I'm behind on my moviegoing for this year (didn't even see the cult film du jour HOLY MOTORS), so this leaves out a lot of year-end awards contenders which I'll catch up with in weeks to come. But here are several films I found memorable in a good way:
DJANGO UNCHAINED, LES MISERABLES, BERNIE, THE RAID: REDEMPTION, THE DEEP BLUE SEA, YOUR SISTER'S SISTER, THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT, LINCOLN, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, FRANKENWEENIE, WRECK-IT RALPH, SKYFALL, FLIGHT, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE HOBBIT (yes, THE HOBBIT), COSMOPOLIS, THE AVENGERS, LIFE OF PI, ARGO, THE MASTER, THE BOURNE LEGACY, ARBITRAGE, THE IMPOSSIBLE
Memorable, though flawed: ANNA KARENINA, KILLING THEM SOFTLY, KILLER JOE, BULLY, INTOUCHABLES, CLOUD ATLAS, HAYWIRE, THE DICTATOR, LAWLESS, LOOPER, JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME
Actors better than film: THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, HITCHCOCK, PROMISED LAND
Underachiever Award of 2012 (Tie): Tim Burton for DARK SHADOWS--perfect storm of too-jokey script plus Tim's unwillingness to leave soundstage/CGI creature comforts behind and shoot a lower-budget film in either NY (where Dan Curtis did his DARK SHADOWS features) or the British countryside; Meryl Streep's smug, lazy pirouette of a performance in HOPE SPRINGS; Pixar dumbing itself down with BRAVE.
Most memorable L.A. revival house film viewings this year: POSSESSION (uncut version), BEGGARS OF LIFE
Semi-guilty pleasure of the year: THE EXPENDABLES 2