What are the best movies of 2012? It's only the halfway point of another box-office year, but there have already been plenty of cinematic highlights (in fact, the movie calendar is arguably in much better shape than it was this time last year).

It looked like nothing could have been bigger than "The Hunger Games," but then "The Avengers" came along and made billion-dollar history. And just beneath those juggernaut blockbusters, were small-scale intelligent films, including "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," quietly bringing crowds into the theaters week after week. While the next six months promises an overflowing goodie bag of fun moviegoing experiences, from "The Dark Knight Rises," to "The Hobbit," let's take a look at the best movies of 2012...so far.

categories Movies