Top Ten 2012 – Susan Wloszczyna

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1. Zero Dark Thirty — Never mind the controversy. A stirring action thriller that breaks gender boundaries.

2. Bernie — Made me love Jack Black all over again.

3. Magic Mike — Half-naked men, artistically served.

4. The Silver Linings Playbook — Been waiting for David O. Russell to make another Flirting With Disaster. This came darn close.

5. The Sessions — I knew I would cry, but didn’t expect I would laugh so much.

6. Argo — Enjoyably gripping, not easy to do.

7. Moonrise Kingdom — Every film could benefit from Bill Murray swilling wine in preppy pants.

8. Anna Karenina — The scene with the alphabet blocks — like 19th-century sexting.

9. Skyfall — Made me love Bond all over again.

10. The Hunger Games — This is where I will go on record to say I liked this better than The Dark Knight Rises.

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Susan Wloszczyna

In her nearly 30 years at USA Today, Susan Wloszczyna interviewed everyone from Vincent Price and Shirley Temple to Julia Roberts and Will Smith. Her coverage specialties include animation, musicals, comedies and any film starring Hayley Mills, Sandy Dennis or hobbits. Her crowning career achievements so far, besides having Terence Stamp place his bare feet in her lap during an interview for The Limey, is convincing the paper to send her to New Zealand twice for set visits, once for The Return of the King and the other for The Chronicles of Narnia and King Kong, and getting to be a zombie extra and interview George Romero in makeup on the set for Land of the Dead. Though not impressive enough for Pulitzer consideration, she also can be blamed for coining the moniker "Frat Pack," often used to describe the comedy clique that includes Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell. Her positions have included Life section copy desk chief for four years and a film reviewer for 12 years. She is currently a contributor for the online awards site Gold Derby and is an Oscar expert for Previously, she has been a freelance film reporter and critic, contributing regularly to, MPAA’s The Credits, the Washington Post, AARP The Magazine online and Indiewire as well as being a book reviewer for The Buffalo News. She previously worked as a feature editor at the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y. A Buffalo native, she earned her bachelor's degree in English at Canisius College and a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University.