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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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The Imposter

DIRECTOR Bart Layton
STARS Frederic Bourdin, Adam O'Brian, Anna Ruben

Even darts commentator Sid Waddell – a man who once coined the phrase "twisting like a rattlesnake with a hernia" – would have struggled to sum up The Imposter, a documentary packing all the contortions of a whole sack of laid-up rattlers. Like its subject, French trickster Frédéric Bourdin, who adopted the identity of Texan teenager Nicholas Barclay and inveigled his way into his family, Bart Layton's film has crept stealthily into moviegoers's minds and stayed there. "The reactions have been unbelievably polarised," Layton told me, six BIFA nods and nearly $2m in worldwide grosses later. "Loads of people have written to say that they've been arguing about it days, weeks later." The filmmaker's twisty-turning story reminded Empire's reviewer of a Patricia Highsmith novel – 'The Talented M. Bourdin', perhaps – in which the con man alternates between manipulator and victim with the deftness of Tom Ripley. Other docs stood out in 2013, among them The Queen Of Versailles, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, but none had the The Imposter's mysterious venom.
PHIL DE SEMLYEN

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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

3 RE:
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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