Friday, January 18, 2013

 

The Last Stand

The Last Stand "I'll be back!"—That has become an instantly recognizable catch phrase associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger. After his gubernatorial gig and about ten years away from the big silver screen ("The Expendables" doesn't count), he is back, indeed. His comeback is violent and bloody as usual in Korean director Kim Jee-woon's predictable, comical, and entertaining Western "The Last Stand" (USA 2013 | 107 min.). As expected, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a tough guy armed with heavy ammunitions like an action hero toy figure. He speaks corny lines in a similar hoarse voice like Clint Eastwood, plus the Austrian accent. This time, however, he might get another catch phrase to identify himself: "I'm the sheriff!"

The film opens with an exhilarating grand escape by a death row inmate Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), an extremely dangerous kingpin of a notorious Mexican drug cartel. He is aggressively pursued by the FBI, led by a mumbling and incompetent Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker). Cortez is sleekly zapping his way toward the US-Mexican border in a modified Corvette ZR1 that goes beyond 200 mph—if that looks like a car commercial on the big screen, it probably is.

Nothing seems can stop Cortez along his path, which is why Sheriff Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) comes to the picture to be the last stand. Owens is the low key sheriff in a small Arizona town called Sommerton Junction next to the Mexican border. Somehow, the tiny little Main Street of this quiet charming town is the only path Cortez must pass through in his sporty car before he crosses the border. Never mind that he actually makes his race track in a corn field. Owens and his few inexperienced deputies setup a blockage to face off Owens and the drug cartel led by a ruthless Burrell (Peter Stormare).

Of course, everybody can guess who wins in the end.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in THE LAST STAND

Despite the predictable plot and laughable dialogue in the script, director Kim Jee-woon admirably puts together an entertaining show with fast cars, big guns, flying flesh, occasional humor, and the terminator. He is one of the best in creating action sequences that are both original and spectacular. Certainly we have seen plenty car chasing in action movies, but Kim still can comes up some new ideas in this film when it comes to car chasing—have you raced in a corn field before? Although this film is no comparison to his immensely enjoyable Western "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" (좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈 | South Korea 2008), this film still shows Kim's talent and his wild imagination.

With Arnold Schwarzenegger blasting off heavy artilleries, with Eduardo Noriega racing a sport car over 200 mph, with couple sheriff deputies shooting at a piece of meat for fun, the targeted audience of this film is quite obvious. I am sure the car manufacture must be very pleased about the car performance featured in the film, and the NRA might organize viewing parties to show how an old lady can finish off a criminal as in the film when she conveniently pulls out a gun under her couch pillow.

There are many comical moments in the film, but hardly because the writing or the characters are truly humorous. We laugh either because the lines are dumb, or because they are spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger or Luis Guzmán. For example, how can you hold of your giggling when Arnold Schwarzenegger slams down the telephone after shouting at Forest Whitaker on the other end: "I don't know you! I don't answer to you!" That surely sounds like Arnold is back, not as the Governor of California, but as a Sheriff.

"The Last Stand," a Lionsgate release, opens on Friday, January 18, 2013 at Bay Area theaters.


Friday, January 11, 2013

 

Amour

Amour Here is the law of Mother Nature: at some point in our lives, we have to encounter the ultimate death, often accompanied by unfortunate illness. Mortality is the inevitable to every life. Yet, in reality, we generally tend to avoid the unpleasant subject. We fantasize that we can elude the last stage of life as long as we are able to, until death knocks on the door. That's not the case for renowned Austrian writer/director Michael Haneke. He confronts this very devastating subject head-on in his striking new film "Amour" (Austria/France/Germany 2012 | in French | 127 min.). This slow paced, impeccably precise, beautifully tender, and fascinatingly arresting film tells a poignant story. Although it's a love story, it is perhaps the least suitable film for a movie date on a Valentine's Day.

The film's protagonists are an elderly couple Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who are in their eighties. After a successful career of teaching music, they comfortably enjoy their retirement life and each other's company in their Parisian apartment. One morning, Georges notices Anne acting strange. A doctor's visit confirms that Anne has a stroke. However, an operation not only doesn't improve her condition, it makes the matter worse—Anne becomes partially paralyzed and can no longer take care of herself. She becomes gravely ill and she is not going to get better.

However, Georges promises to grant Anne's wish not to take her back to the hospital. Dragging his clumsy feet, he gently takes care of Anne the best he can, with occasional help from nurses he hires. Anne's deteriorating health poses great challenge to Georges, but he firmly declines help from their physically and emotionally distant daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert). He is determined to cherish the decades of love with Anne in his own way, and to maintain their dignity during the last chapter of their lives.

Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva in AMOUR

Unlike Michael Haneke's previous films that often contain surprising and shocking violence ("Funny Games", "Caché"), in this film he quietly and masterfully unfolds a heartbreaking love story and elaborates a scenario that we can all resonate. We all might have a family member or a loved one like Anne. You can't help but thinking what you would do if you are in Georges's shoes. Unexpectedly, Georges suddenly becomes a caregiver even he is a fragile aging man himself. He tries to ease Anne's concern by persuading her: "imagine you are in my situation." But who would want to image to be in that terrible situation? Certainly not Anne.

There is no easy solution, there is no easy way out, and there is no alternative route to take, but there is much love. The tenderness between the two aging adults is absolutely compelling and deeply touching. Two legendary French actors Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant give a magnificent performance as Anne and Georges, even it's often heart-wrenching to watch.

After winning the top-prize Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, the film is nominated for five Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Emmanuelle Riva), Best Original Screenplay (Michael Haneke), Best Director (Michael Haneke), and Best Foreign Language Film. I have no doubt that it is marching its way to at least receive the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.

"Amour," a Sony Pictures Classics release, opens on Friday, January 11, 2013 at Bay Area theaters.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

 

Feature Films I Saw in 2013

This is a list of feature films I saw during 2013. Hopefully, I am not missing any. My rating for each film is shown at the end of the title, ranging from 1 to 10. If I have reviewed a film, the rating score is linked to the full review.

Note: The publishing date is set to Jan 1, 2013 is to move this posting out of the way of other reviews. The actual date is at the end of 2013.


    December

  1. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (Vous n'avez encore rien vu | France 2012 | in French | 115 min.) 5

  2. A Company Man (회사원 | South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 96 min.) 6

  3. Sasha (Germany 2010 | in German/Serbo-Croatian/Bosnian | 102 min.) 7

  4. My Brother Is an Only Child (Mio fratello è figlio unico | Italy/France 2007 | in Italian | 108 min.) 7

  5. Fine Dead Girls (Fine mrtve djevojke | Croatia 2002 | in Croatian | 77 min.) 7

  6. Venus and Serena (USA 2012 | 99 min. | Documentary) 4

  7. After Earth (USA 2013 | 100 min.) 1

  8. Red 2 (USA 2013 | 116 min.) 5

  9. Hannah Arendt (Germany/Luxembourg/France 2012 | in German/English/Hebrew | 113 min.) 8

  10. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (USA 2012 | 106 min. | Documentary) 8

  11. Koch (USA 2012 | 100 min. | Documentary) 6

  12. Dirty Wars (USA 2013 | 87 min. | Documentary) 9

  13. The Fruit Hunters (Canada 2012 | 95 min. | Documentary) 5

  14. Ip Man: The Final Fight (葉問:終極一戰 | Hong Kong 2013 | in Chinese | 102 min.) 4

  15. The Lover (France/UK/Vietnam 1992 | 115 min.) 5

  16. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2 – O Inimigo Agora é Outro | Brazil 2010 | in Portuguese | 115 min.) 8

  17. Beasts of the Southern Wild (USA 2012 | 93 min.) 7

  18. Visitors (USA 2013 | 87 min. | Documentary)

  19. August: Osage County (USA 2013 | 121 min.) 9

  20. Koyaanisqatsi (USA 1983 | 87 min. | Documentary) 8

  21. The Square ( Egypt/USA 2012 | in Arabic | 95 min. | Documentary) 7

  22. Inside Llewyn Davis (USA 2013 | 105 min.) 8

  23. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (UK/South Africa 2012 | 139 min.) 7

  24. Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings (USA 2012 | 56 min. | Documentary) 7

  25. Augustine (France 2012 | in French | 102 min.) 3

  26. Adela (Philippines 2008 | in Tagalog | 88 min.) 2

  27. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (USA 2011 | 121 min. | Documentary) 9

  28. The Past (Le Passé | France/Iran 2013 | in French/Persian | 130 min.) 8

  29. Empire State (USA 2012 | 94 min.) 2

  30. Ashes of Time (東邪西毒 | Hong Kong 1994 | in Chinese | 100 min.) 5

  31. Barbara (Germany 2012 | in German | 105 min.) 8

  32. Bunohan: Return to Murder (Bunohan | Malaysia 2011 | in Malay | 98 min.) 2

  33. Shun Li and the Poet (Io sono Li | Italy/France 2011 | in Italian/Chinese | 98 min.) 6

  34. The Way I Spent the End of the World (Cum mi-am petrecut sfârşitul lumii | Romania/France 2006 | in Romanian | 106 min.) 5

    November

  35. Little Girl (La pivellina | Italy 2009 | in Italian | 100 min.) 9

  36. Mommo (Turkey 2009 | in Turkish | 94 min.) 7

  37. Blame it on Fidel (La faute à Fidel! | France 2006 | in French | 99 min.) 6

  38. Something in the Air (Après mai | France 2012 | in French | 122 min.)

  39. Room 237 (USA 2012 | 102 min. | Documentary) 5

  40. In the House (Dans la maison | France 2012 | in French | 105 min.) 9

  41. Erased (USA/Canada/Belgium/UK 2012 | 100 min.) 3

  42. Antiviral (Canada 2012 | 108 min.) 3

  43. Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (賽德克・巴萊 | Taiwan 2012 | in Seediq/Japanese | 276 min.) 5

  44. Europa Report (USA 2013 | 90 min.) 4

  45. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (USA 2013 | 146 min.) 9

  46. Heaven (Germany/Italy/USA/France/UK 2002 | in Italian/English | 97 min.) 9

  47. Chasing Ice (USA 2012 | 75 min. | Documentary) 7

  48. August Evening (USA 2007 | in Spanish | 128 min.) 7

  49. Blessed by Fire (Iluminados por el fuego | Argentina/Spain 2005 | in Spanish | 100 min.) 6

  50. White House Down (USA 2013 | 131 min.) 6

  51. I'm Not There. (USA/Germany/Canada 2007 | 135 min.) 7

  52. The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza | Italy/France 2013 | in Italian | 142 min.) 7

  53. Strangers (Israel 2007 | in English/French/Hebrew/Arabic | 80 min.) 2

  54. The Trap (Клопка | Serbia 2007 | in Serbian | 106 min.) 8

  55. How I Live Now (UK 2013 | 101 min.) 5

  56. Savages (USA 2012 | 131 min.) 7

  57. This Is the End (USA 2013 | 107 min.) 4

  58. A Hijacking (Kapringen | Denmark 2012 | in Danish/English | 103 min.) 7

  59. Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (Germany 2010 | in Russian/English | 94 min. | Documentary) 7

  60. Frisk (USA 1995 | 88 min.) 1

  61. The Internship (USA 2013 | 119 min.) 1

  62. The Heat (USA 2013 | 117 min.) 5

  63. World War Z (USA 2013 | 116 min.) 6

  64. Kon-Tiki (UK/Norway/Denmark/Germany/Sweden 2012 | in Norwegian | 118 min.) 4

  65. Little Jerusalem (La petite Jérusalem | France 2005 | in French/Arabic/Hebrew | 96 min.) 6

  66. Pusher (Denmark 1996 | in Danish | 110 min.) 2

    October

  67. Love Is All You Need (Den skaldede frisør | Denmark/Sweden/Italy/France/Germany 2012 | in Danish/English | 116 min.) 2

  68. To the Wonder (USA 2012 | in English/French/Spanish | 112 min.) 4

  69. Medea (Denmark 1998 | in Danish | 76 min.) 2

  70. Lament (지상만가 | South Korea 1997 | 97 min.) 2

  71. Bayaw (Philippines 2009 | in Tagalog | 82 min.) 1

  72. Hairspray (USA 1988 | 92 min.) 5

  73. The Way Way Back (USA 2013 | 103 min.) 7

  74. Oblivion (USA 2013 | 124 min.) 2

  75. The Hunter ( Australia 2011 | 100 min.) 6

  76. The Waiting Room (USA 2012 | 81 min. | Documentary) 8

  77. Blue Is the Warmest Color (La vie d'Adèle - Chapitre 1 & 2 | France 2013 | in French | 179 min.) 8

  78. Summer Hours (L'Heure d'été | France 2008 | in French | 103 min.) 7

  79. Shadow Dancer (UK/Ireland 2012 | 101 min.) 7

  80. Floating city (浮城 | Hong Kong 2012 | in Chinese | 104 min.) 2

  81. Laurence Anyways (Canada 2012 | in French | 168 min.) 4

  82. Boy (New Zealand 2010 | 87 min.) 7

  83. The Fifth Estate (USA 2013 | 128 min.) 5

  84. Still Walking (歩いても 歩いても | Japan 2008 | in Japanese | 114 min.) 10

  85. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (USA 2011 | in Japanese | 81 min. | Documentary) 8

  86. Iron Man 3 (USA 2013 | 130 min.) 3

  87. The Kings of Summer (USA 2013 | 95 min.) 7

  88. Admission (USA 2013 | 107 min.) 3

  89. 12 Years a Slave (USA 2013 | 134 min.) 10

  90. Gravity (USA 2013 | 90 min.) 10

  91. Chop Shop (USA 2007 | 84 min.) 8

  92. From up on Poppy Hill (コクリコ坂から | Japan 2011 | 91 min.) 6

  93. The Sapphires (Australia 2012 | 103 min.) 6

  94. At Any Price (USA 2012 | 105 min.) 4

  95. Painted Skin: The Resurrection (画皮 2 | China 2012 | 131 min.) 7

    September

  96. The Drunkard (酒徒 | Hong Kong 2010 | in Chinese | 106 min.) 1

  97. Enough Said (USA 2013 | 93 min.) 8

  98. Kill Your Darlings (USA 2012 | 104 min.) 7

  99. Tokyo Story (東京物語 | Japan 1953 | in Japanese | 136 min.) 10

  100. Yema (يمّا | Algeria 2012 | in Arabic | 90 min.) 8

  101. Let Me Out (렛 미 아웃 | South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 88 min.) 5

  102. Imagine (Poland 2012 | in Polish | 109 min.) 5

  103. Grigris (France/Chad 2013 | in Spanish/Arabic | 101 min.) 3

  104. Dallas Buyers Club (USA 2013 | 117 min.) 7

  105. The Missing Picture (Cambodia/France 2013 | 92 min. | Documentary) 3

  106. Pieta (피에타 | South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 104 min.) 7

  107. Upside Down ( Canada/France 2012 | 100 min.) 3

  108. All Is Lost (USA 2013 | 107 min.) 10

  109. A Long and Happy Life (Долгая счастливая жизнь | Russia 2013 | in Russian | 77 min.) 5

  110. August Fools (Mieletön elokuu | Finland 2013 | in Finnish/English/Czech | 103 min.) 4

  111. Along the Roadside (Serbia/USA 2013 | 108 min.) 1

  112. Tokyo Family (東京家族 | Japan 2013 | in Japanese | 146 min.) 9

  113. Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる | Japan 2013 | in Japanese | 120 min.) 10

  114. Zaytoun (זייתון | Israel/UK/France 2012 | in Hebrew/Arabic/English | 107 min.) 6

  115. PICO (Performance Indeterminate Cage Opera) (USA 2013 | 88 min. |Documentary) 3

  116. The Tower (타워 | South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 121 min.) 4

  117. The Host (USA 2013 | 125 min.) 2

  118. Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (USA 2013 | 89 min. | Documentary) 6

  119. Pain & Gain (USA 2013 | 129 min.) 2

  120. Jump Ashin! (翻滾吧! 阿信 | Taiwan 2011 | in Chinese | 126 min.) 5

  121. Student (Студент | Kazakhstan 2012 | in Kazakh/Russian | 96 min.)

  122. The Iceman (USA 2012 | 105 min.) 6

  123. Takva: A Man's Fear of God (Takva | Turkey 2006 | in Turkish | 96 min.)

  124. Private Romeo (USA 2011 | 98 min.) 3

  125. Brothers (兄弟 | Hong Kong 2007 | 104 min.) 3

  126. The Samurai I Loved (蝉しぐれ | Japan 2005 | in Japanese | 131 min.) 7

  127. Spring Breakers (USA 2012 | 94 min.) 4

    August

  128. Scary Movie 5 (USA 2013 | 86 min.) 1

  129. Father and Son (Отец и сын | Russia 2003 | in Russian | 97 min.) 4

  130. Identity Thief (USA 2013 | 124 min.) 1

  131. Wadjda (وجدة‎ | Saudi Arabia/Germany 2012 | in Arabic | 98 min.) 9

  132. Sex and Lucia (Lucía y el sexo | Spain/France 2001 | in Spanish | 128 min.) 2

  133. Crime After Crime (USA 2011 | 95 min. | Documentary) 7

  134. Tokyo Playboy Club (東京プレイボーイクラブ | Japan 2012 | in Japanese | 92 min.) 3

  135. Shadow Kill (നിഴല്‍ക്കുത്ത് | India 2002 | in Malayalam | 90 min.) 5

  136. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (USA 2012 | 76 min. | Documentary) 4

  137. Don Jon (USA 2013 | 90 min.) 6

  138. Dolls (ドールズ | Japan 2002 | in Japanese | 114 min.) 7

  139. The Grandmaster (一代宗師 | China 2013 | in Chinese | 108 min.) 8

  140. The Parade (Парада | Serbia 2011 | in Serbian | 112 min.) 5

  141. A Place at the Table (USA 2012 | 84 min. | Documentary) 5

  142. Mud (USA 2013 | 130 min.) 8

  143. Any Day Now (USA 2012 | 97 min.) 3

  144. Lore (Australia/Germany/UK 2012 | 109 min.) 7

  145. Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present (USA 2012 | 106 min.) 5

  146. Lee Daniels' The Butler (USA 2013 | 132 min.) 5

  147. Modest Reception (پذیرایی ساده | Iran 2012 | in Persian | 100 min.) 6

  148. Ryna (Switzerland/Romania 2005 | in Romanian | 94 min.) 7

  149. The Sorcerer and the White Snake (白蛇传说之法海 | China 2011 | in Chinese | 100 min.) 2

  150. Closed Circuit (UK/USA 2013 | 96 min.) 4

  151. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (USA 2013 | 100 min.) 1

  152. Still Mine (Canada 2012 | 102 min.) 7

  153. 42 (USA 2013 | 128 min.) 7

    July

  154. I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive (Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante | France 2009 | in French | 90 min.) 7

  155. Happy (USA 2011 | 76 min.) 7

  156. Bastards (Сволочи | Russia 2006 | in Russian | 94 min.) 4

  157. Yossi (הסיפור של יוסי | Israel 2012 | in Hebrew | 84 min.) 6

  158. Gangster Squad (USA 2013 | 113 min.) 3

  159. Aurora (Romania/France/Switzerland/Germany 2010 | in Romanian | 184 min.) 2

  160. The Spectacular Now (USA 2013 | 95 min.) 8

  161. The Prize (El premio | Mexico/France/Poland/Germany 2012 | in Spanish | 115 min.) 7

  162. Ever Since the World Ended (USA 2001 | 78 min.) 1

  163. The Big Picture (L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie | France 2010 | in French | 114 min.) 8

  164. Hyde Park on Hudson (UK 2012 | 94 min.) 4

  165. Saraband (Sweden/Italy/Germany/Finland/Denmark/Austria 2003 | in Swedish | 107 min.) 9

  166. The Keys to the House (Le chiavi di casa | Italy/Germany/France 2004 | in Italian | 105 min.) 6

  167. Character (Karakter | Netherlands/Belgium 1997 | in Dutch | 122 min.) 7

  168. Blue Jasmine (USA 2013 | 98 min.) 9

  169. Old Partner (워낭 소리 | South Korea 2008 | in Korean | 78 min.) 9

  170. Only God Forgives (France/Thailand/USA/Sweden 2013 | in Thai/English | 89 min.) 4

  171. Fruitvale Station (USA 2013 | 84 min.) 6

  172. Quartet (USA 2012 | 98 min.) 4

  173. Bachelorette (USA 2012 | 87 min.) 2

  174. Videocracy (Sweden/Denmark/UK/Finland 2012 | in Italian/English | 85 min. | Documentary) 5

  175. Love Free or Die (USA 2012 | 82 min. | Documentary) 2

  176. The Guilt Trip (USA 2012 | 95 min.) 2

  177. In Another Country (다른 나라에서 | South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 89 min.) 5

  178. Neighbouring Sounds (O Som ao Redor | Brazil 2012 | in Portuguese | 131 min.)

  179. Stand Up Guys (USA 2012 | 95 min.) 4

    June

  180. Submarino (Denmark/Sweden 2012 | in Danish | 105 min.) 1

  181. The Lone Ranger (USA 2013 | 149 min.) 4

  182. The Hunt (Jagten | Denmark 2012 | in Danish | 115 min.) 7

  183. Continental (USA 2013 | 93 min. | Documentary) 6

  184. Jack Reacher (USA 2012 | 130 min.) 6

  185. I Am Divine (USA 2013 | 90 min.) 7

  186. Children of the Stars (USA 2009 | in Chinese/English | 49 min. | Documentary) 6

  187. Concussion (USA 2013 | 96 min.) 5

  188. One Last Dance (茶舞 | Singapore 2006 | in Chinese | 106 min.) 2

  189. A Good Day to Die Hard (USA 2013 | 98 min.) 1

  190. Yella (Germany 2007 | in German | 89 min.) 7

  191. Pit Stop (USA 2013 | 80 min.) 2

  192. Bright Future (アカルイミライ | Japan 2003 | in Japanese | 93 min.) 7

  193. Import-Export (Austria/France/Germany 2007 | in German/Slovak/Russian | 141 min.) 7

  194. Bwakaw (Philippines 2012 | in Filipino/Tagalog | 110 min.) 8

  195. Max Manus: Man of War (Max Manus | Norway/Denmark/Germany 2008 | in Norwegian/German/English/Russian/Finnish | 118 min.) 6

  196. Semper Fi: Always Faithful (USA 2011 | 75 min. | Documentary) 5

  197. For a Good Time, Call... (USA 2012 | 85 min.) 2

  198. Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (USA 2012 | 88 min. | Documentary) 7

  199. The Bling Ring (USA 2013 | 90 min.) 6

    May

  200. Interior. Leather Bar (USA 2013 | 60 min.) 6

  201. The Happy Sad (USA 2013 | 87 min.) 3

  202. G.B.F (USA 2013 | 94 min.) 3

  203. C.O.G. (USA 2013 | 88 min.) 3

  204. Now You See Me (USA 2013 | 116 min.) 7

  205. This Is 40 (USA 2012 | 134 min.) 7

  206. Soongava — Dance of the Orchids (सूनगावा | Nepal 2012 | in Nepali | 85 min.) 3

  207. What's the T? (USA 2012 | 89 min. | Documentary) 2

  208. She: tHEiR Love Story (เรื่องรักระหว่างเธอ | Thailand 2012 | in Thai | 90 min.) 2

  209. The Great Gasby (Australia/USA 2013 | 142 min.) 3

  210. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (明天記得愛上我 | Taiwan 2013 | in Chinese | 104 min.) 9

  211. Two Weddings and a Funeral (두 번의 결혼식과 한 번의 장례식 | South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 106 min.) 8

  212. In the Name Of (W imię... | Poland 2012 | in Polish | 96 min.) 7

  213. White Night (백야 | South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 75 min.) 5

  214. It Gets Better (ไม่ได้ขอให้มารัก | Thailand 2012 | in Thai | 103 min.) 5

  215. Free Fall (Freier Fall | Germany 2013 | in German | 100 min.) 4

  216. Test (USA 2013 | 86 min.) 5

  217. Mama Rainbow (彩虹伴我心 | China 2012 | in Chinese | 80 min.) 8

  218. The Monitor (Babycall | Norway/Germany/Sweden 2011 | in Norwegian/Swedish | 96 min.) 4

  219. The Recipe (된장 | South Korea 2010 | in Korean | 104 min.) 5

  220. Whores' Glory (Germany/Austria 2012 | in German/French/English/Thai/Japanese/Spanish/Bengali | 110 min. | Documentary) 7

  221. Zero Dark Thirty (USA 2012 | 157 min.) 7

  222. The Impossible (Spain 2012 | 114 min.) 4

  223. Tai Chi Zero (太極之零開始 | China 2012 | in Chinese | 95 min.) 7

  224. The Other Son (Le fils de l'autre | France 2012 | in French/Arabic | 110 min.) 4

  225. Grocer's Son (Le fils de l'épicier | France 2007 | 96 min.) 7

  226. Skyfall (UK/USA 2012 | 143 min.) 8

  227. The Good Doctor (USA 2011 | 93 min.) 5

  228. Trouble with the Curve (USA 2012 | 111 min.) 5

  229. The Lady (France/UK 2011 | in English/Burmese | 132 min.) 3

  230. The Thieves (도둑들 | South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 135 min.) 6

  231. First Position (USA 2012 | 95 min. | Documentary) 7

  232. Little Birds (USA 2011 | 94 min.) 6

  233. Unforgivable (Impardonnables | France 2011 | in French | 111 min.) 5

  234. Searching for Sugar Man (Sweden/UK 2012 | 86 min. | Documentary) 9

  235. The Future (Il futuro | Italy/Germany/Chile/Spain 2012 | in Italian/Spanish/English | 99 min.) 6

  236. Our Homeland (かぞくのくに | Japan 2012 | in Japanese/Korean | 100 min.) 8

  237. Memories Look at Me (记忆望着我 | China 2012 | in Chinese | 87 min.) 7

    April

  238. After Lucia (Después de Lucía | Mexico 2012 | in Spanish | 93 min.) 6

  239. In the Fog (В ТУМАНЕ | Germany/Netherlands/Belarus/Russia/Latvia 2012 | in Russian | 127 min.) 8

  240. Big Blue Lake (大藍湖 | Hong Kong 2012 |in Chinese | 104 min.) 2

  241. Frances Ha (USA 2012 | 86 min.) 9

  242. Anna Karenina (UK 2012 | 129 min.) 3

  243. Cold War (寒戰 | Hong Kong 2012 | in Cantonese | 102 min.) 5

  244. I'm So Exited (Los amantes pasajeros | Spain 2013 | in Spanish | 95 min.) 7

  245. Stories We Tell (Canada 2012 | 108 min. | Documentary) 10

  246. The Last Step (پله آخر | Iran 2012 | in Persian | 88 min.) 2

  247. A River Changes Course (ក្បង់ទឹកទនេ្ល | Cambodia/USA 2012 | in Khmer | 83min. | Documentary) 9

  248. Rent a Family Inc. (Lej en Familie A/S | Denmark 2012 | in Japanese | 77 min. | Documentary) 8

  249. Before Midnight (USA 2012 | 108 min.) 10

  250. The Central Park Five (USA 2012 | 119 min. | Documentary) 9

  251. The East (USA 2013 | 116 min.) 7

  252. Penance (贖罪 | Japan 2012 | in Japanese | 300 min.) 6

  253. Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (범죄와의 전쟁 | South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 133 min.) 6

  254. Inori (祈 | Japan 2012 | in Japanese | 72 min. | Documentary) 7

  255. Juvenile Offender ( 범죄소년 | South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 107 min.) 7

  256. Key of Life (鍵泥棒のメソッド | Japan 2012 | in Japanese | 128 min.) 8

  257. The Patience Stone (سنگ صبور | Afghanistan/France 2012 | in Persian | 102 min.) 7

  258. 5 Broken Cameras (خمس كاميرات محطمة | Palestine/Israel/France 2011 | in Arabic/Hebrew | 94 min. | Documentary) 5

  259. This Must Be the Place (Italy/France/Ireland 2011 | 118 min.) 2

  260. Trance (UK 2013 | 101 min.) 7

  261. What Maisie Knew (USA 2012 | 93 min.) 8

  262. A Simple Life (桃姐 | Hong Kong 2011 | in Chinese | 118 min.) 3

    March

  263. The Company You Keep (USA 2012 | 125 min.) 6

  264. Antibodies (Antikörper | Germany 2012 | in German | 127 min.) 7

  265. Post Mortem (Chile/Germany/Mexico 2010 | in Spanish | 98 min.) 3

  266. My Worst Nightmare (Mon pire cauchemar | France 2011 | in French | 103 min.) 3

  267. Disconnect (USA 2012 | 115 min.) 4

  268. Elles (France/Poland/Germany 2011 | in French | 99 min.) 4

  269. A Late Quartet (USA 2012 | 105 min.) 7

  270. Olympus Has Fallen (USA 2013 | 130 min.) 7

  271. Dead Sushi (デッド寿司 | Japan 2012 | in Japanese | 92 min.) 4

  272. Chasing Mavericks (USA 2012 | 116 min.) 4

  273. Midnight's Children (Canada/UK 2012 | in Hindi/English | 148 min.) 4

  274. The Reluctant Fundamentalist (India/Pakistan/USA 2012 | in Urdu/English | 128 min.) 6

  275. The Loneliest Planet (USA/Germany 2012 | in Germany | 113 min.) 2

  276. Comrade Kim Goes Flying (김동무는 하늘을 난다 | Belgium/UK/North Korea 2012 | in Korean | 81 min.) 5

  277. How to Survive a Plague (USA 2012 | 120 min. | Documentary) 8

  278. The Call (USA 2013 | 96 min.) 6

  279. Elena (Елена | Russia 2011 | in Russian | 109 min.) 9

  280. Alps (Αλπεις | Greece 2011 | in Greek | 93 min.) 5

  281. No Reservations (USA 2007 | 104 min.) 4

  282. Girl Model (USA/Russia/Japan/France 2011 | in English/Russian | 78 min. | Documentary) 6

  283. Circo (Mexico/USA 2010 | in Spanish | 75 min. | Documentary) 8

  284. The Harvest (La Cosecha | USA 2011 | in English/Spanish | 80 min. | Documentary) 6

  285. Mardi Gras: Made in China (USA 2005 | in Chinese/English | 74 min. | Documentary) 7

  286. Dead Man Down (USA 2013 | 118 min.) 4

  287. End of Watch (USA 2012 | 109 min.) 9

  288. Perks of Being Wallflower (USA 2012 | 102 min.) 6

    February

  289. Dark Knight Rises (USA 2012 | 165 min.) 6

  290. Flight (USA 2012 | 138 min.) 7

  291. The Invisible War ( 2012 | 93 min. | Documentary) 7

  292. Royal Casino (UK/Czech Republic/USA/Germany/Bahamas 2006 | 144 min.) 7

  293. When the Bough Breaks (危巢 | China 2011 | in Chinese | 147 min. | Documentary) 9

  294. When Night Falls (我还有话要说 | China/South Korea 2012 | in Chinese | 70 min.) 3

  295. Beautiful 2012 (China/South Korea/Malaysia/Hong Kong 2012 | in Chinese/Korean | 90 min.) 7

  296. Turn It Up to 11 Part 2: Wild Days (South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 91 min. | Documentary) 7

  297. Old Romance (Singapore 2012 | 77 min. | in Chinese | Documentary) 2

  298. Seeking Haven (USA 2012 | 52 min. | in Korean | Documentary) 4

  299. The Mosuo Sisters (摩梭姊妹 | USA/China 2012 | in Chinese/Mosuo | 80 min. | Documentary) 8

  300. Jiseul (지슬 | South Korea 2012 | in Korean | 108 min.) 9

  301. High Tech Low Life (USA/China 2012 | 87 min. | Documentary) 2

  302. Go Grandriders (不老騎士 | Taiwan 2012 | 80 min. | in Chinese | Documentary) 5

  303. Beijing Flicker (有种 | China 2012 | in Chinese | 96 min.) 6

  304. The Imposter (UK 2012 | 99 min. | Documentary) 7

  305. Snitch (USA 2013 | 112 min.) 4

  306. The Place Beyond the Pines (USA 2013 | 140 min.) 7

  307. Linsanity (USA 2013 | 88 min. | Documentary) 8

    January

  308. Live-in Maid (Cama adentro | Argentina/Spain 2004 | in Spanish | 83 min.) 8

  309. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (UK 2011 | 915 min. | Documentary) 4

  310. Stoker (USA 2013 | 98 min.) 7

  311. Side Effects (USA 2013 | 106 min.) 8

  312. Parker (USA 2013 | 118 min.) 5

  313. Bullet to the Head (USA 2013 | 92 min.) 4

  314. The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan (UK/Afghanistan 2004 | 96 min.| Documentary) 6

  315. Cargo 200 (Груз 200 | Russia 2007 | in Russian | 89 min.) 5

  316. Cherry blossoms (Kirschblüten - Hanami | Germany 2008 | in German/Japanese | 127 min.) 5

  317. Brother (Hermano | Venezuela 2010 | in Spanish | 97 min.) 4

  318. Last Ride (Australia 2009 | 90 min.) 6

  319. Pink Ribbons, Inc. (USA 2012 | 97 min.) 7

  320. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (USA 2012 | 91 min.) 5

  321. Encounters at the End of the World (USA 2007 | 99 min. | Documentary) 4

  322. Broken City (USA 2013 | 109 min.) 5

  323. The Last Stand (USA 2013 | 107 min.) 7

  324. Armadillo (Denmark 2011 | in Danish | 101 min. | Documentary) 8

  325. Beauty in trouble (Kráska v nesnázích | Czech Republic 2006 | in Czech | 110 min.) 8

  326. Fill the Void (למלא את החלל | Israel 2012 | in Hebrew | 90 min.) 7

  327. Silenced (도가니 | South Korea 2011 | in Korean | 125 min.) 5

  328. Essential Killing (Poland/Norway/Ireland/Hungary 2010 | in very little dialogue in English/Polish | 84 min.) 8

  329. Delicacy (La délicatesse | France 2011 | in French | 108 min.) 2

  330. Cruzando (USA 2012 | in Spanish | 95 min.) 3

  331. A Prophet (Un prophète | France/Italy 2009 | in French/Arabic/Corsican | 155 min.) 9

  332. Roads to Koktebel (Коктебель | Russia 2003 | in Russian | 100 min.) 8

  333. The Moss (青苔 | Hong Kong 2008 | in Chinese | 95 min.) 2

  334. Trishna (UK 2011 | in Hindi/English | 117 min.) 1

  335. A Time for Drunken Horses (زمانی برای مستی اسب‌ها‎ | Iran 2000 | in Kurdish/Persian | 80 min.) 9

  336. North by Northwest (USA 1959 | 136 min.)

  337. A Call Girl (Slovenka | Slovenia/Germany/Serbia/Croatia/Bosnia/Herzegovina 2009 | in Slovenian | 90 min.) 3

  338. Amour (Austria/France/Germany 2012 | in French | 127 min.) 9



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