#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.