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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Marley

Marley

Ten more of Joshua Rothkopf's best movies of 2012

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Marley

Marley

The musical and spiritual king of reggae, Bob Marley, receives a warts-and-all biographical profile that somehow unearths new insight from well-trod ground.

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Tom Hiddleston and Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea

The Deep Blue Sea

Lushly romantic and doomed, Terence Davies’s post-WWII heartbreaker comes with a career-high performance from Rachel Weisz.

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Ginger Baker, subject of Beware of Mr. Baker

Beware of Mr. Baker

Ginger Baker, Cream’s revolutionary drummer (and legendary crank), makes for a spiky, contentious interviewee.

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Channing Tatum, front, in Magic Mike

Magic Mike

Along with Bernie, this pumped stripper comedy marked the arrival of a revitalized Matthew McConaughey, spinning his character’s middle-aged vanity into showboating complexity.

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The masked men of Generation P

Generation P

Chomping down hard on the lawless post-Soviet gold rush, Victor Ginzburg’s dazzling advertising satire licked an “unfilmable” novel.

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Hani Furstenberg and Gael Garcia Bernal in The Loneliest Planet

The Loneliest Planet

After a moral failing on the hiking trail (so tiny you might miss it), an engaged couple drift apart in this provocative study on modern-day masculinity.

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Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour

Amour

Mental illness rears its ugly head in a slow-cooked tragedy from Austria’s Michael Haneke, accessing deeper feelings than ever before.

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Stanley Tucci and Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

A fully satisfying Hollywood slam dunk, the movie version of the cherished YA nightmare finds its ideal Katniss in the approachable Jennifer Lawrence.

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Fran Kranz in The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods

A weak year for horror nonetheless yielded this energetic, cackling metathriller, red meat for the one-step-ahead crowd.

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Guy Pearce, right, in Lockout

Lockout

In take-no-prisoners action mode, Guy Pearce fronts a giddy throwback to the John Carpenter era of high-concept, politicized sci-fi.

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