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ROGER EBERT LISTS HIS FAVORITE FILMS OF 2012

December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Until Roger Ebert was sidelined recently by a hairline hip fracture, he had been on a tear, turning out 300 reviews this year — an average of nearly one review a day — a personal record, he said on his blog Thursday. The venerable Chicago Sun-Times columnist, who has been sidelined in the past by cancer, which left him unable to speak or eat (he is fed through a g-tube), said that his latest physical issue “has nothing to do with cancer. It’s plain bad luck.” On the other hand, he wrote, “The good news is that I’ve seen the films of one of the best recent years in cinema.” He listed his favorites in this order: 1. Argo — although based on a true story “it has the classic values of a Hollywood thriller … told with classic comedy and tension.” 2. Life of Pi — “a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery.” 3. Lincoln — “The hallmark of the man, performed so powerfully by Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln is calm self-confidence, patience and a willingness to play politics in a realistic way.” 4. End of Watch — “one of the best police movies in recent years, a virtuoso joint of performances and often-startling action.” 5. Arbitrage — “[Richard] Gere has always been an actor good at suggesting secrets under the surface. Improbably handsome, he has aged here into the embodiment of a Wall Street lion.” The other films on Ebert’s top ten: Flight; The Sessions; Beasts of the Southern Wild; Oslo, August 31; A Simple Life.