Best Films of 2012By Empire (2012)
19 - Amour
A retired couple deals with aftermath of the wife suffering from a debilitating stroke.
Emmanuelle Riva , Jean-Louis Trintignant , Isabelle Huppert , William Shimell , Alexandre Tharaud
17 - Magic Mike
Mike, an experienced stripper, takes a younger performer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.
Channing Tatum , Matthew McConaughey , Olivia Munn , Cody Horn , Alex Pettyfer
16 - The Imposter
It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Sure, he has the same tattoos, but he looks decidedly different, and he now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even stranger turn.
Frédéric Bourdin , Adam O'Brian , Anna Ruben , Cathy Dresbach , Alan Teichman
Movie is also on: The 20 Best Documentaries of 2012
15 - The Descendants
With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.
George Clooney , Judy Greer , Matthew Lillard , Shailene Woodley , Beau Bridges
14 - Looper
In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a hired gun, like Joe is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to close the loop, sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Bruce Willis , Emily Blunt , Piper Perabo , Jeff Daniels
13 - Holy Motors
We follow 24 hours in the life of a being (DL) moving from life to life like a cold and solitary assassin moving from hit to hit. In each of these interwoven lives, the being possesses an entirely distinct identity: sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, sometimes youthful, sometimes old to the point of dying; sometimes destitute, sometimes wealthy. By turns murderer, beggar, company chairman, monstrous creature, worker, family man… It's clear that DL is playing roles, and plunging headfirst into each - but where are the cameras, the crew, the director?
Eva Mendes , Kylie Minogue , Michel Piccoli , Edith Scob , Denis Lavant
Movie is also on: 12 Best International Movies of 2012
12 - Chronicle
Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.
Dane DeHaan , Alex Russell , Michael Kelly , Michael B. Jordan , Anna Wood
11 - Life of Pi
The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Irrfan Khan , Tabu , Suraj Sharma , Adil Hussain , Ayush Tandon
10 - Rust and Bone
Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Marion Cotillard , Matthias Schoenaerts , Bouli Lanners , Céline Sallette , Corinne Masiero
8 - The Raid: Redemption
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it.
Iko Uwais , Doni Alamsyah , Ananda George , Pierre Gruno , Yayan Ruhian
7 - Moonrise Kingdom
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.
Bruce Willis , Bill Murray , Frances McDormand , Tilda Swinton , Jason Schwartzman
5 - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in “the Bathtub,” a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack—temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.
Quvenzhané Wallis , Dwight Henry , Levy Easterly , Gina Montana , Lowell Landes
4 - Skyfall
Daniel Craig is back as James Bond 007 in SKYFALL, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M (Judi Dench) is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Daniel Craig , Javier Bardem , Ralph Fiennes , Albert Finney , Naomie Harris
Movie is also on: The Top 20 Worldwide Grossing Movies of 2012
3 - The Dark Knight Rises
Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect Dent's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later Batman encounters the mysterious Selina Kyle and the villainous Bane, a new terrorist leader who overwhelms Gotham's finest. The Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
Christian Bale , Anne Hathaway , Tom Hardy , Gary Oldman , Morgan Freeman
2 - Argo
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Bryan Cranston , Ben Affleck , John Goodman , Alan Arkin , Taylor Schilling
1 - The Avengers
When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins!
Robert Downey Jr. , Chris Evans , Chris Hemsworth , Mark Ruffalo , Jeremy Renner