Torture, Twitter, and Alfred Hitchcock: 2012′s Biggest Movie Controversies

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Some films invited petty squabbles, but others—like Zero Dark Thirty and The Innocence of Muslims—touched on pertinent, timely issues.

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In perusing this year's biggest movie controversies, I found myself dissecting matters a good deal less trivial than last year.

Make no mistake, there are some tempest-in-teapot situations here: ratings woes, questions of reappropriation and hagiography, and frame rates. But this year, we also grappled with issues of artistic responsibility and racial representation, and with the ongoing question of the very health of the form itself. Below, stroll through the year's memorable movie controversies.

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Jason Bailey is the film editor at Flavorwire, and has also written for Slate, Salon, and the Village Voice.

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