The best movies of 2012

Team Film chooses its best movies of 2012, as well as the next ten that would have made their personal lists—plus, the worst films of the year.



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This Is Not a Film

This Is Not a Film

Ten more of David Fear's best movies of 2012

This Is Not A Film

This Is Not a Film

Jafar Panahi’s document of life under house arrest is actually more than a film; it’s a politicized portrait of an artist as a wing-clipped bird still determined to fly.

Emayatzy Corinealdi in Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere

The tests and trials of a woman waiting out her husband’s prison term are etched in this sensitive, superbly realized indie drama.

Denis Lavant in Holy Motors

Holy Motors

Motion-capture coitus, evil leprechauns, rousing musical numbers: Leos Carax’s first feature in 13 years proves his fertile, film-obsessed imagination has not diminished.

New York Film Festival 2012: Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

The Sopranos’ David Chase pays tribute to the revolutionary potential of ’60s rock & roll in this dreamlike coming-of-age tale.

A protester fights the power in How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague

Anti-AIDS activism gets the valedictory documentary it deserves, as journalist-turned filmmaker David France traces the history of ACT UP and its lifesaving legacy.

Jiro Ono, left, and Yoshikazu Ono in Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This delicate doc on the world’s greatest sushi chef and his heir apparent is essential viewing for both foodies and those dealing with father issues.

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What starts out as a true-crime story about a murder in the Lone Star State morphs into a glorious, giddy tribute to small-town Tex-ccentricity. Bravo, Richard Linklater!

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Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis


David Cronenberg turns Don DeLillo’s novel about 1-percenter privilege into a disturbing, surreal satire—an awesome David Cronenberg movie, in other words.

Kim Kold and Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard in Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear

Danish pro bodybuilder and actor Kim Kold adds heart and soul to this tale of a hulking, lonely mama’s boy looking for love.

Fran Kranz in The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods

Even if you know the big reveal, this meta horror movie (cowritten and produced by Joss Whedon) still deconstructs the genre with sui generis brilliance and wit.

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