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Updated Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 07:31 AM

A year of movies is sweeter in meter

By Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times movie critic

Dear readers, look — a year’s flown past

With scores and scores of movies massed.

Twelve months of film, from great to worse

So let’s revisit them — in verse!

First off, some cheers and greetings nifty

To Bond in “Skyfall,” suave at 50,

And Daniel Craig, that cool-eyed mensch

Who looks so swell with Judi Dench.

Let’s say bye-bye to “Twilight” fun:

Yes, “Dawn” has broke — at last, it’s done.

(More sequels? No! I’ve no more time

To spend in making “vampire” rhyme.)

For showbiz fans: quick, here’s a quiz:

How many close-ups in “Les Mis”?

How many notes, from low to high,

Are sung by those about to die?

Did Crowe and Jackman, in their rages,

Out-sing Cruise in “Rock of Ages”?

And don’t you wish, if dreams had wings,

That Streep and Jones had sung “Hope Springs”?

Meanwhile, superheroes rumbled:

“The Avengers” never fumbled.

Spider-Man went back to youth;

Snow White showed a lot of tooth.

Neeson fought wolves in “The Grey”

Knightley whirled through “Anna K.”

Buns were shook in “Magic Mike”

“Dark Shadows” no one seemed to like.

“Looper” took a time-trip journey

Jack Black shot MacLaine in “Bernie”

Denzel manned a plane in “Flight”

“Cloud Atlas” — well, it took all night.

At year’s end, an unlikely tango:

“The Hobbit” faces off with “Django”

“Jack Reacher” comes to film from page

And Apatow greets middle age.

Now, if it’s Oscar that you’re thinkin’

Day-Lewis should win gold for “Lincoln.”

Best Actress prize, if you ask me?

Rachel Weisz, in “Deep Blue Sea.”

For Best Pic, hmm — a few surprises?

“Argo”? Or “The Dark Knight Rises”?

“The Master”? “Moonrise”? “Southern Wild”?

(And please — some praise for that flick’s child.)

A movie year of pain and pleasure —

But I hope you found some to treasure.

One last wish, and ’12 is done:

Happy New Year, everyone!

Moira Macdonald: or 206-464-2725. Apologies to Roger Angell, whose annual “Greetings, Friends!” poem in The New Yorker inspired my annual foray into verse.

Chris Hemsworth portrays Thor, left, and and Chris Evans portrays Captain America in a scene from "The Avengers."

Columbia Pictures
Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The AmazingSpider-man."

Warner Bros.
Gollum, voiced by Andy Serkis, in a scene from the fantasy adventure "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Focus Features
Jude Law, left, and Keira Knightley in a scene from "Anna Karenina."

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Daniel Craig as James Bond in the action adventure film, "Skyfall."


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