This could be the year when some movies should shatter the box office records. The epic conclusion to the Dark Knight, The Avengers, are a few possible candidates. Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan are all in action this year. Sequels, conclusions, its all happening in 2012! Lets begin!
Release Date: 20 January
Directed by Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Sandrine Holt, Michael Ealy, India Eisley
Now ideally a film series, into its 4th installment, should be good, else it wouldn’t have lasted that long. Critics have slammed the Underworld series. But little do the movie studios care if it brings in almost $300m worldwide collection.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Release Date: 17 February
Directed by Neveldine/Taylor
Starring: Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage is back as Johnny Blaze aka Ghost Rider. The first one didn’t get good reviews, and the second one is expected to be worse.
Release Date: 9 March
Directed by Andrew Stanton
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Thomas Haden Church, Samantha Morton, Ciarán Hinds, Mark Strong and Willem Dafoe
Andrew Stanton, the director of 3 big Pixar hits: A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo & WALL-E, comes up with his first live action film, John Carter. Based on a novel named A Princess of Mars, the movie is about how a guy named John Carter lands up on Mars and tries to save the local species from extinction. The trailer gave an impression that its one hell of a mashup between Star Wars, Avatar, 10,000 BC, and what not. But with a reputed direction at the helm, and some superb looking visual effects, John Carter could well be a good money making movie.
21 Jump Street
Release Date: 16 March
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Ellie Kemper, Johnny Depp
Based on the TV Series of same name, 21 Jump Street is about how two cops go undercover in a high school and try to nail a drug ring. Starring Channing Tatum (GI Joe), and Jonah Hill as leads, it promises to be a nice action-comedy.
The Hunger Games
Release Date: 23 March
Directed by Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields
Based on a book of the same name, The Hunger Games is about a competition in which only one winner will survive and the winner shall have unlimited food supplies and other materialistic gains. Featuring some familiar names, The Hunger Games trailer looked good, but the script might not be good enough to impress the critics. Box office collections should prove to be good though.
Wrath of the Titans 3D
Release Date: 30 March
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Danny Huston, Édgar Ramírez, Bill Nighy, Toby Kebbell, Rosamund Pike
Sequel to Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans is about what happens to Perseus (Sam Worthington) after the defeat in the first movie. And how he embarks on a quest to rescue Zeus, overthrow the titans and save mankind.
Release Date: 6 April
Directed by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid
The American Pie series needs no introduction, everyone has seen it, loved it, hated it, adored it, and probably many have even missed it. The spin-offs never really matched the original, and to make up for it, the whole original cast returns in American Reunion for a reunion at the East Great Falls. Might not match the fun of the first movie, but won’t harm to see the gang on screen once again and enjoy some more of the original gang.
The Cabin in the Woods
Release Date: 13 April
Directed by Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford
Some college kids go into a cabin to spend their weekend, but little do they know what horror lies ahead. If blood, gore, horror thrillers are your thing, then this might be just the thing for you.
Scary Movie 5
Release Date: 20 April
Directed by David Zucker
Starring: Anna Faris, Anthony Anderson and Regina Hall
The king of spoofs, Scary Movie has done a great job at the spoof genre, making fun of some of the biggest movies. Slammed by critics, loved by audience, Scary Movie is back! Suprisingly no details regarding the movie are confirmed, other than the release date, which isn’t so far away. Lets hope we get some more info from the studio.
Release Date: 18 May
Directed by Peter Berg
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano
An alien conflict movie, this time its based on water. A naval fleet during a routine at Pearl Harbour finds alien ships, eventually its a fight between aliens and humans. Aliens want to build a power source, and the humans must stop them. Trailer had some good looking special effects, lets hope the movie is also as good as it looks.
Release Date: 4 May
Directed by Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson
The mammoth from Marvel. And that’s what it is. A mammoth movie, the first of its kind, the second most awaited movie of the year (we’ll get to the most awaited one later in the preview). Where superheroes from different movies combine power to fight an enemy. Based on the famous Marvel universe, The Avengers is the culmination of all those individual character introduction movies you saw over the years, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America. The world is under threat, and the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, or S.H.I.E.L.D in short, must bring these heroes together under Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) to fight the enemy.
Release Date: 11 May
Directed by Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Thomas McDonell, Chloë Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Gulliver McGrath, Jackie Earle Haley
I haven’t even seen the trailer, but since it had Johnny Depp, Eva Green as star cast and Tim Burton as director, I didn’t bother thinking twice over adding it to the preview. Its based on a 60-70s gothic soap opera of the same name. Story is about a wealthy playboy who breaks the heart of a witch, who turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. Years later he is freed and returns to the manor. Sounds interesting. Can’t wait to see Johnny Depp as a vampire!
Release Date: 11 May
Directed by Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, Adeel Akhtar
From the director of Borat and Bruno comes another laught riot, The Dictator. The trailer is insanely humorous, Sacha Baron Cohen plays yet another wacky character. Paramount Pictures summarizes the movie as “the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed “ Watch it!
Men in Black 3
Release Date: 25 May
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones
The Men in Black are back! The secret organization devoted to policing and monitoring extraterrestrial activity on Earth return for the third installment with Agent K & Agent J dealing with weird looking aliens. Agent J time-travels back to the 1960s, where an alien with its sights set on the younger version of Agent K poses a threat to the future of the MIB organization — and the existence of humankind.
Rock of Ages
Release Date: 1 June
Directed by Adam Shankman
Starring: Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, with Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise
A movie based on the rock scene of 1980s. Featuring a stellar cast, Rock of Ages is a musical journey through the rock scene. Watch out for Tom Cruise’s look in the movie.
Snow White and the Huntsman
Release Date: 1 June
Directed by Rupert Sanders
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane
Based on the famous Snow White, her evil queen and the magic mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman is an interesting adaptation of the fairytale.
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Release Date: 8 June
Directed by Eric Darnell, Conrad Vernon
Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Frances McDormand, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John DiMaggio, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon
The famous Newyorkers finally start their journey from Africa to return back to their beloved Zoo. The gang, the penguins, monkeys, are stranded in Monte Carlo, and must escape by joining a circus.
Release Date: 8 June
Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron
Ridley Scott returns to his favorite genre. In the late 21st Century, the crew of the Prometheus explore the advanced civilization of an extraterrestrial race searching for the origins of humanity.
Release Date: 22 June
Directed by Mark Andrews
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, John Ratzenberger
Pixar’s new animation film is about a brave girl who is a skilled archer and wants to make her own path in life.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Release Date: 22 June
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
The name of the movie is quite interesting. Based on a mashup novel of the same name. The movie is a fictional story about Abraham Lincoln having a secret identity as a vampire hunter. Sounds interesting right?
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Release Date: 29 June
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Arnold Vosloo, Adrianne Palicki
I loved the first G.I. Joe movie. And the trailer of the sequel looks kickass! What’s more, it now has Dwayne Johnson AND Bruce Willis. How about that! The plot goes like this. Zartan, who is disguised as the US President, frames all the Joes as traitors and destroys most of them. The world is now under Cobra’s control. The Joes must now plan to come clean and stop Cobra.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Release Date: 3 July
Directed by Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
Why on earth did Sony Pictures decide to reboot the Spider-Man series this early is beyond my understanding. Specially when the Spider-Man trilogy got them nearly $2.5 billion worldwide. Well who can ever stop the studios from doing what they want. They have decided to reboot the entire franchisee only 5 years since the last Spider-Man movie. Andrew Garfield replaces Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. We all know about Spider-Man now, but probably the movie has a different way to show all that again. The trailer did generate quite a positive reaction from the fans. So maybe Sony has got it right. Lets see when it comes out.
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Release Date: 13 July
Directed by Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck
Chris Wedge, Jennifer Lopez
The fourth movie in the Ice Age series. The official synopsis added to Apple Trailers follows Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences — a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these earth-shattering upheavals, Sid reunites with his long lost family, and the gang encounters a ragtag menagerie of animal pirates (who captured Scrat as well) determined to stop them from returning home, But then, they escape from the ship, and they get help from Shira, a female saber-toothed tiger who falls in love with Diego, while trying to find the rest of the herd.
The Dark Knight Rises
Release Date: 20 July
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman
THE movie of the year. THE most awaited feature film. THE one which has sent everyone into unbearable wait for the release. The final installment of the legendary Batman under Chris Nolan’s direction is here. Batman Begins was superb, The Dark Knight was monumental, the Dark Knight Rises can only be colossal. The trailer has already created a wave of awe. Everyone who has seen it can’t stop praising it. And the movie is yet to be seen! I can’t wait to see the epic conclusion. After the death of Harvey Dent, Batman takes responsibility of crimes done by Dent/Two-Face and is under hunt by the Gotham police. But 8 years after, Batman must arrive again to prevent Bane (Tom Hardy) from destroying the town. Also in the movie is Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).
Release Date: 3 August
Directed by Len Wiseman
Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel
As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy in the far future, a simple factory worker suffering from violent nightmares (Farrell) also begins to suspect that he’s a spy whose memory and personality were erased and replaced, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on and how important his lost memories will be in its outcome.
The Bourne Legacy
Release Date: 3 August
Directed by Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Oscar Isaac
The story resumes after the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum, as a new cast of characters grapple with the consequences of Jason’s actions. Although it won’t be the same without Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass, but I’m still looking forward to it since the storyline of the first three films was so gripping.
Release Date: 10 August
Directed by Jay Roach
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Dylan McDermott, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Sarah Baker
Zach Galifianakis associated with any comedy automatically becomes a must watch. The film follows two rival politicians (Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis) who are trying to win an election to represent their small South Carolina congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
The Expendables 2
Release Date: 17 August
Directed by Simon West
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger
If you love action films, and you see the star cast, then you know you are in for a treat. With all the action heroes you know and love, The Expendables 2 should be a good film. After taking a seemingly simple job for Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) the Expendables find their plans going awry and one of their own is brutally murdered by rival mercenary Jean Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme). The Expendables set out into hostile territory — with their new members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) — to put a stop to a deadly weapon and gain their revenge against the villain who killed their brother.
Release Date: 24 August
Directed by David Koepp
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez
The film centers on a New York City bicycle messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who picks up an envelope from Columbia University. A dirty cop (Michael Shannon), desperate to get his hands on the envelope, chases the bicycle messenger around the city. The talking point of the movie is the breathtaking cycle stunts in the movie and ofcourse Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Resident Evil: Retribution
Release Date: 14 September
Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Li Bingbing, Boris Kodjoe, Johann Urb, Kevin Durand, Michelle Rodriguez
Just like the zombies in the film, the franchisee is still alive, into its fifth installment now, Resident Evil: Retribution is about Alice, who is captured by Umbrella and awakens in the heart of their operation facility; as she moves further in the complex more of her past is unveiled and continues to hunt for those responsible for the outbreak. Her quest takes her and her newfound allies from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow. After a “mind-blowing” revelation, she is forced to rethink everything she once thought to be true.
Release Date: 28 September
Directed by Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
A present-day killer (Gordon-Levitt) works for a mob in the future and kills people who are sent from the future. He recognizes one victim (Willis) as himself and hesitates, resulting in the escape of his older self. Now that’s quite a story.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Release Date: 16 November
Directed by Bill Condon
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Yes! Yes! Finally the movie has arrived. Been waiting for it since the series began! Finally I won’t have to bear the sight of the movie ever again. Phew! Some riddance this. I don’t care about the storyline, just that I didn’t like the 20-30 minutes of what I saw, and the lead characters bore me out, so just like those millions who hate this movie, the only reason they are looking forward to the movie is because its the final installment in the Twilight series.
Release Date: 19 October
Directed by Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña
Trailer isn’t out yet, storyline says “A chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.” Very little to judge from it, but considering the talented cast, I’d definitely want to watch this one.
Release Date: 26 October
Directed by Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw
James Bond’s loyalty to M is challenged over secrets from her past. When MI6 is attacked, it falls to Bond to seek out and eliminate the threat regardless of the cost to himself.
Quite an interesting story this one. And with a Academy Award winning director at the helm and a good actor in the movie, Javier Bardem, I expect it to be a lot better than the previous one, Quantum of Solace.
Release Date: 7 December
Directed by Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit
Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee from police Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). The pursuit consumes both men’s lives, and after two decades on the run, Valjean finds himself in the midst of the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris.
The plot does little to suggest how the movie will be, and until we get a look of it its hard to tell, but with a good cast, its really something to look forward to.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Release Date: 14 December
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Stephen Fry
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
Lord of the Rings was a marvel to watch. This based on the same characters, although with some key people missing, and virtually no war scenes, it still looks good by looking at the trailer.
World War Z
Release Date: 21 December
Directed by Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Lucy Aharish, Julia Levy-Boeken
a U.N. Employee ( Brad Pitt) who scours the world, interviewing survivors of the Zombie apocalypse, referred to as World War Z . Its a movie about zombies, nuclear war, and more war related stuff. We’ll probably know more when the first trailer is out. The movie is already said to be a trilogy, so in that sense the movie is a bit more anticipated. An interesting fact is that UTV Motion Pictures is associated with the movie.
The Great Gatsby
Release Date: 25 December
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Amitabh Bachchan
I’m really looking forward to this movie solely because of the starcast. Its a romantic drama adaptation from a novel of the same name.
Release Date: 25 December
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington
With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Just look at that amazing star cast. And the director is Quentin Tarantino. What more reasons do you want to see this movie?
Release Date: December
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, Bruce McGill
Steven Spielberg is back in action! DreamWorks has announced that the film “will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.”
Killing Bin Laden
Release Date: 19 December
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Edgar Ramirez, Mark Strong, Jason Clarke, Chris Pratt and lead Joel Edgerton.
The name of the movie isn’t confirmed yet. But its the only movie since the Hurt Locker from the Academy Award winning Kathryn Bigelow. Its about the mission of finding and hunting the most wanted man in the world. All the more reasons to look forward to it.
Release Date: unknown
Directed by John Gulager,
Starring: Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd, Danielle Panabaker
A year after the attack on Lake Victoria by prehistoric piranhas, the creatures begin traveling through the town’s plumbing, gaining access to swimming pools and the newly-opened waterpark “Big Wet.
Followup to the unexpected hit of last year, Piranha. Some more of the flesh eating fishes awaits in this movie.
Release Date: unknown
Directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson
Two guys take on the end of the world. That’s the known stuff about the movie. Should release late this year, but given the cast, and that its from the people who got out the hit Pineapple Express, I’m definitely looking forward to this one.
Release Date: unknown
Directed by Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin, Penélope Cruz, Roberto Benigni
A Woody Allen movie with Penelope Cruz again in the cast. Reason enough. Can’t wait to watch it!