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.
Anil Sinanan's best films of 2012
This gritty, realistic and well-acted ‘Godfather’-style epic charts the rise and rise of the Indian mafia from colonialism to modern day ‘shining’ India.
A pregnant wife’s search for her missing husband in the underbelly of Calcutta’s streets is an engrossing, emotional exploration of the impact of home-grown terrorism on innocent lives.
A sombre supernatural shocker examining the searing pain caused by loss.
A proper three-hour ‘masala’ potboiler which delivered the required spice including a sexy ‘item’ dance number which warned of the dangers of smoking!
Anil Sinanan's worst film of 2012
My ‘tikka-turkey’ of 2012 is the blockbuster ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, the late Yash Chopra’s bland rehash of every single corny cliché from his back catalogue.