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Top 10 Films of 2012 (So Far)

I’m always getting asked, “Lauren, what’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?” or “Can you send me a list of 5 films I need to see?” Now that we are half way through 2012, I figured I might as well publish a list of my favorite films I’ve seen.
I’d like to note, there is a difference between best and favorite films. This list consists mainly of my favorites this year. 
Between androids, kick-ass heroines, undercover cops, a “haunted” house and Marvel superheroes, we’ve had an exciting year in film…so far. 
As always, thanks for reading!

Top 10 Films of 2012 (So Far)
1. The Cabin in the Woods– A complete game changer for the horror genre and one of the best scripts to ever come to life on screen. Joss Whedon is having one hell of a year. 
2. Prometheus– Not only one of the best films of the year, but one of the best sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen. There is nothing more visually beautiful than Prometheus to come out this year. Michael Fassbender proves he is one of the best actors working today as David, the android. 
3. The Hunger Games– A perfectly casted film that is led by the incredible Jennifer Lawrence and a wonderful book to film adaptation makes this film one of the best. 
4. Haywire– I’ve quickly become to love director Steven Soderbergh, who’s arguably one of the most diverse directors working today. A kick-ass girl power film starring mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Channing Tatum.
5. The Raid: Redemption– An Indonesian film that completely blew my mind, The Raid is one of the best action movies I’ve seen in years. 
6. 21 Jump Street– The most hilarious film to come out this year and in year’s past. Tatum is quickly turning into an actor among actors and well, Jonah Hill is always witty on screen. 
7. Chronicle– A found-footage film that director Josh Trank made on a 12 million dollar budget. Just incredible. 
8. Marvel’s The Avengers– Joss Whedon for the win! What’s unique about The Avengers is the fact that we have a nerd who wrote and directed a nerd’s film. Two words: Hulk smash.
9. Safety Not Guaranteed– A pleasantly surprising dark comedy starring Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza. It’s movies like these that make me remember why I love film in the first place. 
10. The Amazing Spider-Man– Just go see it on July 3rd. Andrew Garfield love.
Top 5 Worst/Most Disappointing (So Far)
1. The Five-Year Engagement– You walk in expecting a charming, funny romantic comedy, hey it’s Judd Apatow! You walk out feeling like the couple was not meant to be and very depressed.
2. John Carter– Poor Taylor Kitsch.
3. One For the Money– Poor Katherine Heigl.
4. The Dictator– Unfunny, boring and doesn’t nearly live up to Cohen’s Borat
5. The Raven– An interesting premise, that was done very, very poorly. Wish Tim Burton directed the film instead. 
Still can’t wait for…

The Dark Knight Rises
Total Recall
The Bourne Legacy
Paranormal Activity 4
Anna Karenina
Gangster Squad
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
This is 40
Les Miserables
The Great Gatsby
Django Unchained

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