The best film scenes of 2012

Every year provides plenty of films worth cherishing, but there are isolated scenes and moments, too, that are equally unforgettable. Sometimes they epitomize a film’s greatness, and other times they stand out as a flash of brilliance in a sea of mediocrity. Take last year, for example: Mission: Impossible—Ghost

The best films of 2012

From the gut-wrenching, step-by-step chronology of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad to seafaring cultists practicing Scientology-like rituals in the wake of World War II to the 16th president twisting arms over the passing of the 13th Amendment, the best films of 2012 brought history to life with…

Garbo sneezes!: 26 genuinely effective movie taglines

1. Alien (1979): “In space, no one can hear you scream.”
There’s some consensus that Alien has the single greatest tagline in movie history, and for good reason: It’s punchy, memorable, and perfectly evocative of Ridley Scott’s seminal horror film. The series would add Marines to take on the alien threat in the sequel,…

The 10 best films of the 1890s

Last week, The A.V. Club took a look at the best films of the 1990s (a look that proved unexpectedly controversial). As a lark, we started talking about a companion list covering the best films of the 1890s. But the more we talked about it, the more it seemed like a good idea to turn back the clock to the very…

The best films of the ’90s: orphans, outliers, and personal favorites

Getting eight critics with disparate tastes to come together for our Best Films Of The ’90s list wasn’t easy, and it naturally resulted in some painful omissions—some great films that didn’t quite make the Top 50, others that didn’t survive the second ballot, and still more that are personal favorites but didn’t have…

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