Posted January 3, 2012 by Chris Suffield in Features
 
 

Films 2012 P2


There are no shortage of good films hitting cinemas throughout 2012, featuring all sorts of shenanigans such as an ass-kicking Snow White! Whether it’s comedy or melodrama that tickles your fancy, there’s plenty of choice for even the most difficult to please cinema-goer. Part Two.

There are no shortage of good films hitting cinemas throughout
2012, featuring all sorts of shenanigans such as an ass-kicking Snow
White! Whether it’s comedy or melodrama that tickles your fancy,
there’s plenty of choice for even the most difficult to please
cinema-goer. Part Two.

Comedies

From the writer/director of Role Models, David Wain, Paul Rudd teams up with Jennifer Aniston for Wanderlust, a comedy about a busy Manhattan couple who are suddenly faced with unemployment and end up living in a rural commune. Expected in cinemas: 2 March

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn reunite for Neighbourhood Watch. A group of suburban dads start a neighbourhood watch as a way of getting time away from their families, but stumble upon a plot to destroy the Earth. Pineapple Express/Superbad duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg provide the script and Jonah Hill and The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade co-star. Expected in cinemas: 22 August

American Reunion has all the original cast back for a final slice of everyone’s favorite pie. The gang reuinte for their high school reunion and, naturally, it doesn’t quite go smoothly. Expected in cinemas: 6 April

Action

Aliens attack Earth through our own power supply in Chris Gorak’s The Darkest Hour starring Emile Hirsh. Expected in cinemas: 13 January

Jason Statham does what he does best in Safe. The Stath goes up against the Russian Mafia and Triads in order to rescue a young girl. Expected in cinemas: 11 May

The Stath can also be seen later in the year in Taylor Hackford’s crime/thriller Parker. Expected in cinemas: 12 October

The Hunger Games mixes sports with reality TV, set in the not too distant future where a boy and a girl are chosen from the twelve districts to battle to the death live on television. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence star in the futuristic action thriller. Expected in cinemas: 23 March

Ryan Reynolds is the cop tasked with moving Denzel Washington’s high profile criminal in Safe House. Expected in cinemas: 23 February

Kids Films

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted finds our animal friends joining a traveling circus in an attempt to get back to New York. Expected in cinemas: 19 October

Ice Age: Continental Drift has Manny, Sid and Diego set adrift on an iceberg after their continent is destroyed. As they explore the seas, they encounter creatures, new friends and pirates on the journey to find a new home. Expected in cinemas: 6 July

Disney and Pixar’s latest collaboration Brave certainly has all the makings of a future classic. Set in Scotland, Princess Merida (Voiced by Kelly Macdonald), an impetuous young woman who accidently unleashes dark forces in her kingdom. Princess Merida sets out on a quest to right the wrong she created, also lending their voices are Billy Connolly, Kevin McKidd and Robbie Coltrane. Expected in cinemas: 17 August

Replacing Brendan Fraser is Dwayne Johnson for Journey 2: Mysterious Island. Michael Caine comes along for the ride and Josh Huutcherson reprises his role as Sean Anderson from Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Expected in cinemas: 3 February

Disney’s long awaited adaptation of John Carter, is brought to life by director Andrew Stanton. His previous movies include Wall.E and Finding Nemo, so this marks his first live action feature. Starring Taylor Kitsch in the title role and a supporting cast that includes Bryan Cranston and Dominic West. Expected in cinemas: 9 March

Ridley Scott’s latest movie Prometheus, caused an internet frenzy when it was announced it would be his return to the Alien universe. What started out as a prequel to his own classic evolved into an original story with some Alien ‘DNA’. The trailer is finally available so we can now get a first look at the finished film. Guy Pearce, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Repace and Charlize Theron are the crewmembers who make a startling discovery that threatens mankind’s existence. Expected in cinemas: 1 June

Potential Award Winners

Michael Fasbender had a busy 2011 and he shows no signs of slowing down, with four films due out in 2012. The first release Shame, reunites him with director Steve McQueen. Their previous collaboration Hunger won numerous awards and Shame looks set to do the same. Expected in cinemas: 13 January

George Clooney stars in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants. The acclaimed director of Election and Sideways latest film has already been tipped as an awards favourite. Expected in cinemas: 27 January

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry’s latest movie. Newcomer Thomas Horn plays Oskar Schell a young boy who lost his Father (Tom Hanks) in the attack on the World Trade Centre. Oskar finds a key his Father left him, determined to find what it opens he embarks on a journey to find the lock that the key fits. Expected in cinemas: 3 February

David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method takes a close look at the relationship between psychoanalysis creators, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. Viggo Mortensen plays Freud, Michael Fassbender portrays Carl Jung and Keira Knightley co stars. Expected in cinemas: 10 February

Fresh from the success of Tintin, Steven Spielberg returns to live action for the adaptation of the acclaimed stage play War Horse. Set against the backdrop of the First World War and armed with a script by Richard Curtis this has all the makings of an award winner. Expected in cinemas: 10 February

Quentin Tatantino’s Django Unchained arrives at the end of the year. Jamie Foxx is the title character Django the slave turned bounty hunter who seeks to free his wife from Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). It also features Joseph Gorden-Levitt, Christoph Waltz and Kurt Russell. Expected in cinemas: 26 December

Horror

The Raven stars John Cussak as master of the macabre, Edger Allen Poe, although this is not a biopic. This fictional account of the last few days of his life, which has Poe tracking a serial killer who is using his work as the inspiration for his murders. Expected in cinemas: 9 March

The Joss Whedon scripted Cabin in The Woods finally gets released. The genre twisting horror stars Chris Hemsworth and Amy Acker. Whilst it’s not a horror it’s worth noting that Whedon’s other directorial effort is out in 2012, his micro budget version of Much Ado About Nothing is a low key but intriguing affair. Starring Whedon regulars, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion and Amy Acker, no fixed release date yet but expect it post Avengers. Expected in cinemas: 13 April

Daniel Radcliffe swaps Hogwarts for a haunted house is Hammer’s The Woman in Black. In his first post Potter role Radcliffe plays a young lawyer who goes to an isolated village and soon discovers a vengeful ghost terrorising the inhabitants. Expected in cinemas: 10 February

Biggest film of the year?

The Avengers already has strong competition from The Dark Knight Rises to be crowned the biggest film of the year, but the highly anticipated return to middle earth in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure may also claim the prize. The Avengers has been years in the making and one of the most ambitious summer movies of the year. Joss Whedon is a perfect choice to make this super ensemble work. Expected in cinemas : 27/04/12

The Dark Knight Rises is the final part in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham Trilogy, set 8 years after the Dark Knight Batman faces off against Bane and Catwoman in the series finale. After its predecessor made over $1 Billion at the box office and Inception not far behind it with $825 million, expectations are high. Expected in cinemas: 20 July

The first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure was recently released and it has sent the fans crazy with excitement. Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle-Earth with some familiar faces and some new ones. Although, we still have nearly a year to wait to see the finished movie. Expected in cinemas: 14 December


Chris Suffield