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Capturing the expanse of a film on a flimsy two-foot-by-three-foot piece of paper is a challenge; trying to woo audiences to see a movie, given only this paper, is a feat.  Each year, the movie poster medium boasts some incredible looking efforts - some that even veer towards art.   The best posters of 2012 don't have much in common - and neither do the movies they represent - but they caught our eye and sometimes left a more indelible print than the movie that inspired them. Among the best is "Killing Them Softly," which featured a design geek's dream layout: simple, well-positioned and sharp.  "Django Unchained" is iconic, Tarantino, piqued our interest well before more details leaked.  "The Dark Knight Rises" poster that revealed urban remnants reflecting a bat wing is a little heavy-handed, but fittingly so.  The minimalism of the blacked-out "Zero Dark Thirty" also leaves a similarly striking »

- Maggie Lange

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