10. The Avengers
Who would’ve thought that Marvel would’ve been able to not only pull this off but beat The Dark Knight Rises for best comic book movie of the year.
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A strong adaptation of a wonderful book that made me nostalgic for the good and bad of high school.
8. Wreck-It Ralph
The appearance of classic gaming icons alone make this a blast but it also has imagination and heart.
Daniel Day-Lewis gives a performance so good that I won’t be able to not think of him whenever I think of Lincoln.
6. Silver Linings Playbook
A movie about love, football, dancing and mental illness. It shouldn’t work but somehow it does. The more I think about this movie the more I like it.
Hollywood at its best. A true story told with humor and excitement.
4. The Grey
So much more depth than just Liam Neeson fighting wolves.
3. Cabin in the Woods
Both a spoof and a love letter to horror films.
Despite a few minor story problems (that have been blown out of proportion) it is one of the most thought provoking and visually impressive movies I have ever seen.
The total package. A great script combined with excellent acting. Intelligent and original, proves that sci-fi can be just as impactful as drama.
Honorable Mentions: Frankenweenie, Your Sister’s Sister, Seven Psychopaths, Bernie, Django Unchained