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1. Django Unchained (Weinstein/Anchor Bay)

2. This Is 40 (Universal)

3. Parental Guidance (20th Century Fox)

4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (New Line)

5. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (Lionsgate)

6. Lincoln (DreamWorks)

7. Killing Them Softly (Starz/Anchor Bay)

8. Wreck-It Ralph (Disney)

9. Hotel Transylvania (Sony)

10. Stand Off (Ketchup)

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1. This Is 40 (Universal)

2. Life of Pi (20th Century Fox)

3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (New Line)

4. Parental Guidance (20th Century Fox)

5. Killing Them Softly (Starz/Anchor Bay)

6. Rise of the Guardians (DreamWorks)

7. Zero Dark Thirty (Sony)

8. Lincoln (DreamWorks)

9. Wreck-It Ralph (Disney)

10. Chasing Mavericks (20th Century Fox)

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1. Killing Them Softly (Starz/Anchor Bay)

2. This Is 40 (Universal)

3. Parental Guidance (20th Century Fox)

4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (New Line)

5. Lincoln (DreamWorks)

6. Life of Pi (20th Century Fox)

7. Zero Dark Thirty (Sony)

8. Les Misérables (Universal)

9. Rise of the Guardians (DreamWorks)

10. Wreck-It Ralph (Disney)

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1. Life of Pi (20th Century Fox)

2. Wreck-It Ralph (Disney)

3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 (Summit)

4. Red Dawn (MGM)

5. Argo (Warner Bros.)

6. Skyfall (MGM)

7. Rise of the Guardians (DreamWorks)

8. Sinister (Summit)

9. Flight (Paramount)

10. Here Comes the Boom (Sony)

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Wreck-It Ralph left me a little cold. A lot of folks predicted it would win the big Oscar prize for animation, but I correctly predicted that Brave (a better movie) would be the victor.

There’s a lot of potential in this arcade throwback about a giant video-game character (voiced by John C. Reilly) who yearns for a better life as a “good guy,” and abandons his “bad guy” game post. There are some cool retro-game sight gags (but not nearly enough!) and some clever twists, but this one falls substantially short of greatness.

I did enjoy Sarah Silverman giving voice to a little-girl character who wants to be a racecar driver, and Reilly voices his character with charm. I just the film a little tiresome as it wore on, and I grew tired of it in the repetitive second half.

There were some major laughs in the group-therapy sessions (I love the zombie!) and some cute stuff between Reilly and Silverman, but overall, the film is surprisingly tedious. Like too many animated films these days, it tries to get by on frantic action rather than story. It’s not a bad movie … it’s just a movie I didn’t like very much.

Special Features: The best special feature would be “Paperman,” the animated short that preceded the film and got its own Oscar nomination. You also get a short behind-the-scenes look, and some deleted scenes. This is a surprisingly lackluster disc effort from Disney. 

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1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 (Summit)

2. Argo (Warner Bros.)

3. Red Dawn (MGM)

4. Wreck-It Ralph (Disney)

5. Chasing Mavericks (20th Century Fox)

6. Skyfall (MGM)

7. Flight (Paramount)

8. Playing for Keeps (Sony)

9. End of Watch (Universal)

10. The Man With the Iron Fists (Universal)

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