Saturday, August 4, 2012

Must-See Movies of 2012

2012 is shaping up to be a great year in cinema. We have already witnessed the two most-anticipated super hero movies of all time in The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, both films that were as good as expected and set box office records. But there are still many more great films set to hit theaters this year, and I want to point out six great upcoming movies.

1. Lawless (August 29) [Trailer]

Prohibition-era America is a popular topic for films, but this one looks like it will set itself apart from the others. The trailer promises the combination of corruption and crime presented in a compelling story. But I am mostly excited about the cast for this film. Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska fill the leading roles in this film. The trailer shows hints of the chemistry between this wonderful cast.

2. Cloud Atlas (October 26) [Trailer]

I recently reviewed the trailer for this film, and do not have a lot to add to my review. This looks to be a compelling film that will be well worth viewing in theaters.

3. Skyfall (November 9) [Trailer]

I am more excited for this next installment in the James Bond films than I have been for any Bond film. The brilliant trailer is largely responsible for my excitement for this film. Check out my review of the Skyfall trailer. 

4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14) [Trailer]

The Lord of the Rings films are easily my favorite film series of all time, and I have waited with great anticipation for Peter Jackson's newest interpretation of Tolkien's classic work. It was recently announced that the story of the Hobbit will be split into three movies rather than the two that were initially intended. Having followed the excellent production video diaries throughout this film's development, I have no fear with this extension and look forward to all three movies with equal excitement.

5. Les Misérables (December 14) [Trailer]

It looks like I will be spending a good portion of Friday, December 14th in a theater. Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Misérables is one of my favorite books of all time. If you have not read it, even if you may not like reading, please read it now, you will not regret it. The story of betrayal, revenge, and love is something you will never forget. There was a film adaptation of the novel released in 1998 starring Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush that was fairly true to the book and entertaining to watch. This December will bring us something new: a film adaptation of the popular musical based on Hugo's novel. I have had limited exposure to the musical save for a few songs, but can't wait to see this film. The cast looks spectacular and I cannot get Anne Hathaway's voice out of my head after watching the spectacular teaser trailer (link above).

6.  The Great Gatsby (December 25) [Trailer]

My list comes to an end with this adaptation of another classic work of literature, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The trailer for this film really caught my attention (read my review here). This looks to be a gripping and vibrant take on this classic novel. What better way to enjoy a Christmas day than by opening presents in the morning and enjoying a great movie in the evening?

Honorable Mentions

I wanted to point out two other movies that look good but not quite to the level of the six in my list. These films are End of Watch (September 21) and Looper (September 28). Although they might not be great, these films fit nicely in between the other six great movies and look to be very entertaining. Both movies have great trailers, I reviewed the End of Watch trailer and the Looper trailer can be found here.

So there you have it, my list of six must-see movies of 2012. I plan to post a review of each film as I watch it. Enjoy the rest of your cinematic year!


  1. You should check out the trailer for "The Master" directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, that trailer caught me completely by surprise like the Cloud Atlas one did: had no idea either of those movies had been filmed.

    1. I have been tracking that film, and have watched the trailer. I'm not sure what to think about it, I'm not entirely sold on the fact that it is going to be as good as the hype. But I definitely would like to check it out.