There were some surprisingly good films offered up this past year. So here they are, my top 10 movies of 2012.
10. The movie "360" was an actor's showcase for Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz and Jude Law, who all played fascinating characters in separate but interconnecting stories.
9. My favorite action film of the year was "Men In Black III." Josh Brolin did a killer imitation of a young Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith had a blast going back in time to New York in 1969 and skewering the decade.
8. It seems like no expense was spared to bring the epic adaptation of "Les Miserables" to the screen. Hugh Jackman was sensational and fans of the time-honored stage musical will not be disappointed.
7. With "The Impossible," director J.A. Bayona seemed to visually do the impossible with his jaw-dropping, "you won't believe your eyes" recreation of the horrific 2004 tsunami. Both Naomi Watts and Tom Holland gave memorable performances.
6. Matt Damon and John Krasinski both wrote and starred in "Promised Land." Directed by Gus Van Sant, this look at the possible effects of fracking on a small town was both enlightening and captivating.
5. My favorite comedy of the year was "21 Jump Street." Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were hilarious as two rookie cops who go back to high school undercover, posing as students.
4. The HBO movie "Game Change" was a mesmerizing look at the rise and fall of Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign. Both Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson were phenomenal.
3. Denzel Washington deserves an Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of an alcoholic, drug-fueled commercial airline pilot who takes off while high in "Flight."
2. "Argo" not only delivered the best line of the year, which is unspeakable on the air, it was an incredible ride. Combining tense drama with touches of comedy, director and star Ben Affleck scored big with his look at the 1980 Iranian hostage crisis rescue attempt.
1. Finally, my favorite movie of the year was "Django Unchained." Writer-director Quentin Tarantino has done it again, this time with an engrossing story of a slave turned bounty hunter. Jamie Foxx, Christof Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson all soared.
Happy holidays everybody and happy moviegoing in 2013!