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Often better than the films themselves, and always shorter – take a look at some of the best trailers last year had to offer

The last year has been host to a multitude of excellent film trailers, from the action-packed Avengers through to The Woman in Black and the cutely animated Lorax. Nevermind the films themselves, this year the trailer has come into its own. Here are five of my favourites:

The Dark Knight Rises

2012 saw the epic conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy, and with it one of the best trailers of recent years. Combining everything we'd come to expect from Christopher Nolan's Batverse, there was action, romance, a snippet of Michael Caine's moving speech … By revealing only fragments of his masterpiece, Nolan left the audience wanting more. The anticipation excited by the full-length trailer was excruciating, and thankfully the film delivered.

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