Whittling down the best movie moments of 2012 is something of a fool's errand, due to the sheer quantity of potential nominees. Still, it is an awful lot of fun.

The following are a collection of scenes, sequences and moments from 2012 that have stayed with me, lasting well beyond the theater, digging deep down into the fluffy, Three Musketeers-esque center of my brain. There were many worthy omissions, but these are absolutely the cream of the crop. You could point to any one of these sequences and say, "Yes, this is why we keep going to the movies -- because we hope to see something as cool/awesome/moving/funny as that." Enjoy!

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