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New Yorker's David Denby Names 'Lincoln,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' & More As Best Movies Of 2012

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 19, 2012 3:33 PM
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David Denby may think that cinema is dead (or dying), but maybe the dude needs to get out more. The New Yorker film critic has dropped his list essay on the Best Movies Of 2012, and for a guy has found a lot of fault for how the studios make movies, his list features lots of studio and studio indie fare. Just sayin'.

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
Moonrise Kingdom
The Master
The Central Park Five
The Gatekeeper

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  • Alan | December 20, 2012 5:08 AMReply

    Denby once wrote "one of the extraordinary advantages of growing up French is that you can be absurd without ever quite knowing it." Who cares what this moron thinks?

  • jimmiescoffee | December 19, 2012 9:05 PMReply

    i like the new yorker but this list is stale.

  • Tyler | December 19, 2012 3:58 PMReply

    When does ThePlaylist list drop?

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