Daniel’s Top 10 of 2012

Daniel’s Top 10 of 2012

Here is the list for my Top 10 films of the year. I went back and forth before settling on this order, as I like to consider pure visceral enjoyment as much as strict film-making expertise.  There were some

‘Les Miserables’ Review 7.5/10

‘Les Miserables’ Review

Release Date: December 25th, 2012
Director: Tom Hooper
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Film Pulse Score: 7.5/10

Movie musicals have always been a tricky business.  To be successful, the production has to fully commit to an

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There is a moment very near the beginning of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln that made me literally roll my eyes. My disdain for Spielberg’s recent work is not a secret, and it’s mostly because of the overwrought, shoe-horned, out of place schmaltz he forces into his later works.

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Review 7/10

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Review

Release Date:   November 2nd, 2012
Director:   Rich Moore
MPAA Rating:   PG
FilmPulse Score:   7/10

Almost immediately after the first clips and teasers for Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph began making their way across the internet, people wondered aloud



When Martin McDonagh burst onto the scene four years ago with the incredibly funny – but almost gleefully offensive – In Bruges, it gave him almost immediate credibility as both a writer and director. In Bruges, in addition to giving people a reason to like Colin Farrell again, was a shot in the arm to the art of comedic filmmaking, and garnered McDonagh’s screenplay a well-deserved Oscar nomination.

‘End of Watch’ Review 6.5/10

‘End of Watch’ Review

Release Date: September 21, 2012
Director: David Ayer
MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse Score: 6.5/10

The “found footage” conceit is nothing new. Neither is the ‘buddy cop’ dynamic.  Putting them together, however, is an interesting

‘Premium Rush’ Review 7/10

‘Premium Rush’ Review

Release Date: August 24, 2012
Director: David Koepp
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Film Pulse Score: 7/10

It’s easy to criticize how companies market their films at times. They often misrepresent what they’re selling in an attempt to drum up

‘The Bourne Legacy’ Review 6/10

‘The Bourne Legacy’ Review

Release Date: August 10, 2012
Director: Tony Gilroy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Film Pulse Score: 6/10

How do you continue the Bourne franchise without Jason Bourne?  It’s a question often asked since this fourth film in the

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Review 7.5/10

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Review

Release Date: July 3, 2012
Director: Marc Webb
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Film Pulse Score: 7.5/10

With Hollywood rebooting everything in sight, it surprised no one when Sony announced they’d be hitting the reset button on

‘Rock of Ages’ Review 6.5/10

‘Rock of Ages’ Review

Release Date: June 15, 2012
Director: Adam Shankman
MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse Score: 6.5/10

There were moments during Rock of Ages when I couldn’t tell whether I was just watching a bad movie or

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HICK Review

There’s an odd streak running through the middle of Hick that makes it hard to decide what to say about it.  Its part road-trip movie, part coming-of-age drama, 100% off-kilter and more than a little bit strange.



Release Date:  April 27, 2012
Director:  Nicholas Stoller
MPAA Rating:  R
Film Pulse Score: 6/10

There are risks when romantic comedy is injected with “truth.”  Too little, and it feels like a desperate attempt to

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