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The year in film

The year's best movies explored masculinity, old age, and even geology and philosophy

By Francine Stock   December 2012

Top films in 2012 included (from left) Holy Motors, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games

In what was probably the most impressive grandstanding speech of the cinema year, at the close of the gangster film Killing Them Softly, Brad Pitt declared that America was not a country, it was a business. This portrait of failed capitalism at the dawn of the Obama era may not have been 2012’s most popular film—too on-the-nose for some critics; too esoteric for some audiences—but it was distinctive. While openly referring to mobster…

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