Sight and Sound 2012. All the films reviewed in Volume 22.

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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: 548,307 | Gross: $136.03M

2. The Hunt (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 254,729 | Gross: $0.69M

3. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

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: 140,053 | Gross: $16.38M

4. 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: 634,676 | Gross: $132.09M

5. Alex Cross (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

30 Metascore

A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled hired killer who specializes in torture and pain.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns

Votes: 31,370 | Gross: $25.89M

6. Alps (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

69 Metascore

A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Stavros Psyllakis, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed

Votes: 9,083 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Amour (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

Votes: 87,530 | Gross: $6.74M

9. Aurora (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama

63 Metascore

An apartment kitchen: a man and a woman discuss Little Red Riding Hood, their voices hushed, mindful of waking the little girl sleeping next room. Waste land on the city outskirts: behind a... See full summary »

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Cristi Puiu, Clara Voda, Catrinel Dumitrescu, Luminita Gheorghiu

Votes: 1,463

10. Cinema Komunisto (2010)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History

When history has a different script from the one in your films, who wouldn't invent a country to fool themselves? The collapsing sets of Tito's Hollywood of the East take us on a journey ... See full summary »

Director: Mila Turajlic | Stars: Stevan Petrovic, Veljko Despotovic, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Dragisa Djokic

Votes: 556

11. Crossfire Hurricane (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones mark their 50th year together.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Ronnie Wood

Votes: 2,223

12. End of Watch (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera

Votes: 217,527 | Gross: $41.00M

13. Everything and Nothing (2011)

86 min | Drama, Thriller

A girl named Ann receives a mysterious note which leads to her finding an ominous box sitting in the woods. As the week progresses, Ann struggles to retain the normality of her regular life... See full summary »

Directors: Benjamin Klema, Matt Troge | Stars: F. Reed Brown, Matt Dreier, Katie Gerarden, Cassia Harder

14. Excision (2012)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother.

Director: Richard Bates Jr. | Stars: AnnaLynne McCord, Roger Bart, Ariel Winter, Traci Lords

Votes: 19,570

15. Grassroots (2012)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

41 Metascore

After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal | Stars: Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Lauren Ambrose, Cobie Smulders

Votes: 1,010 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Great Expectations (2012)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

A series of events change the orphaned Pip's life forever as he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Toby Irvine, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Sally Hawkins

Votes: 11,706 | Gross: $0.26M

17. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, David Simon, Shanequa Benitez, William Julius Wilson

Votes: 5,068 | Gross: $0.21M

18. Laurence Anyways (2012)

Not Rated | 168 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A drama that charts ten years in a transgender woman's relationship with her lover.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuel Schwartz, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye

Votes: 16,259

19. Mother's Milk (2011)

98 min | Drama

A coruscating drama, based on an award winning novel, which explores the troubled relationships between the various members of an English family over a long summer when Eleanor, the ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Fox | Stars: Jack Davenport, Annabel Mullion, Annette Badland, Adrian Dunbar

Votes: 33

20. My Brother the Devil (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Two teenage brothers must face their own prejudices head on if they are to survive the perils of being British Arabs growing up on the streets of gangland London.

Director: Sally El Hosaini | Stars: James Krishna Floyd, Elarica Johnson, Fady Elsayed, Saïd Taghmaoui

Votes: 2,951 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! (2012)

TV-PG | 105 min | Comedy, Family

A worried new teacher has to juggle a pregnant wife and a class of children on a road trip to the National 'Song for Christmas' Competition.

Director: Debbie Isitt | Stars: David Tennant, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins, Joanna Page

Votes: 2,681

22. Not Dead Yet (2012– )

8 min | Comedy, Horror

Three survivors of a zombie apocalypse must make their way up their building to the roof to escape while documenting the whole thing through webcam vlogs.

Stars: Petros L. Ioannou, Suzie Kluce, Kevin Sharp, Benjamin Stewart

23. Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

40 Metascore

It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Stephen Dunham, Katie Featherston, Matt Shively, Brendon Eggertsen

Votes: 59,830 | Gross: $53.92M

24. People Like Us (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

49 Metascore

While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices.

Director: Alex Kurtzman | Stars: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde

Votes: 40,292 | Gross: $12.41M

25. The Pool (I) (2007)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A boy in abject poverty works in a hotel and becomes obsessed with a swimming pool in the opulent hills of Panjim, Goa, India. His life gets turned upside-down when he attempts to meet the mysterious family who lives at the house.

Director: Chris Smith | Stars: Nana Patekar, Venkatesh Chavan, Jhangir Badshah, Ayesha Mohan

Votes: 793 | Gross: $0.09M

26. The Prophet (2011)

75 min | Documentary

A documentary essay illustrating Gibran's themes of love, life and loss.

Director: Gary Tarn | Star: Thandie Newton

Votes: 71

27. Radioman (2012)

75 min | Documentary

The New York film set mascot who overcame homelessness and alcoholism to become a fixture of the New York film industry, with over 100 small parts to his name.

Director: Mary Kerr | Stars: Josh Brolin, Craig Castaldo, George Clooney, Matt Damon

Votes: 210

28. Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

The life and work of the renowned film visual effects artist and producer.

Director: Gilles Penso | Stars: Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Terry Gilliam, Guillermo del Toro

Votes: 1,125

29. The Sapphires (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens

Votes: 12,450 | Gross: $2.45M

30. Sightseers (2012)

Not Rated | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Alice Lowe, Kenneth Hadley, Steve Oram, Eileen Davies

Votes: 25,435 | Gross: $0.04M

31. 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: 605,426 | Gross: $304.36M

32. Some Guy Who Kills People (2011)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Ken Boyd, a lonely man fresh out of the loony bin, who sets out to kill those he deems responsible for his miserable life.

Director: Jack Perez | Stars: Kevin Corrigan, Barry Bostwick, Karen Black, Leo Fitzpatrick

Votes: 5,488

33. Starbuck (2011)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father.

Director: Ken Scott | Stars: Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand, Dominic Philie

Votes: 15,401 | Gross: $0.34M

34. Trouble with the Curve (2012)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

A daughter tries to remedy her dysfunctional relationship with her ailing father, a decorated baseball scout by helping him in a recruiting trip which could be his last.

Director: Robert Lorenz | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake

Votes: 57,501 | Gross: $35.76M

35. Up There (2011)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Martin (deceased) is stuck in a dead-end job, welcoming the newly departed into the afterlife. All he dreams of is going 'Up There'. But his plans are thrown into disarray when he has to ... See full summary »

Director: Zam Salim | Stars: Burn Gorman, Iain De Caestecker, Warren Brown, Jo Hartley

Votes: 419

36. Yossi (2012)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

This sequel to Yossi and Jagger finds Dr. Yossi Gutmann reminiscing about his love ten years after his death; however, as he encounters a group of young soldiers, one of them, Tom, reignites his romantic feelings.

Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Ohad Knoller, Shlomo Sadan, Oz Zehavi, Lior Ashkenazi

Votes: 2,693 | Gross: $0.12M

37. You Are God (2012)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The process of creating Polish hip-hop group Paktofonika, its highs and lows and very last days of life of its frontman and co-founder Piotr (Magik) Luszcz.

Director: Leszek Dawid | Stars: Marcin Kowalczyk, Dawid Ogrodnik, Tomasz Schuchardt, Arkadiusz Jakubik

Votes: 1,980

38. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 78,518 | Gross: $12.80M

39. Five Broken Cameras (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War

78 Metascore

A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi | Stars: Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, Yasin Burnat

Votes: 5,569 | Gross: $0.11M

40. Frankenweenie (2012)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

74 Metascore

When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau

Votes: 92,405 | Gross: $35.29M

41. Ginger & Rosa (2012)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

69 Metascore

A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event that comes to redefine their relationship.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt

Votes: 9,914 | Gross: $1.01M

42. Call Me Kuchu (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama

80 Metascore

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the ... See full summary »

Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall | Stars: David Bahati, David Kato, Gilles Muhame, Naome Ruzindana

Votes: 733 | Gross: $0.01M