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Geek movies 2012: Hits and misses

Parallel Universe looks at the year's hits, misses and 'almost's

By Don Kaye
Special to MSN Movies

2012 is coming to a close, which means it's time for us to look back at the horror, sci-fi, comic book and fantasy movies of the past 12 months and see how they stack up: the hits, the misses and the "almost"s, or the movies that tried hard but didn't quite have what it took to be a complete success.

This was the year of the huge superhero stare-down -- Batman vs. the Avengers vs. Spider-Man -- and we're happy to say that two of the three emerged as winners. There were other surprising triumphs as well, and plenty of failures, including a couple of releases that ranked as major disappointments for fans who had looked forward to them for months.

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So let's get to it, shall we? And don't forget, even as 2012 slips into the history books, we've got 2013 just ahead: "Man of Steel," "Pacific Rim," "Iron Man 3," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Elysium," "The Wolverine," "World War Z" "Thor: The Dark World," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Ender's Game" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" are all coming our way ...

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