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.
Trevor Johnston's best films of 2012
A true original from Portugal's Miguel Gomes, endlessly inventive, full of yearning, and utterly beautiful.
A haunting, ruminative, exquisitely visualised masterwork from Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
Greek maverick Giorgos Lanthimos continues to find new ways of storytelling with this eccentric, yet insightful and humane portrait of deconstructed relationships.
If it is indeed Bela Tarr's farewell, the great Hungarian went out with a film encapsulating his uniquely expressive celluloid pessimism.
Aussie Andrew Dominik's thriller proved hectoring at times, yet the writing and performances captured crime writer George V Higgins's piercing individual language with rare sympathy and aplomb.
Trevor Johnston's worst film of 2012
OK, so it wasn't the year's worst, but amid all the acclaim did no-one notice there was absolutely no substance behind the cute little girl, eyecatching fireworks and right-on pretensions?