5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Profound documentary about giving ones self to a pursuit of perfection.
3. Magic Mike – A fun film which is technically (editing, photography) perfect. Excellent use of the L cut.
2. The Master – It has its flaws (the end) and is a bit unstructured but its a fascinating film by a filmmaker given carte blanche . The performances by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix are what make it worth watching.
1. Zero Dark Thirty - Subdued procedural on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Excellent article on the film.
Honorable Mention: Take Shelter (2011) would have made my top five last year had I seen it, Looper, Arbitrage