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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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Sightseers

DIRECTOR Ben Wheatley
STARS Alice Lowe, Steve Oram

After bagging a brace with Down Terrace and Kill List, there was considerable pressure on Ben Wheatley to complete his cinematic hat-trick with Sightseers, his third film in the three years since he burst onto the scene. Thankfully, Wheatley eats pressure for elevenses, so Sightseers is the equivalent of a thirty-yard barnstormer into the top corner. A wonderful blend of the banal realism (Wheatley's characters live in suburban worlds so beautifully observed and art-directed you almost fancy you could pop into them for a cuppa; not that you'd necessarily want to) and genre-twisting violence of his first two movies (Sightseers and Kill List are cousins in many ways) with broader though still pitch-black comedy, you'll die laughing watching others die screaming. Steve Oram and Alice Lowe have been playing these characters, burgeoning holidayers-cum-serial killers Chris and Tina, for years, and it shows in their fantastically nuanced turns, while their script – co-written by Wheatley's wife, Amy Jump – is a marvel, dotted with extraordinary one-liners. The British film of the year. Sorry, Bond.
CHRIS HEWITT

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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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