Best of 2012: Year in Movies
There are some superheroes, and then there are some flesh and blood heroes. We bring you Moviefone.com’s list of the year’s highlights in film.
Superheroes reigned this summer at the box office but this year’s best list includes heroes of other kinds, from an American president to U.S. soldiers.
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Here is the complete list with a brief description from Moviefone.com critics:
It's a story most Americans are now very familiar with: the decade long manhunt for Osama bin Laden, starting in the days after 9/11 and stretching to the night of bin Laden’s death.
The true story of a group of Americans who attempt to escape Iran during the Hostage Crisis. The movie is both nail-biting and feel-good, as 1970s political issues still bear a strong resonance in today’s volatile landscape.
This film truly is an embarrassment of riches: brilliant in a long line of “Les Miserables” adaptations, this could end up being the definitive version, Moviefone.com critics said.
A match made in biopic heaven: Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis take on the story of The Great Emancipator in "Lincoln."
Quentin Tarantino’s first "western"-themed movie, about a German bounty hunter freeing a southern slave, is at once a commentary on how barbaric the idea of slavery is/was and also a dark comedy about the horrors of the slave trade.
The film is a dark comedy with bits of romance thrown in. Two mentally ill people find one another, and work to deal with their shortcomings as well as their obvious budding romance through dance.
7. The Avengers
The ultimate superhero movie featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk. "The Avengers" isn't just the culmination of a lofty Hollywood game plan, but every kid’s playground fantasy, according to Moviefone.com.
8. The Master
All of the pre-release coverage for "The Master" focused on the film's thinly veiled profile of L. Ron Hubbard and the establishment of Scientology, but that's not really what the movie's about. Mainly, it's the story of a broken man (Joaquin Phoenix) who has been abandoned by society and is susceptible to manipulation.