Steven Spielberg’s epic look at the 16th president features an all-star cast including Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. Based on the Pulitzer-prize winning “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, “Lincoln” focuses on the last four months of the president’s life and his herculean effort to abolish slavery.
“Zero Dark Thirty”
Directed by Kathleen Bigalow, who earned an Oscar for her work on “The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty” is the story of the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden and how the Navy SEALS brought it to a climax. Jessica Chastain from “The Help” plays the lead role.
“Beasts of Southern Wild”
Despite its lack of media recognition, this film won top honors at the Sundance Film Festival – often a precursor to Oscar glory. “Beasts” is a simple tale of the relationship between a parent and child. The main character is Hushpuppy, a young girl struggling to make her way in the bayous of Louisiana with her father, who is ill-prepared to meet either the emotional or physical needs of his child.
Ben Affleck’s film is based on the true story of the 1979 storming of the American Embassy in Tehran and the six Americans who escaped and took refuge in the residence of the Canadian Ambassador. The film centers on the United States’ ingenious effort to rescue the “houseguests.”
Victor Hugo’s blockbuster finally comes to the big screen in all its glory. It’s a lavish production boasting big names, including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. Purists of the opera might not appreciate the Hollywood production, but most will buy into the pageantry, costumes and romantic, heartbreaking music.
Black humor meets social injustice and the result is quintessential Quentin – Tarrantino, that is. Packed with a strong cast including Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, “Django” is a bloody look at pre-Civil War slavery in Mississippi and delivers a message laced with humor. If you enjoyed Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards,” check out “Django.”
Top films of 2012
1 “Dark Knight Rises” – the Caped Crusader faces off against arch-villain Bane.
2 “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” – the prequel to “The Lord of the Rings.”
3 “The Avengers” – Superheroes unite to save the Earth from Loki.
4 “Brave” – Animated story of the little red-haired girl with the big, brave heart.
5 “The Amazing Spider-Man” – Peter Parker navigates the tangled web of his past.
6 “Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” – The final book in the vampire franchise.
7 “Skyfall” – M’s dark past creates an action-packed dilemma for 007.
8 “Madagascar 3” – Our heroes try to return to Big Apple via a European circus.
9 “Ice Age: Continental Drift” – The gang sails an iceberg ship into adventures with sea creatures and pirates.
10 “Men in Black 3” – Agent J travels back to 1969 to save Agent K.
11 “Django Unchained” – An ex-slave bounty hunter tries to free his wife from an evil plantation owner.
12 “The Lorax” – The Dr. Seuss tale with an ecological message.
13 “The Hunger Games” – First movie in the wildly successful futuristic franchise.
14 “Wreck-It Ralph” – A video game villan leaves his game to become the hero.
15 “Rise of the Guardians” – The Immortal Guardians join forces to save the innocence of children.
16 “Prometheus” – Prequel to the “Alien” series.
17 “Rock of Ages” – A city boy and small-town girl chase their dreams of stardom.
18 “Bourne Legacy” – A spinoff of the previous three films features a new reluctant assassin.
19 “Les Miserables” – Set in 19th-century France, the epic opera comes to the big screen.
20 “The Expendables 2” – Aging terminators track down the bad guys.