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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 2012


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Red Tails, about the Tuskegee Airmen, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Terrence Howard, began 2012.

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Chronicle was a superhero film done in the "found footage" style.

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Chris Pine and Tom Hardy both went after Reese Witherspoon in This Means War, costarring Angela Bassett and Rosemary Harris.

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Next was a modern take on The Three Stooges.

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Sound of My Voice was a film styled as an expose on the world of cults.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel took a well known British cast to India. A sequel would follow.

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Greta Gerwig was a young woman facing many personal crises in Lola Versus, co-starring Bill Pullman and Debra Winger.

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Ridley Scott returned to relaunch the Alien series with the prequel Prometheus.

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Then horror served up a surprise lead.....

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Quvenzhane Wallis, only 6 when this was filmed in 2009, was brilliant in Beats of the Southern Wild, a flavorful, moving Southern set tale.

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The Do-Deca-penthalon was an independent comedy that was barely released.

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Back to the Ice Age for another round....

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Ruby Sparks was to fictional characters in books as Purple Rose of Cairo was to movies.

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The Watch had cops vs. aliens.

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More for the kids from a low-cost series....

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Director Curtis Hanson (co-directing with Michael Apted) directed for the final time with Chasing Mavericks, a surfing film.

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Won't Back Down was made into an interesting film by the flavorful playing of Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Holly Hunter. The Pittsburgh set tale of teachers looking for reform also featured Oscar Issac, Rosie Perez, Bill Nunn, Ving Rhames, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

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More action for Liam Neeson....

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The Sessions involved the provocative relationship between a man in an iron lung and his therapist. John Hawkes and Helen Hunt starred.

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Life of Pi was the much praised film of an esteemed book, and was among the best regarded of the year.

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Lincoln was a tour-de-force for Daniel Day-Lewis, but Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones were also Oscar nominated, and the film also featured David Straithairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Gloria Ruben, Jackie Earle Hailey, Tim Blake Nelson, John Hawkes, and S. Epatha Merkerson, all with a literate script.

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The making of Psycho was the focus of the very enjoyable Hitchcock with Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.

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Billy Crystal and Bette Midler finished the year by dealing with unruly grandchildren in Parential Guidence.

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My top picks:

  1. Life of Pi
  2. Lincoln
  3. Chronicle

 

I've also seen Red TailsThis Means WarThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, PrometheusAbraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterBeasts of the Southern WildRuby SparksThe WatchTaken 2The Sessions, and Hitchcock.

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