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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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Moonrise Kingdom

DIRECTOR Wes Anderson
STARS Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton

2012 was a strong year for American indie, both for vaunted auteurs (Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master; Whit Stillman's Damsels In Distress; David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook) and newer voices (Benh Zeitlin's Beasts Of The Southern Wild; Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz). Still, few shone brighter than Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. Charming, deadpan — Tilda Swinton's social services matron is named Social Services — and full of terrific trimmings, the simple story of two twelve year olds (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) eloping on a camping adventure, sending the grown-ups into a tailspin, sees all your favourite Andersonisms — symmetrical compositions (check), big stars (Bruce Willis) as sad sacks (check), whimsical melancholia (check), Bill Murray (check), pitch perfect musical diversity (Hank Williams butts up against Benjamin Britten) —coalesce to create a unique world in miniature. Yet, unlike some of Anderson's previous six flicks, this universe is not a hermetically sealed one. The collision of child-like first love and adult disappointment transcend the storybook feel, making Moonrise Kingdom Anderson's most emotionally satisfying film to date.
IAN FREER

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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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