Django Unchained

Everything great about a Quentin Tarantino movie – the cinematography, the wit, the irreverence, and that scene or two of crazy high tension – without as much of the excess as some of his other films. Even the ’70s meets spaghetti western meets hip-hop soundtrack somehow works.

Life of Pi was beautiful and Argo was extremely solid filmmaking, but this is where we’re talking movie of the year.