Best Documentary Movies of 2012

1.

Searching for Sugar Man

5.8
8.2/10 IMDB

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez. The film won Best Documentary at the 85th Academy Awards.

Starring: Dennis Coffey, Rodriguez, Stephen Segerman, Mike Theodore, Regan Rodriguez, Sandra Rodriguez-Kennedy, Eva Rodriguez, Clarence Avant, Steve Rowland, Malik Bendjelloul ..
Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul
Release date: 2012-06-30
2.

Indie Game: The Movie

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

Follows the dramatic journeys of video game developers as they create and release their games to the world. It's about making video games, but at its core, it's about the creative process, and exposing yourself through your work. In short: Making fun and games is anything but fun and games.

Starring: Jonathan Blow, Phil Fish, Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes ..
Directed by: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Release date: 2012-05-18
3.

The Imposter

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappeared without a trace from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a horrifying story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems.

Starring: Frédéric Bourdin, Adam O'Brian, Anna Ruben, Cathy Dresbach, Alan Teichman, Ivan Villanueva, María Jesús Hoyos, Ken Appledorn, Mary Twala, Seipati Motshwane ..
Directed by: Bart Layton
Release date: 2012-07-13
4.

The Queen of Versailles

5.2
7.1/10 IMDB

With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, The Queen of Versailles follows billionaires Jackie and David’s rags-to-riches story to uncover the innate virtues and flaws of their American dream. We open on the triumphant construction of the biggest house in America, a sprawling, 90,000-square-foot mansion inspired by Versailles. Since a booming time-share business built on the real-estate bubble is financing it, the economic crisis brings progress to a halt and seals the fate of its owners. We witness the impact of this turn of fortune over the next two years in a riveting film fraught with delusion, denial, and self-effacing humor.

Starring: Jackie Siegel, David Siegel, Virginia Nebab ..
Directed by: Lauren Greenfield
Release date: 2012-07-06
5.

John Mulaney: New in Town

5.1
8.3/10 IMDB

Stand-up comedian John Mulaney tackles such red-hot topics as quicksand, Motown singers and an elderly man he once met in a bathroom.

Starring: John Mulaney, Amy Schumer ..
Directed by: Ryan Polito, Jake Szymanski
Release date: 2012-01-31
6.

Chasing Ice

4.9
7.8/10 IMDB

When National Geographic photographer James Balog asked, “How can one take a picture of climate change?” his attention was immediately drawn to ice. Soon he was asked to do a cover story on glaciers that became the most popular and well-read piece in the magazine during the last five years. But for Balog, that story marked the beginning of a much larger and longer-term project that would reach epic proportions.

Starring: James Balog, Svavar Jonatansson, Adam LeWinter, Louie Psihoyos, Kitty Boone, Sylvia Earle, Dennis Dimick, Jason Box, Tad Pfeffer, Suzanne Balog ..
Directed by: Jeff Orlowski
Release date: 2012-10-01
7.

Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

4.6
8.8/10 IMDB

On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London's O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog.

Starring: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Jason Bonham, Led Zeppelin ..
Directed by: Dick Carruthers
Release date: 2012-10-17
8.

Katy Perry: Part of Me

4.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Giving fans unprecedented access to the real life of the music sensation, Katy Perry: Part of Me exposes the hard work, dedication and phenomenal talent of a girl who remained true to herself and her vision in order to achieve her dreams. Featuring rare behind-the-scenes interviews, personal moments between Katy and her friends, and all-access footage of rehearsals, choreography, Katy’s signature style and more, Katy Perry: Part of Me reveals the singer’s unwavering belief that if you can be yourself, then you can be anything.

Starring: Katy Perry, Russell Brand, Shannon Woodward, Rachael Markarian, Mia Moretti, Glen Ballard, Adam Marcello, Casey Hooper, Patrick Matera, Max Hart ..
Directed by: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz
Release date: 2012-06-28
9.

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

Takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film explores early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater, then moves to Anonymous' raucous beginnings on the website 4chan. Through interviews with current members, people recently returned from prison or facing trial, writers, academics, activists and major players in various "raids," the documentary traces Anonymous’ evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown movement with a global reach, the most transformative civil disobedience of our time.

Starring: Anon2World, Anonyops, Julian Assange, Aaron Barr, Barrett Brown, Adrian Chen, Steven Levy, Quinn Norton, Stanley Cohen, Gabriella Coleman ..
Directed by: Brian Knappenberger
Release date: 2012-01-20
10.

Room 237

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A subjective documentary that explores various theories about hidden meanings in Stanley Kubrick's classic film The Shining. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments.

Starring: Stephen King, Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, Jay Weidner ..
Directed by: Rodney Ascher
Release date: 2012-10-26

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