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Best movies of 2012: 'Argo,' 'Lincoln,' 'Dark Knight Rises,' more

If the movies are a feast or famine business — and they are — we are in the heart of the feast at the moment. Both the studios and the smaller distributors, having hidden away their strongest films like squirrels hoarding especially tasty nuts, release them all in a rush in the last months of the year.

Ordinarily I would decry this situation, because it means that excellent films will fall between the cracks and get neglected in the mad rush to put quality on the screen in October, November and December. With but a few exceptions, notably Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," a film with enough of a fan base to make its own rules, almost all the films on my 10...