Top films of 2012

Hey film buffs, how was your year at the cinema in 2012? Our reviewers each have their bid for a top-5. How did it stack up against your favourites?

Kasper Guldberg

1. Martha Marcy May Marlene
Masterfully observed, ominously pitched study of all the stages of sectarian brainwash and the treacherous road to recovery. The horror undertones are balanced by newcomer Elizabeth Olsen’s exceptional skill and easy grace.
2. Your Sister’s Sister
3. Brave
4. Skyfall
5. Take This Waltz

Arun Sharma

1. Holy Motors
An unclassifiable, surreal, hugely original and imaginative vision, and a compendium of visual references to cinema, from the silent era to the digital.
2. Martha Marcy May Marlene
3. Leviathan
4. Searching for Sugarman
5. Tyrannosaur

Mark Walker

1. The Act of Killing
This playful yet profound documentary investigates Indonesia’s anti-communist genocide. It does so by offering not the perspective of those victimised, but the killers themselves. A more soulful and challenging film you will not find this year.
2. Looper
3. Weekend
4. Martha Macy May Marlene
5. The Dark Knight Rises

Luke Richardson

1. The Act of Killing
Winner of the grand prize at the esteemed CPH:DOX festival, this explosive documentary about a forgotten Indonesian genocide is haunting, beautiful and not to be missed.  
2. Amour
3. Martha Marcy May Marlene
4. Holy Motors
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild

Linn Lemhag

1. Skyfall
It took two and a half Craig films to hear the phrase, ‘Bond, James Bond’ – talk about delayed gratification! From Ola Rapace’s silent fight scenes to Javier Bardem’s homoerotic flirting, it was Bond-bastically brilliant!
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. Looper
4. The Avengers
5. 21 Jump Street