As the year comes to an end, the heavy concentration of movies still in theaters — or, even worse, not yet in them — can get a little frustrating. In preparing our own “best of 2012” list (keep an eye out for it next week), we wanted to take the opportunity to point out some of the less-discussed films of this very, very good year for movies. These are films that didn’t quite make it on our final list, but runners-up that are not only well-deserving of your time and attention, but available for viewing via Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Vimeo, or other services — at this very moment, for anywhere from ten to zero dollars. Do some holiday-break movie cramming after the jump, and just follow the link to find out how to watch it now (via our friends at GoWatchIt).
The New York Film Critics’ Circle threw the awards season a curveball when they bypassed go-to choices Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence to give their Best Actress honors to Rachel Weisz’s wondrous work in this little-seen adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s play (previously adapted for the screen in 1955). This story of a securely married woman who embarks on a destructive affair is, admittedly, a tad on the pokey side — but Weisz is indeed remarkable, embodying the contradictions and paradoxes of a woman who knows what’s right, and follows her heart anyway.