The Top 10 Movies of 2012 So Far

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It’s that time of year again movie fans, 2012 is already half over. While many of the films we have been most excited to see this year are yet to come (we are at 20 days…), these past six months have given us a few great films. Here are our picks for the top ten movies of 2012 so far.






Photo Credit: Chronicle

More from Spider-man and Batman are still in our near future, but another year chock full of superhero films was set early in 2012 with this little gem. Instead of scaring us silly with the found footage technique, Chronicle told an engaging tale without feeling gimmicky. It was a great way to start off the year action wise and surprisingly well done film about adolescent angst.



Photo Credit: Brave

While hardly Pixar’s best, this fairy tale is still a surprising and fun movie for audiences of all ages. Featuring some of the best animation from the studio yet, Brave is a visual marvel. Merida is also an admirable lead, taking on feminist roles that we have hardly seen from Disney princesses in the past. While my review expressed some disappointment, this is still a good movie, just not a great one.



Photo Credit: Detachment

This film is incredibly depressing and never really lets up. While the ending is a bit too…uh…”everything sucks”, the story being told is an engaging one. But the heart of the film comes from Adrien Brody who gives one of the best performances of his career. For that alone, Detachment is worth your time.




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7. Rock of Ages

I actually really don’t get how a lot of people hated this movie. Sure, the two leads were pretty awful and a lot of the dialogue was bad, but neither of those things would have been what made this musical great to begin with. Rock of Ages is one heck of a great time featuring an all star cast who all get in on the fun.



Photo Credit: Ted

Seth MacFarlane’s first foray into live action cinema is easily the funniest movie of the year yet. MacFarlane himself is great at voicing the little plush bear, but it’s Mark Wahlberg who does a truly amazing job bouncing off of essentially nothing. The film is consistently funny and worth every penny for the price of admission.



Photo Credit: The Hunger Games

This movie was awesome. Having never read the books, the concept and themes are truly something to marvel at. So what if it isn’t all that original? Katniss is badass! Director Gary Ross did an outstanding job of telling this story and bringing the characters to life. The ending left me craving for more and wanting to use a bow and arrow for the most mundane of tasks.



Photo Credit: Moonrise Kingdom

I’ll just get this out of the way now, I am not the biggest Wes Anderson fan. But you know what? This is just a great movie, featuring great characters and a very cute little story. The script felt honest, sometimes in ways that made me uncomfortable. But that is a good thing! This is probably my favorite Wes Anderson film to date!



Photo Credit: The Cabin in the Woods

What a surprise this was huh? This funny, scary, and original entry in the horror genre is not one to be missed. Of course much of the reason it’s so great is Joss Whedon’s fantastic script. This is as meta as a film as you could ask for.




Photo Credit: Beasts of the Southern Wild

What a great film this is. In post-Katrina New Orleans, little Hushpuppy and her father Wink battle the elements to survive. The film hits home on so many levels and makes for one of the first truly fantastic films of the year. Little Quvenzhane Wallis gave the best performance of the year so far. What makes this film great is that it plays out like a fairy tale instead of an overly depressing look at the post-Katrina life.



Photo Credit: The Avengers

Yeah, yeah, yeah, call me cliche but cliches are there for a reason right? The Avengers is grade A entertainment. It also opened a door for future comic book movies, just as The Dark Knight did back in 2008. Except these doors are completely opposite of each other. The Dark Knight said everything had to be gritty and real, but The Avengers spun that around and made everything comic booky and fun. It was a daring move but it worked.



Do you agree with my picks for the best films of the year so far? What are some of your favorites? Sound off below.

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