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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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Argo

DIRECTOR Ben Affleck
STARS Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin

To direct a thriller this tense you have to be seriously relaxed. Relaxed enough to draw top-of-their-game turns from vets like John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston as movie moguls and CIA wonks forced into an offbeam alliance when American diplomats are taken hostage in 1979 Tehran. Relaxed enough to coax an MVP performance from Scoot McNairy as one of those twitchy apparatchiks. Relaxed enough to unshowily turn up in front of camera, too. Ben Affleck's third directorial gig, the biggest finger in the eye for the Ayatollah since The Wrestler, oozed assurance, sliding almost effortlessly into the Pollack-Lumet-Pakula cannon of great '70s-set thrillers. In the run-up to The Town back in late 2010, I wrote a piece charting Affleck's rise from low-fi indie star to leading man to Gone Baby Gone, via the nadir of Gigli, suggesting that another great leap forward was within grasp. Boy, was it. Question is, will that beard be back for Oscars night?
PHIL DE SEMLYEN

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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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