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12. RUBY SPARKS
Potential powerhouse Zoe Kazan (granddaughter of the great filmmaker Elia) wrote and stars in this story of a novelist (Paul Dano) who invents a fantasy girl -- but this time we get the fantasy's viewpoint. Kazan is a charmer, and so is this deceptively lighthearted romance.
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12 best films of 2012

Filmmakers worked darned hard to hold our attention in 2012. It was a year of big ambitions and new ideas. Many directors challenged themselves, and us, by filming books that seemed unfilmable, and many tended to go epic. Here are the top 12 movies of the year. -- RAFER GUZMAN, rafer.guzman@newsday.com