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Happy New Year! Here's Some Movies To Look Forward To In 2012!

Nordling here.

First off, Merry New Year!  Would you like some beef jerky?  (There's plenty, you know.)  Since, according to the Mayans, this is our last year of existence, it probably behooves us to do something amazing before we're all winked out by whatever shows up at the end of their calendar.  Then again, the Mayans are gone, so we can't be too sure of their math skills - sure, they invented zero, but so did some people in India, and really, I think we would have figured out the concept of nothing eventually, just like SEINFELD - and we're still here, at least for the next twelve months.

So what should we do with this final year on Earth?  Why, see a crapload of movies, of course.  And so, here's a list of a bunch of movies that are coming in the next few months that you should definitely keep an eye out for, as well as the likely suspects that we are all chomping at the bit to see.  In no particular order:


Yes, we've been talking about this movie incessantly since BNAT.  But it really is very good.  Joe Carnahan's survival horror film (just with no zombies) is rich with emotion and intense as hell.  Liam Neeson does some of the best work of his career in this movie, and considering the roles he's played so far, that's saying something.  This opens in a few weeks, and it really is worth your time.  It's scary, heartfelt, and I honestly think this should have been put into the mix for Oscar consideration for 2011, but since it's not, you'll get to see it very soon.  


Wes Anderson's first live-action film since THE DARJEELING LIMITED is about a small town in the 1960s that gets turned upside down when a young couple runs away together and everyone thinks that they have gone missing.  The cast is stellar - Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Harvey Keitel, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman - and I'm a huge fan of Wes Anderson's films anyway, so this one registers very high on my need-to-see roster.  Anderson's films have never done very well at the box office, which makes me sad, considering the great films we've gotten from him, like BOTTLE ROCKET and RUSHMORE.  We'll know more about this one when it opens next winter.


Ruben Fleischer's gangster movie has another terrific cast - Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte - and we haven't seen a great 50s gangster movie in a while, so I'm very excited to see this one.  Sean Penn plays Mickey Cohen, the premier gangster of Los Angeles, and the film centers on the local effort to take him down.  Will this be Fleischer's L.A. CONFIDENTIAL?  I sure hope so, considering how awesome that movie is.  GANGSTER SQUAD opens this October.


George Lucas may not have directed this story about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American flying squadron in World War II, but you can feel his influence all over the dogfigthing scenes, which look extraordinary - even if they are all CGI.  Directed by Anthony Hemingway (THE WIRE), RED TAILS features Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Method Man, and David Oyelowo in this war story about a group of fighter pilots who did amazing things in the sky but couldn't get any credit here on land.  RED TAILS opens January 20th.


David Cronenberg's new film is based on Don Delillo's novel, about a young millionaire and his journey in 24 hours in New York City.  I haven't read the book, but considering it's David Cronenberg, I'm sure to give it a chance.  This one has a great cast as well, including Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, and Samantha Morton.  Does Pattinson have the acting chops to pull this film off?  Under the tutelage of Cronenberg, we'll see.  COSMOPOLIS opens this year, with no specific release date announced yet.


It's the new Pixar.  It's not a sequel.  And it's got the first female hero in their roster.  I think BRAVE is going to be worth the wait, and although I was disappointed in CARS 2 I think they're back on track with this new fantasy adventure.  BRAVE feels like it's going to be epic for Pixar, and I can't wait to take my daughter to see it.  This is the one movie next year that she's looking forward to more than the rest, and if Pixar delivers as I expect it to, BRAVE will probably be talked about at year-end, as per usual for this studio.  BRAVE opens this summer.


Since there's no official art or trailer for Alfonso Cuaron's GRAVITY, I grabbed a picture of the Hubble telescope, which the plot of this film involves.  A man is stuck alone in space without any backup, and only another astronaut can help save him and bring him back to Earth.  There's only two cast members, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.  There's the amazing work of Emmanuel Lubezki, who worked with Cuaron in CHILDREN OF MEN.  And there's Cuaron himself, going back to science fiction, and the last time he dived into that genre, we got CHILDREN OF MEN, an amazing film.  Expect Cuaron's long takes and some jawdropping cinematography.  2012 is going to be an incredible year for science fiction, and I can't wait to see what GRAVITY has in store for us.  Opens November.


You google ONLY GOD FORGIVES in the Images page, and you get this picture.  Considering the year they've had, that's a well-deserved kiss.  After this year's DRIVE, my #1 film for 2011, of course I'm anticipating Nicolas Winding Refn's ONLY GOD FORGIVES, which brings back Ryan Gosling in a story about Bangkok cops, gangsters, and Thai boxing.  I have no idea how that all comes together, but knowing Refn, it's going to be cool.  There should be more o's in cool to describe how cool ONLY GOD FORGIVES could be.  Coooooool.  No release date as of yet, as it's in pre-production, and I hope it kicks all our collective asses in 2012.


I know DARK SHADOWS is coming, but this is the Tim Burton movie I'm waiting for, his return to stop-motion animation and a return to one of his best, most heartfelt stories.  I love the original FRANKENWEENIE and I'll bet this one is going to be great as well.  I've been critical of Tim Burton as of late, but that's because when he's on fire, he really isn't like any other director out there and I want to see him return to that mode of filmmaking.  FRANKENWEENIE has the voice talents of Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, and Martin Landau, and I can't wait to see the movie in October.


Of course PROMETHEUS is on this list.  It's Ridley Scott returning to the ALIEN universe, and ALIEN is easily in my top 10 all-time movies.  That trailer has everyone speculating and extrapolating every single nugget of imagery that we've seen so far.  Here's my unsolicited opinion about PROMETHEUS for the week - I think that Derelict ship we see in this trailer ISN'T the one on LV-426.  I think that's a different ship altogether, considering how old it is.  I think that might be the trick that Scott might be pulling here.  Then again, I'll change my mind next week, I guarantee it.  If you're not anticipating PROMETHEUS, you're simply not watching movies correctly, and should see an opthamologist.


This one looks like a lot of fun, and has Stephen Frears returning to his GRIFTERS roots as a young woman discovers a group of older men who seem to buck the gambling odds in Las Vegas.  We get Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, John Carroll Lynch, and Corbin Bernsen in a gambling movie done by one of the best directors of con movies ever, considering DANGEROUS LIAISONS is still awesome.  LAY THE FAVORITE comes out this year, but no release date yet.  Probably the fall.


Don Coscarelli (PHANTASM, BUBBA HO-TEP) directing Paul Giamatti in a horror/alien invasion/drug comedy about two stoners who have to stop the end of the world?  And hey, spoiler alert with that title!  This is going to be awesome, and honestly I don't know why this isn't on more most anticipated 2012 movie lists.  Based on the novel by David Wong, this movie stars Giamatti, Clancy Brown,  and Doug Jones, and looks full of greatness.  Expect to see John die this year (please play at Fantastic Fest, or SXSW...).


I'm no big fan of found footage movies, but the premise of this one is too interesting not to be curious about.  In CHRONICLES we get our first superhero found footage movie, and I love how the guys, when given superpowers, do goofy stuff at first - that seems realistic.  And then when one of them lets his power get away from him, the other two have to bring him down.  I think the trailer looks cool and I think this one might surprise a few people this spring.


Not even going to list the cast here.  You all know who's in this.  It's easier to list who isn't.  Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) return, and so does everyone else - well, except for Mickey Rourke - and I anticipate we'll have long moments of tea, remembering good times past, and at some point we'll have a quiet walk in the countryside with longing looks shared between two loved ones.  Or shit's going to blow up and people are going to get punched.  I'm in the minority on this one but I had a blast with the first EXPENDABLES and I predict more of the same with this one.  I hope Schwarzenegger and Willis feature more prominently this time.  Can't wait.


I haven't seen LOOPER yet, but I already know it's going to be awesome.  Too many people I trust have seen it and just gushed over Rian Johnson's time travel action epic, and seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis go at it is going to be worth it.  And then we have Shane Carruth (PRIMER) working on some of the time travel paradoxes?  This movie's going to mindbake me and give me some amazing action at the same time.  Really can't wait for LOOPER - I think this one has the potential of being on a lot of geek's best of lists at year's end.  It's going to be the science fiction film that we didn't see coming.


You'll notice I didn't link the trailer for this one.  I'm doing you a favor, believe me.  THE CABIN IN THE WOODS will probably be one of the most talked-about genre films of the year, and for those of you who haven't read the script, here's why - because I don't think you're prepared for the next-level stuff that happens in the last 45 minutes.  THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is tremendous fun, and Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard have made a movie that throws down the gauntlet to genre filmmakers everywhere - here, top THIS.  Some people think you can't really "spoil" a movie, but having seen this one, I know that's not the case.  April, 2012.  Go, don't look at anything else, and you'll thank me for warning you, believe me.


I wasn't anticipating this one at all until I saw the trailer, which promises too much fun for one movie.  I just have one question - based on the cartoon, does anyone actually hit anything they're aiming at?  There's a distinct lack of Channing Tatum in the trailer, but we get the Rock opening up his patented can of Whoop-Ass, and just how many movies is Bruce Willis in this year?  Holy crap, I count at least 5.  Bruce Willis is the Jessica Chastain of 2012, except he's packing a machine gun.  G. I. JOE - RETALIATION blows up your local cineplex this summer.  Love the shot of the COBRA banners on the White House.  That's like something straight out of the cartoon.


We'll see if Marvel's multi-tiere character releases pay off this year, with the culmiation of all those movies - THE AVENGERS.  After seeing those other trailers like THE DARK KINGHT RISES and PROMETHEUS, THE AVENGERS looks almost quaint by comparison.  But I have a good feeling about this one.  I think it's going to be the light, frothy fun time at the movies as opposed to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES dark, sinister tones.  There's room for all sorts of movies under the summer sun, and seeing the gang together does my heart good.  I have confidence in Joss Whedon as a director and a writer, and I think if any movie's going to nail MAKE MINE MARVEL it's this one.


I think people have written this one off, and I think that's a shame.  Marc Webb is a good director, and sure, this is an obvious play by Sony to reboot the franchise and keep it in their hands, but I think Webb may actually make a real Spider-Man movie this time.  I love Sam Raimi's movies, but I still don't think he got the character quite right.  He's too somber - when Spider-Man fights his enemies, it's practically joyous and Peter Parker is free to be the man he always wanted to be.  Raiimi's movies never quite got to that level.  I don't know if Marc Webb's film will either but I'm the eternal optimist, so here's hoping.


I'm just starting this book, and already I can tell this isn't TWILIGHT.  For one thing, Suzanne Collins can write.  It may be BATTLE ROYALE light, but the characters make it work, and I think Gary Ross is a terrific director anyway - I love PLEASANTVILLE unabashedly - and I love how the trailer reveals little while saying so much to those who have read the book.  I still think Jennifer Lawrence skews too old for the part, but she's a great actress and I think she'll make the movie work.  The supporting cast - Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and many others - looks impressive, and I'm really excited about the book and can't wait to finish it.  I hope this is what the fans are waiting for, and we'll see this summer.


This trailer is my favorite trailer of last year, and I've heard that the movie delivers on the promise of it and more.  THE RAID will be playing at Sundance this year at the midnight shows, and Screen Gems is supposed to be releasing the movie stateside sometime this year.  Gareth Evans looks to have really knocked it out of the park with this one, and of all the movies on this list, this one has the potential to be that movie that really makes our geek hearts swell the most at the end of it.  Could this have the potential of being the DIE HARD of this generation?  We'll see this year.  I can't wait.


Not gonna read the script.  Flat out.  I didn't read the script to INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and I was so much happier I didn't.  I know people love Quentin Tarantino's writing so much that they just dove into it, but believe me when I say that I used to do the same thing, and then I saw the films without those expectations and was just so much more satisfied with the result.  Amazing cast - Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, too many to mention - and I'm very curious to know if Tarantino hits that sweet spot of exploitaiton and amazing filmmaking that we all know he does so well.  This is Tarantino's first film without his editor, Sally Menkes, and I'm interested to see how he works without her.  She's one of the all-time great editors and she's missed terribly.  DJANGO UNCHAINED has the potential to be something incredible.  I just wonder if Tarantino's ever seen FAREWELL UNCLE TOM - wait, of course he has.  If this goes to that level... I can't wait to hear the responses from the audience.


No longer an untitled project, Paul Thomas Anderson's film deals with a war vet, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who returns to America and decides to start his own religion.  Joaquin Phoenix plays his friend and student who helps him.  Is this PTA's take on Scientology?  Or is this a film about the power of religion to sedate the masses?  I'm not sure.  What I am sure of is that THERE WILL BE BLOOD is a bonafide masterpiece and anything that PTA does from this point out will be rabidly consumed by me.  Hoffman is an amazing actor and I'd bet this material is going to show us just how amazing he is.  Any PTA film should be cherished, and I'm glad that he got the funding to make this.


This is supposedly the epic zombie movie we've all been waiting for, based on Max Brooks' awesome book of the same name.  I'm not too keen on the story changes, definitely not happy that they're going for a PG-13 (although that could change) and I'm not the biggest fan of Marc Forster as a director either.  But I think Brad Pitt in a zombie movie sounds too crazy to be true, and yet here we are, a global zombie pandemic with Pitt's character at the center of it all.  I have no idea if this is going to work, but I'm psyched to see it regardless.  We zombie fans have been wanting to see this subject given a huge budget and we've been wanting to see the zombie apocalypse on a giant scale, and WORLD WAR Z, hopefully, will deliver the goods.  Am I worried about the movie?  Or course I am.  But I'm still excited about it.


The first James Bond film in four years.  Daniel Craig returns.  Sam Mendes directs.  We get Javier Bardem AND Ralph Fiennes as bad guys.  And we get to see the characters of Miss Moneypenny and Q come into this iteration of the franchise.  Yeah, I'm excited for SKYFALL.  The story - about a downed intel satellite and the scrambling of various government agencies to retrieve it - seems genuinely different than the plots we're used to.  But Craig has brought to Bond the grit and grim that i've wanted ever since I saw my first Bond film (FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, if you're curious).  I think Craig is the best version of the character yet - and yes, I've seen, and love, the Connery films - and I'd bet that Ian Fleming didn't figure on how this character has stayd so cool throughout the years.  SKYFALL may just be what Bond fans have been waiting for.


If this isn't on your list of films to look forward to in 2012, I don't know what to tell you.  Christopher Nolan is finishing out his epic take on the Batman saga, and although I don't think it's going to top THE DARK KNIGHT - there, I said it - I'm very curious to see if Nolan sticks the landing.  There have been so many set pictures released, behind-the-scenes footage, and yet we still have only scratched the surface of what the movie is about.  Personally, I'm looking forward to Christian Bale's and Tom Hardy's grunt-off.  Will Gotham survive this war?  Will the League of Shadows return?  Is Ras Al Ghul waiting in the wings?  What about Selina Kyle - how does she fit in to all of this?  Our questions will be answered, hopefully to our satisfaction, this July.


Steven Spielberg's long awaited film about Abraham Lincoln has a tremendous cast, and it's a story he's been wanting to make into a film for many years.  It's based off Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, TEAM OF RIVALs, and delas with the final months of the Civil War and of Lincoln's presidency.  Seeing Daniel Day-Lewis in that gear set a lot of film fans' hearts at ease, as he looks so genuine in the part, and we all know how Day-Lewis works in his movies.  I'd bet we'll be seeing quite a few golden boys for this film next year, and the idea of Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg together might just be too much awesomeness for me to handle.  This film's going to be amazing; I'm just going to say it now.  


This is it, my most anticipated film of 2012.  I know this story backwards and forwards.  One of my favorite books, and one of my favorite filmmakers returning to the world that he built so perfectly.  I think the trailer strikes a lighter tone than LORD OF THE RINGS, and it's supposed to, considering these Dwarves aren't fighting to save the world, but to get their treasure and their kingoom back.  It looks cast perfectly, and I love Martin Freeman as Bilbo.  We see old friends, and I can't wait to see the Riddle Game between Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman.  I wonder if that will be the climax of the first film.  I don't know.  What I do know is that Peter Jackson has returned to Middle-Earth, and that's cause for rejoicing.

Are there other movies to look forward to in 2012?  Of course.  This is just sticking the big toe into the pool.  I can't wait to see what the festivals bring us, especially Sundance and SXSW, which always surprises us with movies that we don't know are coming yet but will rock when we finally see them.  i hope your 2012 is an amazing year and you have a great time at the movies before it all comes crashing to an end next December.  Enjoy your final year on Earth, bitches!

Nordling, out.

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  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Liam Neeson in... PUNCHING WOLVES!

    by Bob

    Seriously. 1st?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Good list, but:

    by vpiercey

    Rock of Ages and Les Miz, bitches!! Not to mention an impending presidential election - to a politics geek like me, that is the best theater there is. Happy New Year's!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see all of these, also...

    by Jeff

    Can't wait to see what bullshit the history channel will be pushing on 12/22/2012. They're basically the Mayan calendar channel at this point. Anybody else remember Y2K?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST


    by gonkdroid

    Cool. It's on the list now.

  • The Mayans said no such thing and even if they did there have been thousands of such predictions. Remember that the bankers want you dead so don't give them an excuse. If I wanted to kill all of you when would be a good time to do it do ya think? Think anyone would bat on eyelid if shit went down 911 eat shit style this December? They'd be all- see the Mayans predicted it. So shut the fuck up with buying into this crap.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    really, not looking forward to Skyfall?

    by Holodigm

    a Sam Mendes-directed Bond film isn't interesting? Really?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    They've stripped you down to nothing and are waiting to

    by UltraTron

    stamp your forehead. The republicans are clearly not going to come back and help us. It's the most interesting time in history because the machinations are so visible. And so fucked beyond anything earth has ever seen.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST


    by Nordling

    shit, knew I forgot something. On it.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Rami's Spider Man movies had many problems.

    by Bob

    I agree about the lack of mirth and humor while fighting bad guys. No snappy comments? What crap. The organic "Ultimate" Spider-man web shooters? Something that up until the Ultimate line of books has been mechanical? More crap. Peter Parker battling Doc Ock on a subway without his mask? Everyone is like "Don't worry, we wont tell" Crap. I can remember a couple of times from the comics when Spidey has lost or torn his mask. What does he do? He makes a temporary one from webbing. Still. I enjoyed 1 & 2. Didn't hate 3 as much as everyone else did. But it was clear Rami was phoning it in at this point, and I'm glad it got rebooted. Though I will be glad when Marvel get's their properties all under one roof. What an Avengers movie that would make.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Moneypenney passed her field exam. She will be fighting

    by UltraTron

    alongside bond this time out. His and hers asskicking mayhem.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Zombies approaching sir. Well kill them all soldier. Yessir.

    by UltraTron

    Hitting button now. Sir all of the zombies are dead. The end. Well I guess the zombies didn't have caves to hide in. Or tanks. Or body armor. Or strategic capabilities. Or.. Well let's see if they can explain around that shit. No zombie production so far has even attempted to. Ever.

  • although none of those would be on my list of most anticipated either: top 5 for me are: (in order of must see) 1. Prometheus 2. Looper 3. TDKR 4. Skyfall 5. EXP2 prob catch all the rest on dvd

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Hey look it's another non-marvel movie. I wonder

    by UltraTron

    if we'll get some more cool made-up characters like banshee in Xmen first class. Nothing beats a geeky ginger hero for my money.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Wait Mickey Rourke isn't in expendables 2?

    by UltraTron

    What his friends talk him into sucking cock for pogs now? First it was boxing. Now his crackhead, lowlife entourage has convinced him that collecting pogs through oral sex exchange is the only way to go.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    only bruce willis can fire a gun like that and not blink!!

    by paul burnett

    fuck world war Zzzzzzzzzzz, if ya aint following the book you aint tellin the story.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Gangster Squad looks good

    by ryderdvs

    Penn as Mickey Cohen is solid casting. Paul Guilfoyle of CSI, played Cohen in L.A. Confidential, and Harvey Keitel did as well in Bugsy.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by fuzzy_dunlop

    Pretty sure Rock of Ages and Les Miz do not earn "bitches!" level of anticipation. I'm totally looking forward to them, but let's be most honest: you're not gonna rally dudes to either of these. Nothing but love, brutha.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    At least there's a new actor playing spidey

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Hated Maguire in the role. And as for the cabin in the woods, DONT WATCH THE TRAILER! Why they have to be so spoilerific I don't know.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST


    by UltraTron

    Bwaaahahahahahahaha!!! Thanks sister. You sound like a fun chick. Cheers!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Good list though

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Fair play nordling this year should be a vast fucking improvement on the last. Here's hoping.

  • They fly to the end of wherever they're going. They drop the ring in the volcano.. Er. I mean they battle smaug.. Er.. I guess that's the next one?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    What about Pixar's BRAVE?

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Even though CARS 2 was their worst movie to date, they still have the best track record in Hollywood.

  • So I'll skip the gangster movie. And the last game in The Hunger Games trilogy crashes and burns as badly as Breaking Dawn did. It's nothing but a poorly written anvil-to-the-head-subtle anti-war screed where almost all the really important events happen off page and you are told about them later.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    The best film of 2012...

    by Dr Eric Vornoff likely not on this list and is not highly anticipated. Not many would have guessed this time last year that Drive and The Artist would be topping all the best-of polls.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    (With Raimis Spiderman) "He's too somber"

    by tomdolan04

    The problem with this is the trailer for the new Spiderman seemingly turns the angst levels up to eleven with love triangles, family secrets and a muted colour scheme. <p> So he may make a few quips - but overall this is looking ten times darker and more trying then Raimis. Screw the haters, Spidey 1 and 2 were great - quibbles and all

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Bruce Willis.....

    by Baron Von Penguin

    Seriously how many fuckin films can he appear in this year? Can they at least stick a fuckin wig or a beard on him to mix it up a bit?

  • Same hair, costume looks similar to the pic of her standing on the camo tumbler.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    John Dies at the End

    by BlaGyver

    Amongst all the big blockbusters this year (which don't get me wrong, I'm sure will be great), I'm really glad Nord included this flick. My curiosity for this one matches Cabin in the Woods. I LOVE Coscarelli. Phantasm is the film that made me fall in love with horror as a genre and this looks like a fantastically weird flick. Plus Clancy Brown is on my list of actors that make everything they're in watchable (with Gary Cole, Timothy Olyphant, and a few others).

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Dr Eric

    by BlaGyver

    Well said. I was thinking the same thing funny that movies like Drive, The Hurt Locker, and Slumdog Millionaire weren't on people's radars at all in January of the years they were released.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Oh and Prometheus.....

    by Baron Von Penguin

    I know there's lots of debate whether this will be tied to Alien or not but if you pause the trailer on 44 secs you'll see what appears to be the chair and cannon combination (where they find the fossilized pilot sitting in Alien) coming out of the floor. Prove me wrong kids, prove me wrong!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Why is Thorin Oakenshield so YOUNG???? And BRUNETTE???

    by FeralAngel

    Seriously, that kind of blows the whole film for me.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by XxSoulFlyxX

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    "Does Pattinson have the acting chops to pull this film off?"

    by NeonFrisbee

    Nope. Will it stop the 13 year old girls, their fat mother's who should know better, and their secretly gay husbands from seeing anything he's in with the hope that he'll sparkle in his tighty-whiteys? Nope. So it's a "lose-lose" proposition as we continue down the inexorable shit-slide to cultural de-evolution. Btw, Cronenberg needs to get back to the transgressive sci-fi body-horror and stop fucking around with this bullshit.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    "Toe zombie apocalypse"? Now THAT is something I gotta see!

    by Frank

  • But Jennifer Lawrence just turned 21 last August. Ain't like she's in her 30s or somethin'.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    I dunno. I share the same opinion of the guy, but if Cronenberg picked him to be in the flick, I'll give him a shot. I'm halfway hoping he turns out kind of like Zac Efron did: a relatively talented kid (see: Me and Orson Welles) that just gets relegated to not-so-great movies.

  • I felt that way about Batman Begins, too, and I ended up loving it. But right now I'm just not feeling Tom Hardy (who I think is great!) or the Butter Face in their parts.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Otherwise, yeah, great list

    by Jaka

    I'd put all of them on a list if I was making one, as well.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    blagyver - I agree

    by Jaka

    With both of your points. I trust that Cronenberg, who does things how he wants them to be done, wouldn't hire the guy if he didn't think he was right for the part. And Efron did do a surprisingly good job in Me & Orson Wells.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Where is Cogan's Trade? That will be one of the best of the year.

    by GQTaste26

  • Jan. 1, 2012, noon CST

    Wes Anderson has some of the best film titles

    by Jaka

    Moonrise Kingdom is already stuck in my head.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Okay, let the games begin!

    by Anthony Torchia

    First, fuck you. Second, fuck you. Third, Terence McKenna spent 30 years demonstrating that the world will "pop" like a soap bubble in December 2012, independent of the Mayans. Try reading a book once in a while. Fuck you.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    The Raid

    by dukeroberts

    That shit looks awesome.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Anne Hathaway is "Butter Face" now? Jesus Christ!

    by Krinkle

    You people are fucking insane. That's a beautiful girl. Jesus Christ, I weep for you knuckleheads.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Why no LOCK OUT trailer?

    by AshokForgiven


  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    No Love For Terrence Malick's New One?

    by Stewart Wolfe

    It's been in post production for a bit now so one should assume a 2012 release is well on the cards especially as Malick has another TWO movies lined up in pre-production. Plus, it stars Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Rachel Weisz , Rachel McAdams and Javier Bordem, so a pretty OK cast, too. A rather glaring oversight.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    No one gives a shit which movies you're not going to see

    by Von_Trierstein

    When did talkbacks become nothing but people explaining in detail which movies they will not be seeing in theatres? Do you think you're sticking it to the man by refusing to see movies that aren't up to your standards? Do you really think your standards are more important than anyone else's because you prefer intelligent dialogue to blazing gunfights and corny catchphrases? If you breathe film, it's just a given that not everything you see will be a masterpiece, that's just the way it is. If you go into every movie, trailer, or review with this intensely critical, holier-than-thou attitude then yeah, OF COURSE you're going to hate most everything you read and see. A lot of you probably treat every aspect of the world with that attitude, and as a result live an extremely isolated existense... I bet a lot of your friends secretly think you're a dick... To these people I say this: Go out right now and try to write a perfect script, or direct a perfect film. Go make something perfect and then see how perfect it is when you're finished. Ask your friends how perfect it is. Hindsight is 20/20, bitches, but if you base every opinion on what could have been, rather than what IS... well then you just need to fucking grow up. I'm just happy film is such a vibrant industry with so many artists (both talented and untalented) doing their absolute best to entertain us.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST

    krinkle, nah. I've been very consistent on this one.

    by Jaka

    I've NEVER found her attractive. Is she ugly? No. But she's average at best, even with the help of makeup and lights.

  • It did feature the birth and death of the universe, but, you know, that's "gay."

  • It might actually make people give two shits what you have to say. And, ya know, it's REALLY not that difficult. Just remove the name calling and random insults from your posts. I promise you they read much better that way.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    The 2 movies I could give a shit about..

    by disfigurehead

    are The Avengers and Spiderman.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Bruce Willis is in half these films.

    by BigTuna

    Guy is busy.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    2012 Is Looking Like 1982

    by THX1968

    The year of Khan, The Thing and E.T., oh yes. 2012 is looking very strong for film, possibly the strongest of the still very new millennium. Though there is too many super-heroes, and one will probably fall and fall hard (Spidey), there is still Jackson with The Hobbit, and Craig returns with a lot of stellar talent in the next Bond. Gangster Squad sounds great and the new G.I. Joe looks kick-ass, and I really dug the first one. Ridley Scott is back with sci-fi, and Stallone is back with guns. Yeah, 2012 is gonna be a lot of fun.

  • If I was 13 when I read it (instead of 130 as I am now), and I hadn't already read and/or seen all of that other stuff, I probly woulda loved it, though. It was aiight. The movie will probly be aiight. Just aiight.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    We'll probably get at least one new Terrence Malick film this year.

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    He has two in post-production and two in pre-production.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Yep. According to the ol' IMDb, Bruce Willis has...

    by Jaka

    ...nine films either in the can, in post-production, currently filming or in pre-production. Bruce gonna be on screen A LOT the next two years.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    The Hunger Games

    by Michael Edwards

    Just once I would like to see an article about this film that doesn't mention Battle Royale. Can we aim for that, please?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Punching Wolves

    by CherryValance

    If that was the title I'd probably want to see it. I'm not looking forward to movies anymore. This year taught me a lesson. Almost everything was flawed and therefore disappointing. So I'm going to shoot for not being disappointed by not having expectations. Think it'll work?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Cabin in the Woods...

    by Baron Von Penguin

    "You Think You Know The Story" says the tagline, Eh yes I fuckin do is the reply. Next!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST


    by THX1968

    Spider-Man just looks terrible (silver shoes), and the marketing has been lousy (shitty teaser/shitty poster). The only thing I find of interest is the Lizard as the bad guy. I've shit on this one enough in past posts, but I am endlessly surprised by the short memories for Raimi's films. All people can focus on is the (very) few missteps in the third film, whereas I remember things like the amazing sub-way fight with Doc Ock, or the bridge climax with the Goblin. And I contend that Raimi and McGuire nailed Spidey's sly wit. Raimi's films remind me of the Ditko/Romita days of Spidey, and that makes me happy as a clam.

  • ...or will his "magic" be diluted? Did he always want to make this many films, but just wasn't able to do so? It just seems odd to me that dude made five films in 38 years and now it appears he'll make five in three or four (and Tree of Life is included in both of those counts).

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    von_trierstein, you sopping wet cunt

    by Roger Moon

    happy new year

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Ulatron: really? The Eagle thing again?

    by Ingeld

    You do realize that the eagles are not some Middle Earth taxi service? Independent, sentient beings, they are not slaves and they choose to act in the affairs of other beings according to their own wishes. They probably care about the affairs of men, elves and wizards as much as the ents did. (The only reason the ents became involved in the war was because they were directly attacked--and even then the ents had to debate it.) Whether the eagles could have been employed to transport the ring in Morder undetected by Sauron is debatable at best. As if the eye would not have been able to detect them flying over his land. I think it is a safe assumption to make that if the wise had thought it was possible to use the eagles in that way, they would have.

  • Be grateful, you maggots!!! Oh, and Happy New Year.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    PROMETHEUS (w/ possible Brian Cox Spoilers)

    by obijuanmartinez

    But seriously, folks: Why can't the derelict in this trailer be the one from 'Alien'. I do realize the sky looks a bit different on LV-426 than it does in either 'Alien' or 'Aliens' (post-terraforming), but seems a bit odd these Space Jockey / "engineer" types who are the potential creators of mankind just crashing their ships every doggoned-where they go! Seem to recall Sir Rids saying this was the tale of "the Jockey" from 'Alien' - May be taking this too literally, but...

  • You'll be hard pressed to find this as the premise is nearly identical.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    ^That was supposed to have quotes, btw.

    by NeonFrisbee

    Ah, AICN, you've never really evolved past 1998 have you?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    What?!?!?!? No Underworld!?!?!?!?

    by Tank Williams

    Lol... totally kidding obviously. Rottentomatoes actually put in in their most anticipated list, that I am not kidding about. Funny thing is, it will be one of the most rotten films of the year. Nice list btw Nord

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Disappointed that The Master isn't a remake

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    of the ninja show from the 80's starring the two vans, Lee Van Cleef and Timothy Van Patten.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Glad Three Stooges didn't make the list

    by Tank Williams

    That movie looks like pure dog shit

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Dune 2010, Dune 2012, Dune 20-when?

    by Rtobert

    Delayed again

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    As Richard III said...

    by Bodenland Unbound

    A horse! a horse! my kingoom for a horse!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    No Dredd ?

    by DanboJohnJ

    Am I the only one looking forward to it? Don't answer that.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST


    by Kill List Hammertime

    Am I the only one that likes that series? I mean, I can appreciate quality movies as much as the next man, but there is something to be said for the lovely ms beckinsale all rubbered up kicking werewolf ass. Have I thought that they have all been astounding films? No. Do they entertain me? Fuck yes.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by Kill List Hammertime

    I second that

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST


    by UltraTron

    First of all UlaTron is my cousin. Second I think it's pretty easy to picture Sauropod(the ipad changed it and so it is) roasting up giant turkey eagles 'n stuffing in a hell-on-earth sequence akin to the future time seen in the time machine remake. However it doesn't excuse not having a gigantic eagle/dragon battle in rings nor does it seal the arguable gaping logic hole in the rings saga. Also the magic in the rings universe seems strong but it can't make a single character fly. Oh wait that sauropod guy made gandalf fly off the ground all around in the air. Hey fuck I didn't read the books. Maybe it's one of those Harry potter you didn't read that part filler things. Ya know? Like that eagle shit you just laid down

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    closely followed by Prometheus.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Right on, Nordling. Raimi's Spidey is way too wooden.

    by Nerd Rage

    What happened to the lively humorous Spider-man who's constantly using wisecracks? And Maguire's Peter Parker was too dull also.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    new wes anderson movie: spoiler alert!


    it'll be a self indulgent, meandering slow-drive with a ton of falsely awkward moments, set ambiguously in america's uncomfortably fashioned past and costumed with the look of an aging hipster's exaggerated memories of how he vaguely remembers people dressing in the late 60's through early eighties of his childhood. this will provide the 'visual comedy' along with a few slapstick moments (ala Danny Glover falling into a hole (was that funny? really?)). but most of all it will be about the boring incestuous malaise of the family unit that are too busy trying to achieve some odd dream or vocation instead of accepting themselves, individually and as a family. there will be some extraneous characters, most likely black or indian, that serve no purpose in the story except to appear silly and exotic, and the camera will linger on their silent and awkward expressions too long. for comedy effect, as an aside to the turmoil of the other characters. soundtracks will include soft intellectual folk pop of the 60's 70's and 80's as well as new tracks or covers (of old stuff) performed by current hipster intellectual folk pop whispery piano-tinkling, chord-massaging artists that sound like simon and garfunkel and are known by only a handful of modern college kids. so they think. tons of highschool, college and 30 somethings who have always considered themselves cool and different will flock to whatever trite statements the film makes about individuality, self and society's expectations of people. many will call it their favorite movie, or Anderson's best. but the world will go on.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    SpideyMaguire did more crying than Freedo in LOTR


    everytime something happened he started to cry. and even when he wasnt he looked like he was gonna

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    the real issue with Raimi's Spider-Man...

    by Minotaur7

    is that it was too patriarchal ... as some reviewers mentioned, it wasn't "Jewish enough", and that's true. Spider-Man isn't a judge and jury like a Batman, he doesn't quietly bear the injustices, he's a guy who is creative in the moment, he's enjoying himself, he's got a dance and a song to sing, so to speak. Spider-Man's heroism is a personal theory turned to practice, not an act of societal preservation. The film's tone is difficult to get right as it's more of a pop song, not an opera. That's why Mr. Chabon's Spider-Man 2 remains the best one. "Power bringeth destruction; beware, lest it be unleashed."

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    two stoners who have to stop the end of the world

    by Prior Walter

    Yeah, that's a terrible description of John Dies At The End.

  • Getcha popcorn ready

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    been mentioned b4 but Spidey 1-3 pretty much = Superman I-III


    1 - Origin film, love interest has inciling about id at end. 2 - Falls in love, gives up powers, regains them when super villain strikes. shirt rip down an alleyway 3 - Turns sort of bad from outer space influence, darker costume, falls for a blonde, new love interest, key to the city scene did we miss out on Quest for Peace Spidey?

  • and was 2010 that good either? and what about 2003? 2012 looks great though as does 2013 (Superman, Star trek etc), best years of last decade were probably 2005, 2008 and 2009

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword - The Grey wont know how to fail


    Liam Neeson vs some wolves stuff like that is too awesome to fail btw anyone remember the 1983 or 84 The Avaitor starring Chistopher Reeve? think it had a similar type of concept. big guy crashes a plane in the wilderness and has to fight wolves

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by tomdolan04

    So if the comparison holds, the amazing spiderman is going to be...superman returns. Oh.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Worst film year post 2000 is 2006.

    by hallmitchell

    Here's why.

  • It was called Wise Blood and it was based on the Flannery O'Conner book.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Harvey Keitel in The Last Boy Scout remake?

    by ReportAbuse

    That's all I got at this time.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Your favorite trailers but with CAT!

    by ReportAbuse

    One of these days I might actually click on that retarded YouTube ad.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Honestly, who care what Rotten Tomatoes thinks?

    by Jaka

    I don't care any more about what they think than I do about what AICN or its' talkbackers think. I may use all of it to help me decide what I'm going to see first, but I still see movies myself before I make a decision. And if I love something that everybody else hates, so what? At least I made up my mind for myself.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    World War Z is going to suck.

    by Yelsaeb

    That is all.

  • anybody who defends this movie before or after it comes out deserves a pinesol enema.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    No pixar's Brave?

    by mistergreen

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    geez Ghostbusters III couldv'e been out by now

    by DarthBlart

    deffinately make it by 13, but i could see 2014 like a 30 year anniversary

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    *looks* ooops

    by scrote

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Hathaway way really pretty in her Ella Enchanted days.

    by wattos new hat

    There's some red carpet photos out there that she is incredibly hot. Lately she may have lost a little weight but she can easily transform. in the DKR trailer she looks like she's being a total professional. whether she'll pull the role off to purrrrfection or not, time will tell.

  • Dude can't act. Sorry.

  • I think it's funny that shit piece of shit is one of your most anticipated movies. Holy shit it looks stupid.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Lots to love on this list...

    by CrusherJen

    It's been a long time since there's been so many movies I've wanted to see on the big screen. The last few years, I found myself saying, "I can wait for the DVD" more often than not. Well, not this year! I've loved JOHN DIES AT THE END since I read the novel, and Coscarelli's the perfect guy to bring this messed-up mix of cheesy humor, warped realities, and creeping horror to life. I absolutely cannot wait to see this, it's one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Thanks for including it on your list, Nordling! As an ALIEN fan, PROMETHEUS is a must-see, period. Ditto CABIN IN THE WOODS, as I like new takes on horror and enjoy Joss Whedon's work (most of the time.) I've got high hopes for THE AVENGERS too, I'd like to see how well Whedon can play in Marvel's sandbox. Speaking of superheroes, I'll catch DARK KNIGHT and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. I've got reservations on rebooting the Spider-Man franchise this soon, but my fella's a big fan so I'm sure we'll be seeing this one. I found the first EXPENDABLES flawed but fun, so I'm on board for the second one. I'd never heard of THE RAID before but after seeing that trailer, it looks like a balls-to-the-wall action extravaganza. I'm in. THE HOBBIT is another must-see for me. I'm apprehensive about how well WORLD WAR Z can be adapted to the screen, but the book was incredible. It's one of the rare horror novels that disturbed me so much I had to put it down for a while (twice!) yet I was compelled to finish it. I'll give the movie a shot. LOOPER, CHRONICLE, and DJANGO UNCHAINED sound pretty good too, but I'm not sure if I'll have time to catch them in the theaters. Looks like 2012 might be a very good year after all...

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    They DID do His Dark Materials. At least, they started too...

    by NeonFrisbee

    The Golden Compass live action movie came out a few years ago and it faired poorly, thus they never made a sequel. Shame too, as the books are fantastic. Love 'em.

  • But maybe worth it to hear Henley and Frey backing up Walsh on "Misty Mountain Way".

  • Now if we can only convince all the tweens, their fat, sexually frustrated mothers, and their secretly gay fathers of this, then we can move, as a culture, onto bigger and better things. Leastways, we can move on to things that don't suck quite as hard as Twiblight.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Number_Six

    Thirded! Looking forward to seeing the Urbanator wield the Lawgiver ...

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Mayans and 2012

    by papabendi

    The Mayans never predicted the end of the world in 2012. Nor has anyone else for that matter. It's the end of the Myan long count and there's plenty of 'end of a cycle' predictions, usually astrological. There's the planet X (Nibiru) theory (conspiracy). There's even elvolutionary predictions...nothing for the end of the world though. That's just a popular myth.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Its all about 'Gravity' for me.

    by Kammich

    Such a damn shame that we have to wait until the very end of 2012 to get Cuaron's new flick. I love that I know next to nothing about the film, but I've heard some crazy shit about it. Rumors of there being a 20-minute long, single-take opening, revolutionary usage of 3d, etc. "Children of Men" is one of my favorite films of all time, and Cuaron has been gestating on "Gravity" for quite awhile... I expect nothing short of brilliance.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Also, I agree entirely with gqtaste26

    by Kammich

    "Cogan's Trade," motherfuckers! Can't wait for that one either.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by SnootyBoots

    Whatever happened to 're? Everybody uses 's when they're supposed to use 're, it's driving me up the wall.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    okay - short and sweet:

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Spidey trailer - emo and underwhelming...and I fucking HATE his hair. I don't know why - I just do. Avengers - Have high hopes, but again, trailer's underwhelming as well. Lol'ed when all the heroes whip out cool weapons, and Hawkeye snaps his bow into place. Yikes! John dies - Love Giamatti. Didn't read the book based on reviews I read - may have to go back and check it out now. I didn't know that Clancy FUCKING Brown, The Greatest Living Actor Of Our Generation (tm) is in it: that sold me. He looks fucking bad ass! Lol'ed at Wes Anderson 'spoiler' above - spot on. However, I like Fantastic Mr. Fox and Rushmore, so I may have to check it out on cable. Sorry, Hunger Games IS Running Man meets Battle Royale. With cheese. Book was 'meh. Even if the film is as good as the book, still equals 'meh'. Never enough Bruce Willis.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Ah...2012 and all these movies....

    by Brian

    ....they will all be............. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............coxxed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by thelordofhell

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Nice to see some DREDD love

    by DanboJohnJ

    Now give us a trailer you swines.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    WAR HORSE 2: Saddle Up

    by Orionsangels


  • Jan. 1, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Hopefully get some more of Harry's mental reviews

    by Kill List Hammertime

    He doesn't review hardly anything anymore. It's not that I use his reviews as a guideline, fuck that, it's just that the talkbacks are a good laugh. And let's face it that's what keeps this site going now.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    The RAID...

    by GBH

    is looking my Attack the Block movie of 2012.. That was some gruesome shit...

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    tuskeegee airmen was an hbo drama

    by unclejoe

    wasnt cuba gooding in that too? cgi dogfights? uggggh

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Gareth Evans for the inevitable Batman reboot.

    by Kammich

    There, I said it. "The Raid" looks fucking nuuuts.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Oh my God...

    by TopHat

    NORDLING is the first contributor on AICN to publicly state the real reason why Sony is making another Spider-Man movie... I would have never have thought it. But, of course, he added the patented AICN forced positivity.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    You forgot the other 2012 Abraham Lincoln film

    by Crobran

    Can't wait to see Abe hunting vampires. Hopefully, if it's stupid, it'll be the good kind of stupid.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    The Raid

    by Baryonyx

    Looks brilliant!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    No love for Malick in 2012, Nordling? And...

    by Sean Houlihan

    I also got to say, big props for loving Pleasantville so much. I think it's one of the best films to come out of the 90's. Thanks for the list. And thanks for not sticking just to the big tent-pole pictures. Peace!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    "butter face

    by Jack_Napier

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    butter face

    by Jack_Napier

    Thank you Krinkle.This guy's obviously a meathead.I mean,Where does it end with these guys? She is smoking hot.This isn't even a close call.All these hot chics they would fucking die to be with,but let's be to cool for the room and call her "butter face". Dumb fuck.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    The sky is falling lol

    by Paul Paradis

    Did you say the world was ending in 2012 ultratron?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    pretty amazing lineup


    except for GI Joe. Wtf the Rock and Bruce Willis? Really?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Hey jack, go dumb fuck yourself you mannerless twit

    by Jaka

    If you'd like to converse about it why not try addressing me directly instead of calling names in an attempt to inflate you non-existent internet worth. I clarified my point and I stand by it; average at best. I've not dated one woman who didn't have a more attractive face than Anne Hathaway.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Hope this is the last of the Craig Bond flicks...

    by Flip63Hole

    I feel like I'm watching mediocre Bourne flicks. As a huge Bond fan: make it stop, please... And good gods, I can't wait to get Nolan's hands off Batman. It'll be cool to see where the franchise is headed. Hope somebody gives Batman some life. I still can't take the last one seriously. It sucks Heath died, but the sloppy makeup, slumpy slacker Eddie Van Halen voiced thing he was doing was in no way nor ever will be Joker. Looks like he failed Catwoman and Bane, too. Doh!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Oh I think her face is lovely.

    by gotilk

    What was it that Thumper taught us?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    my top 10 anticipated

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    1. The Dark Knight Rises 2. The Hobbit 3. Prometheus 4. Django Unchained 5. Avengers 6. Skyfall 7. Lincolin 8. Gravity 9. Looper 10. Hunger Games

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Skyfall plot?

    by HughJass

    Where are you hearing about the plot for Skyfall? Unless you know something nobody else does, the bit about it focusing on retrieving a satellite hasn't been confirmed anywhere.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to Skyfall too BUT...

    by tintab

    ...if this is the plot I hope it's not simply a retread of Ice Station Zebra!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Almost a full year of these ignorant Mayan calendar references

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    That's the bummer of the summer (and spring, winter, fall)

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Does Bruce Willis owe money to the mob or something?

    by Stegman84

    Fucker is working harder than a two dollar 'ho... Even stranger, most of his upcoming films seem like they actually might have some potential. Looks like Willis is on the comeback trail, or at least trying to be.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    You missed "Haywire"

    by OgieOglethorpe

    Soderbergh directing an old school Seagal style asskicker starring Gina Carano! How can this possibly be anything but 100% bad ass?

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    by Welshdog

    These all sound interesting. Except for the Hobbit thing. Haven't read the books or seen any of the movies so it's not even on my list.

  • i kid... or do i? but this list helped me realize a lot of good shit is coming out Cabin in the Woods: read the script, HAVE TO FUCKING SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT Chronicle: looked ok at first, but then towards the end, i definitely wanted to see it when i saw glimpses of Tetsuo against the police Looper: Rian Johnson + Brucey Willie X JGL = WINBONER! Django Unchained: its QT... nuff said... but I do have to say I wish Jamie Foxx wasnt in it... more stuff not needed to be said... Leo as a bad guy? also multipled by JGL (again)? LINCOLN, Im interested... did I mention JGL? Dark Knight Rises: Batman. Nolan. JGL (AGAIN). Avengers: monumental movie for comic books... is JGL in it? everything else on that list (minus the cgi kiddie movies (no offense if you like it) and hunger games) I was interested in John Dies at the End until I saw that trailer... its horrible. its like the Detention trailer, but nowhere as interesting (to me atleast) AND I have to say, this Emo Peter Parker movie is totally forgettable even though he hasnt even happened yet. I just realized this was only the second time I watched the trailer... thats how uninterested i am in it anyway... 2012 is gonna be the year of the JGL and maybe a "comeback" year for Bruce Willis

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    The Hobbit will be unprecedented in hype.

    by Seth Gecko

    Peter jackson's initial reluctance to do this has everything to do with not wanting to tarnish the legendary status of his other three Tolkien masterpieces. Has he lost the magic? The Lovely Bones was my favourite jackson film because it showed just how brilliant he has become as a filmmaker. Anyone can be a director. A filmmaker is a totally different proposition. A filmmaker knows what temperature to boil his script at and tweak the temp to suit the scene. The Lovely Bones was awesome.

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Van Halen, Springsteen, Ozzy/Black Sabbath, Killing Joke

    by Partyslammer

    .... that's what the fuck I'm looking forward to this year. I mean, a new VH album with Roth? New Killing Joke album/tour w/original lineup?!? Ozzy finally recording with Sabbath (even if live he's a joke). And of course, new Brooooooce album and tour!!!

  • Jan. 1, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Where is JOHN CARTER.....??????

    by D o o d

    Seriously where is it in that list?

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST

    why dont you rename it AintitNordlingNews


    Who is John Carter?

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Conspiracy's first comments of 2012...

    by conspiracy

    Fuck Van Halen and the deranged VH brothers. Roth or no Roth..without Michael Anthony that ain't fucking Van Halen. New Black Sabbath for now know what my fucking soundtrack for December 2012 is gonna be. Rises is gonna fucking Rock. How can it not? If Ridley is on his A game Prometheus will scare an entire generation to the point they are sterile... I'm hoping BRAVE is the ANTI Cars2. Avengers...I'll be there, popcorn, milk duds and a full body high to better enjoy Scarlette swishing that world class ass around in those skin tight leathers. And Hathaway is all kinds of hot...there is no discussion on that. Big fist fitting mouth, long legs, jiggly swinging face slapping baby feeders...whats not to like you lying fucks.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Avengers Assemble!!

    by Stalkeye

    that and TDKR are the only films I'm really looking forward to. Oh, and here's hoping the new GIJoe film will outpace the first shitstorm. it looks somewhat promising especially if Tatum gets killed off.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 5:44 a.m. CST

    I'll tell you one thing about Chronicle...

    by Stalkeye looks better than that pretentious shit Cloverfield. And that was just the trailer. Grey being touted as a Survival Horror? eh, not really. It's just a fucking pack of Wolves Neeson is fending off. Now Dog Soldiers come to mind as Survival Horror and especially JC's The Thing. The Grey looks like another Man versus Nature flick. Pass

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to Dredd as well

    by david starling

    I had doubts about Karl Urban as the lawman, and how he would hold-up in action sequences, until I saw the fist fight between him and Willis in Red - he can handle himself for sure!! Oh, and after his turn in Star Trek (however much you love or hate the movie, his 'Bones' McCoy was shockingly real), and the fact that I know he'll stick to the tradition of Dredd (we will not see Dredd's face, I am certain of that!!), I know that even if the film failed, it wouldn't be due to him. Paint me in the queue on release day!!

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    No Dredd?

    by Judge Anderson's kinky boots

    Tut, tut! I'm also looking forward to the new Dredd film. It certainly has a lot more promise than that awful looking G.I. Joe movie and uninspiring stuff like the Spiderman re-boot. Also Prometheus looks like all kinds of wonderful and there's a lot of other interesting movies on that list. 2012 should be a good one for movie-fingers crossed.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Jaka-you are full of shit and stupid

    by Jack_Napier

    It's apparent you haven't mastered the english language yet -"go dumb fuck yourself". WTF? In addition,you also seem to live in fantasy land.Good luck with all your horse shit.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I've not dated one woman...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Probably could've stopped right there...

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST


    by workshed

    ...I presume you meant 'cheques'. However, it's well known Harry only takes Paypal nowadays.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    lostmymind: uh, no. Why do you ask?

    by UltraTron

  • phamtom menace came out.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    2011 was truly awful.

    by I Hope You Die

    At least 2012 has a handful of movies that'll get me into the cinema. Top of my list is Prometheus.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 9:57 a.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to WRECK-IT RALPH

    by boliver

    Not sure if it's gonna be any good, but "Toy Story with classic arcade game characters"... that's enough to hook me!

  • The fact that you didn't get the comment tells me all I need to know about you. Anne Hathaway is an average looking woman. You could walk down a busy street in any average sized town on Earth and see a woman who is more attractive than her. If you think otherwise, you're fooling yourself. Now, since you don't seem to be able to have a conversation without behaving like a 14 year old, I'll leave you alone so you can be back to masturbating to your fantasies of Anne Hathaway. <p> joaquin_ondamoon OMG! Your comment is so original and unexpected. I'm just shattered. However shall I recover from that unbelievably witty retort? I know! I'll go back to appreciating the attractive woman that I'm taking to see We Bought A Zoo tonight. Ya know, on a date.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    ultratron - I totally agree. The commercial looks awful.

    by Jaka

    I haven't seen special effects that obvious in a long time. The scene where he's facing the oncoming mob and then jumps over and into them? Awful!

  • Yeah, that's what I thought. And can we all agree the worst movie of 2012 will be The Three Stooges? The trailer alone makes me wanna hang myself.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    If you're dating chicks hotter than Hathaway...

    by Rtobert

    What are you doing trolling AICN?

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    I better start setting up a fund for babysitting money right now.


    This looks like one of the most promising years for movies in a long time. New films from Cuaron, Cronenberg, Tarantino, Wes and PT Anderson - count me in. A new Bond film, return to Middle Earth, Gotham City and most anticipated for me the Alien universe. Prometheus has to be the most excited I've been for a film in years, it better not suck. Scott better ditch his recent hyper-editing style for this one and go back to the old school vibe of the original Alien, I doubt it though. Even the lower key movies look interesting; Cabin in The Woods, The Coscarelli flick. I must say though, with the exception of TDKR, I am really getting tired of all the super-hero movies. And didn't Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin already make that Liam Neeson movie? Btw, put me in the Hathaway is a butter face camp, sorry guys, the body is pretty nice, face not so good.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST



    Because I married her.

  • Except TIME HATERS doesn't have hipsters and critics lined up around the block waiting to kiss Chappelle's ass...


  • Jan. 2, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    ...and HAYWIRE


  • Jan. 2, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    ...and 47 RONIN


  • Jan. 2, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    no Cloud Atlas on that list?

    by Titus05

    I'm really looking forward to the Wachowskis latest...seems like they only make a movie every 2-3 years now (where they write, direct and produce)

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    JAKA the fool

    by Jack_Napier

    How does it feel to be a laughing stock? Perhaps next time you'll be a little less ridiculous in your claims you dickwarmer.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    i think lois maxwell was in her late forties when she created the role in DR. NO. i think its cool that they're putting her charatcer on equal footing with bond, should make an interesting pair

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by JaredP

    should be interesting to see her character on equal footing with bond. lois maxwell wasn't that hot in the role, she was in her late forties when DR. NO came out. this time they're giving her a lot more to do than sit behind a desk and flirt with bond

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    jaka: chill, dude - it's called a joke...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    i hope you die

    by JaredP

    how can you say that? there were loads of good films this year: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS and THE MUPPETS. those were terrific films

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Going to see "We Bought a Zoo" is punishment enough for anyone....

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Don't worry, you'll get over it.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST nice list of turds

    by Mel

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    "Moonrise Kingdom" sounds like an anime title...

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    ...but I'll probably see it as some point. Anderson is touch and go for me. I'm bit worried about 'Django'. Didn't care much for Inglorious Basterds - seemed like two separate movies spliced together. I have faith in QT: this will be spectacular. It will either be a spectacular film, or a spectacular failure. Either way, it will be interesting.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by IwatchMovies

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Nordling, my favorite Pixar apologist

    by seasider

    I have no doubt Brave will do gangbusters at the box office and score well with most critics. It just looks too much like a movie I've already seen before. Having said that, you've put together a nice list.

  • Count me in! Can't wait! --If not for my interest in Batman and the Avengers, it would be #1 on my must see list. But #3 isn't a bad spot, either. And yes, it's above the new Spider-man flick, for me.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    And yes...

    by JDanielP

    ...I'm aware there's a connection to ALIEN. It still looks original to me!

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Hathaway is not a "butter face" people...two reasons.

    by conspiracy

    1. Big, Wide, Bambi eyes that will look so hot staring up at you you won't even make it to her mouth... 2. That Mouth...look at it, revel in the majesty of Form Follows Function perfection...engineers probably study it and utilize it when designing all sorts of receptacles. It is a thing of fucking natural there is no way you can miss that target; even if yourmom beat you as a child with a broom stick for jacking off, and your cock is now bent at a 45 degree angle you'll still hit the rim of Hathaway's succulent saliva filled drain and score. As a batter catcher...her mammoth maw has no equal.

  • by it's trailer alone. If that be the case The Hobbit will most certainly suck frothy jizz...because that teaser is possibly the worst fucking thing I've seen in the past 6 months. So bad it actually REDUCED my desire to see the film. But will I say.."I won't see it because the teaser left a filthy ass taste"? No... Based on the previous films...I'll see it and decide myself; just as I will do for the new Batman. It is Nolan and the Lord bad can it be?

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    You could say,

    by polyh3dron

    Bruce Willis gotta eat.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    You guys forget how bad 2009 was

    by BillEmic

    Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Terminator: Salvation all in one summer. I practically gave up on life.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    2010 was an especially bad year

    by JaredP

    excluding THE EXPENDABLES, all the summer movies sucked: SHREK 4, THE KARATE KID, ECLIPSE and THE LOSERS. terrible movies

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    my 2012 top ten

    by JaredP


  • Jan. 2, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    2011 was great

    by ihatefanboys

    It had Transformers right in the middle of it, and Reel Steel. 2012 will be awesome too, especially with The Three Stooges, that trailer was hillarious...What a vagina Nolan is, so afraid of losing the buzz of the title "The Dark Knight" that he had to include it in the third movie as well. well after the mess that was the Dark Knight, lets hope the RISES helps it rise above the steaming mess that Dark Knight was. Happy New Year all !

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 8:58 p.m. CST

    anyone else dying to see what lisab looks like?

    by sunwukong86

    i cant be the only one

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Funny, I thought of that while washing dishes, sunkwong86

    by D.Vader

    And I've determined there is absolutely no benefit for her if she shows her face.

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Ultratron= Bitch

    by Ryan Kinsel

    Banshee is a real character dumbass!

  • Jan. 2, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    This post is genius

    by gun_will_travel

    Straight to FB

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 3:48 a.m. CST

    things I learned today at the AICN talkbacks


    Transformers 3 was the best movie of 2011 The Dark Knight was a bad movie

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Heavens no! Not a Darth Vader villain!

    by D.Vader

    No, not one of cinema's all time greatest bad guys!

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    That whole Mayan calendar thing?

    by Darth Macchio

    Is bullshit. From what I understand the Mayan calendar did indeed end in 2012 just like ours ends on December 31 and guess what happens the next day? That's right kids, a new calendar. A "new year", if you will (I guess the Mayan's obviously didn't have the same 365 day "year" we did but, in essence, when their calendar ends in what we call "2012", theirs simply starts anew just like ours and everybody else's who has ever had a repeating sequence of numbers/words for representing time). Oh and whatever you do, don't take my word for it - look it up, if you please.

  • Jan. 3, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Looks like it's gonna be a stellar year, Evil Ted!!!

    by Darth Macchio

    Indeed! There's at least 6 or 7 fliques I want to see on that list now, not tomorrow. With 2011 "fizzling" (even Ebert wrote as much for varying reasons) - I sometimes wonder if, not unlike the week between christmas and new year's, 2011 was an "in between" year where most people are just waiting for next year's releases? Whatever - I'm hella-psyched for all too many films on this list and that's a kick ass thing, see?

  • July 20, 2012, 4:51 a.m. CST

    movie year 2012

    by mike hussey

    It's a huge list for movie releasing 2012. Super like for the efforts to list it here. Many movies are releasing as of today, many are yet to come. Super hit movie are also on list were advance booking also have done.