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In the eight years I’ve taken on the regular duty of reviewing movies, 2012 just might have been the best. It wasn’t easy compiling a top 30 list for a 12-month period of so many diverse, outstanding films. I found myself having to make some absolutely painful snubs, including “Flight,” “The Sessions,” “The Hobbit: An Expected Journey,” and a little cinematic masterpiece by the name of “21 Jump Street.” In the end though, I managed to narrow the list down to the 20 titles that best encompass 2012 in all its glory. If you’re still behind on the movies of yesteryear, consider this your ultimate movie guide to 2012.
Even people without coffee tables enjoy coffee table books as gifts, especially if they’re thoughtfully chosen rather than hastily snatched from a store shelf at the last minute.
Peppered with fun facts and cheeky asides, actor Roger Moore’s book looking back on the golden anniversary of James Bond on screen is a treat for 007 fans. He takes us on a lively spin around the milestones of cinema’s longest-running franchise in “Bond on Bond: Reflections on 50 years of James Bond Movies” (Lyons Press).
This book cover image released by Lyons Press shows "Bond on Bond: Reflections on 50 Years of James Bond Movies," by Roger Moore. (AP Photo/Lyons Press)
The final notes of “The Star-Spangled Banner” hang in the air, fading away slowly. But by then members of the group have begun to trade playful quips about who missed a note or who was in the wrong key. Within Ahwatukee Brass, the camaraderie is palpable.
Roger Moore of the Ahwatukee Brass Quintet plays tuba at Mountain View Lutheran Church on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.
Several movies in the past year or so have tried to get their arms around the unwieldy topic of the 2008 economic collapse. It's a subject that's incredibly complicated and, even more challenging for filmmakers, not one that's inherently cinematic.
A local musical group will be taking a big stage next week performing the National Anthem before an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game.
Thursday, Dec. 3
If an authentic night in Bethlehem seems like the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season, then Mountain View Lutheran Church is the place to be.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Wednesday, Nov. 18