Well reader of this, you’re welcome. I’ve done all the work for you. Compiled here is everything you need to know and look forward to related to movies in 2012. This isn’t every movie that’s coming out, just the ones that I feel are most noteworthy. About half of them are linked with trailers if you click the names and the others are linked to the IMDb page because the trailers haven’t been released. I have probably spent more time on this post than any research paper I’ve ever done so I hope you enjoy! I tried to include all of the blockbusters as well as the smaller indie films that are noteworthy. This should be a good reference throughout the year and you might want to bookmark it because I’ll be updating it throughout the year with date changes and additions.
April 4- Titanic 3D– Same movie but now in 3D. Will likely make the same killing once again.
April 4- Iron Sky– This is a late addition to the post because I finally figured out what the heck this movie is. Get this…Finnish high-concept B-movie on an indie budget. It’s about a Third Reich of Nazis who went to a secret base on the moon for the past 60 years or so to perfect an anti-gravity spacecraft that they are going to use it to retake earth. Yeah, that’s a movie that has generated some buzz. People love just deeming weird movies, “cult classics.”
April 6- The Hunter– Stars Willem Dafoe and from what I’ve read it’s supposed to be good.
April 6- God Bless America– From writer/director/comedian Bobcat Goldthwait. Looks like great to me.
April 6- Rampart– Lots of Woody Harrelson Oscar buzz surrounding his role in this one.
April 13- Blue Like Jazz– I loved the book by Donald Miller. Not sure how the movie will be, but some of the preliminary things I’ve read sound good.
April 13- Bullhead– Interesting looking Art House film that was recently nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
April 13- The Cabin in the Woods– Supposedly set up like your typical “weekend trip to the cabin” horror movie but actually pretty good and original.
April 13- Monsieur Lazhar– Quirky dramedy about an Algerian immigrant in Montreal who applies at a school after hearing of the sudden death of a teacher.
April 13- The Raid: Redemption– Supposedly one of the best pure action movies of all time.
April 20- Think Like A Man– I’m a HUGE Kevin Hart fan.
April 20- Marley– Dude, it totes comes out on 4-20. Coincidence? I think not.
April 20- Inside Hana’s Suitcase– WWII documentary that is supposedly a major tear-jerker but very good.
April 27- The Five-Year Engagement– Judd Apatow is back in the producer role after Bridesmaids. Starring a huge cast of young comedic stars including Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Chris Pratt, Kevin Hart, Chris Parnell, Mindy Kaling and Brian Posehn.
April 27- Bernie– I’m not a big Jack Black guy but I’m sure some of you are so it made the list.
April 27- Footnote– This is a film that has received many great accolades for it’s writing and directing so it’s definitely one to look for whenever it makes it’s rounds in 2012.
April 27- Sound of My Voice– Indie film that critics have loved. Looks bizarre and you don’t get a whole lot from the trailer but it’s one to keep an eye on. This is a limited release date.
May 4- The Avengers– Culmination of all the Marvel films over the past several years. This is going to obviously be a huge film.
May 11- The Dictator– Chances are you’ve seen Sacha Baron Cohen’s Oscars red carpet “incident” with Ryan Seacrest dressed in character for this movie. I don’t know what to think about this for sure yet, but as of know I’m mildly excited.
May 11- Dark Shadows– Tim Burton film based on the cult TV series. Stars Johnny Depp and you’ll never guess who else…Helena Bonham Carter! I know, right?!
May 18- What to Expect When You’re Expecting– Based on the book. Stars Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Dennis Quaid and Brooklyn Decker.
May 25- Men in Black III– These were my jam when I was younger. While I’m pretty sure it’s a “hey we could totally do this and make lots of money” movie, I’m sure it will be fun.
May 25- Moonrise Kingdom– New Wes Anderson film. Can’t wait for another quirky dark comedy for people to either pretend to LOVE or HATE to a ridiculously unmerited extreme!
May 25- Best Exotic Marigold Hotel– This one is for our older readers. This looks like a sweet and heart-warming…rental.
June 1- Rock of Ages– Based on the Broadway hit, this stars Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, Bryan Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Will Forte, KEVIN NASH and Mary J. Blige.
June 1- Snow White and the Huntsman– Not really sure what to do with this at this point but I know every girl is turning their nose up to it. Why? Kristen Stewart plays Snow White…
June 8- Prometheus– Ridley Scott’s return to the epic and sci-fi genres. It’s getting lots of early hype.
June 15- Brave– Pixar’s effort to redeem itself after Cars 2…
June 15- Your Sister’s Sister– Film from Sundance that is supposed to be very smart and fun.
June 22- Seeking a Friend for the End of the World– Stars Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley. Likely exactly what you’re thinking based on the title and stars.
June 22- To Rome With Love– New Woody Allen film starring Woody Allen, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg and Alec Baldwin.
June 29- Beasts of the Southern Wild– Winner of multiple Sundance awards. Supposed to be great and a possible Oscar contender. This is a limited release date.
June 29- Take This Waltz– New Sarah Polley film starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. This is a limited release date.
June 29- Magic Mike– New Steven Soderbergh film about an upstart male stripper. Yes, really.
July 3- The Amazing Spider-Man– Already a decent bit of negative buzz but it’s too early to really know how this will be. It’s supposed to be in the line of the recent Batman reboot but I find it really hard to believe that it will be anywhere near that level. I’m pretty sure it will be deemed a highly profitable flop; also known as a green-lighted sequel to come!
July 6- Savages– New Oliver Stone film starring John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Benicio Del Toro.
July 13- Ted– Comedy from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Joel McHale.
July 20- The Dark Knight Rises– This likely can’t be over-hyped. Or I pray that’s the case anyway, because we’re all going to give it our best shot!
July 27- Neighborhood Watch– Comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Billy Crudup and Will Arnett. Hopefully not a new Grown-Ups with a different cast of comedians on the way out.
August 3- The Bourne Legacy– Another franchise refusing to die. Another franchise about to cash in too. It has a good cast and a decent amount of potential so we’ll see. It has all the makings of your standard “eh I’d give it a 7.5” good, but not great, film.
August 3- Total Recall– Based on the same Philip K Dick source material of the 1990 Schwarzenegger movie. However it’s supposed to be more of a different interpretation as opposed to a pure “remake”. This one is starring Collin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston and Jessica Biel.
August 10- The Campaign– Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinakis as vying presidential candidates. Put it on the board!
August 10- Great Hope Springs– Stars Steve Carrell, Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep. Not a clue what to do with that cast.
August 17- ParaNorman– New stop-motion 3D film from the maker of Coraline. Solid list of voices including Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jeff Garlin.
August 31- The Wettest Country– Story of bootleggers during the Great Depression. Stars Shia LeBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Jessica Chastain.
September 7- Anna Karenina– Yeah, Leo Tolstoy is hitting the big screen. This adaptation stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law.
September 14- Argo– I have been on the record for a long time regarding my disliking of Ben Affleck. I do think he’s been a good director though. He’s back here with Argo, which stars himself (of course), Kyle “Coach Taylor” Chandler, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.
September 14- For a Good Time, Call…– Sundance chick-comedy also starring Seth Rogen and Justin Long.
September 21- Killing Them Softly– Also operating under the name Cogan’s Trade. It’s from The Assassination of Jesse James director, Andrew Dominik. And stars Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell, James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta in a story about a robbery committed against the Mob.
September 21- The Perks of Being a Wallflower– The script was written and directed by the same guy that wrote the novel it’s based on. It stars Paul Rudd and Emma Watson.
September 28- Hotel Transylvania– Really have no idea what to do with this one. It’s an animated kids movie with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Selena Gomez, and Andy Samburg. Which of course reads, “No! Eh… No! Yes! Eh… No! Yes!”
September 28- Looper– Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick), starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Read mostly good things about it.
September 28- Trouble With The Curve– No idea what this is really but here’s how my reading about it went…Clint Eastwood (ok, nice), Amy Adams (ok, probably a good movie) and then Matthew Lillard (what the hell?). It also has Justin Timberlake and John Goodman as well, but I didn’t discover that until I switched from Rotten Tomatoes to IMDb.
September 28- Won’t Back Down– Viola Davis in another potentially Oscar winning role.
October 5- Butter– Comedy starring Jennifer Gardner, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde and my boy Phil Dunphy from Modern Family.
October 5- Frankenweenie– Disney and Tim Burton team up to make a full-length feature out of his classic 1984 short film by the same title. And I’m sure it’s some major glitch in IMDb’s website but neither Johnny Depp’s nor Helena Bonham Carter’s names are anywhere to be found on this project.
October 5- Untitled Taken Sequel– The first installment of Taken was a well-made mindless action film. I’m not as optimistic about round two but I’m sure it will still do pretty well at the box office.
October 12- The Gangster Squad– Stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. I don’t know much about it but it has a hell of a cast.
October 12- The Master– Paul Thomas Anderson returns in this 1950’s drama starring Amy Adams, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Laura Dern. It’s supposedly an exploration of a Scientologist-esque leader.
November 2- Wreck-it Ralph– Disney movie with John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch as the voices.
November 2- The Guilt Trip– Probably going to be stupid but it has Seth Rogen, Adam Scott and Yvonne Strahovski…who is hot.
November 9- Skyfall– New Bond movie. Also starring Javier Bardem. Yes please.
November 16- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2– Yay no more of these!
November 21- Gravity– New film from director Alfonso Cuarón, who directed Children of Men. I know little else about Gravity besides that it’s in 3D and stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. I will make a bold prediction though…I bet it makes a ton of money.
November 21- The Silver Linings Playbook– Stars Bradley Cooper, Julia Stiles, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker (back from the dead). I’ve read mostly good things including a possible Oscar nomination for Bradley Cooper.
December ?- Lincoln– Steven Spielberg directing a film about Abraham Lincoln that’s starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, John Hawkes and Hal Holbrook. Wow. It’s slated for December but the exact date hasn’t been set.
December 7- Hyde Park on Hudson– Bill Murray and Masterpiece Classic’s Laura Linney in what sounds like a period piece of sorts??? That’s my understanding at this point anyway.
December 14- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey– The second most anticipated film of the year behind The Dark Knight Rises, in my opinion.
December 14- Les Miserables– Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech director) directs this adaptation of the novel which stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.
December 19- Zero Dark Thirty– New Kathryn Bigelow (Hurt Locker director) film about the Navy Seal team that took down Osama bin Laden. It has Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt and Kyle Chandler in it.
December 21- One Shot– Stars Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall. Also has Werner Herzog in it. Do what you will with that information.
December 21- World War Z– Based on the famous zombie pandemic novel and starring Brad Pitt and Matthew Fox. And fear not nerds, it has a budget of over $125 million which is among the highest ever for a zombie movie. Also worth noting, director Marc Forster has compared it to the Watergate thriller All The President’s Men. Others have compared it to Children of Men and The Bourne Identity. I’d be thrilled with any of those being true.
December 21- This Is 40– Judd Apatow’s return in the writer/director role following Funny People. Stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Melissa McCarthy, Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Albert Brooks and John Lithgow. I have a good feeling on this one for obvious reasons.
December 21- Life of Pi– Loved the book. Ang Lee is directing the movie. I’m excited, and yet terrified that it will turn into a Where The Wild Things Are.
December 25- The Great Gatsby– Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby. Carey Mulligan as Daisy. Boom goes the dynamite.
December 25- Django Unchained– New Quentin Tarantino WESTERN film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Sacha Baron Cohen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Misc. (Dates Not Set)
Attenberg– Indie comedy generating buzz at film festivals.
Big Easy Express– Documentary covering a tour with Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.
Celeste and Jesse Forever– Written by Rashida Jones (Ann Perkins from Parks and Rec) and starring Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts, Rashida Jones, and Andy Samberg.
Cloud Atlas– Based on the best-selling novel. Written and Directed by Tom Tykwer (director of Run Lola Run and Perfume). Starring Tom Hanks and Hallie Berry. Cha. Ching.
Cosmopolis– David Cronenberg film following a multi-millionaire across Manhattan. That’s all I know and yet I bet it’s awesome.
Flight– Stars Denzel Washington (in a potential Oscar role), John Goodman, Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.
Get the Gringo– New Mel Gibson project that has actually gotten some good reviews so far.
Imogene– Apparently Kristen Wiig kills it in this comedy.
Killer Joe– Stars Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsche. Evidently earned the infamous NC-17 rating.
Natural Selection– Indie comedy that has made it into the major film festivals.
On the Road– Based on the Jack Kerouac book and starring Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi and Terrence Howard.
Rust & Bone– Some talk that Marion Cotillard could be up for an Oscar for her role in this.
Seven Psychopaths– Martin McDonagh’s follow up to In Bruges (my jam). Stars Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, “Precious”, and Tom Waits.
Smashed– Small film that was a standout at the Sundance Festival.
Song for Marion– British movie that has gotten some Oscar talk for multiple male roles.
The Paperboy– Thriller starring Zac Efron, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey
The Place Beyond the Pines– Crime drama staring Ryan Gosling, Rose Byrne, Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta and Eva Mendes.
The Surrogate– Getting a lot of buzz and positive reviews. Stars John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.
Turn Me On, Dammit!– Quirky and controversial Norwegian movie generating some buzz at various film festivals.
Untitled Terrence Malick Project– No one knows much about it yet but it stars Jessica Chastain, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem, Rachel Weisz, Amanda Peet, Michael Sheen and Ben Affleck.
What Maisie Knew– Some talk of Julianne Moore getting an Oscar nomination for this one.