A Beginner's Guide To Endings: This is a great, Canadian Black Comedy. It stars Harvey Keitel *<3 Wikipedia <3*, and is set in Niagara Falls. I went into it blind and I thoroughly enjoyed it: 7.5 out of 10.
None on the version that I saw.
Moonrise Kingdom: When I saw the trailer for this movie, I was excited--the ensemble cast featured Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, and Frances MacDormand. This one also has Harvey Keitel in it as well, but in a minor role. As the movie started, I recognized the signature style of Wes Anderson. While I enjoyed The Royal Tenenbaums *No links due to spoilers...*, I wasn't as taken with it as everyone else was. This one however worked for me far better. I really enjoyed this quirky coming of age story: 8 out of 10.
Beasts Of The Southern Wild: When I first saw this trailer, I thought it was for The Life Of Pi--my bad. I kind of lost interest when I figured out it was something else...
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World: First off, this has kind of been done--back during the 1998 End of the World Summer *Armgeddon, Deep Impact, and Last Night all came out that summer...*, a Canadian Black Comedy, Last Night *Well worth tracking down and watching...* covered this, although I imagine this one will have a more Rom-Com spin. Secondly, I'm not a big Steve Carell fan. That being said, I might watch this one...
The Avengers: This is the second Joss Whedon film this year *The first being The Cabin In The Woods...* this year. When I heard that he was helming this project, I knew it would be great, and I was not disappointed. It hit all the right notes: comedy, action, in-jokes, drama. It's one of the best Marvel adaptions e'er *At some point, I'll have to compile a Top 10 list, but that is going to require some thought...*. This one easily scored an 8 out of 10.
Bonus Scene: Like the other Marvel movies that led up to this one *Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America* there is a bonus scene, in fact there are two! One is in the middle of the credits, and the second one is at the very end of the credits.
Prometheus: Ridley Scott's much anticipated return. This trailer looks really good!
The Amazing Spider-Man: A Spiderman reboot so soon after the last trilogy, irritated me some, however this trailer looks awesome! I will probably fork out for an Imax screening...
The Dark Knight Rising: The epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan's opus looks awesome! Another one for Imax.
Franken Weenie: In the same style as a Nightmare Before Christmas, this one left me feeling lukewarm...
Brave: E'er since I saw the first trailer for this one, I've been looking forward to it.
The Hunger Games: This is adapted from the Young Adult series of the same name that is written by Suzanne Collins. Me being me, I had to finish the book before I saw the movie. I recommend reading the book first, but I'm still eager for the rest of the trilogy to be adapted to the big screen. They did some fantastic casting for this movie: Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, and Lenny Kravitz! This one scored a lil' lower due to the dissonance between the book, which was fresh in my mind, and the adaption: 7.5 out of 10.
None on the version that I saw.
The Cabin In The Woods: Joss Whedon's first movie of the year, which blew me away! Normally, I'm not a big horror movie fan, especially since Gore Porn like Hostel and Saw have been in vogue. I like a lil' more thinky horror--gore is a tool, not an end in itself. This one got me through the door, solely on Whedon's past work. It plays with the tropes of the genre while tempering that with great dialogue, in-jokes and homages to the genre in general. This one is one of the best horror films that I've seen in a long, long time, a 9 out of 10
Can't find my notes... Doh!