5) The Kid With a Bike, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, reviewed here.
4) Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson, reviewed here.
2) The Turin Horse, Bela Tarr, discussed briefly here. Having seen it again, I am still under the spell of its dread and mordant laughter and, yes, at its self-awareness in terms of being at least in part a compendium of Eastern-European-art-cinema tropes.
Honorable mentions: with review links where applicable: The Avengers, Joss Whedon; Dark Horse, Todd Solondz; The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen Larry Charles; Francine, Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky (full disclosure: co-director Cassidy was my wedding photographer; Shatzky helped); The Gray, Joe Carnahan; Jiro Dreams of Sushi, David Gelb; John Carter, Andrew Stanton; Kill List, Ben Wheatley; Killing Them Softly Andrew Dominik.
We pause here for a caveat/objection, from an MSN Movies reader, sent to me via e-mail, with the heading "Never again will I trust your reviews": "How in the world could you give the movie, Killing Them Softly, 4 stars? You have people out here barely making a living, spending their hard earned money, using your reviews to help decide on movies. And you mislead us with a garbage review. I never went to a movie where people were walking out halfway through the movie. You should be ashamed of yourself for misleading us with whats obviously a paid review. No way you could have watched this movie and give it 4 stars without some type of payoff. I will never, I repeat never, go by your review of a movie again. I will also let MSN know how I feel about this situation."
Okay. Continuing. The Loneliest Planet, Julia Lotkev, discussed briefly here with the disclosure that the author of the source short story, Tom Bissell, is a close friend; The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky; The Secret World of Arietty, Hiromasa Yonebayashi; Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh; Ted, Seth MacFarlane (this picture gained in my estimation after My Lovely Wife had a raucous time with the Blu-ray); and To Rome With Love, Woody Allen.
Best undistributed (as yet) movies: Post Tenebras Lux, Carlos Reygadas; Traveling Light, Gina Telaroli; The Unspeakable Act, Dan Sallitt. As mentioned in the posts about their films, Gina and Dan are friends.
Regretably not seen at time of list compilation: Barbara, Christian Petzold; and pretty much every other documentary. And possibly many others.
I'm not allowed to discuss Haywire or Magic Mike but anyone who's acquainted with me socially understands that I love them very much.
And now, as Fredonia goes to war, I'm gonna take a bath.
UPDATE: To address the queries of commenters, God, I don't know why every time I make a list, Terence Davies' masterful The Deep Blue Sea always falls through the mental cracks, but it does and I'm sorry, it's great. As for Killer Joe, yes, that too is on my "to watch" pile even as we speak.