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.
Guy Lodge's best films of 2012
A dreamy, semi-silent colonial romance wrapped in absurdist contemporary comedy, Miguel Gomes's monochrome marvel is a love letter to cinema, sure, but also to love itself.
Forget Scientology: Paul Thomas Anderson's mesmerisingly elastic new film finds Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman playing out one of the year's saddest love stories.
After a 13-year hiatus, Whit Stillman showed not a hint of rust in this defiantly daffy ode to campus life, dance crazes and the quicksilver charms of Greta Gerwig.
Andrei Zvyagintsev outdoes ‘The Return’ with a crystalline morality tale, unpicking the class structures of modern-day Russia with positively Chekhovian acuity and wit.
The posters emphasised the man-candy, and there was plenty of it, but Steven Soderbergh's cool character study delves far beneath the bronzed skin of American masculinity.
Guy Lodge's worst film of 2012
2012 was overrun with terrible wedding comedies and terrible films written by Noel Clarke: this shocker represented the nadir of both trends.