The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, 2012 Edition

It's time again to look back at the year in movies and see where things went wrong, where things went right, and where things went weird. While it's generally pretty easy to decide on the Good and the Ugly, there are always lots of options for the Bad, and it's hard to choose just three sometimes. This year was no exception, with such flicks as the predictable Chernobyl Diaries and the disappointing Cold Light of Day also vying for the bottom spot. Read on to see who the winners (and losers) were.

The Good:

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Avengers: Somehow, a film that might so easily have been nothing more than a pile of special effects and a lot of dubious plot points made movie magic.

Dark Knight Rises: A super hero flick that manages to make you think about things like power and freedom without ever beating you over the head with them. It sounds simple, but it's a rare thing in any movie.

Cloud Atlas: Hollywood tried to do something absolutely bizarre and almost unprecedented -- and made it work beautifully. Philosophical, but never boring.




The Bad:

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Resident Evil: Milla Jovavich pleads silently with her imaginary husband to get her out of this awful movie. Note the crazed desperation in her eyes.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance: This exists solely because Nic Cage took a huge pay cut to persuade the studio to go ahead. Warning: Watching this movie may result in spontaneous combustion due to concentrated levels of badness.

Battleship: Hasbro, please come up with another sort of marketing campaign. I'm begging you. Please don't make me review Hungry, Hungry Hippos: The Movie.




The Ugly:

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Men in Black 3: Ah, good old Boris. He can still make entire audiences flinch with one good scowl.

Dark Shadows: Johnny Depp can always make me flinch, at least. In this shot, he looks constipated. He must have eaten a human who didn't agree with him.

Django Unchained: Don't miss Jamie Foxx dressed up as Thomas Gainsborough's Blue Boy. I'm not kidding; the costume designer actually used that painting as a model. In the immortal words of another character in the flick, "You mean, you wanna dress like that?"

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 2012

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