Top movies of 2012

Firat Tanisu in Once Upon a Time in Anatolia — Photo courtesy of Cinema Guild
  1. Life of PiRating: ★★★★
  2. Beyond the HillRating: ★★★★
  3. ParaNormanRating: ★★★★
  4. FlightRating: ★★★★
  5. The Salt of LifeRating: ★★★★
  6. White ElephantRating: ★★★★
  7. Lincoln … Rating: ★★★★
  8. Zero Dark ThirtyRating: ★★★★
  9. AmourRating: ★★★★
  10. Moonrise KingdomRating: ★★★★

THE REST

• Beasts of the Southern WildRating: ★★★★

• Perfect Sense … Rating: ★★★★

• Once Upon a Time in Anatolia … Rating: ★★★★

Rust and BoneRating: ★★★★

• Argo … Rating: ★★★★

• The Grey … Rating: ★★★★

Django UnchainedRating: ★★★★

Hyde Park on HudsonRating: ★★★★

• Prometheus … Rating: ★★★★

The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyRating: ★★★★

• Jess + Moss … Rating: ★★★★

A Place at the TableRating: ★★★★

FrankenweenieRating: ★★★★

• The Assault … Rating: ★★★★

• Downeast … Rating: ★★★★

California SoloRating: ★★★★

The FlatRating: ★★★★

The SessionsRating: ★★★★

• The Avengers … Rating: ★★★★

ChimpanzeeRating: ★★★★

ArbitrageRating: ★★★★

AliyahRating: ★★★★

• Pater … Rating: ★★★★

The HunterRating: ★★★★

• Americano … Rating: ★★★½

End of WatchRating: ★★★½

Silver Linings PlaybookRating: ★★★½

The ImpossibleRating: ★★★½

BraveRating: ★★★½

• Guilty … Rating: ★★★½

• This is Not a Film … Rating: ★★★½

• Gerhard Richter Painting … Rating: ★★★½

LooperRating: ★★★½

Searching for Sugar ManRating: ★★★½

• Crazy Horse … Rating: ★★★½

• The Woman in Black … Rating: ★★★½

BAM150Rating: ★★★½

4:44 Last Day on EarthRating: ★★★½

Ballroom DancerRating: ★★★½

Booker’s Place: A Mississippi StoryRating: ★★★½

Wreck-It RalphRating: ★★★½

SavagesRating: ★★★½

The Cabin in the WoodsRating: ★★★½

Bones Brigade: An AutobiographyRating: ★★★½

This Is 40Rating: ★★★½

Death of a SuperheroRating: ★★★½

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds AwayRating: ★★★½

Dr. Seuss’ The LoraxRating: ★★★½

Big Easy ExpressRating: ★★★½

True WolfRating: ★★★½

Men in Black 3Rating: ★★★½

The PactRating: ★★★½

Dragon Age: Dawn of the SeekerRating: ★★★½

• Headwinds … Rating: ★★★☆

We Have a PopeRating: ★★★☆

All InRating: ★★★☆

ComplianceRating: ★★★☆

HitchcockRating: ★★★☆

GirlfriendRating: ★★★☆

On the Road Rating: ★★★☆

LawlessRating: ★★★☆

• The Hunger Games … Rating: ★★★☆

• Chronicle … Rating: ★★★☆

House of PleasuresRating: ★★★☆

• Seeking Justice … Rating: ★★★☆

• The Innkeepers … Rating: ★★★☆

• Get a Life! … Rating: ★★★☆

Chernobyl DiariesRating: ★★★☆

V/H/SRating: ★★★☆

Ice Age: Continental DriftRating: ★★★☆

Silent HouseRating: ★★★☆

Premium RushRating: ★★★☆

SinisterRating: ★★★☆

GoonRating: ★★★☆

Jeff, Who Lives at HomeRating: ★★★☆

First Cousin Once RemovedRating: ★★★☆

• All In: The Poker Movie … Rating: ★★★☆

The Best Exotic Marigold HotelRating: ★★½☆

Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star in 'Hope Springs' — Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star in Hope Springs — Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Hope SpringsRating: ★★½☆

The Dark Knight RisesRating: ★★½☆

Salmon Fishing in the YemenRating: ★★½☆

TedRating: ★★½☆

Celeste and Jesse ForeverRating: ★★½☆

• Loosies … Rating: ★★½☆

Dark ShadowsRating: ★★½☆

• Turn Me On, Dammit! … Rating: ★★½☆

• The Screen Illusion … Rating: ★★½☆

• As Luck Would Have It … Rating: ★★½☆

• Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal … Rating: ★★½☆

The FieldsRating: ★★½☆

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog DaysRating: ★★½☆

• Rites of Spring … Rating: ★★½☆

Lo Mejor de EvaRating: ★★½☆

21 Jump StreetRating: ★★½☆

• Knockdown … Rating: ★★½☆

• 96 Minutes … Rating: ★★½☆

The Amazing Spider-ManRating: ★★½☆

Assassin’s BulletRating: ★★½☆

The Kane FilesRating: ★★½☆

• It’s About You … Rating: ★★½☆

4someRating: ★★☆☆

2 Days in New YorkRating: ★★☆☆

Lola VersusRating: ★★☆☆

• Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted … Rating: ★★☆☆

Would You RatherRating: ★★☆☆

• Rogue River … Rating: ★★☆☆

• The Campaign … Rating: ★★☆☆

Hotel TransylvaniaRating: ★★☆☆

• Monster Brawl … Rating: ★★☆☆

The Wicker TreeRating: ★★☆☆

 

THE WORST

10 • The Aggression ScaleRating: ★★☆☆

9 • WWJD II: The WoodcarverRating: ★★☆☆

8 • Hunted by Night … Rating: ★★☆☆

7 • Hatfields & McCoys: Bad BloodRating: ★½☆☆

6 • The Lords of SalemRating: ★½☆☆

5 • The Devil InsideRating: ★½☆☆

4 • GoneRating: ★☆☆☆

3 • The ApparitionRating: ★☆☆☆

2 • Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar MovieRating: ★☆☆☆

1 • Camel SpidersRating: ½☆☆☆

John Soltes

John Soltes is an award-winning journalist. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Earth Island Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, New Jersey Monthly and at Time.com, among other publications. E-mail him at john@hollywoodsoapbox.com

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