The Turin Horse (movie)

Best movies of 2012: 'Pi,' 'Master,' 'Moonrise Kingdom' make cut

Best movies of 2012: 'Pi,' 'Master,' 'Moonrise Kingdom' make cut

It's as if this year filmmakers remembered why God made movies. In a world of nonstop data where most of the static is gossip in 140 soul-destroying words or less, cinema has had a transcendent 12 months — a visual renaissance that has burned past convention.

The creative surge has not led to a perfect world. At times the performances stumbled, the stories struggled. But what we saw on screen was mind-blowingly inventive — the stuff of imaginations unbound.

Though visually evocative films are always a part of the landscape, the artistic leap of 2012 is particularly significant. The source of film's power as a distinctive medium has always been its ability to take us...

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