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Empire's Best Films Of 2012
The Empire staff choose their top 20 of the year - is your favourite on the list?

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12

Chronicle

DIRECTOR Josh Trank
STARS Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan

Chronicle, like the powers that its three leads receive, came out of nowhere – and announced two major talents to the world. Director Josh Trank graduated from inventive YouTube shorts to someone that 20th Century Fox and other companies see as a first choice for big franchise films. And Max Landis made a splash as a screenwriter to watch – and a Twitterer to follow. Inventively dragging the found footage genre from its increasingly milked-dry horror roots, the film feels less like a superhero origin story and more like a Stephen King tale. With charismatic performances from Michael B Jordan, Alex Russell and in particular Dane DeHaan as the troubled Andrew, it does spectacle without shouting and still finds room for real character development. Plus, while some movies this year battered you senseless with longwinded shock and awe, this one pulled off the neat trick of actually leaving the audience wanting more. The sequels will have to work hard to recapture the sheer surprise and feeling generated by the original.
JAMES WHITE

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Your Comments

1 RE:
Avengers was a hugely entertaining movie, as was skyfall and there worthy of there positions! Should swap TDKR (the godfather 3 of the batman movies!) for the hobbit though! Read More

Posted on Thursday January 3, 2013, 17:07 by tfett

2 RE:
You're a funny guy Empire, I like you. Thats why I'm going to kill you last. my list 2012 1) Django Unchained 2) Flight 3) Rust and Bone 4) Cloud Atlas 5) Safety Not Guaranteed 6) DREDD 7) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES 8) Ted 9) Life of Pi 10) End of Watch Read More

Posted on Wednesday December 26, 2012, 14:35 by Oldb0y

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Totally agree with seven28uk - The Grey was brilliant, totally sucked me in and I have never researched so much about wolves until after seeing that film! Cabin in the Woods, although different, not exactly a film of the year top 20. I have only seen half of the films on the list - Headhunters a good call. Avengers, hmmmmmmmmmm.... Read More

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2012, 14:52 by owenyunfat

4 RE: You Fools!
L: oxfordlover Seriously why isnt The Hobbit on the list, it was amazing, anyone who who complains about it is just hating on a successful film, just like Titanic all over again! What a load of idiotic nonsense! Read More

Posted on Thursday December 20, 2012, 13:49 by Filmfan 2


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