- The Amazing Spider-Man
- The Avengers
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Django Unchained
- John Carter
- The Raid
- Snow White and the Huntsman
- Total Recall
2011 wasn’t a great year for cinema. But looking ahead to 2012 and possibly the end of humankind, let’s hope Hollywood goes out with a bang! And let’s hope December 21, 2012, doesn’t really usher in the apocalypse; otherwise, we’ll miss Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Django Unchained, which features an incredible ensemble cast and is due for release on Christmas. Speaking of JC, Disney is launching the $250 million behemoth known as John Carter, based on a highly influential sci-fi series that began exactly a century ago. And speaking of sci-fi, we’ll see a potential prequel to the classic Alien as Ridley Scott revisits the universe with Prometheus, and we’ll see another classic remade when Total Recall will try to open… your miiiiiiiiiiiiind.
Foreign film The Raid looks to take martial arts and action to another level of frenetic intensity, and there’s already talk of an American remake. James Bond returns in Skyfall, which is armed with Oscar-winner Sam Mendes as the director and Oscar winner Javier Bardem as the villain. Snow White and the Huntsman looks to cast off any of your Disney memories of singing dwarfs and cheery animals.
Not surprisingly, 2012 will also spotlight a handful of much anticipated superhero movies. The Amazing Spider-Man reboots the Marvel franchise with The Social Network‘s Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger. Marvel’s other major film, The Avengers, unites many of the superheroes from its films of the last decade in a star-studded blockbuster. However, it’s rival DC Comics’ The Dark Knight Rises that has caught our attention for most of the year. With some stellar additions to the cast and a monster marketing campaign that’s teasingly stoked the fire, we can’t wait to see how Christopher Nolan concludes his legendary epic trilogy. Just please fix Bane’s voice. Winner: The Dark Knight Rises.
Honorable Mentions: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, American Reunion, Battleship, Chronicle, The Dictator, The Grey, Men in Black 3, Project X, Taken 2, Underworld: Awakening