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Monday, December 30, 2013

Nebular's TOP 20 Favorite Movies of 2012 PART 1 [20 - 11]



CM's Best-Reviewed Movies of 2012

PART 1 [No. 20 - 11]
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11. The Dark Knight Rises (8.50/10)

Overall summary: Pretty much humorless and tad overlong, yet never boring, "TDKR" is a beyond satisfying conclusion to Chris Nolan's worldwide acclaimed "Batman" trilogy, that boasts a deeply thoughtful script, strong characters, and top-notch execution.
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12. Dredd [3D] (8.50/10)

Overall summary: Grim, gritty, gory, spectacularly violent and visually-striking, "Dredd 3D" not only surpasses vastly the original in every single aspect, but also ranks as one of the best remakes ever made, thanks to its finely-written script and absolutely outstanding execution.
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13. Frankenweenie (8.25/10)

Overall summary: Tim Burton's "Frankenstein"-inspired stop-motion horror spoof "Frankenweenie" is crafted with big love, care, and passion, and that shows through the lively, superbly-written and designed characters,  and darkly stunning black-and-white visuals.
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14. Zero Dark Thirty (8.25/10)

Overall summary: It drags a bit in the first half, and the slaying of bin Laden could have been  way more dramatic, but nonetheless "Zero Dark Thirty" is a smartly-scripted, superbly-made, and truly engrossing piece of cinema, jam-packed with sheer, nearly obsessive intensity.
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15. The Tall Man (8.25/10)

Overall summary:  It’s no "Martyrs", but Laugier’s latest shocker, "The Tall Man", is still a thought-provoking, deeply disturbing and strangely captivating horror thriller with a great message, filled with mind-boggling twists and turns, that will haunt you long after the credits roll.
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16. The Impossible (8.25/10)

Overall summary: Devastatingly heart-wrenching, powerfully-acted, terrifyingly realistic and technically flawless, Bayona's "The Impossible" is a disaster film at its finest, one that manages to keep you one the edge of your seat from start to finish, as well as move you deeply.
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17. Chronicle (8.25/10)

Overall summary: Seemingly fun on the outside, yet darkly grim within, "Chronicle" is an imaginatively-crafted and highly entertaining sci-fi flick, that not only impresses with its creative take on the superhero genre, but also manages to use the POV gimmick to its advantage.
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18. Wreck-It Ralph [3D] (8.00/10)

Overall summary: Clever, thoroughly original, delightfully nostalgic, and emotionally heartfelt, "Wreck-it Ralph" is a smashing entertainment for children and adults alike, that not only dazzles with its vividly beautiful 3D imagery, but also has a surprising amount of heart and soul.
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19. Sinister (8.00/10)

Overall summary: Atmospheric, superbly-conceived, and compellingly mysterious, "Sinister" is every bit as creepy as its title suggests, and also one of the best horror movies of 2012, as it manages to deliver genuine scares and tons of suspense, without having any major flaws.
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20. Flight (8.00/10)

Overall summary: From the flawed, yet likable main character and Danzel Washington's superb, award-worthy performance to the taught direction, neat pacing, and absorbing storyline, everything about "Flight" is pretty much spot-on, and executed greatly.
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Honorable mentions:

The Grey (7.75/10)
ParaNorman (7.75/10)
Rise of the Guardians [3D] (7.75/10)
American Mary (7.50/10)
Pitch Perfect (7.50/10)
The Pirates! Band of Misfits [3D] (7.50/10)
The Cabin in the Woods (7.50/10)
Evidence (7.50/10)
Butter (7.50/10)
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2 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dredd got such a bum rap from some people, but I agree with your assessment.
And I admit Sinister didn't do it for me. (However, The Conjuring really surprised me.)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, I did...and I really have no clue why. It was awesome!

Really? And I thought it was creepy as hell. This year's The Conjuring was better though.