We can't highlight every great moment at the movies - and we're sure you have some great ones to share with us in the comments. In the meantime, here are a few moments that, while not epic enough for our Top 10, still left a pretty strong impression on us:
Amazing Spider-Man - "High School Rumble" - It was a battle sequence that truly captured the mechanics of Spider-Man's powers, and it looked pretty spectacular, to boot. It also contained the best Marvel movie cameo by Stan Lee, ever. We can't praise the entire film, but this particular sequence is what Marvel Movie magic is made of.
Magic Mike - "The Tao of Dallas" - Matthew McConaughey had a fairly strong comeback year, highlighted by his role as a low-rent strip club manager in Magic Mike. His character Dallas' speech to new recruit "The Kid" (Alex Pettyer) - about the strategy of male stripping - sits right up there on the shelf with David Wooderson's breakdown of high school girls in Dazed and Confused. Classic McConaughey.
Moonrise Kingdom - "What Kind of Bird Are YOU?" - The film had so many great moments, but this scene in which young Sam (Jared Gilman) first meets young Suzy (Kara Hayward) stands out. Everyone dreams of that moment when they'll lock eyes with their one true love (the one who stands apart), and Wes Anderson captures that sentiment both beautifully and humorously.
Sinister - "Lawnmower Facial" - You just knew it was coming, but when it happened it was still pretty horrific - even without you actually seeing it. Lawnmower POV cam? Yeah, that could only end badly.
Skyfall - "The Shanghai Job" - Director Sam Mendes thoroughly impressed in this noir sequence of James Bond tracking a deadly assassin into a Shanghai skyscraper. From the cinematography to the gorgeous use of lights, reflections and shadow during that climatic battle to the death, Mendes turned a Bond action set piece into a work of cinematic art.
What were your favorite movie moments of 2012? Let us know in the comments.