This seems like it could be an excellent years for movies, and certainly an improvement over last year. Some of the smaller movies are very intriguing, and the blockbuster films like Hunger Games and Avengers are almost ‘can’t miss’.
Red Tails, January 20, 2012
This has been a dream of George Lucas’s…to do a true, honest retelling of the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. He has been planning this movie for decades. The trailers look great, but this movie will say more than many of his other misses (Indiana Jones IV, the Star Wars Prequel) if he has anything left in the tank, or if he is spent as an artist.
John Carter, March 9, 2012
John Carter is a character from the Edgar Rice Burroughs series. John Carter of Mars has been thrilling young boys with science fiction dreams for over a century, myself included. Whether Disney pulls it off, I have no idea…but here’s hoping.
21 Jump Street, March 16, 2011
OK, another one of the Jonah Hill comedies…this one could work. Maybe. And how many kids even know what 21 Jump Street is any more? That said…I really want this to work, because the 80s were awesome.
The Hunger Games, March 23, 2012
Based on the dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins, this dystopian novel has been a huge hit, not among just the younger readers it was targeted for but the general literary audience. Definitely major concepts are stolen from Battle Royale, but Collins knits a story that is touching, and Katniss Everdeen is one of the great new young female characters is literary fiction. This is certainly one of the top 2 or 3 most anticipated films of the year on virtually everyone’s list.
Wrath of the Titans, March 30, 2012
The first movie, a remake of the eighties Clash of the Titans, was mediocre at best. The previews for this one look better. We shall see. I hold out hope; a cool Greek mythological series would be excellent.
Battleship, May 18, 2012
Peter Berg directs this film about a Naval fleet confronting an alien force hiding under the Pacific Ocean.
Men In Black 3, May 25, 2012
The first movie was really good, the second…meh. But worth giving a chance.
The Avengers, May 4, 2012
After the success of Iron Man, and the relative success of Thor and Captain America, this movie was a no brainer. Getting all the big stars on the same stage was a trick though. But with the firepower Joss Whedon, this is going to be a geekdom must see.
The Amazing Spider-Man, June 3, 2012
Is it too soon to reboot one of the biggest franchises of the past decade and a half? Apparently not. Just five years after the first Spider-Man trilogy ended, Sony Pictures decides America wants more. The question is, do they really want more of their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?
Prometheus, June 8, 2012
It is a non-sequel sequel of the Aliens anthology by filmmaker Ridley Scott. Whatever it is, Ridley Scott has shown that he deserves our attention…science fiction fans are going to be looking forward to this one.
Brave, June 22, 2012
Is there much to say about every new Pixar film? Pixar films are almost, without doubt, classics. And this movie, based in the Highlands of Scotland and with a female lead, look gorgeous in the trailers. I am once again excited.
The Dark Knight Rises, July 20, 2012
The Dark Knight may be the greatest superhero movie of all time; it certainly is the highest grossing film. How does Director Christopher Nolan top that? I have no idea. But the expectations are skyrocketing for this final installment of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
Expendables 2, August 17, 2012
Pure Testosterone! More explosions! More Schwartzenegger and Willis!
Skyfall, November 9, 2012
The next James Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig, hopefully keeps up the tradition of the last two Bond flicks, with a ‘Jason Bourne’ like feel, and Craig in his debonaire style. Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men) plays the villain…a fantastic choice.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, December 12, 2012
If The Dark Knight Rises isn’t the most anticipated movie of the year…this probably is. Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle Earth, in order to follow Bilbo Baggins, Frodo’s uncle, on his first adventure. With dwarves, elves, dragons, battles and treasure, the two movie series is guaranteed to be one of the highest grossing films of the year.
World War Z, December 21, 2012
There have been a plethora of zombie books, movies and TV series in the past couple years. My favorite book was World War Z, written by Max Brooks (so of that Mel Brooks). Brad Pitt stars. If the directors do a good job portraying the movie, it should take the zombie genre to a whole new level.
The Great Gatsby, December 25, 2012
One of my favorite books of all time. Leonardo Dicaprio deserves some leeway in these period pieces, and this is scheduled for December…hinting at an Oscar push.
Honorable Mentions: The Three Stooges (April 4), The Dictator (May 11), Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1), G.I. Joe Retaliation (June 29), Total Recall (August 3), The Bourne Legacy (August 10), Looper (September 28), Taken 2 (October 5), Django Unchained (December 25), Cosmopolis, Gravity (November), The Raid,