2012’s new and old, rented, streamed and gone to.
GO! (or get)
Silver Linings Playbook. Heartbreaking/funny, heartwarming/wrenching. Alive. One of 2012’s best.
Key Largo. It’s got gangsters, see, Bogart, a hurricane, and great dialogue.
To Have and Have Not. I wanna be Bacall in this. A great old movie.
The Ref. Great if you like your Christmas comedy kinda mean.
Footloose. It’s still a really good movie!
Hopscotch. Clever and delightful one-step-ahead Walter Matthau spy romp.
Skyfall. Sly humor. Great women. Cool visuals. Juicy villain. And plot!
Galaxy Quest. Very entertaining family movie. Fun actors. Great lines.
Soapdish. Ridiculous soapy, fast-talking hilarity. (One major joke is dated).
Moonrise Kingdom. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Visually, a candy store. Thoroughly entertaining, delightful.
Argo. Very good (but slightly over-hyped). Nice performances all around.
No Way Out. Great ’80s drama/thriller holds up (even with that soundtrack).
How to Steal a Million. Marvelous! Rom-com heists don’t get better than this.
The Bourne Legacy. Good. Refreshingly efficient storytelling. Good action, good characters. Not dumb.
The Dark Knight Rises. Enjoyable and entertaining (though not perfect). Cool, dark, complicated storytelling.
Lone Star. Such a good movie. Mystery, western, commentary, exploration. Excellent cast.
Black Hawk Down. Riveting (if blunt). Deep list of excellent actors.
Bullitt. Cool, moody cop drama/character piece. Bullitt wears awesome pjs.
The Great Escape. Jaunty WWII classic with a great roster of actors.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind. A total classic, see it, but I have reservations.
The Avengers. Whoohoo! Snappy script, fun action, great actors having a blast.
Station Agent. Great character piece. Funny. (Warm funny, not guffaw funny). Rewarding.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. A titch long but such a satisfying, LOL romantic comedy.
Real Genius. So funny/awesome. Even better now than in 1985.
The African Queen. Romance! Adventure! Technicolor! My childhood favorite, still as enjoyable.
Open Range. A lot to like about this. A real interesting Western.
The Godfather. Rewards every time. You should watch it every couple years.
Bull Durham. Great fun. Deserves its reputation as a classic baseball movie.
The Hurt Locker. So good. A little tough to watch, but must-see.
The Prestige. Really interesting. You’ll think you’ve guessed the twists, but no…
The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. Slooooow, but gorgeous (looks like a Rembrandt). Excellent soundtrack, performances.
Moneyball. New favorite. A good story well told. Sharp, entertaining, human.
Sabrina. Hate to say, but the era’s attitudes overrun the charm.
Blue Valentine. Good if you like painfully realistic improv’d indies. Too long.
S.W.A.T. Otherwise excellent actors phoning it in, and a terrible script.
Death at a Funeral. Oddly paced, not super-duper, though some really funny moments.
Hunger Games. Bet the books are better. Interesting, but a problematic script.
Phone Booth. Good acting, but a pointless, story-less story.
Salt. Almost fascinatingly bad.
Ladyhawke. Alas, a former favorite succumbs now to its 80s cliches.
Sea of Love. Always love Pacino and Goodman, but this hasn’t aged well.
Shopgirl. Hmm. Very pretty. Odd. Pretty slow. Ultimately satisfying? Maybe. Hmm.
The tail-end of 2011:
The Descendants. Gorgeous. Great acting. Heavy plot but funny parts very funny.
The Next Three Days. Riveting. Even at home, you won’t pause for bathroom break.
The Debt. Couldn’t decide if truly good, but kept thinking about it.
Hanna. Taut thriller. Doesn’t go where you think it will.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Classic. Wayne to Stewart: “Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim.”
Five Element Ninjas. Brilliant. I like the gold lamé ninjas the best.