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 (yet to be released in Philadelphia) “Zero Dark Thirty” and the Hollywood epics like “Les Miserables”, “Anna Karenina” and “Cloud Atlas”. Smaller films like “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” were critically-praised and garnered lots of attention. So was 2012 a good year for the movies? For the past 10 years or so, we’ve invited political consultant and avid movie-goer NEIL OXMAN and Daily News movie critic GARY THOMPSON to join us for our annual year-at-the-movies show and they’re back again this year to share their selections for best and worst. Tune in and call in with your favorites.