Best Mystery Movies of 2012

1.

Prometheus

5.7

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2012-05-30
2.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

5.6

Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?

Starring: Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, David Selby, Wade Williams, Michael McKean
Directed by: Jay Oliva
Release date: 2012-09-06
3.

Sinister

5.6

Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Vincent D'Onofrio, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Release date: 2012-03-29
4.

The Imposter

5.3

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
Directed by: Bart Layton
Release date: 2012-07-13
5.

Compliance

4.7

Sandra is the manager at a fast-food restaurant, and Becky is her teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day, a police officer telephones and accuses Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which Becky vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, complies with the officer’s orders to detain Becky, beginning a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience, prudence, legality and reason.

Starring: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Philip Ettinger, James McCaffrey
Directed by: Craig Zobel
Release date: 2012-08-23
6.

The Raven

4.7

A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer's stories.

Starring: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Kevin McNally
Directed by: James McTeigue
Release date: 2012-03-09
7.

Grabbers

4.5

Something sinister has come to the shores of Erin Island, unbeknownst to the quaint population of this sleepy fishing village resting somewhere off Ireland’s coast. First, some fishermen go missing. Then there is the rash of whale carcasses suddenly washing up on the beach. When the murders start, it’s up to two mismatched cops – an irresponsible alcoholic and his new partner, a by-the-book woman from the mainland – to protect the townsfolk from the giant, bloodsucking, tentacled aliens that prey upon them. Their only weapon, they discover, is booze. If they want to survive the creatures’ onslaught, everyone will have to get very, very drunk!

Starring: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Bronagh Gallagher, David Pearse
Directed by: Jon Wright
Release date: 2012-08-10
8.

Gone

4.4

Jill Parrish is trying to rebuild her life after surviving a terrifying kidnapping attempt. Though she is having a difficult time, she takes small steps toward normalcy by starting a new job and inviting her sister, Molly, to move in with her. Returning home from work one morning, Jill discovers that Molly has vanished, and she is certain that the same man who previously abducted her has returned for revenge.

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan, Wes Bentley
Directed by: Heitor Dhalia
Release date: 2012-02-23
9.

The Tall Man

4.2

When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.

Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, Jakob Davies, William B. Davis
Directed by: Pascal Laugier
Release date: 2012-03-19
10.

The Paperboy

4.2

As investigative reporter Ward Jansen and his partner Yardley Acheman chase a sensational, career-making story with the help of Ward's younger brother Jack and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless, the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff.

Starring: Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, David Oyelowo, John Cusack
Directed by: Lee Daniels
Release date: 2012-09-14
11.

The Pact

4.1

After their mother passes away, sisters Nicole and Annie reluctantly return to their childhood home to pay their last respects. While staying overnight in the house, the sisters sense a mysterious presence in their midst: noises startling them in the night, objects moving about, a fallen picture of an unknown woman posed next to their mother. Annie begins experiencing a series of intense and disturbing dreams - visions that lead her to uncover something terrible about her mother's past that is finally revealing itself.

Starring: Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Agnes Bruckner, Mark Steger, Haley Hudson
Directed by: Nicholas McCarthy
Release date: 2012-05-25
12.

Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall

4.0
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Jim Moriarty hatches a mad scheme to turn the whole city against Sherlock.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves
Directed by: Toby Haynes
Release date: 2012-01-15
13.

Passion

3.8

The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder.

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth, Paul Anderson, Rainer Bock
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 2012-09-07
14.

Alex Cross

3.8
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After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem.
Starring: Tyler Perry, Rachel Nichols, Jean Reno, Matthew Fox, Giancarlo Esposito
Directed by: Rob Cohen
Release date: 2012-10-18
15.

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

3.8

Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand, Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever.

Starring: Adelaide Clemens, Radha Mitchell, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sean Bean, Malcolm McDowell
Directed by: M.J. Bassett
Release date: 2012-10-10
16.

Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt

3.7

Jesse finds himself struggling to get his job back as the Paradise police chief, and he is forced to rely on his cop intuition to sort through a maze of misleading clues and hidden meanings as he attempts to solve a shocking and horrifying mob-related double homicide.

Starring: Tom Selleck, Kathy Baker, Kohl Sudduth, Gloria Reuben, Stephen McHattie
Directed by: Robert Harmon
Release date: 2012-05-19
17.

The Cold Light of Day

3.7

After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.

Starring: Henry Cavill, Verónica Echegui, Sigourney Weaver, Bruce Willis, Caroline Goodall
Directed by: Mabrouk El Mechri
Release date: 2012-04-04
18.

Columbus Circle

3.6

An heiress who's been shut inside her apartment building for nearly two decades is forced to confront her fears after one of her neighbors is killed and a detective arrives to begin the investigation.

Starring: Selma Blair, Jason Lee, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi, Kevin Pollak
Directed by: George Gallo
Release date: 2012-03-05
19.

The Factory

3.6

An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, N.Y. but when his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any professional restraint to get the killer.

Starring: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Mae Whitman, Dallas Roberts, Sonya Walger
Directed by: Morgan O'Neill
Release date: 2012-10-19
20.

Truth or Dare

3.5

A group of college friends celebrate the end of term with a party to end all parties. During a drink and drug-fuelled evening, an innocent game of ‘Truth or Dare’ has a very sore loser, sparking a terrifying sequence of events and a whole new twist on the game of truth or dare – where the truth can kill you.

Starring: Liam Boyle, Jack Gordon, Florence Hall, David Oakes, Jennie Jacques
Directed by: Robert Heath
Release date: 2012-08-05

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