Anyway, Denby has pontificated at length, declaring Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" as "the two strongest movies of the year" owing to the strong writer/director relationship in each movie (Tony Kushner wroter the former, Mark Boal the latter). Other films making the cut? Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and more along with a few documentaries as well.
Anyway, the full list (in order they were mentioned, they aren't ranked by Denby) below.
The New Yorker's David Denby's Best Movies Of 2012
Zero Dark Thirty
Beasts of the Southern Wild
This Is 40
The Central Park Five