The best of 2012: film
The Time Out film team reflect on the movies of the past 12 months
As 2012 draws to a close, Time Out’s film critics offer up their five favourite films of the year, plus their least favourite movie, a film hero, a favourite scene and a quick look ahead to 2013.
It’s been a very strong year for international cinema, and our critics’ lists reflect that, with the French-Austrian co-production ‘Amour’, Turkish cop drama ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’, American indie ‘The Master’, Portuguese oddity ‘Tabu’ and homegrown Olympic tie-in documentary ‘London: The Modern Babylon’ proving the most popular overall.
Click on the thumbnails below to see each critic’s top five films – and one stinker.
Nigel Floyd's best films of 2012
Haneke's forensic portrait of an ageing, cultured couple (Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emanuelle Riva) is a devastating affirmation of love in the face of mortality.
Director-actor Ben Affleck proves that an entertaining mainstream political thriller need not insult the audience's intelligence.
In Peter Strickland's haunting puzzler, Toby Jones excels as a timid English sound engineer suffering psychological dissonance while working on a gruesome horror film in Rome.
Andrew Dominik's verbally brutal gangster movie has explicit political overtones and fine performances by Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins et al.
A poetic Russian (Merjan?) evocation of all that's important in life and death: love, food, drink, sex, cultural identity, social rituals and, above all, friendship.