15 Films You Need To See In 2012

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The year of 2011 was all about Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “The Ides of March,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”), book sequels (“Harry Potter,” “Twilight”) and some mediocre comic fluff (“Green Lantern,” “Thor”).

With Gotham’s finest taking to the skies one last time (“The Dark Knight Rises”), the release of a long-awaited Marvel mash-up (“The Avengers”), and a return to Middle-earth (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”), 2012 is shaping up to be a revamped version of last year– but with bigger superheroes and sci-fi action.

We even get to welcome a few oldies back to the mix in the form of agent alien hunters (“Men in Black III”) and a few big titles (“The Great Gatsby,” “Django Unchained”) that will leave Gosling in the backseat as three-time Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio returns to theatres next Christmas.

Strap in and prepare for the ride because here, we, go.

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content=”Release Date: March 23, 2012

Before we bid adieu to the Twilight series come summer, March may give us a new phenomenon to take its place. Take the problematic utopia of Aldous Huxley‘s “Brave New World” combined with Michael Bay‘s similar “The Island” and the competitive sport of “The Running Man” and you have the action-thriller “The Hunger Games.” Based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins, the series takes place in a futuristic world where young adults are pitted to fight against one another yearly. We bet Katniss Everdeen‘s skills would put Jason Bourne on edge.”
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title=”The Avengers”
content=”Release Date: May 4, 2012 We can’t discuss superhero films without mentioning the film we’ve been waiting for since the first coming of The Hulk. Samuel L. Jackson‘s mini-cameos in Thor and Iron Man over the years finally comes to fruition as the Marvel team assembles to take down Loki and his gang. Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark doesn’t look like he’ll play well alongside Captain America and Thor, and we can’t wait. As long as it doesn’t become the “New Year’s Eve” of hero films, we’re cool.”
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content=”Release Date: May 25, 2012 There’s something about Will Smith, aliens, and summer blockbusters. One “Men in Black” sequel was satisfactory–two may be pushing it. However, the dynamic relationship between Smith‘s Agent ‘J’ and Tommy Lee Jones‘ ‘K’ is enough to warrant another go around. Plot line aside (Agent J travelling back in time to save K from an assassination attempt is some crazy “Back to the Future” nonsense), we’re hoping for a memorable dance sequence or impromptu rap. We even get to see Smith sporting a ‘stache.”
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content=”Release Date: June 1, 2012 Hollywood is obsessed with Snow White. With not one, but two films readied to hit theatres this year, we’re shelving the Julia Roberts‘ “Mirror, Mirror” for the darker of the pair. From the writer of “Drive,” we’re revved up for a retelling of the tale that that will make the Ginnifer Goodwin (“Once Upon a Time“) and Lily Collins (“Mirror Mirror“) versions of the fair princess look like saints. We’re ready to see Kristen Stewart come out of her Twilight shell, and join up with huntsman Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor) to take down the Evil Queen. How about them apples?”
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content=”Release Date: June 22, 2012 If enjoying the 16th president ridding the world of vampire scum is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Based on the mash-up novel by Seth Grahame-Smith (who taught us the dead can make classic literature cool a la “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies“), the film follows Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) slaying the dead. Walker’s already got the president gig down; he’s starred as Andrew Jackson in the Broadway musical, ‘Bloody, Bloody.’ As good as it sounds ridiculous, it should be the “Zombieland” of 2012. Plus, the film is a Tim Burton project (note the teaser poster resemblance to a “Sweeney Todd” ad).”
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title=”Brave”
content=”Release Date: June 22, 2012 Originally, Pixar was supposed to have two films out this year. (Recall the scrapped “Newt.”) After the shocking, less than stellar performance of “Cars 2,” Pixar will have to be on their A-game. And, rightfully so. “Brave” has been in talks since 2008, undergoing a title change (formerly “The Bear and the Bow“), and lead actress switch (Kelly Macdonald took over for Reese Witherspoon, who was attached to the film until scheduling conflicts forced her to decline.) Much like Disney’s “Mulan,” the movie follows Scottish Princess Merida on her teen rebellion for freedom from a life of “elegant pursuits.” The film presents Pixar’s second princess, behind Tangled’s Rapunzel, in a line of tougher, more independent young women.”
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content=”Release Date: July 9, 2012 After Sony scrapped any further sequels in favour of rebooting the franchise, all eyes are on “500 Days of Summer” director, Marc Webb, to see how he handles telling the “untold story” of our web-slinging hero. Details on the plot have been far and few (we learned more about the plot’s villain from toy franchise Mega Bloks than the preview); however, we know the film will focus on Peter Parker‘s (Andrew Garfield) original story, featuring quirky and adorable Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacey. If the film stays true to the trailer, we’ll get a more personal feel for Spidey’s movements in the film as he fights off The Lizard. That, plus, we get to see Stone look like this.”
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title=”The Dark Knight Rises”
content=”Release Date: July 20, 2012 An exploding football field, a prison outbreak, and a battered Batman mask. And, that was only in the two-minute trailer. After a long four years, the wait for Batman‘s final crusade is nearly over. “The Dark Knight” spawned the largest viral marketing campaign the Internet has ever seen launching fake sites, a Gotham News Channel, and unleashing a scavenger hunt to midnight screenings, helping it gain notoriety as the second highest grossing film of all time (until Avatar bumped it down to number 3). TDKR follows in its footsteps as the viral site Operation Early Bird launched back in December, allowing fans to obtain free tickets to early screenings of the six-minute prologue airing before “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” Despite fans going haywire over the dribble that was Bane‘s dialogue, it appears director Christopher Nolan won’t alter the audio for his sure-fire summer blockbuster. We can’t wait to see what the viral campaign has next in store.”
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content=”Release Date: October 5, 2012

In 1984, Disney fired Tim Burton for creating a movie short revolving around a pet brought back to life in Frankenstein fashion (clearly some inspiration from Stephen King). Nearly 25 years later, Burton is finally able to make his original vision a reality.

Though seeing a film nearly two and a half decades later is an event in itself, what we’re really psyched to see is Burton‘s use of stop-motion animation in the film. The film also puts Winona Ryder back alongside Burton since 1990’s “Edward Scissorhands.””
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content=”Release Date: November 9, 2012 With “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” still fresh in our mind, we’re excited to see what Daniel Craig has in store for the third Bond film. Fresh off a bout of revenge in the last film, we’re ready to see Bond back with M, defending his very own company. If it’s anything like the last two, we’ll be on the edge of our seats. To get us even more pumped, Columbia and MGM studios set up an impressive 007 site commemorating 50 years of Bond complete with behind the scenes footage from the set and news updates on filming. If you can’t wait until November, you can follow the blog.”
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content=”Release Date: November 16, 2012 We’d be remiss to leave out the final flick from our countdown. Sure the acting’s nothing to brag about (though we’re delighted to see Dakota Fanning in the spotlight again); however, hordes of Twi-hards will be camped out for days for this midnight premiere. The final film follows the aftermath of Bella‘s (Kristen Stewart) pregnancy as she adjusts to her new vampire lifestyle, the ongoing werewolf/vampire feud, the half-human, half-vampire hybrid Renesmee (still cringing at the irksome name), and, of course, the creepy Jacob-imprinting-on-an-infant thing. Can you stomach all of that?”
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content=”Release date: November 21, 2012 For a while, it was unclear whether or not this film would see the light of day. With numerous production delays, rewrites, and recasts (Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. turned down the film), the film finally secured Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as the leads. And now, Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi thriller about two astronauts trying to get home after a wreckage may just get him some Oscar buzz. The film is said to have little dialogue, contain 60% CGI, and Sandra Bullock claims she filmed sans makeup. Plus, with a 20-minute long opening shot and a couple stranded in space, the film has us considering a mix of 2009’s “Moon” combined with “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Robert Downey Jr. may be shaking his head now.”
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title=”The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
content=”Release Date: December 14, 2012 It’s been eight years since Peter Jackson took us to the burrow hole. Amidst a journey for a dwarf treasure, we finally learn the origin of Gollum‘s love for his precious. The prequel not only reprises most of the original cast (in small flashbacks, but we’ll take it), but shows us a younger Gandalf the Grey.
Jackson even created a Facebook page to log his film progress. Behind-the-scenes videos of the new film make us feel like we’re right there behind the camera in New Zealand. If you’re wondering how Jackson will upstage the fight with the trees from ‘The Three Kings,” there’s a dragon in the mix.”
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title=”Django Unchained”
content=”Release Date: December 25, 2012 With a star-studded cast (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, and Leonardo DiCaprio) that could compete with the likes of “The Dark Knight Rises,’ we’re expecting big things from director Quentin Tarantino in his next film about a slave-turned-bounty-hunter (Foxx) planning to rescue his wife (Washington) from a heinous plantation owner (DiCaprio). We get goosebumps imagining DiCaprio‘s transition from wealthy playboy in “The Great Gatsby” (due out in theatres the same day) to dastardly southern Mississippi land owner, Calvin Candie. Plus, we can’t wait to see how Christoph Waltz upstages his impeccable ‘Inglourious Basterds’ performance as Dr. King Schultz.”
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content=”Release date: TBD

All right. We admit, the last few game-to-film adaptations haven’t been the best (“Prince of Persia,” “Hitman,” “Doom“) and we’re shaking our heads at the abomination that will be “Battleship” (we don’t care how good Brooklyn Decker will look in it). However, the popular sci-fi role-playing game has had gamers buzzing since rumours of the film begun in 2008. The basic premise of the game states that every 50,000 years an alien species comes to wipe out every single race to start anew. We predict the film shall revolve around an all out alien war with humans (cue “Independence Day“). People are calling this the new “Star Wars” since the “Mass Effect” series (the third game is coming out in March) delves into different alien races and galaxies. Let’s not forget BioWare, the makers of ‘Mass Effect,’ also created the latest ‘Star Wars’ game “Star Wars: The Old Republic.” Also, unlike other game-to-film adaptations, the studio is working closely with BioWare creators to please fans. Legendary Pictures has kept us in the dark regarding the film–we’re talking locked-in-a-closet-throw-away-the-key dark; we don’t even know plot details or any confirmed cast (Guess they’re too busy promoting “The Dark Knight Rises”). Despite some suggesting the film’s pushed back until 2013, IMDB still promises a 2012 release, even putting the film on their21 Most Anticipated Films of 2012.””
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content=”See where you can catch this ‘Parks and Recreation’ actor on the big screen >>
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