Screen Rant’s (Massive) 2012 Movie Preview

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 2nd, 2013 at 9:25 am,

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2012 is here and movie fans are pretty excited, as the year twenty-twelve promises some highly anticipated sci-fi films (Prometheus), some promising animated originals (Brave, Paranorman), the usual awards season art house entries (Licoln, Great Gatsby), and a super-powered showdown between Marvel’s The Avengers, and DC/Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises.

Should that Mayan doomsday prophecy turn out to be true, it’ll be hard to say that we didn’t go out on a high note, as far as movies are concerned.

In our guide we’ll take a look at the movies of 2012 that will be occupying our weekends at the theater all throughout the year. We’ll also keep this post updated as release dates are shifted and new movies are added to the calendar, so be sure to bookmark this post for future reference.

For your convenience, we’ve separated the 2012 movie releases into the the months of the year. Be sure to check back each month for the latest on the movies that will be at theaters near you. We’ll keep things current with new images, casting news, release date shifts and late additions. January is listed on this page and you can click any one of the links below to jump to a specific month.


January 2012 MOVIES


The Devil Inside

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January 6th

In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.



Beauty and the Beast 3D

Beauty and the Beast 3D Screen Rants (Massive) 2012 Movie Preview

January 13th

Belle, whose father is imprisoned by the Beast, offers herself instead and discovers her captor to be an enchanted prince. The 1991 Disney animated film now converted into 3D.



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January 13th

To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler (Mark Wahlberg) heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills. Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Giovanni Ribisi co-star.



The Divide

the divide trailer Screen Rants (Massive) 2012 Movie Preview

January 13th (U.S. – Limited)

Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.



Joyful Noise

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January 13th

Two choir members have differing opinions on how to win the national choir competition. Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton star.


The Iron Lady

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January 13th (U.S.)

A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.



We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need To Talk About Kevin Screen Rants (Massive) 2012 Movie Preview

January 13th (U.S. – Limited Release)

The mother of a teenage boy who went on a high-school killing spree tries to deal with her grief – and feelings of responsibility for her child’s actions. Tilda Winton and John C. Reilly star as the parents, Ezra Miller plays the titular Kevin.



Ralph Fiennes in the Coriolanus trailer Screen Rants (Massive) 2012 Movie Preview

January 20th (U.S. – Limited Release)

In this modern vision of a Shakespeare classic, a banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city. Ralph Fiennes stars and directs, Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave, James Nesbitt and Brian Cox co-star.



Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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January 20th (Expansion to Wide Release)

A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist (Thomas Horn) searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Max Von Sydow, Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright co-star.




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January 20th (U.S.)

A black ops super soldier (MMA star Gina Carano) seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGrego, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Bill Paxton co-star.



Red Tails

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January 20th

A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Method Man, Tristan Wilds, Ne-Yo, Lee Tergesen, Gerald McRaney, Terrence Howard, Josh Dallas, and Bryan Cranston star.



Underworld Awakening

Underworld Awakening Trailer Screen Rants (Massive) 2012 Movie Preview

January 20th

When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene (Kate Beckinsale) leads the battle against humankind.



The Grey

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January 27th

In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders. Liam Neeson and Dermot Mulroney star.



Man on a Ledge

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January 27th

As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion. Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Kyra Sedgwick, Ed Burns, Anthony Mackie and William Sadler star.



One for the Money

one for money trailer Screen Rants (Massive) 2012 Movie Preview

January 27th

Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past (Jason O’Mara).




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  1. Why so many 3D re-releases of old movies??? Stupid.

    • because it cost loads of money to make new ideas same reason with all the remakes, like red dawn, and total recall

  2. If half these movies are as awesome as they sound It’ll be better than 2011

  3. The new Ghost Rider film will fail critically…..However I look forward to seeing it. lol I have a feeling it might be the best film that month.

    Wohoo! Mindless action, weak plot! Can’t wait.

  4. So many good movies.. Can’t wait till dark knight rises and the hobbit

  5. @Kofi Outlaw

    how comes no mention of RZA film “The Man with the Iron Fists” starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu also been produce by Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino.

    • @mace,

      Sorry I always miss a few. I added Iron Fist to the list. You know I’m looking forward to that one!

      • yeah i really want to see if RZA got directing skills

      • can´t you put the list in genres? and isn´t this arthouse movie with iceberg-tilda swinton-not since about 2months on dvd?just about let´s say 10 movies i will watch from the staffs list.

  6. RE; “GOON”:

    NOOOOOOOOOO — How in hell can they have a hockey movie & NOT have Michael Vartan in it?? For shame…

    • Good call.

      • Who’s Michael Vartan?

  7. Looks good.Waiting for TDKR more than any movie

  8. There are a LOOOT of movies that are coming out this year and many of them seem to have a lot of potential
    Obviously the TDKR, the Hobbit, Avengers and Spiderman are at the top of the list but there are many other movies on their as well.

    Snow White and the Huntsman looks great!

  9. I’m not sure I can tell the genres of some of these movies from the descriptions. It’s actually kind of fun: Guess the Genre!

  10. Great, informative list!

    My most anticipated: On the Road, The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina, and The Dark Knight Rises.

    2012: The year of the arthouse classic lit adaptations (plus Batman)!

  11. I’m pretty excited for summer super hero season but check out next december! Lincoln, The great Gatsby, world war z, django unchained,AND the hobbit?? thats a lot of big movies

  12. SHRIM!!!!!!!!

  13. Holy moses this is a massive list! I’m so excited for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on June 22nd. Also, no movies released on April 1st :( that’s my Birthday movie weekend.

    • I’m renarded. Wrath of the Titans is that weekend.

  14. Great list, some a lot of movies that I haven;t heard of.

    Anyway, shame that so far there’s nothing to really look forward to (except We Need to Talk about Kevin) this month.

    And am I alone in thinking that Malick’s new movie is probably going to be an extension of those universe sequences from Tree of Life?

    • yes,you´re alone!can it be that you clicked the wrong movie site? no,no,sorry screenrant becomes more a arthouse drama movie site. no,you´re right here! message for jose.

  15. Wow, Rachel McAdams in a romance movie where she loses her memory? Is this like the prequel to The Notebook or what?? lol

  16. Screenrant, Paramount revelaled the release date for Paranormal Activity 4, its opening the week before Halloween 3D

  17. every article i have read about we need to talk about Kevin alludes to a terrible incident that the film is based around, not one has given away the fact it was a school massacre, thanks for that! and it’s Tilda Swinton not Winton granted its probably a typo.

  18. Alot to look forward to but beside’s the CMB movies i wanna see Django Unchained,Neighborhood Watch…which is a remake of tom hank’s The Burb’s,Premium Rush…i’ve become a JGL fan,Taken 2 which i know won’t be as good as the first and even though i know it will be silly but still a box office hit Battleship.And a few others i’ll just wait to rent.

  19. what about seeking justice with nic cage and guy pearce? that is supposed to come out march 16 i think

    • Yep Draagyn, it already came out overseas but will be in the U.S. on March 16th. I’ll add it to the list. Nice Catch.

  20. I really love these lists, Great job guys! :)

    • Hey Rickster, are you the same one who posts at the Spirit Blade Fourms?

  21. looks like there are so many strange film-titles-names,i am not a fan of romantic,-drama,-or some wanna-be-comedy movies! most of the titles will fail at the box-office or will get direct to dvd. i´m looking forward to aven. dj.unch. the hob. dark k.ri. wr.o.t.tit. and some horror movies. to the movie -hunter killer- ,why are u.s. troops rescue a russian president? and l.neeson should be careful in -taken 2-,istanbul(turkey)isn´t paris(france),we are much tougher then russians,france,or u.s.citizens! just laughable,hahaha.

  22. My god there are some utter lemons in that list – I’m thinking about 10% of those movies are actually worth 2 hours of my time. Just three things to say:

    1. Why does Gerard Butler keep getting into movies?
    2. Scary Movie 5, really?
    3. You guys in the US had to do it, Kim Kardassian – the acting star??

    Still, the 10 (or maybe 15%) of this list that is worth watching will be a very good selection.

  23. Oh, and yes – great effort on the list by the way guys and girls at SR, well worth the read.

  24. Is anybody really anticipating any movie with Kathrine Hiegl? Ever?

  25. Just when you thought there couldn’t be more reason to not watch a Tyler Perry movie

    • who is tyler pery,never heard of him.

      • consider yourself lucky then

        • o.k. thanks,mr.b.list-pornstar!

        • LOL

  26. Man… this a freakin thorough list (GREAT job Kofi)…
    Honestly, I would never have been able to do something like this (hell, I’ve never even heard of 75% of these movies ;))

  27. Chronicles looks really good,looks like what I was expecting from The Covenant and didn’t get.
    I recommend you check the trailer….

  28. DAMN..that’s a BIG list. Haven’t even gotten past the 3rd page yet. I do know that there are MANY 2012 films that I want to see. However, THE one I am MOST looking forward to is “The Hobbit”. My expectations are quite high for that one.

  29. and no one with half a brain talks about prometheus, the 35 year wait for an alien prequel…besides itll be more beast than batman ever could be(aside from the fact that tdk storyline isnt even canon to the main storyline of batmans life)