Films to Look Forward to in 2012

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Yes, I know it’s already February but thought I’d drop in a few of the films I’m looking forward to in 2012 (in no particular order I must add). Yes they are all what you’d consider high profile choices and I suspect I’ll see much better films over the course of the year but these are the ones I’m looking forward to:


The gist: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
My view: It’s directed by Ridley Scott, it’s the future and it’s sci-fi what more is there to say. Well Damon Lindelof is one of the writers which can’t be a bad thing.
Release Date: 1 June 2012 (UK)
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Skyfall (Bond 23)

The gist: Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
My view: It’s fair to say Quantum of Solace was a pant of a convoluted mess but I’m hoping for a return to ‘Casino Royale‘ form. With Sam Mendes directing and a cast including Javier Bardem & Ralph Fiennes it’s looking good on paper. I’m a Bond geek so fingers crossed.
Release Date: 26 October 2012 (UK)
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The Avengers

The gist : Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army.
My view: This has been setup for years over the course of the generally pretty good Iron Man , The Incredible Hulk, Thor & Captain America and with Joss Whedon directing I have every confidence it’ll be fantastic.
Release Date: 27 April 2012 (UK)
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The gist: Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
My view: Ever since I saw the early concept art for this my attention was pricked. Pixar tackling the Scottish Highlands will surely be something to see and I’m sure it will be more of a ‘Up‘ rather than a ‘Cars 2‘ although I could be wrong.
Release Date: 13 August 2012 (UK)
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Django Unchained

The gist: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
My view: Inglorius Basterds was a revenge flick disguised as a World War II film and while it was far from perfect I throughly enjoyed it. In Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino applies the same methodology to the Civil War era USA. Only time will tell if it is as good.
Release Date: 26 December 2012 (UK)
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The gist: Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.
My view: It was always going to be troublesome to follow the Lord of the Rings trilogy and early production of this was problematic (Guillermo del Toro was meant to direct) but with Peter Jackson back in the directors chair we know this will look stunning and the source material is fantastic. While The Hobbit is generally seen as a lesser book to the Lord of the Rings trilogy it is my personal favorite so I’m hopeful for this film.
Release Date: 14 December 2012 (UK)
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The Dark Knight Rises

The gist: Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes.
My view: Batman Begins was good, The Dark Knight was better and I suspect Christopher Nolan’s third and final entry in the Batman franchise will raise the bar even higher. The hype will be hard to live up to but with villain Bane (Tom Hardy) and antihero Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) I think this will be fantastic.
Release Date: 20 July 2012 (UK)
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Honourable Mentions

  1. The Five-Year Engagement: A comedy that charts the ups and downs of an engaged couple’s relationship.
  2. The Gangster Squad: A chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.
  3. The Gangster Squad: A chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.
  4. Cloud Atlas: Six stories set in a different time and place become intricately related to each other.
  5. Lincoln: The sixteenth President of the United States guides the North to victory during the Civil War.


  1. Can’t believe you’ve not included ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ now that looks utter class.

  2. The Dark Knight Rises is going to be the one for me. It looks AMAZING what I have seen so far.

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