjoy yourself, but if you actually want a movie as purely good/entertaining as the first, you'll be disappointed.

34. American Reunion (2012)

R | 113 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion.

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg | Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein

Votes: 195,658 | Gross: $57.01M

The American Pie movies have always been able to lure me in, not so much with the raunchy humour, but more with its heart and characters. This is why the formula hasn't clicked for me since the first one, as the sequels disregarded the characters for over-the-top gross-out and dirty humour (and that's not even mentioning the straight-to-DVD sequels either). However, I was pleasantly surprised by this entry, it goes back to the original's focus on a number of characters while putting in some pretty crazy scenarios for them to get in trouble in. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite as funny as previous entries though either.

35. Aftershock (2012)

R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

39 Metascore

In Chile, a group of travelers who are in an underground nightclub when a massive earthquake hits quickly learn that reaching the surface is just the beginning of their nightmare.

Director: Nicolás López | Stars: Eli Roth, Ariel Levy, Nicolás Martínez, Andrea Osvárt

Votes: 10,749 | Gross: $0.04M

Aftershock is a weird film. It starts out as a reasonably fun, albeit clearly low-budget, disaster film with characters who are a bunch of a-holes getting killed in brutal fashion. Perhaps what is most remarkable about it is that it's not so much about the spectacle of a disaster but the devastation that is left in its wake... but that's where we get to this film's tonal issues, because it gets freaking grim for little more than shock value. I kind of appreciate that it doesn't moralize in its deaths, anyone can die for no other reason than the universe doesn't care about them, but I definitely could have done without a shock-value rape sequence.

36. Total Recall (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Recall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale

Votes: 232,605 | Gross: $58.88M

I'm not really a fan of the original Total Recall, but I'd still say it's certainly better than the remake. The action and special effects are great, giving Kate Beckinsale's character a greater focus was a good idea and it has a some interesting ideas at its foundation (no Mars, the Fall section, etc), but in the end it's just a weak rehash of the same plot points with far worse character development.

37. Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012 Video)

R | 93 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

Set in a 19th century village, a young man studying under a local doctor joins a team of hunters on the trail of a wolf-like creature.

Director: Louis Morneau | Stars: Ed Quinn, Guy Wilson, Stephen Rea, Rachel DiPillo

Votes: 5,739

Objectively, this movie was a shoddy piece of crap... but admittedly I was entertained throughout. It's fun and doesn't take itself too seriously, but is hampered by bad CGI, bad acting, bad direction, shallow characters and pacing which is far too quick. Still, better than I expected it to be.

38. Underworld Awakening (2012)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

39 Metascore

When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrior Selene leads the battle against humankind.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley, Stephen Rea

Votes: 141,046 | Gross: $62.32M

To its credit, Underworld: Awakening tries to shake up the series' formula by having the secret war between Vampires and Lycans interrupted by their discovery by humans. However, this is a double-edged sword, because immortals vs humans is just boring, and the film is at its very best when Selene is actually kicking Lycan ass again. The plot is pretty terrible as well, easily the worst in the series. Director Måns Mårlind also makes the crucial mistake of ditching the series' gothic tone. Seriously, what the hell? The gothic tone at least made previous installments feel somewhat classy and distinct - the new tone makes this just feel like a particularly uninspired Resident Evil movie.

39. Resident Evil: Damnation (2012)

R | 100 min | Animation, Action, Horror

Special Agent Leon S.Kennedy goes against his superior's orders and works to destroy a series of biological weapons being used in a war zone in Europe.

Director: Makoto Kamiya | Stars: Matthew Mercer, Dave Wittenberg, Wendee Lee, Val Tasso

Votes: 17,499

While the animation is very good, I found this movie very dull. I mean, the story wasn't bad, but it did a poor job of making me care about anyone (even Leon came across as a bit of a brick wall) and the voice acting ranged from monotone to WTF. The second half of the movie is also basically non-stop action, but I couldn't find it in me to care about any of it because the poor investment in the characters. If you're a fan of the series then check it out, but otherwise I don't recommend it.

40. Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

26 Metascore

Railroad owner Dagny Taggart and steel mogul Henry Rearden search desperately for the inventor of a revolutionary motor as the U.S. government continues to spread its control over the national economy.

Director: John Putch | Stars: Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 6,518 | Gross: $3.33M

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 improves on its predecessor in some important ways, namely that it looks way less cheap (aside from some terrible CGI) and that Dagny has been changed in ways that make her actually somewhat sympathetic. However, the plot is just a lot of wheel-spinning and preaching to the audience which doesn't really move the plot forward. Really, when you think back on it, very little of consequence actually happens over this film's 2 hour runtime. Add in that the stuff it's preaching is more objectionable and it's hard to say that this film is much better than the first part.

41. Red Dawn (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

31 Metascore

A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

Director: Dan Bradley | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck

Votes: 71,006 | Gross: $44.81M

The original Red Dawn was a pretty crappy film in its own right, so there was a chance the remake could have at least been on the same level. However, the film gets let down by characters who, if they aren't just bland, are straight-up unlikeable, mediocre action sequences and a script which is bafflingly insulting to the audience's intelligence at times (look no further than the Subway commercial, er... I mean "scene", or at the ending for examples). That's not even taking into account the differences in the eras of these films, we aren't supposed to even consider that their resistance is anything other than a heroic act or that it might cause collateral damage on their own side, despite this being released in a time after the war on terror has jaded our perspectives on the guerilla warfare and terrorist acts. Hell, when I put it that way, the fact that this movie is so dull and throw-away is even more insulting.

42. Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

R | 95 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

39 Metascore

Alice fights alongside a resistance movement to regain her freedom from an Umbrella Corporation testing facility.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Aryana Engineer

Votes: 127,765 | Gross: $42.35M

I really didn't think it was possible for the Resident Evil movies to get even worse or even more mindless... but I guess that just goes to show how small my imagination is. Retribution is easily the worst in the series, and that's really saying something.

43. Wrath of the Titans (2012)

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

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: 175,925 | Gross: $83.67M

This movie was absolutely awful, even worse then the already hollow Clash of the Titans remake. This one has even less substance and is even more mindless. Most summer blockbusters at least *try* to be less utterly generic, but this one doesn't at all... for that matter, it doesn't even succeed to be merely generic. Do yourself a favour and skip it.