Nominated for five Oscar awards including best picture, actress, editing & original screenplay while it got an Oscar for sound editing jointly with "Skyfall".
True drama about the operation executed on May 2nd, 2011 half an hour after midnight (ZDT) by Marines Special Forces (SEAL) to kill El Qaeda leader Usama Bin Laden (UBL) based on information gathered by a CIA female agent over several years due to her persistence to find his hideout.
This is the second cooperation between director Kathryn Bigelow & screenwriter Mark Boal after "The Hurt Locker" (also a military movie) that got them Oscars three years ago.
The screenplay is in the form of a reportage where Mark Boal used his journalistic background & information sources, while the scenes depicting the military operation take the documentary form that has been used previously by other directors such as Brian DePalma in "Redacted" & Paul Greengrass in "The Green Zone".
The film caused controversy for showing that the information leading to the operation was obtained thru torture.
It's worth noting that the lead character (great performance by Jessica Chastain) as well as the director are women for a subject that presumably belongs to men!
One of 2012 best films if not the best.
Grade : 7.5 out of 10
Nominated for three Oscar awards including best cinematography & best music score while it got the costumes award.
Historical drama taking place in late 19th century Russia about a love affair between an aristocratic married woman & a handsome young count and its impact on her life.
The film is based on Leo Tolstoi's well known novel but in a new look.
English director Joe Wright & screenwriter Tom Stoppard chose the theatrical showy approach relying on the familiarity of the story but with no success as well as miscasting the two lead characters.
Exquisite costumes, music score, and some memorable scenes, such as the palace ball or the show in a governmental bureau, were not enough to make a hit.
Joe Wright is still struggling since the masterpiece "Atonement".
Grade : 6.5 out of 10
Nominated for best actor & best original screenplay and ended with none.
Drama about an addicted pilot who manages to save the lives of his passengers, when his plane faces a sudden crisis, but is condemned because of his addiction.
The film deserves its nominations & comes in a genre that director Robert Zemeckis hasn't tackled before.
The elaborate screenplay doesn't limit the debate that goes on after such incidents to whether the reason is technical or human error but adds another dimension being a religious reason for the accident & questions whether an addict deserves conviction just because of his addiction in spite of sqaving lives.
The film includes some notable scenes such as the plane's landing & choice of its location as well as the threesome encounter on the stairs in the hospital.
Denzel Washington shines, in the role of the addict led to absolution & inner peace by the accident, but not enough to earn the award.
Grade : 7 out of 10
Nominated for best actress award & didn't get it.
True drama about a Spanish family who spends 2004 Christmas vacation in Thailand and faces along with the residents of the coastal city a natural disaster.
Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona, in his second film after the success of his first one "The Orphanage", presents a realistic image of the tsunami phenomenon & its consequences, and executes brilliantly the underwater scenes.
Naomi Watts gives a great performance as well as the English newcomer Tom Holland in the role of the family's elder son.
The script leans towards the melodrama & gives hope thru chosen sample by looking at the bright side of the event!
The film got several Spanish "Goya" film awards including best director.
Grade : 7 out of 10
By Daniel Tanielian
Alexandrian fan of cinema and arts