Here is my mid-term report in which I reveal my five favourite movies of the first half of 2012.

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  • Comment number 113. Posted by DJM

    on 15 Jul 2012 21:05

    Saw The Amazing Spider-Man today and you can add that to my list of the best films of 2012. As good as the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies with very good performances from all the main cast.

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  • Comment number 112. Posted by indyjones

    on 15 Jul 2012 16:04

    1/Prometheus (i dont care what some people think of it,i think it's brilliant and works on repeated viewings)

    2/The Artist
    3/Cabin in the woods
    4/the woman in black
    5/The Avengers


    although i've just seen Killer Joe and that was amazing.

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  • Comment number 111. Posted by Dan

    on 7 Jul 2012 17:17

    1. Moonrise Kingdom
    2. Prometheus
    3. Avengers
    4. Chronicle
    5. The Grey

    Oh and I saw 2001 A Space Odyssey in the cinema the other week, does that count? Most suprised at Chronicle and The Grey, was really impressed with Chronicle despite its low budgetness and The Grey was not what I expected at all, for all the jokes about Liam Neeson Vs. wolves etc, it really is nothing like that and nothing like Taken or whatever. Its not a masterpiece but its a really interesting and pretty emotional look at survival, the human spirit and death.

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  • Comment number 110. Posted by Martin Heron

    on 4 Jul 2012 11:12

    The Grey - was dragged along to this, didn't fancy it because the trailer made it look like Taken with wolves. Instead, it's a magnificent character study about survival, spirituality, and impending death.

    Carnage - Begins with reluctant hospitality and some veiled hostility, ends with grotesque beasts of people screaming at one another. Would've been the funniest film this year (so far) if not for...

    21 Jump Street - I saw a review which said this is far funnier than a Channing Tatum-led remake of a crap Johnny Depp melodrama has any right being. It made me realise Tatum's worth as an actor; that is praise enough.

    Moonrise Kingdom - still doesn't overtake Tenenbaums as Wes's masterpiece in my eyes, but damn close to it. I've enjoyed all his films since then but this is him back to his best.

    The Avengers - as good as anybody could've possibly imagined for the film. The fact that Joss Whedon was able to do a two and a half hour multi-superhero movie and it's not just a mess is relieving; the fact it's genuinely fantastic is nothing short of remarkable.

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  • Comment number 109. Posted by nina

    on 2 Jul 2012 22:40

    I have made a point of going every week to the movies now and only recently started doing so. I would never have gone to see fast girls if I had not seen your recomondation either. I love Lenoara Crichlow (after sugar rush) Promethues was entertaining and Men in Black 3 was pretty good - always worry about no2 3 then 3 but it was funny and excellent casting too.

    Documentary on Titanic the other day it was 100% better than the movie as it actually told the story of the titanic, the worst thing was I actually paid money to see that pile of doo.

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  • Comment number 108. Posted by thepickleruk

    on 2 Jul 2012 21:54

    I completely disagree with flack that John Carter has had. Yes it is not a 5 star movie. But in my view it is a 3 star movie that has perfectly good action scenes and which if you knew nothing about it and came across on a Sunday afternoon you would be more than happy with.

    The only reason so many people have given it such a kicking is because it was so expensive and they cannot see past this to review the film objectively. It was the same with waterworld, which was also not as bad as everyone made out. And I think Kermodes lefty leanings ways have coloured his view here.

    I am going to say something really controversial here. I enjoyed it just as much as Prometheus. Another movie that is no better than 3 stars.

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  • Comment number 107. Posted by swodder

    on 2 Jul 2012 21:28

    1. Cosmopolis
    2. Chronicle
    3. Shame
    4. Killer Joe
    5. Marley

    Also rans: Moonrise Kingdom, Prometheus, Bel Ami

    Biggest disappointment: The Raid. Maybe I listened to too much hype beforehand but as a big fan of martial arts films - 13 assasins, ong bak, ichi; this sounded right up my street but the film struggled to decide on whether or not it was going for realism or fantasy. In a martial art film both types can work but switching between the 2 is jarring

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  • Comment number 106. Posted by Huseyin

    on 2 Jul 2012 20:36

    1. Cosmopolis
    2. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    3. Prometheus
    4. Moonrise Kingdom
    5. Chronicle

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  • Comment number 105. Posted by NickPierce

    on 2 Jul 2012 14:42

    Oh wait! Totally forgot about The Raid - I'd definitely rank that above Avengers, and possibly Shame too! Gloriously violent.

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  • Comment number 104. Posted by NickPierce

    on 2 Jul 2012 14:41

    Once Upon A Time In Anatolia is the best film of the year so far, hands down, and will be remembered as one of the greatest films of the new decade. Complex, visually beautiful, surprisingly funny and profound - I ask, what more could you want from a serious piece of filmmaking?

    Of the rest I've seen:

    2. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    3. Shame
    4. The Kid With A Bike
    5. The Avengers.

    Most disappointing: Prometheus and The Artist.

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