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7. “Magic Mike”

A step on the star-ladder for Channing Tatum, this sly, engaging drama about a male stripper is more proof that director Steven Soderbergh can make just about anything entertaining.

8. “Killing Them Softly”

This grimly funny gangster film’s cynicism runs bone-deep. But it’s darkly funny, and boasts a sucker punch line that will stick with you.

9. “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Beautiful, unique and emotionally exuberant, this tale of dreams and despair in a flooded world is a folk hymn to the mysteries of being alive.

10. “Skyfall”

An elegant, moody and distinctly modern take on Bond; it’s one of the most beautiful action movies I’ve ever seen.

Runners-up

“Looper,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Chronicle,” “Argo.”