Now that we’ve wrapped up the first 2/3 of the year, we’re going to be getting into the REAL good stuff for the fall/winter. Movies seem to get their best releases near the end of each year, and 2012 also fits that mold with plenty of heavyweights coming soon. Still, there have been a lot of great releases so far this year, and more than a few should hold up on the inevitable year-end lists. Here are my top 10 favorites through August:
The Woman in Black — Slow-paced but atmospheric horror with a great performance from Daniel Radcliffe.
The Grey — Liam Neeson as a wolf hunter. ‘Nuff said.
Sorely underrated action flick. Worth seeing just to watch Gina Carano kick Michael Fassbender’s ass.
The marketing campaign probably raised our expectations too high, but this was still a fun sci-fi adventure that provided endless discussions throughout the summer.
8) The Avengers
Can’t ask for a much better blockbuster to kick off the summer. Fans of the comics no doubt loved this even more.
7) The Intouchables
Doesn’t really give us anything new, but Omar Sy provides arguably the most entertaining performance of the year.
Entertaining throughout, but really kicks into gear during the final act. A real treat for horror fans.
Possibly this year’s most polarizing film. I really enjoyed this one, perhaps because I could relate to most of the characters.
Easily the most unique of this year’s films, and it comes from a group of veritable newcomers, no less.
Hey, maybe there’s something to this Wes Anderson guy after all. The movie that made me a fan of his work.
I can’t ask for a better conclusion to one of the greatest trilogies of all time. Epic in every sense of the word.
1) The Master
People will be talking about this for a long time. Guaranteed.
So, what do you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? What are your favorites from this year so far?