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They Turn Us On, Dammit! Movieline Critic Alison Willmore's Top 10 Overlooked Gems of 2012

Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) and Emma (Whitney Houston) in TriStar Pictures' SPARKLE.

This December is heavy with major movies — Zero Dark ThirtyThis is 40The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyDjango Unchained and Les Misérables — that are literally (use the bathroom first) and metaphorically big. As they dominate the year-end conversation, it seems like a good moment to to call out some films that may not earn many mentions at award shows and top ten lists, but nevertheless charmed, entertained or impressed me throughout the year. more »