2012 Film Festival Movies

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1. Five Broken Cameras (2011)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, War

78 Metascore

A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi | Stars: Emad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, Yasin Burnat

Votes: 5,588 | Gross: $0.11M

2. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

R | 91 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Weiwei Ai, Dan Ai, Lao Ai, Lee Ambrozy

Votes: 4,050 | Gross: $0.53M

3. Amour (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

Votes: 87,965 | Gross: $6.74M

4. Anna Karenina (I) (2012)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen

Votes: 87,365 | Gross: $12.82M

5. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 78,706 | Gross: $12.80M

6. Beautiful Faces (2012)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

You'll believe in the promise of medicine once more. And you'll never take your face for granted again.

Director: Russell Martin

Votes: 9

7. Bert Stern: Original Madman (2011)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

35 Metascore

"Bert Stern: Original Mad Man" is the definitive voyage into the life and work of one of America's most influential photographers. Photographing the world's most alluring women in fashion ... See full summary »

Director: Shannah Laumeister Stern | Stars: Bert Stern, Shannah Laumeister Stern, Albert D'Annibale, Dorothy Tristan

Votes: 212 | Gross: $0.03M

8. Beyond the Hills (2012)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama

79 Metascore

The friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave with her friend, who now lives in Germany.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta, Dana Tapalaga

Votes: 10,971 | Gross: $0.11M

9. Big Boys Gone Bananas!* (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

Dole Food Company wages a campaign to prevent a pair of Swedish film-makers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company.

Director: Fredrik Gertten | Stars: Fredrik Gertten, Alex Rivera, Alfonso Allende, Arvid Jurjaks

Votes: 881

10. Black Pond (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

An ordinary British family and their friend are accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table. Black Pond is an existential comedy drama starring two-time BAFTA winner Chris ... See full summary »

Directors: Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe | Stars: Chris Langham, Simon Amstell, Amanda Hadingue, Colin Hurley

Votes: 830

11. Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (2012)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

66 Metascore

When six teenage boys came together as a skateboarding team in the 1980s, they reinvented not only their chosen sport but themselves too - as they evolved from insecure outsiders to the most influential athletes in the field.

Director: Stacy Peralta | Stars: Tony Alva, Steve Caballero, Fred Durst, Shepard Fairey

Votes: 2,265

12. Boy Eating the Bird's Food (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

Three days in the life of an Athens boy who is without a job, a girlfriend, or anything to eat. The only thing he has left is his canary, and he will quite literally share with it anything he's got.

Director: Ektoras Lygizos | Stars: Yiannis Papadopoulos, Lila Baklesi, Vangelis Kommatas, Kharálampos Goyós

Votes: 720

13. Britain in a Day (2012)

Documentary

A peek into the lives of the British, in their own words, on an ordinary day in November 2011.

Directors: Morgan Matthews, Saranne Bensusan, Andrea Dalla Costa | Stars: Jonathan Berry, Lee John Blackmore, Marie Deenmamode, Jack Keane

Votes: 104

14. Call Me Kuchu (2012)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Drama

80 Metascore

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the ... See full summary »

Directors: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall | Stars: David Bahati, David Kato, Gilles Muhame, Naome Ruzindana

Votes: 733 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Camp 14: Total Control Zone (2012)

106 min | Documentary, Biography

70 Metascore

Shin Dong-Huyk was born on November 19, 1983 as a political prisoner in a North Korean re-education camp. He was a child of two prisoners who had been married by order of the wardens. He ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Wiese | Stars: Shin Dong-Hyuk, Oh Yangnam, Hyuk Kwon, August Diehl

Votes: 998

16. Charles Bradley: Soul of America (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

The incredible rise of 62-year-old aspiring soul singer Charles Bradley, whose debut album rocketed him from a hard life in the Brooklyn Housing Projects to Rolling Stone Magazine's top 50 albums of 2011.

Director: Poull Brien | Stars: Charles Bradley, Alex Everett, Sharon Jones, Jonny Santos

Votes: 574

17. Chasing Ice (2012)

PG-13 | 75 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: James Balog, Svavar Jónatansson, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone

Votes: 7,940 | Gross: $1.33M

18. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

A young woman frets upstairs in her family's country manor on her wedding day, fearful she's about to marry the wrong man. Downstairs, her fiancé and her former lover grow increasingly anxious.

Director: Donald Rice | Stars: Felicity Jones, Luke Treadaway, Elizabeth McGovern, James Norton

Votes: 2,108 | Gross: $0.00M

19. Chicken with Plums (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani

Votes: 8,632 | Gross: $0.25M

20. Chronicle of My Mother (2011)

108 min | Drama

Based on an autobiographical novel by Inoue Yasushi, the film chronicles the passage of fifteen years within a family struggling with abandonment, resentment and decline with old age. As ... See full summary »

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Erina Mano, Kirin Kiki, Kaho Minami

Votes: 317

21. Cinema Jenin: The Story of a Dream (2011)

95 min | Documentary, Drama

A Fellini-Esq documentary that takes place in the West Bank city of Jenin and follows a local initiative to re-open the old and only cinema in the city. Cinema Jenin, founded in the 1960s, ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Vetter | Stars: Marcus Vetter, Ismael Khatib, Fakhri Hamad, Siham Al-Barghouthi

Votes: 58

22. The Comedy (2012)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

Indifferent to the notion of inheriting his father's estate, a restless, aging New Yorker passes time with his friends in games of mock sincerity and irreverence.

Director: Rick Alverson | Stars: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, James Murphy, Jeffrey Jensen

Votes: 4,457 | Gross: $0.04M

23. Elles (2011)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama

50 Metascore

On her latest assignment, a journalist for Elle immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students.

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Anaïs Demoustier, Joanna Kulig, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing

Votes: 6,145 | Gross: $0.16M

24. End of Watch (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera

Votes: 218,507 | Gross: $41.00M

25. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, News

67 Metascore

An investigative documentary that uncovers the U.S. healthcare system's true design.

Directors: Susan Froemke, Matthew Heineman | Stars: Clive Alonzo, Don Berwick, Elizabeth Blackburn, Krystal Bracy

Votes: 488 | Gross: $0.10M

26. Ethel (2012)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Biography

A documentary on Ethel Kennedy that provides an insider's view of a political dynasty, including her life with Robert F. Kennedy and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own.

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Ethel Kennedy, Rory Kennedy, Ralph Bunche, Fidel Castro

Votes: 568

27. Facing Mirrors (2011)

98 min | Drama

Rana has chosen a path in order to support her family, while Adineh (Eddie) has fled his home and city to escape his complicated situation as a transsexual man prevented from living as his ... See full summary »

Director: Negar Azarbayjani | Stars: Shayesteh Irani, Ghazal Shakeri, Homayoun Ershadi, Maryam Boubani

Votes: 459

28. A Fierce Green Fire (2012)

TV-G | 101 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

An exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change.

Director: Mark Kitchell | Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Isabel Allende

Votes: 190 | Gross: $0.03M

29. Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)

84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A simple yet timeless love story between a man and a woman, told using scenes edited together from hundreds of other films.

Director: György Pálfi | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Woody Allen, Agustín Almodóvar, Julie Andrews

Votes: 2,155

30. Footnote (2011)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.

Director: Joseph Cedar | Stars: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen, Alma Zack

Votes: 5,482 | Gross: $2.01M

31. Gayby (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together... the old fashioned way.

Director: Jonathan Lisecki | Stars: Jenn Harris, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Matthew Wilkas, Christian Coulson

Votes: 2,427

32. The Giants (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Adventure, Drama

Brothers Seth and Zak, fifteen and thirteen & 3/4 years old, are spending the summer in their deceased grandfather's house, waiting in vain for their mother, who is otherwise busy, and ... See full summary »

Director: Bouli Lanners | Stars: Zacharie Chasseriaud, Martin Nissen, Paul Bartel, Karim Leklou

Votes: 1,700

33. Grabbers (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.

Director: Jon Wright | Stars: Killian Coyle, Stuart Graham, Michael Hough, Richard Coyle

Votes: 16,229

34. Amma Lo-Fi (2011)

65 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs - an eccentric ... See full summary »

Directors: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jonsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir | Star: Sigridur Nielsdottir

Votes: 107

35. Gypsy (2011)

100 min | Drama

64 Metascore

Gypsy tells the story of Adam, a boy who, after his father dies, tries to cross the boundary of his Roma shantytown and to improve the lives of his brothers and sisters. He encounters ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Sulík | Stars: Peter Cizmar, Beáta Dubielová, Miroslav Gulyas, Igor Hudec

Votes: 336

36. Come as You Are (2011)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

Three guys in their twenties love wine and women but they are still virgins. Under the guise of a wine tour they embark on a journey to Spain hoping to have their first sexual experience. ... See full summary »

Director: Geoffrey Enthoven | Stars: Charlotte Timmers, Roos Van Vlaenderen, Robrecht Vanden Thoren, Karel Vingerhoets

Votes: 6,829

37. Holy Motors (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy

84 Metascore

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

Votes: 38,737

38. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, David Simon, Shanequa Benitez, William Julius Wilson

Votes: 5,074 | Gross: $0.21M

39. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News

86 Metascore

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Director: David France | Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long, Bob Rafsky

Votes: 3,595 | Gross: $0.13M

40. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 43,183 | Gross: $0.89M

41. In the Shadow of a Man (2012)

65 min | Documentary, Drama

In the wake of the Egyptian revolution, four women speak of their fight for the future and what it means to be a woman in Egypt.

Director: Hanan Abdalla

Votes: 25

42. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary, Drama

73 Metascore

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky | Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard, Anthony Carboni

Votes: 19,824

43. The Invisible War (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

75 Metascore

An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

Director: Kirby Dick | Stars: Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick, Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves

Votes: 6,438 | Gross: $0.07M

44. The Island President (2011)

PG | 101 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.

Director: Jon Shenk | Star: Mohamed Nasheed

Votes: 1,136 | Gross: $0.08M

45. Italy: Love It, or Leave It (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama