DENVER — It’s been a good year for movies.
Odds are, you’ve heard about the blockbusters, and have likely seen them. But there have been plenty of hidden gems – films that haven’t scored big money or big headlines.
They’re worth your time and attention. So here now, are my picks for most overlooked and underrated movies of 2012.
10. “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”
Don’t let the name fool you. It’s charming and funny, with a great performance by Ewan McGregor.
9. “The Grey”
Part survival film, part action film, but mostly a riveting take on the will to live and the lengths we’ll go to help each other.
8. “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”
Perhaps the most inventive and “out of the box” film this year. Who knew a six-year-old could steal a film? See it now, before the Awards Season hype.
7. “Moonrise Kingdom”
This is Wes Anderson at his best. Quirky, off-beat – an almost dreamlike look back at childhood.
6. “Hyde Park On Hudson”
Bill Murray alone is worth the price of admission. He shows us a side of the presidency we’ve never heard until now.
I’m a huge fan of Jack Black. And he’s done it again with this film, which is based on a true story.
4. “Perks Of Being A Wallflower”
Based on the best-selling novel.A superb performance by Emma Watson, and a great ensemble cast.
3. “Seven Psychopaths”
Hands down, the funniest and most irreverent film of 2012. Christopher Walken at his best, backed up by a stellar performance from Sam Rockwell.
2. “The Sessions”
Another film based on a true story. Brilliant performances from John Hawkes and Helen Hunt. The subject matter is sex, but the real message is self-love and self-discovery.
1. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
In an industry dominated by gorgeous 20-somethings, this film proves that the real magic comes from film veterans. A touching story of how we deal with aging, and how we find meaning in our golden years. At times funny, at times heart-breaking, it’s sure to touch your heart.
Then be sure to tune in for “JumpCut” this Friday at 9:30 p.m. on FOX31 Denver. It’s a half-hour of Colorado movie exclusives and reviews.
Friday night, I’m one on one with the cast of “Les Miserables,” the stars of “The Hobbit,” plus Matt Damon and Ewan McGregor. We’ll review four new films hitting theaters and bring you an unexpected side of Hollywood.