The Lists: Our top 10 most anticipated films of 2012
The 2011 film year and the experiences we had at the multiplex are officially memories. But 2012 brings the promise of new experiences and new memories in the dark of a crowded theater, so naturally, we should join the chorus and offer up our personal anticipations.
HitFix has already offered up a lengthy, well-considered (though overly populist) list along these lines. It features a lot of the usual stuff, but while a number of the films on our list show up there, a few do not.
I asked Guy, Gerard and Roth to send me their top 10s, combined them with my own and came up with what we are collectively looking forward to at theaters in the new year. The result was an interesting mesh of the usual and the not-so-usual, both on the various lists and on the eventual combined collective.
Two films that ranked rather high on HitFix's list, I was surprised to see, didn't even register on ours: Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" and Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." The latter, in fact, only showed up on one of the lists submitted by the four of us, which is REALLY surprising, though perhaps indicative of the fact that the film kind of looks like more of the big-screen Middle Earth that we've already seen.
Just missing the list were Pixar's "Brave," David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," Neill Blomkamp's "District 9" follow-up "Elysium" and Rian Johnson's "Looper." Meanwhile, films that were mentioned here and there but not high enough or in bulk enough to register on the full list included Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Laurent Cantet's "Foxfire," Kathryn Bigelow's tentatively-titled "Kill Bin Laden," Terrence Malick's "Voyage of Time," Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines," Oliver Stone's "Savages," François Ozon's "Dans la maison" and Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade."
So what does that leave? Well, check out our new gallery for the answer. Not all of the films chalked up will make it to release in 2012, I'd wager, but for now, they all seem to be in the clear. Hopefully.
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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