Don Sanchez's top movies of 2012

This film image released by Universal Pictures shows Anne Hathaway as Fantine in a scene from "Les Miserables." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)
December 21, 2012 6:09:48 PM PST
It was another bumper year for films. Check out Don Sanchez's Top 10 of 2012.

#10 is "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," a refreshing take on the pressures of high school. Wisdom from teenagers.

Two French films are next.

#9, "Amour" is painful, personal. A long time married couple facing the reality of age. It's emotional if you have a parent fading away.

Marion Cottiard is mesmerizing as a young woman who loses both legs and the boxer who fights for her in #8, "Rust and Bone."

#7 is "Moonrise Kingdom." It looks like a throwback to the old pages of the Saturday Evening Post. New England youth raising a voice to be heard.

#6 is "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." A delight, best ensemble cast. A group of British seniors retiring to India. Something to consider.

#5 is "Argo," Ben Affleck's clever, smart pursuit about freeing hostages by creating a fake film company.

At #4 is "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow"s gripping, intense film on the search for Osama bin Laden. It is graphic. Controversial and spellbinding.

Could the "King's Speech's" Tom Hooper make a hit out of theatre musical smash? Yes. At #3, "Les Miserables" is spectacular. Give Anne Hathaway a Critics Choice Award.

I was charmed, hypnotized by #2, "Silver Linings Playbook." Jennifer Lawrence is my best actress choice. It's funny, clever and then hits you with an emotional wallop.

For #1 I have to stay with Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." The weapons are words with an intelligent script and stellar performances.


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