An all-star British cast, including Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighly, and Maggie Smith headlines this story of retirees who head to India seeking solace from their lives. What they find instead are individual challenges about the lives they left behind and the lives they’ve always wished to live.
For Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), the life of a bike messenger in New York may appear perilous to begin with–dodging pedestrians and weaving among traffic. Throw in a bevy of cops and gangsters hunting him, and you have one of the most relentlessly action-packed and entertaining films of the year. Only his wits and his speed can save him now.
The 1979 storming of the U.S. Embassy in Iran resulted in the taking of over fifty hostages, but six escaped. The amazing true story of the US-Canadian joint operation to rescue them is truly stranger than fiction. CIA operatives created a fake science fiction film to extract them, but that’s only the beginning of this amazing tale directed by Ben Affleck and starring Affleck, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin.
A cappella music may not seem the most ripe topic for satire, but it’s the focus of one of 2012’s most surprising comedies. The Bellas are a college a cappella group that has seen better days and is in desperate need of an image makeover. Anna Kendrick (Up In the Air, 50/50) stars with Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) as the newest recruits into a group of misfits trying to sing their way to respect.
Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Roth star in a gripping drama about the abyss of the human soul. Gere, a hedge fund manager, finds himself on the edge of the biggest deal of his career, but when a tragic error begins to unravel his life, the intertwining series of events pulls back the facade that hides the very recesses of his soul.
Liberal Arts could easily begin with the main character narrating, “Kids, it was the summer of 2012 when I finally met your mother.” Josh Randor, of How I Met Your Mother fame, writes, directs, and stars in this tale of a thirty-something single guy returning to his alma mater and falling for a decidedly younger student. A challenging and warming drama about the lessons we learn both in and outside the classroom.