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Katie Walsh's Top 10 Films Of 2012

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 1, 2013 11:49 AM
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Experiencing art and watching film is such a deeply subjective experience that it seems a fool’s errand to rank and list “the best" of anything. How I reacted to the films I saw in 2012 can be completely personal and different than any of my colleagues on this site, but that’s what makes it interesting. Where we come together and where we disagree is the fun of it all, really, and has made for many a lively Twitter debate among us.

Oliver Lyttelton's Favorite Films Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 31, 2012 12:22 PM
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  • 29 Comments
I think it was only as I sat down to write this list that I realized what a terrific year for film 2012 was. Not so much in the narrowing down of the list -- I'd over-extended my Top 10 to 15 last year, and it was relatively simple to pare it down, although there's still a few heartbreakers that didn't make the cut. It was more the way that, as i wrote each capsule up, the films themselves seem to make the case that, actually, it was the very best film you saw in the last twelve months. So what is it doing all the way down at number 12?

Christopher Bell's Best Films Of 2012

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 28, 2012 2:32 PM
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  • 23 Comments
Another year, another fifty lists. There were a lot of truly terrific movies to come out in 2012 and it was difficult to sit down and whittle away at a list that contained 30+ films that warranted special acknowledgement. Eventually you have to go with your gut, and I admit that this list may look different in a year, a month, a week, maybe even a day -- but these are the films that really stood out, the ones that had an especially resonant strength.

The Most Unintentionally Funny Moment of 2012

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 28, 2012 1:41 PM
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Gabe just tore into "The Hunger Games" and ripped it a new asshole. I wouldn't go so far, but I also can't say I liked the movie much. His missive against it reminded me of what I found to be the most hilarious moment of the film and therefore kind of the most unitentionally funny moment of the year (hey, we have to appoint one, right?)

Gabe Toro's Ten Best Films Of 2012

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 28, 2012 9:56 AM
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  • 28 Comments
A strong year, this 2012. Every genre had its share of riches, and we were spoiled by new films from Andersons Wes and Paul Thomas, further mythmaking from Quentin Tarantino and an inquisition into our currency from David Cronenberg. We saw the continued evolution of the careers of Jacques Audiard, Rian Johnson, Craig Zobel and Ira Sachs, while William Friedkin was revitalized, and, as if by accident, two more great films tumbled out of Steven Soderbergh’s pocket. By the time Steven Spielberg cranked out his finest film in almost two decades, we were awash in riches.

Roger Ebert Names 'Argo' As The Best Movie Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2012 6:16 PM
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  • 21 Comments
While there have been many, many 2012 lists and recaps, the year isn't over until Roger Ebert weighs in with his favorites, and today he's done so, dropping his list of the best movies he saw in 2012. And as usual, it's a mix of more popular choices, with some love shown to smaller, foreign films that might not get the shine otherwise.

Watch: The Movies Of 2012, Another Video Retrospective On The Year In Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2012 5:49 PM
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We know, there have been a couple of these already, but it's the holidays, the northeast is getting pounded by a snowstorm and you might be looking for something to occupy your time for a few extra minutes, before you rejoin family and friends. So here's another look back on the year in movies, this time in six minutes.

Village Voice Names 'The Master' Best Film Of 2012, 'Cloud Atlas' The Worst Film Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2012 4:52 PM
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  • 27 Comments
Well, here's some news that will make one group of fanboys really happy, and another group of fanboys really mad. The sands in the hourglass of 2012 continue to run down, and Village Voice has dropped their list of the best and worst movies. And as always, there's plenty to discuss.

2012 The Year In Box Office: Hits, Flops And Secret Successes

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 27, 2012 2:15 PM
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So we’re completing a year of record domestic box office returns, but it’s impossible to ignore that the international market is a hefty player, taking a bigger overall chunk of the pie. It’s not good enough for a picture to perform in America – if it doesn’t grab more than half its share from international crowds, it’s not a complete success. The proliferation of franchises and 3D have turned most American films into our most in-demand export, and it’s changed the box office landscape immensely.

For Your Consideration: 5 Directors Who Deserve Oscar Nominations This Year

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 21, 2012 5:40 PM
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  • 56 Comments
Unlike Best Picture, the Best Director category at the Academy Awards is still only made up of five slots, and it's tough to crack in there, especially as nominees are usually aligned with the Best Picture nominees. More than almost any other category, the merits of a film's direction can sometimes be overlooked in favor of the helmer of the best-liked film, rather than the one who did the most surprising, boldest and impressive work of the year.

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