Political consultant and avid movie-goer Neil Oxman and Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson joined Radio Times for an annual year-at-the-movies show. What were your favorites this year? Did you see any stinkers?
For the past 10 years or so, Radio Times has invited political consultant and avid movie-goer Neil Oxman and Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson for an annual year-at-the-movies show, and they’re back again this year to share their selections for best and worst.
Listen to the Dec. 31 edition of Radio Times to hear their verdicts.
What would you say were the greatest hits and biggest flops of the year?
After three years of declining audiences, Americans returned to the movies this year — ticket sales were up 5.6 percent. It was a big year for big-budget thrillers, with The Avengers making $623 million in the U.S., and The Dark Knight Rises, with $448 million in the U.S.
Then there were historically inspired films including Lincoln, Django Unchained, Argo, and the controversial Zero Dark Thirty — and Hollywood epics like Les Miserables, Anna Karenina, and Cloud Atlas.
Smaller films like The Silver Linings Playbook and Beasts of the Southern Wild were critically praised and garnered a lot of attention, too.