Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.
2012 Movies

Slant: 25 Best Films of 2012

14 December 2012

Slant Magazine: 25 Best Films of 2012

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. This is Not a FilmJafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
  2. Holy MotorsLeos Carax
  3. The Deep Blue SeaTerence Davies
  4. The Kid with a BikeJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  5. The MasterPaul Thomas Anderson
  6. TabuMiguel Gomes
  7. Oslo, August 31stJoachim Trier
  8. Zero Dark ThirtyKathryn Bigelow
  9. The Turin HorseBéla Tarr
  10. Moonrise KingdomWes Anderson
  11. Neighboring SoundsKleber Mendonça Filho
  12. The Color WheelAlex Ross Perry
  13. CosmopolisDavid Cronenberg
  14. The Day He ArrivesHong Sang-soo
  15. Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaNuri Bilge Ceylan
  16. LincolnSteven Spielberg
  17. How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDSDavid France
  18. Killer JoeWilliam Friedkin
  19. Girl Walk // All DayJacob Krupnick
  20. Beasts of the Southern WildBenh Zeitlin
  21. The ComedyRick Alverson
  22. Almayer’s FollyChantal Akerman
  23. AttenbergAthina Rachel Tsangari
  24. BarbaraChristian Petzold
  25. Magic MikeSteven Soderbergh