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.
Anna Smith's best films of 2012
A hugely ambitious project that Ang Lee, amazingly, pulls off – an immersive experience that gives new weight to the pro-3D argument. Crucially, it’s as strong in terms of story as it is visuals.
A heartbreaking look at the power of lies, rumours and misunderstanding from the ever-fascinating Thomas Vinterberg.
I never thought I’d have a Bond film in my top five, but what a triumph, with bags of wit, style and character depth.
It seems like a long time ago now but Jason Reitman’s darkly funny stint in suburbia is still one of my personal favourites of 2012.
Another fantastic dark comedy that does Britain proud, proving Ben Wheatley’s a director to reckon with. Bring on a sequel!
Anna Smith's worst films of 2012
I saw this at the otherwise terrific Edinburgh International Film Festival and remain grateful to Time Out for commissioning a review – at least I didn’t suffer it in vain.