Let’s jump right into this. The gang and I sees some pretty hot movies coming out in the next 12 months. It’s very action packed, with a lot of genre revivals in the ma king. Sequels and 3-quels alike. It’s looking like a record breaking year, but only time will tell. Unlike other lists that I see out here, we’re going to start off with our most anticipated films for 2012.
World War Z
Opening – December 12
A post-zombie war epic based on the accounts of survivors from several different facets of life. Starring Brad Pitt, based off the terrifyingly gripping book by Max Brooks. We’ve seen zombie flicks that take place during the outbreak with the undead roaming around, devouring victims. But have we seen a zombie movie where all the zombies are already dead? Like dead, dead. Really dead. A story showing not only recollections of specific individuals, but the overall outcome of a society that was once engulfed in the most horrible crisis the world has ever seen.
Opening – January 20
George Lucas has already proved himself a legend when it comes to aerial combat action flicks. Now, he takes it from outer space to the friendly blue skies of war torn Italy with a action-packed tribute to the revered Tuskegee Airmen. Starring an ensemble cast including Cuba Gooding Jr and Terrance Howard, this soaring World War II epic looks very entertaining. Directed by Anthony Hemingway of “The Wire” fame and written by legendary Boondocks creators Aaron McGruder, although I don’t think Riley will be making a cameo appearance in this.
Opening – May 11
Who remembers “Borat?” The beloved, yet eccentric and naive native of Kayzykstan (or however you spell it). Well, Sacha Baron Cohen is back with the Dictator, starring as a Sadaam Hussein influenced character who will stand up against the barbarity of democracy no matter what. With Seinfeld legend Larry Charles manning helm, we can only imagine the hilarity that will ensue.
The Dark Knight Rises
Opening – July 20
The third installment of the Nolan brother’s Batman saga. The last Batman film that will star Christian Bale as the caped crusader. The story is to take place 10 years after The Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham city to face off against notorious D.C. villain Bane. Expect all of the super intense actions scenes that we all became familiar with on the last Batman. Make sure you see this one in IMAX.
Abrahan Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Opening – June 22
Take one of the greatest presidents of all time and take the most popular movie genre at the moment. What you get is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based off of Seth Graham Smith’s novel of the same name, this supernatural thriller is set to have Benjamin Walker playing Honest Abe, the real Honest Abe, except he has a secret identity of a vampire killer. Awesome. Tim Burton is producing this so expect all the dreariness and gloominess that will make this one a must see.
Men in Black 3
Opening – May 25
The 3quel starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the alien fighting secret service duo. This is sure to be the same type of comedic and weird fun that the other two MIB movies brought us. I also heard that this one has some time traveling involved.
Opening – June 8
A Ridley Scott sci-fi film that originally started out as a prequel to the Alien franchise, but ultimately evolved into a tale of a spaceship crew on a misison to uncover the origins of humanity.
Kill Bin Laden
Opening – December 19
Katherine Bigelow scored big with Hurt Locker. The 2009 Iraq war suspense film about a team of IED bomb defusers. The movie was brilliant. It won Oscar for Best Picture. Now, she’s taking another stab at a tactical military based movie, Kill Bin Laden. Not too much is known right now of the plot, except it will star Joel Egerton, Idris Elba, and Guy Pearce. A little tid bit: Word on the street is that screenwriter Mark Boal developed the narrative after getting his hands on the actual classified documents from the Navy Seal mission that killed Bin Laden!
Act of Valor
Opening – February 24
Another war movie, this one also about Navy Seals, but here’s the catch – the soldiers on screen will be played by ACTUAL Navy Seals. The plot: ” Navy SEAL squad goes on a covert operation in Yugoslavia to rescue a kidnapped CIA Officer, while also taking down terrorists who aim to strike America.” Directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugn and backed by a solid script from Kurt Johnstad.
Opening – November 21
Another sci-fi flick, this one from Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), and starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts who fight for their way back home after an accident in their manned satellite.
Think Like a Man
Opening – March 9
Steve Harvey made national healines, newsrooms, and blogposts when he dropped his book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man two years ago. Now, he’s making a movie. Tim Story will direct this tale of a group of women who try to use the book to decode the mystery behind men’s intentions. The star studded ensemble cast includes Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, Romany Malco, and Megan Good.