Best of the year: 2012's best movies, theater, music and more
Time Out's critics pick the highlights of 2012—including movies, music, theater, restaurants, art, books, comedy and more—in our review of the best of the year.
Wed Dec 26 2012
If consuming contemporary culture may sometimes feel like training a fire hose at your face, consider this a refreshing, thirst-quenching glass of water. Our critics have picked the top albums, concerts, exhibitions, theater, performances, restaurants and books of 2012, so you can catch up on whatever you missed, or remember the best of the year. Plus, because you don't want to be left out of a good hate-filled conversation, we've picked our worst of the past 366 days as well.
Best of the year: 2012
The year in cinema was filled with moments of exhilaration (Zero Dark Thirty), revulsion (This Means War) and all emotions in between (you’ll see).
A slew of splendid Broadway revivals and boundary-busting experiments Off Broadway made for a great year.
Frank Ocean approached consensus in a fractious year for music.
As we reflect on another year of flashy culinary debuts, these new arrivals stand out, having made their mark on NYC’s fiercely competitive dining scene.
From Cindy Sherman at MoMA to the Whitney Biennial, it’s been a year of hits and misses.
Our favorite titles this year boasted big ideas, lingered on lonely lives and presented authors' creative visions of history.
Despite a few low points, it was—as it always is—a good year to be gay in New York.
In the NYC nightlife world, it’s all about the parties—and the music.
New stand-up venues, classic sketch and big benefits make the year in comedy bright.
Dog Days and Debussy seized the spotlight with vital, surprising sounds.
Judson’s 50th, the Whitney Biennial and Justin Peck added up to a gratifying year—but what’s with the BAM Fisher?
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