Category Archives: 2012

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) Rated R

A motorcycle stunt rider starts robbing banks to provide for his family, putting him in a rookie cop’s line of fire. Starring Ryan Gosling, Craig Van Hook, and Eva Mendes. The film starts out strong as we move through 15 years … Continue reading

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The Company You Keep (2012) Rated R

A Weather Underground activist goes on the run when a journalist uncovers who he is. Starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, and Julie Christie. This film is supposed to be a thriller, but alas it doesn’t hold much in the thriller department. It’s … Continue reading

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To the Wonder (2012) Rated R

After a couple falls in love, they come home to real life, where they connect with a pastor and a flame from the past. Starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams. This is a Terrence Malick film. He uses cinematography to  convey  … Continue reading

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Amour (2012) Rated PG-13

Two retired musicians’ love is tested when one of them has a stroke. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert. Amour is the story of a couple whose love sustains them as age and illness wear away at their bodies. This … Continue reading

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Into the White (2012) Rated R

A group of airmen from different sides of WWII come together after being stranded in a cabin. Starring Florian Lukas, David Kross, Stig Henrik Hoff. This war film is based on the true story of a group of airmen from opposing … Continue reading

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Back to 1942 (2012) Rated UR

 A deadly drought in China’s Henan province takes its toll during China’s war with Japan in 1942. Starring Guoli Zhang, Hanyu Zhang, Wei Fan, Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins. This compelling story of a forgotten chapter in China’s history is understated in its … Continue reading

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The Imposter (2012) Rated R

A documentary of a young man from Spain who convinces a Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son. Starring Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson. This story takes you down twists and turns as you try to figure out who … Continue reading

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Now is Good (2012) Rated PG-13

 A girl with leukemia has a list of things she would like to get done before she dies. The list includes losing her virginity. Based on the book, Before I Die by Jenny Downham. Starring Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Paddy Considine. … Continue reading

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Smashed (2012) Rated R

A married couple whose bond is a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship tested when one of them becomes sober. Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Octavia Spencer. This is the gritty, unromantic story of an alcoholic trying to stay sober … Continue reading

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Promised Land (2012) Rated R

 A sales man for a natural gas company experiences hard truths when visiting a small town.  Starring Matt Damon, Benjamin Sheeler, Terry Kinney, Hal Holbrook, Frances McDormand. This film takes on fracking (hydraulic fracturing) that has raised concerns over the safety of drilling. I knew … Continue reading

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