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The 10 Best Movies for Grownups in 2012

  • Ben Affleck in Argo.


    En español | Who knew the 1979 Iran hostage crisis would make for a crackerjack escape flick? Director Ben Affleck meticulously re-creates the late '70s in unspooling a little-known tale of international trickery that mixes diplomatic intrigue, spy agency bureaucracy and winking Hollywood satire. — Courtesy Warner Bros.

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  • Jacki Weaver and Robert DeNiro in Silver Linings Playbook

    'Silver Linings Playbook'

    It's being sold as a romantic comedy, but the real silver lining is that this movie is much more. Sterling performances from Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver as a dad and mom struggling with their adult son's bipolar disorder make it a touching, darkly funny family drama. — Courtesy The Weinstein Company

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  • Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln.


    Steven Spielberg has directed hit movies about aliens, sharks and dinosaurs, but Lincoln might be his most impressive trick. He turns a legislative procedural into something downright thrilling, featuring astounding work from Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. — Everett Collection

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  • Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva in Amour, 2012.


    In this unflinching French film, a long-married couple deals with the wife's brutal spiral toward death by a debilitating disease. Yes, it's difficult to watch. It's also rewarding and impeccably acted by Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, 85, delivering the year's bravest performance. — Everett Collection

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  • Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

    It's a trifle, really — but what a trifle! A Who's Who of seasoned British thespians form an impressive ensemble in this breezy story of retirees who, for disparate reasons, move to India to take residence at the neglected hotel of the title. Unexpected adventures and connections loom, plus a refreshing message: Growing older is far more rewarding than just getting older. — Fox Searchlight/Everett Collection

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  • Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock


    Set around the making of Psycho, it's neither a biopic of Alfred Hitchcock nor a behind-the-scenes look at his famous horror film. It's a love story about the tempestuous relationship between the director and his wife and collaborator, Alma Reville. As Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins waddles about with creepy aplomb, but it's Helen Mirren who lingers as Alma, a strong woman whose life with the difficult Hitch was enough to make most of us scream. — Courtesy Fox Searchlight

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  • Helen Hunt and William H. Macy in The Sessions

    'The Sessions'

    The plot sounds like an after-hours movie-of-the-week: A 38-year-old polio-stricken man who lives in an iron lung and is still a virgin hires a sex surrogate to remove him of the latter distinction. But wait: Beautiful performances by John Hawkes and Helen Hunt and a poignant screenplay by writer/director Ben Lewin, 66, (himself a polio survivor) turn The Sessions into one of the year's sweetest little films. — Courtesy Fox Searchlight

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  • Pauline Collins and Maggie Smith in Quartet


    Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is a charming concoction set at a British retirement home for musicians and singers. It should be enough to simply list the fantastic actors who make up the singers in the quartet of the title — Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly — to convince you that you should see it, and soon. — Courtesy BBC Films

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  • Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty

    'Zero Dark Thirty'

    Director Kathryn Bigelow, 61, follows up her taut, Oscar-winning military thriller The Hurt Locker with a mesmerizingly detailed, gripping tale of the post-9/11 hunt for Osama bin Laden. It's hard not to think that Bigelow — as an older, female director in Hollywood — sees some of herself in the film's heroine, Maya (Jessica Chastain), who challenges authority and conventional thinking on her way to acheiving what many thought an impossible feat. — Courtesy Sony Picture

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