The Ten Best Movies of 2012

2012 was a banner year for movies. From massive blockbusters to highly anticipated adaptations – and movies that came out of nowhere – the year treated audiences with a surprisingly strong selection in practically every genre. As in any year, not every film delivered (ask Taylor Kitsch), but also, a few stand out among the rest. Here are the top ten best movies of 2012:

No. 10. The Dark Knight Rises

Much has been said about the various plot holes in Christopher Nolan’s send-off of his acclaimed The Dark Knight trilogy, and after watching this movie three or four times I acknowledge that it has plenty of flaws – some of them glaring. But the fact that I can be entertained – even blown away by – a movie in spite of its flaws speaks volumes. It’s far from perfect, but the movie is an epic farewell to an epic franchise.

No. 9. End of Watch

When I first saw End of Watch, I never considered that it would end up on my Top Ten Movies of 2012 list. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that few films this year had the emotional impact End of Watch delivers, surprising since it should have been a throwaway buddy cop film. End of Watch is a fun, well made movie that alternates between goofy but sincere exchanges between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña and tense bursts of suspense.

No. 8. Your Sister’s Sister

A romantic drama-comedy filmed right here in the Pacific Northwest, Your Sister’s Sister is a movie that went largely overlooked by general audiences – primarily because they didn’t have the opportunity to see it – despite powerful performances, an emotional story and a sense of believability that few movies achieve.

No. 7. The Sessions

I can’t help but feel that Fox Searchlight missed the mark with The Sessions. Featuring great performances by John Hawkes and Helen Hunt and a powerful but surprisingly funny story, The Sessions is one of the best movies of the year. But no one saw it and no one is talking about it, primarily because it was released in October instead of December. What a shame.

No. 6. Silver Linings Playbook

It took me a while, but I finally understand what all the fuss is about regarding Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence turns in the best of her young career – and looks amazing while doing so – and is matched step-by-step by an equally impressive Bradley Cooper. To call Silver Linings Playbook a romantic comedy isn’t entirely fair as it’s much more than that, but regardless, it is one of the most charming and romantic films of the year.

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By Erik Samdahl
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