Best Movies of 2012

The best films I've seen this year, especially those which I feel will stand the test of time.
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1.
Skyfall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ I think this is likely to go down as a Bond classic, beyond being a good entry to the Bond legacy it also stands on it's own as a well crafted and well shot film. I really hope that Sam Mendes comes back for the next one because I really want more of this caliber. ” - sphelan1991
 
2.
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Flawless film, Joss did me proud and somehow managed to get in as much of what people love as he could without overwhelming the story. I can't wait for the sequel (and the characters respective sequels!) ” - sphelan1991
 
3.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ Joss is once again flawless, genre bending perfectly executed. ” - sphelan1991
 
4.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ The plot might not have been completely air tight within the context of the Alien mythology but this still managed to impress me. Visually lush and epic in scale it's really nice to have Ridley Scott back in the sci-fi world. ” - sphelan1991
 
5.
The Hunger Games (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. (142 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ So glad they got this adaptation right and took the novel seriously. ” - sphelan1991
 
6.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ I love that Wes Anderson can make a movie about kids without it being for kids, such a unique look into adolescence. I feel like everything just came together really well stylistically, as all of Anderson's films do. ” - sphelan1991
 
7.
ParaNorman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. (92 mins.)
“ Laika is quickly becoming one of my favorite animation studios, especially if they continue making such quirky, surprisingly moving, and beautiful works as ParaNorman. ” - sphelan1991
 
8.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
“ I thought I was going to be so disappointed but this held true to the spirit of the book, which I love. ” - sphelan1991
 
9.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death. (136 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ Though the plot was a bit of a retread I love the casting choices so I went with it. Andrew Garfield has so much passion for the role and it shows. Emma Stone is always an asset to a film and I love her. I really do have hope that the sequels can be good given more free reign with the origins out of the way. ” - sphelan1991
 
10.
Argo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Impressed with Ben Affleck in this, he chose a good project and made it great. ” - sphelan1991
 
11.
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (113 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ Far more original and nuanced than I thought it would be Looper is an example of how well modern science fiction can be done. I'm looking forward to watching it again and I’m glad I got the chance to see it in the theater because the cinematography was boss. ” - sphelan1991