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The 10 best movies of 2012

By Tom Charity, Special to CNN
December 28, 2012 -- Updated 2027 GMT (0427 HKT)
"Frankenweenie" and "The Cabin in the Woods" are tied for the 10th spot on this list of 2012's best films. Horror movies rarely get respect in year-end lists, but of the three films scripted or co-scripted by Joss Whedon this year ("The Avengers" and "Much Ado About Nothing" were the others), "The Cabin in the Woods" was the most fiendishly ingenious -- a horror movie that was truly out of the box. As for "Frankenweenie," pictured, this 3-D black-and-white tribute to classic Universal monster movies showed yet again that Tim Burton is most himself in animated film. "Frankenweenie" and "The Cabin in the Woods" are tied for the 10th spot on this list of 2012's best films. Horror movies rarely get respect in year-end lists, but of the three films scripted or co-scripted by Joss Whedon this year ("The Avengers" and "Much Ado About Nothing" were the others), "The Cabin in the Woods" was the most fiendishly ingenious -- a horror movie that was truly out of the box. As for "Frankenweenie," pictured, this 3-D black-and-white tribute to classic Universal monster movies showed yet again that Tim Burton is most himself in animated film.
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10. 'Frankenweenie,' 'The Cabin in the Woods'
9. 'Skyfall'
8. 'Bernie'
7. 'Killing Them Softly'
6. 'Life of Pi'
5. 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'
4. 'Silver Linings Playbook'
3. 'Zero Dark Thirty'
2. 'The Master'
1. 'Django Unchained'
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