Our 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

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Screen Rant's 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 2011 had its share of disappointing movies, but among the good we had our favorites and it's not dampening our spirits as we look forward to 2012 - where again, there are more major films releasing than there are weeks in the year. From comic book, sci-fi and fantasy epics, to prequels, sequels and reboots, many of film's iconic characters and actors make their way to the big screen again this year, and have earned their place among Screen Rant's most anticipated movies of 2012.

20. Jack the Giant Killer

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Jack the Giant Killer Release Date: June 15, 2012 Director: Bryan Singer Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci, Eleanor Tomlinson The first Jack the Giant Killer trailer showcases an epic fantasy adventure based on the classic fairy tale, in which Jack (Hoult) unwittingly grows a beanstalk to the land of the vengeful Giants, where he must venture to rescue a princess (Tomlinson). With Singer at the helm for his first go at the fantasy genre, and a strong cast in his hands, it's hard not to find intrigue in the movie that pulled him out of directing X-Men: First Class.

19. G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - G.I. Joe 2: RetaliationRelease Date: June 29, 2012 Director: Jon M. Chu Cast: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Bruce Willis, Ray Stevenson A director change, combined with a clean-sweep of the cast from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, gives Paramount Pictures what amounts to a quasi-reboot of the action-packed franchise based on the popular Hasbro toy line. With Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson taking the spotlight and a clear emphasis on grittier, harsher action, we hope Retaliation improves on the good parts of its predecessor. The sequel follows the remaining Joes working off the grid to overthrow Cobra Commander and his plans of world domination.

18. Wettest County

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Wettest CountyRelease Date: August 31, 2012 Director: John Hillcoat Cast: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska The man behind the adaptation of  author Cormac McCarthy's bestselling novel The Road  heads to the Old West with an all-star cast for Wettest County, a crime-thriller about three brothers and their bootlegging gang  forced into violent action when their moonshine operation becomes threatened. It's based on the novel by Matt Bondurant, which in turn is based on his grandfather and great-uncles. The under-the-radar film has undergone a pair of name changes and a production halt due to financing, before switching studios and being picked up for distribution. We're riding the Tom Hardy train high and have strong expectations from Hillcoat and this talented cast.

17. Haywire

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - HaywireRelease Date: January 20, 2012 Director: Steven Soderbergh Cast: Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton After bringing together an impressive cast for Contagion, Soderbergh assembles another impressive ensemble for Haywire, an action-thriller about a Black Ops elite soldier named Mallory Kane (Carano) who takes on the missions that governments pretend don't exist. While on assignment in Ireland, Kane is double-crossed and the situation for her and her family goes... haywire. There's no doubt in Carano's martial arts abilities giving the film credible action sequences - as evidenced in the Haywire trailer - our only concern is the film's plot being too standard.

16. Gangster Squad

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Gangster SquadRelease Date: October 19, 2012 Director: Ruben Fleischer Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Pence, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña Ruben Fleischer steps away from comedy (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less) to offer a serious take on the mafia presence in 1940s Los Angeles. With the cast involved and an interesting premise about the LAPD doing their best to keep East Coast gangsters out of LA, we can only hope Gangster Squad delivers on its promise.

15. World War Z

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - World War ZRelease Date: December 21, 2012 Director: Marc Forster Cast: Brad Pitt, Eric West, Matthew Fox, David Morse, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos Based on Max Brooks' best-selling novel but offering a radical departure from its style for the film adaptation, World War Z (the movie) follows a  UN official (Pitt) as he travels around the world attempting to stop the zombie pandemic from destroying the world. While we were hoping for a documentary style collection of first-person recountings from survivors of the zombie outbreak, more in line with the style of the novel, we're still hopeful that Forster's take on the material will be something unlike any other zombie movie. Brad Pitt's production company eagerly won the film rights to the property and Pitt himself stars, in what Paramount Pictures hopes is the beginning of a World War Z trilogy. World War Z fan poster from Movie Cultists.

14. Lincoln

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Lincoln SpielbergRelease Date: December, 2012 Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Tommy Lee Jones James Spader, Jackie Earle Haley, Sally Field, John Hawkes, Walton Goggins Spielberg's had his eye on this historic biopic about President Abraham Lincoln for a decade, ever since acquiring the rights to Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography. Liam Neeson was previously cast as Honest Abe, where he did extensive research to prepare for the part before eventually dropping out and paving the way for two-time Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis and an all-star supporting cast. With Spielberg's War Horse debuting as Oscar bait at the end of 2011, expect the same quality of work on Lincoln when it hits at the end of this year.

13. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Abraham Lincoln Vampire HunterRelease Date: June 22, 2012 Director: Timur Bekmambetov Cast: Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Dominic Cooper, Alan Tudyk, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie Before Spielberg's biopic on the 16th American President, theatergoers will have the opportunity to witness a younger Abraham Lincoln... hunting vampires. Seth Grahame-Smith is adapting his own novel into a screenplay, with the help of Simon Kinberg, to be produced by Tim Burton. The story of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter also takes the shape of a biopic, but with the twist that it's based on secret diaries kept by Lincoln (Walker) and given to his vampire friend (Cooper), a "good" vampire who rescued Lincoln and taught him how to fight and hunt. The novel offers alternative and hidden explanations behind real-world events, making it one of the most interesting films coming in 2012.

12. Total Recall

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Total RecallRelease Date: August 3, 2012 Director: Len Wiseman Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, Ethan Hawke The Columbia Pictures' remake of the 1990 Paul Verhoeven classic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger follows Screen Rant's 5 golden rules for movie remakes by taking the Philip K. Dick short story in an entirely different direction, and we're on board for the virtual trip. This Colin Farrell starrer drops the Mars and alien story of the original (along with the cheesy one-liners) in favor of a grittier and more realistic take on the near future. Expect lots of action and beautiful visuals in this sci-fi adventure.

11. The Bourne Legacy

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Bourne LegacyRelease Date: August 3, 2012 Director: Tony Gilroy Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen Matt Damon's Jason Bourne trilogy ended on a high note with The Bourne Ultimatum but it didn't end the franchise. Although Damon and director Paul Greengrass are not involved, screenwriter Tony Gilroy returns as the writer and jumps into the captain's chair to helm the fourth installment in the Bourne franchise. Similar to what's occurring in the Mission: Impossible series, Jeremy Renner steps in to take over the established franchise as a new character (a CIA operative) with a new story set in the same universe based on the Robert Ludlum novels. We expect another smart thriller from The Bourne Legacy, with a lead character who uses his brain over brawn, and we hope the series continues long enough to see the titular character eventually return.

10. Snow White and the Huntsman

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Snow White and the HuntsmanRelease Date: June 1, 2012 Director: Rupert Sanders Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron Of the two Snow White films coming out next year, the one with Thor star Chris Hemsworth as the titular Huntsman is the one to be excited about. We're happy to see Kristen Stewart as the lead in a big budget non-Twilight film, and with the supporting cast (especially the dwarves)  filled out with likable and recognizable stars (including Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone and Ian McShane), this movie and its stylistic aesthetic is easily one of the go-to fantasy movies of 2012, offering a unique twist on a classic fairy tale. You also can't go wrong with Chris Hemsworth wielding a medieval weapon.

9. Django Unchained

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Django UnchainedRelease Date: December 25, 2012 Director: Quentin Tarantino Cast: Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sacha Baron Cohen, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell Although not the typical Christmas-type movie, the formula of Quentin Tarantino + incredible ensemble cast always yields great results. Django Unchained is a spaghetti western revenge flick about a freed slave (Foxx) trained to be a bounty hunter from his mentor (Waltz), who goes on a mission to save his enslaved wife. This is right up Tarantino's alley, so expect great things from the dialogue and characters - many of whom are played by Tarantino regulars.

8. The Hunger Games

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The Hunger GamesRelease Date: March 23, 2012 Director: Gary Ross Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland Based on the successful novel - and first of a trilogy - by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games tells the tale of Katniss Everdeen, who must fight for her life in the annual main event, the key piece of entertainment for the post-apocalyptic future America. Lionsgate is banking on this franchise becoming the next big young adult hit as the Twilight series winds down, and with the talent involved, combined with our fondness for the books (the first two, anyway), we have high hopes for this spring release.

7. Skyfall

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - Skyfall (James Bond)Release Date: November 9, 2012 Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw
Whether or not Daniel Craig signs on for another five James Bond films, he'll finally be back next year for Skyfall and we're thankful the MGM situation was resolved so it could happen. Quantum of Solace let a lot of us down after Casino Royale successfully rebooted the series, giving fans a believable and enjoyable take on Agent 007. Craig, and those involved, promise big things from Skyfall, which boasts a strong cast of talent and an entirely original story not related to any of Ian Fleming's novels - and thankfully and not associated with Quantum of Solace.
SkyFall poster art by AndrewSS7.

6. The Expendables 2

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The Expendables 2Release Date: August 17, 2012 Director: Simon West Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Scott Adkins and Novak Djokovi. The cast list, trailer and poster for The Expendables 2 is literally a dream come true, and a decade ago, it was unfathomable that a single movie could contain so many iconic action stars. The Expendables was Stallone's tribute to '80s action movies, and for the sequel, he's bringing back everyone and everything we loved about that and (literally) blowing it up with so much more. Add the fact that Con Air director Simon West is taking over the helm from Stallone (who didn't exactly impress with the last film) and there's reason to be excited that the sequel could surpass the original.

5. The Amazing Spider-Man

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The Amazing Spider-ManRelease Date: July 3, 2012 Director: Marc Webb Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary When Spider-Man 4 was canned and Sony immediately pushed ahead on development of a 3D reboot, there was a collective groan from moviegoers and comic fans at the thought of  seeing another origin story. But with the direction they took - bringing Marc Webb into the director's chair, casting Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, drawing more from the comics, and all the steps following - production has been on the up and up and we're genuinely excited from what we've seen from The Amazing Spider-Man trailer and footage at Comic-Con, so much so that it's one of our most anticipated films of the year.

4. Prometheus

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - PrometheusRelease Date: June 8, 2012 Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce Originally a prequel to Alien (still is?) but now only set in the Aliens universe, Ridley Scott is back to bring us what we love most here at Screen Rant. The cast, story and mystery surrounding Prometheus, as well as the script by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts, has us so intrigued that we were sold on the concept alone. When the Prometheus trailer hit, our high hopes were justified and we couldn't be more excited about a return to Alien-style sci-fi horror, with this tale about explorers heading to a distant planet searching for the origins of our species.

3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The HobbitRelease Date: December 14, 2012 Director: Peter Jackson Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lily, Elijah Wood It's impossible for any fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy to not be ecstatic about returning to Middle-Earth for the story of Bilbo Baggins. The Hobbit  tale will be told over two movies and will serve as a prequel of sorts to the Lord of the Rings films, so much so that when it's all said and done, the five movies can be watched back-to-back as a consistent and complete pentalogy. Much of the cast and crew return from the trilogy, with many of the same locations in New Zealand used again for familiarity.  Gandalf, we're ready for this adventure.

2. The Avengers

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The AvengersRelease Date: May 4, 2012 Director: Joss Whedon Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard, Cobie Smulders Arguably the most ambitious film project ever, no studio has ever succeeded in doing what Marvel Studios has constructed with their shared cinematic universe and lead-ups to The Avengers. Five individual superhero films over four years laid the foundation for this big superhero team-up, directed by geek icon Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly). And while some of the more recent Marvel superhero films didn't quite meet our expectations, we have the highest of hopes for The Avengers. Much of the film remains shrouded in mystery (and rumors), but from what we've seen so far of our favorite heroes in costume and in action, this should be the epitome of epicness.

1. The Dark Knight Rises

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The Dark Knight RisesRelease Date: July 20, 2012 Director: Christopher Nolan Cast: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard The Dark Knight Rises comes this summer with the highest of expectations after the financial and critical success that was The Dark Knight, but there's no question that Christopher Nolan can pull this off as the conclusion to his Batman story. The already impressive returning cast is boasted with the help of a few new characters played by Nolan regulars in what will undoubtedly be a complex and rich Batman adventure that runs full circle with Batman Begins. Few movies have earned this much excitement and anticipation - fewer still have actually delivered on it. For our money, we suspect Nolan will meet that challenge.

Conclusion

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 There are many other high-profile films (we started with over 60) that interest us this year, but didn't make the list either because of  negative early reviews or us simply finding them not as exciting as the 20 above. Now that you know what the Screen Rant team is looking forward to this year, let us know what you are anticipating. For a comprehensive look at all of the movies coming out this year, be sure to check out our massive 2012 movie preview. - Follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes.
TAGS: abraham lincoln vampire hunter, django unchained, gangster squad, gi joe 2, haywire, jack the giant killer, james bond, lincoln, prometheus, skyfall, snow white and the huntsman, the amazing spider-man, the avengers, the bourne legacy, the dark knight rises, the expendables 2, the hobbit, the hunger games, the wettest county in the world, total recall, world war z

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  1. Hunger Games! I’m really excited to see Batman, Underworld, Avengers, WWZ, and Resident Evil… but I’m looking forward to seeing how Hunger Games is captured into the movie.

  2. Spring : “John Carter”
    Summer : “Avengers”

    • Agree 100% except that John Carter comes out in winter and Avengers in spring.
      SUMMER I’d put Prometheus and Spidey tied
      Fall Gravity and The Hobbit
      next winter World War Z and Django Unchained

      Btw screenrant’s list fails for not having GRAVITY, LOOPER, JOHN CARTER, SAVAGES and 47 RONIN. Bad list…bad list

      • Cloud Atlas isn’t on this list either, definitely top ten for me.

      • Looper should have been on there.

      • John Carter comes out in March.

        “Bad” list because different than your own? lol

  3. Don’t forget chronicle looks fantastic

  4. My can’t wait to see in 2012 list – 1) The Hunger Games 2) The Avengers 3) The Hobbit 4) The Dark Knight Rises 5) Men in Black 3

  5. The avengers, dark knight rises, the hobbit, expendables 2, men in black 3 and spiderman of course :)

  6. The Dark Knight Rises
    The Avengers
    The Amazing Spider-Man
    Lincoln
    The Hobbit

    Those are my Top 5 in no particular order. I’m also interested in John Carter, Django Unchained, Great Gatsby, and maybe World War Z.

  7. Ok, not to be a bother, but is it possible for these types of articles to have a “View All” button so we don’t have to flip page by page? Would definitely benefit those of us viewing the site on a mobile device…

  8. My top five are
    1) The Avengers
    2) The Dark Knight Rises
    3) Django unchained
    4) Exapendables 2 ( The director’s cut of the first one is ten times better than the studio cut.)
    5) The Cabin In The Woods

  9. great list, the only movie i dont wanna see here is Haywire (but thats looking better the more i hear about it) and the only movie i’m really anticipating that was excluded was “Les Miserables”

  10. that´s what i´m talkin;bout,that´s what i like ,list is good now!

  11. Glad to see Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on the list! I was surprised that Men in Black 3 wasn’t on the list or really any comedic type movies.

    • the poster for a.linco.vam.hunter is one of the best promo posters,i think i will realy like this movie,since more detaills of the plot comes trough .

      • i will not believe this movies will fail,because some movies like spiderman must fill the production costs,and last year we had so much expensive blockbusters,who all failed,it was really adisapointing year for fans,you haven´t getwhat you expected ang wanted,from movies. iwill list them again-cowbo.a.al,-batt.o.l.a.-green lantern-hornet-and so on .the scriptwriters shouldn´t make the same mistakes,the comming years. maybe some,but hope not much. for a director like james cammerom who is maybee billionair,i pay every cent for his sc-fi movies,thas is entertainment on highest level.

      • It’s a great book and the author is adapting it into a screenplay. So maybe for once, moviegoers will actually see an author’s intended vision. Notice I said “MAYBE” since movie studios are always involved with the movie making (money making?) process.

        • Honestly, I wish more authors that have their books turned into movies were more involved in the screenwriting process and/or completely write the screenplays themselves. I don’t know if you’ve ever read The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher but the short-lived show based on that series on Sci-Fy would have been so much better if Butcher himself had written the episodes. I tried watching the pilot and I’m pretty sure I never made it through the whole thing.

          I’m also a Punisher fan and I will never understand why Garth Ennis was never brought in to help write either the Tom Jane or Ray Stevenson films. Imo, those movies would have been so much better if he had been heavily involved with them.

  12. 1-TDKR
    2-The Hobbit (honestly this would be tied for 1 if it were not a prequel)
    3-The Avengers
    4-Snow White and the Huntsman
    5-Amazing Spiderman (just purely off of hype)

  13. Mixed mess of suggestions for me. I saw four that might get me to a theater. Now all I want to know is how you managed to overlook the fact that about 60 million people globally have been waiting for some part of the last 30 years for Les Miserables film of the stage musical to come to the screen and now it will with Hugh Jackman in the lead? Time for you to check into the brain dead line for movie critics.

    • Maybe that was 21, who knows?

  14. My most anticipated movies are:

    The Avengers-(I hope Marvel pulls this idea off, I mean Iron Man 1 & 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Captain America were great movies.

    The Dark Knight Rises-
    (It’s the last movie in the Nolan series but I hope this one will be better than The Dark Knight, still I don’t think it will be better than TDK during to Ledger’s peformance as Joker. Still I hope Tom Hardy does a great job as Bane and Nolan makes a good movie that will be a great end to a amazing trogliy

    The Amazing Spiderman (Still I don’t think a reboot is a good idea but let’s hope Marc Webb does a great job at doing a dark turn at Spiderman)

    G.I Joe 2-
    (It’s got The Rock and Bruce Willis in it, the pratical effects are amazing, less CGI and gritter and harsh action in the movie, let’s hope this will be a great sequel to a cartoony movie).

    Prothenmus-
    (I don’t know if it’s a prequel or not to Alien but judging by the trailer, it has some connection to Alien.)

    (Still I really hope this will give scares and chills just like Alien)

    The Expendables 2-
    (Finally all of action fan’s dream has come true, I mean Stallone, Willis, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Scott Adkins all in one movie)

    (I am seriously happy that these action hero legends have put their differneces aside to make a awesome movie)

    (I hope Van Damme does a great job as the main villain, there will be practical effects and real blood in it, no CGI, more gunfights and fight scenes than ever).

    Let’s hope this year will be a great year for movies.

  15. Well Screen rant still looks pretty much like a boys club’s idea of Saturday matinee with popcorn and jujubes at the movies. I don’t have anything against adventure, horror, war, science fiction and shoot em ups, but a remake of Total Recall ahead of some of the great movies on the list of ones that didn’t get picked for top 20?

    I am looking forward to Lincoln (the non vampire one) and the Hobbit and will wait for more info before deciding on others.

  16. Not to be a Negative Nancy, but whenever I read articles like these I begin to guess at which of these most anticipated films will be flops. I worry about The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises the most, but that’s probably just because they are the most hyped.

  17. No wonder the world is gonna end by December, after a year of this much awesome-ness, what would we do next?

  18. I can’t tell if you were being sarcastic when saying that you’re excited to see Kristin Stewart in a movie. The girl has the acting chops of a brick and only half the grace.

    • LOL good one ya she’s terrible

    • Gotta agree with you there. If she could ever lose the forlorn, open mouth expression it would definitely be a plus.

  19. G.I. Joe Retaliation is only a week apart from spider-man i believe, it better be damm good and pull in the numbers opening weekend because after that it will fall into limbo.Whose dumb idea was it to put it out one week before spidey?..smh Total Recall really? i guess it has potenial but every movie has potenial till you see how s**ty it really is.Looking forward to Django Unchained but Jamie Foxx may have been miscast in this role,yea he deserved that oscar for ray but outside of that he’s pretty average in his acting.And who in the hell is Abe Lincoln:Vampire Killer?lmao…Unless it’s the real Abe Linc driving stakes through robert pattinson & the twilight cast i think i’ll past on this one.

  20. Why doesn’t Screen Rant do a similar list with films that are less mainstream, set to come out this year. I understand that these are the kind of films Screen Rant feel most of the people who visit the site will be interested in, but at the same time there are lots of films that the same people wont be aware of. Films that could be amazing
    Films like:

    Paul Thomas Anderson’s – The Master
    Danny Boyle’s – Trance
    Alfonso Cuaron’s – Gravity
    Ang Lee’s life of Pi – Life of Pi
    David Cronenberg’s – Cosmopolis
    Walter Salles’ adaptation of – On the Road
    Terrence Malick’s Untitled Project
    Stoker, by the director of Oldboy
    He Loves Me, by the makers of Little Miss Sunshine
    Seven Psychopaths, by the director of In Bruges
    The Place Beyond the Pines, by the director of Blue Valentine
    Shadow Dancer, (non-documentary by the director of Man on Wire and Project Nim

    I mean if you’re gonna but stuff like GI Joe 2 and The Expendables on your list….

    • Screen Invasion has a list like that. I didn’t much appreciate it, but you might like it.

  21. It’s incredibly weird that Men In Black 3 was NOT on that list (to make it even more weird… it wasn’t even a top 10 – it was a top 20! – IMO that movie REALLY desired a spot somewhere on here :()
    Aw well, my ‘top 5′ list goes like this:
    1. The Avengers
    2. The Dark Knight Rises
    3. Men In Black 3
    4. The Hobbit
    5. The Amazing Spider-Man

    I’m also really interested in The Hunger Games, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Bourne Legacy and Skyfall. I’ll probably also go see 47 Ronin and John Carter as well, but IMO “Jeff Who Lives at Home” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” also seem like they may have some potential (so I might check those out too).

    P.S. Is Jeremy Renner seriously in THREE (action) movies this year?!

    • Sorry (damn spell check).
      I meant to say: “IMO that movie (MIB3) really DESERVED a spot somewhere on here”

  22. Here is my list:

    10

    BRAVE: Disney Pixar… I want to see what they have up their sleeves! The teaser didnt really excite me, but this is PIXAR I want to see if they screw up or not!

    9

    MEN IN BLACK 3: Ok, I wasnt a big fan of the second but I really enjoyed the first. I cant wait to see them back in action, looks poopy so far BUT this is the Meni In Black universe, so it could be decent- very good!

    8

    MADAGASCAR 3: Ok.. I didnt really likethe first at first, but it grew on me. Actually I saw the second before I saw the first I had only seen bits and pieces of the first before. But the second was very good and I cant wait to see whats in store for the outcast! haha… looks like a rush!

    7

    TWILIGHT BREAKING DAWN PART 2: I liked the first twilight… disliked the second and son till part 4! I actually enjoyed it the second time. And I dont know what will happen in the end and I cant wait to see. Its the end of twilight as well, the final one!

    6

    THE HOBBIT: I just recently seen this trilogy and I liked it not loved it but ROTK was enjoyable indeed! I cant wait to hear the amazing score and see whats in store here! The shire

    5

    THE AVENGERS: Ok, I loved THOR and IRON MAN the rest I kinda like… but this will be the first superhero movie team up! I wanna see if it works or not. I want to see some good action and I want alot of Thor and iron man!

    4

    HALLOWEEN 3D: Oh yeah baby! HALLOWEEN. Ive been waiting for this… since I seen part 2. HOW IN THE HELL WILL THEY DO IT? Lauren is dead.. NOW WHAT? Haha and in 3D! First halloween in 3D! EPICNESS

    3

    THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN: Andrew Garfield… Emma Stone… Rhys Ifan…. amazing cast. Amazing story. Period!

    2

    THE HUNGER GAMES: Henrick got me into this amazing story. Thanks bud! Haha it truly is wonderful, the book isnt all that GREAT but its certainly good and what I love is the actual PLOt, the story. Its just very good and I cant wait to see everything I read on the big screen ( soemthing I really love!) Its going to be atleast decent to me Im sure!

    obviously… lol
    1

    THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Just…. need I explain? LOL its the final batman movie from Christopher Nolan one of the most anticipated movies of the year. A great cast and I seen the prologue it will be bad ass believe me! Just great action and all, mystery! I cant wait to see the end of the Bat!

  23. Recently read the hunger games to see what all the fuss was about. Now I’m hooked! Can’t wait to see how it’s gonna be on screen.
    The Muppets isn’t out till February in UK so personally that’s my most anticipated.

  24. Personally, I disagree with the order of the last two, no company before now has made such an attempt to make the comic universe blend in with the other characters, superman and batman, GL and wonder woman…

    Marvel is the first, this is gonna be historic.

    2. Batman
    1. Avengers

  25. TEST

    • Is it just me or does 2012 seem to be heavier in the latter half of the year in major releases then in the first half? Seems like AUGUST is getting more and more of the SUMMER films.

  26. 1.The Dark Knight Rises

    2.Prometheus

    3.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    4.The Avengers

    5.Skyfall

    6.Django Unchained

    7.The Hunger Games

    8.Dr Seuss’s The Lorax

    9.The Great Gatsby

    10.Brave

  27. I guess Columbia Pictures wants to throw their money away and tank the franchise since they cast Collin Farrel with the lead.

    He is such a horrible actor. Terrible terrible.

    • In regards to Total Recall that is.

    • Check out the movie In Bruges. Farrell is great in that.

  28. Exit 2011: The Year of Thor (a childhood dream) to 2012: The Avengers’ Year (a dream I never dared dream about!). Can’t wait! Hope they pull it off.

  29. Prometheus- the Alien pods are WMDs. Population annihilators/genesis for the alien creatures. These Gods that we hear of, captured and used the facehuggers as weapons. The Space Jockey is the one ‘shooting’ the pods into the planet’s surface. I realized that watching Alien on Blu-ray. I can’t wait for the movie.

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