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:: Spotlight :: Best of 2012 - Films

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Here are the best films for 2012 as chosen by our reviewers.


1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. A Separation
3. The Avengers
4. Hugo
5. Moonrise Kingdom
6. Prometheus
7. The Artist
8. Martha Marcy May Marlene
9. Shame
10. The Master


1. Prometheus
2. Argo
3. Skyfall
4. The Artist
5. Django Unchained
6. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
7. The Bourne Legacy
8. My Week With Marilyn
9. Damsels in Distress
10. The Dark Knight Rises


1. Hugo
Even though this “officially” came out in late December, 2011, I saw it in January and it blew my mind. From start to finish I had a smile a mile wide across my face as I felt like a little kid all over again. Everything a movie experience should be. Stunning, beautiful, great story. Simply special.

2. The Hobbit
Very much the same sentiments as Hugo. This is one incredible ride and feat, from Peter Jackson yet again. I couldn't have bookended my year better than with Hugo and The Hobbit. Thank you film Gods.

3. ParaNorman
A visually stunning spectacle and the best of the animated films I saw all year. Great humour, great story and simply beautiful on screen, and it was all done with stop-motion. Amazing!

4. Argo
My pick for this year's Oscar for Best Film. Ben Affleck did a great job recreating an event (and adding a little Hollywood-ness) and making it a winner at every post. Word of mouth is a powerful thing.

5. The Odd Life of Timothy Green
A quirky, unique tale about a kid who grows up from out of the ground. This independent film was fun, touching story and one that stood tall throughout.

6. The Avengers
Everything that was said about this film was spot on - it rocked! A great action adventure film by one the world's greatest screenwriters. Believe the hype.

7. The Sapphires
The best Aussie film by a long way. Funny, gritty, classically laconic and very Australian, and all true. Great film.

8. Wreck It Ralph
Ever since I heard the premise I fell in love with this film. This big kid's youth lived all over again and it easily outshone its parent company's (Pixar - Brave) effort by miles.

9. Moonrise Kingdom
Another fun, quirky film akin to Timothy Green. Moonrise had a great ensemble cast, a cute little teenage love story and was just simply fun.

10. The Muppets
Hands up who didn't fall in love with their childhood all over again? This was a great comeback from the iconic and devilishly witty Muppets. Let's hope for more Muppet adventures. Long live Kermie, Fozzie & the gang.


1. Skyfall
2. Argo
3. Hugo
4. The Amazing Spider-Man
5. The Dark Knight Rises
6. Moonrise Kingdom
7. Hit And Run
8. Lawless
9. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
10. The Sapphires