The Best Movies of Summer 2012

'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'The Avengers,' 'Ted' and more of the season's winners

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It's the late-August doldrums and with nothing in theaters whetting Peter Travers' appetite, our fearless movie critic recounts the best flicks of Summer 2012. But of course, he also wants to hear from you: Travers breaks down down his the biggest blockbusters (The Dark Knight Rises vs. The Avengers), comedies (Ted vs. The Dictator), animated flicks (Brave vs. ParaNorman), and "the best movie with a substitute star," i.e. Andrew Garfield for Tobey Maguire in The Amazing Spider-Man or Jeremy Renner for Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy? Plus, there's one more crucial category: With Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson both receiving good reviews in their summer movies (Snow White and the Huntsman and Cosmopolis, respectively), Travers wants to know which was the best, did they prove they can really act? "This one I'm gonna leave to you," says Travers. "I wanna hear completely: KStew or RPatz?"

Let Travers know which Twilight star takes the gauntlet and which summer movies reign supreme in the comments below, on Twitter or via e-mail.

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