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‘Lincoln,’ ‘The Avengers’ among this year’s finest

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By Becca Owsley

The 2012 movie season is almost over. While there still are a few on my “to-see” list, of the films I reviewed this year, there are some excellent ones and some that were downright bad.

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On the best list, “Lincoln” is at the top. This film not only had excellent acting but wonderful direction by Steven Spielberg. It is a quality film with a bonus look back at one of the greatest presidents in American history. If you only see one movie from 2012, this one is the one to see.

It’s also been a great year to be a geek. Two comic book hero movies are among my top picks.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” should be in the filmmaker’s textbook on how to make a comic book hero movie. Joss Whedon was able to combine pre-existing stories from other films and weave them into a heroic adventure that worked beyond expectations.

Another quality super hero entry was “The Dark Knight Rises.” Although the opening night was surrounded by tragedy, the film was a great end to Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

The other great movie I saw this year was “Trouble with the Curve.” It stood out as a quality film when I originally saw it, but since then it has become a true treasure to me. I got to see it with my dad and it’s one he seemed to enjoy more than any other movie I took him to.

There are other movies out there I didn’t see that top many must-see lists such as “Argo,” “Skyfall” and the soon-to-be released “Les Misérables.”

This year also featured many movies that fall in the middle. They’re not great, but they’re not horrible. It was a year of some really goofy, some average and some really bad films.

Probably the most disappointing film this year was “Prometheus.” What was promised to be a brilliant venture back into the world of the “Alien” films was flawed, boring and just plain weird. It didn’t deliver on its promises and does not live up to its parent franchise.

Hollywood also has become fond of remakes. This year’s “Total Recall” is one that should have been left to the original. The remake was a disappointment to many fans.

While fans of Nicholas Sparks loved the romance in “The Lucky One,” it seemed like the same story that’s been told over and over with new characters. It lacked real emotional depth and was incredibly predictable.

There’s a film franchise that makes it on the worst list yet again this year. Thankfully, we’ve reached the end of the “Twilight” saga with its last installment, “Breaking Dawn — Part 2.” After five parts, the quality of the filmmaking did not improve much and the acting seems to have gotten worse instead of better. Many Twi-hards aren’t happy to see their beloved film on the worst list, but when you look at the film as a whole and review the overall quality, it’s lacking.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com. For movie reviews visit her reporter page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Becca-Owsley/96924584861.