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January 6, 2013

Critic's Choice: The Best 10 of '12


8. “Skyfall”: I wouldn’t go as far as the London critic who declared it the best James Bond movie of all time (I’ll bet that critic is no older than 35), but it was a great James Bond movie.

9. “Beasts of the Southern Wild”: Keep an eye on tiny actress Quvenzhane Wallis, a young girl who carries a whole movie that takes place in a desperately poor area in post-Katrina Louisiana. The movie, directed by first-timer Benh Zeitlin, gets downright spacey at times, but it is a remarkable ecological statement.

10. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”: Writer-director Lorene Scafaria could have drawn more people to her film if she had changed the title to something more dramatic or chosen to include shots of flaming asteroids. I agree on changing the title, but the absence of asteroid shots in a movie about the last weeks of Earth is brilliant. Instead, we have a wonderful story about two people — Steve Carell and Keira Knightley — trying to cope with the end of the world.

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