Zero Dark Thirty was not only impeccably made and entertaining, but the also boasted the year's best script and performance.
2. DJANGO UNCHAINED
A rousing entertainment and homage to the spaghetti westerns of the olden day.
All three of these films were popcorn action at its best. All three of these are great because they have human characters, ones that we actually care about. I honestly can't pick between all three of these on which is better, so they all tie for #3,4, and 5.
6. MOONRISE KINGDOM
A well-made and humorous tale of young love that chugs quite nicely in its 90 minute frame.
Well-acted, well-directed, well-written. Well, it's one fine film.
Amour rips your heart out and never gives it back. It is an emotional rollercoaster with the year's most heroic hero, Georges.
Lincoln tests your patience. It's a respectful film, well-acted and witty.
An important and innovative independent work. 20 years from now, people will be talking about this beast. 1000 years from now, people will remember a Hushpuppy who lived with her daddy in the Bathtub.
2012 was a great year. Here's hoping 2013 is even better!