Top 10 Films of 2012


If 2011 was a disappointment, movie-wise, 2012 has more than made up for it. It’s been a great year in film, the best since 2007. That was the last time I remember seeing so many excellent titles over such a short period. And while I’ve seen a decent number of limited release, independent and art-house movies this year (though sadly few foreign ones), we’ve actually witnessed an unusual swath of quality in more popular flicks. Kicking off with the incredibly popular Avengers movie, 2012 saw the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s beloved Batman trilogy, new and improved installments of the Men in Black and Alien franchises, an adaptation of a young adult novel that wasn’t terrible in The Hunger Games, one of the best James Bond movies in history, a cool original sci-fi time travel movie in Looper, and much more. That’s not to say that the festival favorites didn’t produce anything worthwhile either; between The Sessions, Headhunters, Robot & Frank, Killer Joe, Hitchcock, Bernie and more, there was plenty to savor just off the beaten path. Then when you add end-of-the-year awards contenders like Lincoln, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, you start to see the breadth of what was available on the big screen this year. 

I feel my list definitely reflects the emergence of these popular movies, but I also feel good about recommending everything that’s here. These are my favorite movies of 2012. READ FULL ARTICLE