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Moments out of time 2012
Images, lines, gestures, moods from the year's films

By Richard T. Jameson and Kat Murphy
Special to MSN Movies

-- Asleep in a balcony seat at the top of some golden-age movie palace, Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is brought a telephone: "The Master" (Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd) is calling from England ...

-- In "Lincoln," the magnetic clasp of hands at the moment Stanton (Bruce McGill) and Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) finally receive news about a crucial battle ...

-- Fireflies: the compound at Abbottabad aswarm with night-vision dots, "Zero Dark Thirty" ...

-- Gothic night woods, the rattle of wagon wheels on rough ground, the contrapuntal swinging of a lantern and a giant tooth: enter Dr. King Schulz (Christoph Waltz), "Django Unchained" ...

-- "Skyfall": 007 (Daniel Craig) and M (Judi Dench) at the threshold of "39 Steps" country ...

-- On the beach in "Moonrise Kingdom": Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) tentatively boogie to Francoise Hardy's "Le Temps de l'Amour" ...

-- "Girl from the North Country" playing as Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) and Pat (Bradley Cooper) sit cross-legged on the floor, beginning a life-saving dance -- "Silver Linings Playbook" ...

-- "I would like to be cohesive" ... Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis), "Beasts of the Southern Wild" ...

-- Moon and Cate Blanchett sharing a frame, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" ...

-- Cat sitting atop abandoned iron lung in a dark room, "The Sessions" ...

-- Coffin with memory drawer optional, "Bernie" ...

-- In the sepia palette of memory, the soft, volcanic flare when (Rachel Weisz) lights, draws on a cigarette, one measure of appetite and passion in "The Deep Blue Sea" ...

-- "Easy Money": JW (Joel Kinnaman) stares at the back of a golden girl's neck, turned on by the erotics of privilege ...

-- Young Heathcliff (Solomon Glave), pressed against Cathy's (Shannon Beer) back as they ride on the moor, breathes in her hair while his hand grazes the horse's flank -- "Wuthering Heights" ...

-- Orgiastic swell of sacred harp hymn as Bertha (Mia Wasikowska) kneels and washes Jack Bondurant's (Shia LaBoeuf) filthy feet, in "Lawless" ...

-- Deep in a Paris sewer, a perverse pietà: Beauty (Eva Mendes) and the Beast (Denis Lavant), "Holy Motors" ...

-- Pietà in "Robot & Frank": Frank (Frank Langella) cradling his "son," after erasing Robot's harddrive ...

-- Freddie Quell, surreally tiny, sharing a bench with his hometown sweetheart, just one of his larger-than-life Mothers in "The Master" ...

-- "Name me." Olivia Wilde to Charlie Hunnam, "Deadfall" ...

-- "Anna Karenina": The crackling sound of Anna's (Keira Knightley) agitated paper fan, like the wings of a moth beating against light, as she watches her lover ride in a horserace ...

-- "Hope Springs": Kay (Meryl Streep): "I'm not comfortable with oral sex." Dr. Feld (Steve Carrell): "Giving or receiving?" Kay: "What?" ...

-- "Django Unchained": blood spattering snow-white cotton bolls ...

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-- "Looper" Senior (Bruce Willis) face to face with Looper Junior (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) over breakfast in a Heartland diner ...

-- Late-night diner schmooze between two battered hockey "enforcers," one rising (Seann William Scott), one in decline (Liev Schreiber) -- "Goon" ...

-- "Amour": a slap that, in small, shatters civilization ...

-- Shadows of passing soldiers flickering over the faces of Lincoln and Grant (Jared Harris) as they keep each other company on a roadside porch, post--Civil War carnage -- "Lincoln" ...

-- Tarantino's uncanny instinct for setup and suspension: in "Django Unchained," the hilltop vantage on a man plowing a field, as two men (Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx) argue the merits of his extermination ...

-- Surveyed from a distance, on high, the track that connects "Prometheus" and the alien ship takes on a strange immanence: an umbilical link between "gods" and men ...

-- Barely glimpsed in "Life of Pi": the shape of the eat-and-be-eaten island softens into the form of dreaming Vishnu ...

-- "Tabu": In silent black-and-white, Portuguese colonials do the twist on a lawn in the middle of darkest Africa ...

-- Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) coping with horse dander, "The Hobbit" ...

-- "The Intouchables": Driss's (Omar Sy) amoral delight when his paralyzed employer (Francois Cluzet) doesn't react to the hot coffee Driss has just poured over his leg ...

-- Debbie (Leslie Mann) touching Desi's (Megan Fox) breasts in "This Is 40": "They're like memory mattresses -- Tempur-Pedic!" ...

-- In "Argo," the always Moment-ous Philip Baker Hall: "The United States Government has just sanctioned your science fiction movie." ...

-- Kneeling aurochs, paying homage to Hushpuppy -- "Beasts of the Southern Wild" ...

-- Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) summoning her orca, the great black perfect circle of its head, front on, materializing out of the blue of a screen-filling tank -- "Rust and Bone" ...

-- In "Luck," a man falling in love: Chester Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), seated outside his ailing horse's stall in the night, registers a noble head swinging toward him ...

-- A gigantic jellyfish swimming in a night-blue sky, backdrop for silhouettes practicing lethal martial arts -- "Skyfall" ...

-- The erotic squeak of rubber against rubber as two figures in scarlet motion-capture suits mimic sex, replicated by writhing alien avatars on the screen behind them -- "Holy Motors" ...

-- "One of your vertebrae is protruding -- it must be put back." The awful craaackk! that follows marks an end to the orgy of breakage in "The Dark Knight Rises" ...

-- "Bernie": Preparing to address the jury, pompous DA Danny Buck (Matthew McConaughey) carefully wipes his mouth with his tie ...

-- "Magic Mike": Leather-vested cowboy Dallas's (Matthew McConaughey) deliciously dirty drawl as he explains the rules to the ladies packing his strip club: "The laaaaw says you can't touch ..."

-- Mr.

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