A Look Ahead, Coming In 2012!

With 2011 done and dusted, we at the Monday Movie Show thought it was high time that we took a look ahead at what is coming our way in 2012 with trailers where available. Movies are listed in order of release date in the U.K. but these are subject to change.

War Horse – 13th January

Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the book/stage play of the same name, War Horse is the story of a boy who enlists during the first world war after his horse is sold to the cavalry. With a cast including David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch, plus Spielberg’s skill for emotional scenes as well as his realistic war sequences, this is already being mentioned as a possible nomination come Oscar time.

The Darkest Hour – 13th January

Helmed by Right At Your Door director Chris Gorak, and produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Director of Day Watch and Wanted), The Darkest Hour is a science fiction movie starring Emile Hirsch and Max Minghella as two friends visiting Russia who find themselves trapped in the midst of a world invasion by aliens. With almost the entire city wiped out, the two must band together with anyone left to survive, outwitting the attacking aliens that are invisible to the naked eye, and only detectable by the energy emissions they give off. From the reviews it has been given in America we might have a slight problem with this film however time will only tell when we finally get to see it, oh yeh and it’s also getting a 3D release – Stuart

Shame – 13th January

Drama following sex addict Brandon (Michael Fassbender, in one of many movies out this year) whose life in New York is made all the more complicated by the unexpected arrival of his sister Sissy (Carrie Mulligan). It’s graphic sexual scenes earned it the dreaded NC-17 rating from the MPAA in the United States, meaning that some theatres refused to show it. The BBFC in the UK has given the movie an 18 rating with no cuts required to the movie. Further details of the movie and it’s ratings will be viewable on the BBFC website after 3rd January.

Haywire – 18th January

Action/thriller, directed by Steven Soderbergh (Contagion) and starring MMA fighter Gina Carino as an ex-marine who is betrayed by her handlers and has to fight her way clear to get revenge. As usual, Soderbergh fills the screen with an impressive cast of actors, including Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas, and although at first look it seems like a potential straight-to-video title, the movie is receiving praise from early viewings. -Andrew

Underworld Awakening – 20th January

Returning to present day after the prequel Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans, the movie finds vampire death dealer Selene (returning Kate Bekinsale) awakening from being chryogenically imprisoned. The world has changed a lot in the 12 years she has been imprisoned, and is now aware of Vampires and Werewolves, and is intent on wiping out both races. The last film was awful in my eyes however i will give it a bit of a chance seeing as it does have the look of the first one (if it was done in 3D) – Stuart

The Grey – 27th January

Liam Neeson stars in this disaster tale of survival as a member of an oil drilling team who’s plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness. Struggling to survive and find their way back to civilization, the group must fend off the attacks of a pack of wolves that view them as intruders in their territory. It’s Whiteout for 2012, now i didn’t mind that film so if it’s close to that then it should be OK – Stuart

Chronicle – 2nd February

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. The trailer for this looks like it may be this year’s cloverfield, and perhaps just as good -Andrew

Man On A Ledge – 2nd February

When an escaped convict threatens to jump from a Manhattan hotel roof, the New York Police department responds, trying to coax him down, though unknown to them, as more officers arrive with a police psychologist personally requested to talk him down and with the press and the public watching, no one suspects that things aren’t as straightforward and as they appear to be. With an impressive cast including Sam Worthington, Ed Burns, Ed Harris, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, and Kyra Sedgwick, this looks to be similar to 2002’s Phone Booth with a bit of subterfuge going on in the background.

The Muppets – 10th February

Three muppet fans, Gary(Jason Segal), Mary(Amy Adams) and Walter(a muppet voiced by Peter Linz), set out to find and regroup the muppets when they learn that oil mogul Tex Richman(Chris Cooper) wants to drill under the old muppet theater for oil. They go on an adventure to gather up all the familar faces including Kermit The Frog, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and Animal plus many more and get them back together to save the old theatre from demolition. This will be the first muppet’s movie to get a theatrical release since Muppets in Space in 1999.

The Woman In Black – 10th February

Daniel Radcliffe first film since the last Harry Potter film sees him play a young lawyer that is sent to a small remote village where a vengeful ghost may be terrorizing the locals. This could be a smart move for Radcliffe instead of just doing a children’s centric film he has decided to do a small ghost movie, if it’s like the Awakening then it might be a good movie – Stuart

Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance – 17th February

Johnny Blaze (returning Nicholas Cage) hides out in Eastern Europe, but is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. The first trailer really looked bad, this new one actually looks like a worthy sequel to the rather tame original, but word of mouth from advance screenings have not been favourable. -Andrew.

This Means War – 17th February

Directed by McG, This Means War is a comedy about rwo of the CIA’s top operatives (Tom Hardy & Chris Pine) who wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are both dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). This looks similar in tone to Mr & Mrs Smith, that movie had Doug Liman, Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt going for it, all this movie has going for it is Tom Hardy and perhaps Chris Pine. Then again, it has McG directing, so extremely hard to make a call on this one. -Andrew

Safe House – 24th February

An inexperienced CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) tasked with looking after a fugitive (Denzel Washington) at a safe house finds himself forced to think on his feet when the safe house is attacked, and he finds himself having to go on the run with his prisoner. Also starring Vera Farmiga and Brendan Gleeson. Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds both have the calibre to pull off an action thriller of this scale, lets hope that director Daniel Espinosa is up to the task of directing it. -Andrew

The Devil Inside – 2nd March

From director William Brent Bell (Stay Alive) this story of possession centers on a woman who is involved in the performance of exorcisms and her mission to find out what exactly happened during one where a mother murdered her 3 children. This looks like it may be a surprise sleeper horror movie of the year, like Insidious did in 2011. -Stuart.

John Carter – 9th March

Based on the book John Carter of Mars, and stars Taylor Kitsch as an American civil war soldier who at the turn of the century wakes up to find himself transpoted to the planet Mars, and ends up reluctantly being involved in a civil war that is happening there. Also starring Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Dominic West, and the voice of Willem Dafoe. The book has a large following, with mixed reactions to the images and the early trailer, but the most recent trailer appears to be winning more people over.

We Bought A Zoo – 16th March

Based on a personal memoir by Benjamin Mee, and adapted and directed by Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire), We Bought A Zoo stars Matt Damon as Mee, a single father who decides to uproot his two kids and buys a rundown, closed zoo to prepare it to open again and run with them. Also starring Scarlett Johannson and Thomas Hayden Church.

Contraband – 16th March

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, this is a remake of Icelandic movie Reykjavik-Rotterdam (in which director Kormákur played the lead), starring Mark Wahlberg as Chris Farraday, a former criminal who finds himself having to return to a life of crim to bail out his brother from a drug dealer when he botches a deal. Also starring Kate Bekinsale, Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), Ben Foster, and Giovanni Ribisi. Looks like a take on The Town with a dose of setup from the script to Gone In 60 Seconds, and considering the cast it may be worth a look. -Andrew

21 Jump Street – 16th March

A movie of the hit television series that saw a young Johnny Depp going undercover as a cop in schools to fight crime. This is a spoof version based on the same premise, with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill playing the lead characters, going undercover in a high school to break a drug dealing ring. Johnny Depp is rumoured to make a cameo appearance, but nothing has been confirmed as yet. This looks awful in the trailers, but foreword from preview screenings has been surprisingly positive. -Andrew

The Hunger Games – 23rd March

Based on the book by writer Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is set in a post apocalypse future where members from each tribal area nominate one man and woman to compete in a challenge to the death. Starring Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, X-Men: First Class) and Liam Hemsworth (who also stars in The Expendables 2 this year), this looks to be a cross between Battle Royale and The Running Man. It’s likely it will be aimed at the teen audience, so will probably be toned down to meet requirements to get a 12A rating. -Andrew

Wrath of the Titans – 30th March

Sequel to 2010’s Clash Of The Titans, which sees Persius (returning Sam Worthington) being asked for help from his father Zeus (Liam Neeson) when the Titans, a long imprisoned enemy of the gods, are unleashed, and threaten to wipe out both the gods and humanity. The trailer looks impressive, but so did the trailer for Clash, and we all know how that turned out. -Andrew

American Reunion (American Pie) – 6th April

The cast return for yet another American Pie outing, this time as they all attend their high school reuinion. Original cast members Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Shannon Elizabeth, Tara Reid, Chris Klein, Natasha Leonne, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Eugene Levy return. Do we need another American Pie film, the answer to that could be maybe if it’s like the first one as that was a really funny filmStuart

The Cabin in the Woods – 13th April

Written by Josh Whedon (Buffy the vampire slayer and Firefly) and directed by Drew Goddard (writer of Cloverfield) the film follows five friends who decide to take a vacation in a small cabin in the woods, however bad and extremely strange events begin to transpire. With this coming from the pen of Josh Wheddon it instantly jumped on to my radar as I know to expect something different to the usual cabin in the woods films that seem to be thrown our way these days, and Whedon is known for turning conventional ideas on their head. -Stuart

Battleship – 20th April

Taking it’s story base from the classic board game (no, we’re not joking, Hollywood really is that desperate – what next, Monopoly the movie?!), Battleship is a typical big screen alien invasion movie, filled to the brim with special effects a la Independence Day starring Taylor Kitch (also starring in John Carter this year) and Liam NeesoN, and directed by Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Hancock). The first trailer looked awful, but the second trailer definately had an ID4 feel about it, perhaps this will do well at the box office after all, don’t think we’ll hold our breaths though. -Andrew.

The Avengers – 27th April

The culmination of the last few years of Marvel movies, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger all leading up to this movie, written and directed by Joss Whedon. It sees all the characters from those movies united by S.H.I.E.L.D. To fend off an attack by Loki and an as yet unknown enemy. The bar is set high, with Whedon and the cast involved – Robert Downey Jr (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America), Samuel L Jackson (Nick Fury), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Scarlet Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo (taking over the role of Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk). Expect it to be the first in a series of movies. How excited am I about this? Iron Man, Thor, Cap, and The Hulk, in a movie written and directed by Joss Whedon? Can. Not. Wait. -Andrew

The Dictator – 18th May

A comedy written by and starring Sacha Baron Cohen (the man behind Ali G, Borat and Bruno) about a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. I’m not a fan of Cohen’s Ali G or Bruno characters, or even really a fan of the Borat one, but I have to admit, Borat was some comedy gold, here’s hoping The Dictator turns out to be more like that than the other two, the trailer actually has some geuninely funny moments. -Andrew

Men In Black 3 – 25th May

Will Smith and Tommy-Lee Jones return as agents J and K of the mysterious Men In Black, this time involving a mission that takes J through time to the 1960’s to prevent someone from assassinating K when he was younger. The movie also stars Emma Thompson, Bill Hader, and Josh Brolin as the young agent K.

Snow White & The Huntsman – 1st June

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. Starring Kristin Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman.

Prometheus – 1st June

Ridley Scott makes his return to  science fiction with this movie, rumoured to be a prequel to his 1977 classic space horror Alien, and starring an all star cast including Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pierce, Noomi Rapace, Patrick Wilson, and Idris Elba. Do i have to say anything about how much i’m looking forward to Prometheus, this has to be the movie i’m most looking forward to this year by miles Stuart This is perhaps one of the most anticipated titles in the last decade of cinema, Scott returning to the series that he helped to create, and from the advance teaser, it looks fantastic! -Andrew

Also worth checking out, just to see how similar in tone it will be to the original Alien, this crossover trailer created by a fan using the Prometheus teaser trailer as a starting point:

Rock Of Ages – 8th June

From Adam Shankman, the director of Hairspray, comes this musical set in 1987 Los Angeles. Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it’s love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges. The movie features an all star cast including Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Paul Giamatti.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation – 22nd June

Still impersonating the President of the United States, Zartan and his accomplices publically go after the G.I Joes, and the remaining team members must call in one of their founding members to defeat him and the world leaders he has under his influence. With a cast including Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis, it will be interesting to see if this manages to live up to the first movie, which was a heck of a lot more fun than it derserved to be. -Andrew

The Amazing Spider-Man – 4th July

A reboot of the comic-book franchise starring Andrew Garfield (Lions For Lambs, The Social Network) in the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and Ryhs Ifans as Doc Connors/The Lizard. The early trailer shows a sequence done entirely from Spider-Man’s point of view, but not really showing much else. Andrew Garfield suits the type more than Tobey Maguire, so as long as it’s decent, it’ll make a fortune at the box office.

The Dark Knight Rises – 20th July

Set 8 years after the events of The Dark Knight, Batman (returning Christian Bale) finds himself up against his toughest challenge yet, when a brutal attack campaign is led against him and Gotham city by the mysterious muscle bound Bane (Tom Hardy) in Christopher Nolan’s final chapter of his Batman trilogy. The movie also stars Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, and returning cast members Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman. Also being released in Imax.

Dr Seuss’ The Lorax – 27th July

From the people behind Despicable Me comes an animation based on the book by Dr Seuss. A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Brave – 17th August

From Disney and Pixar, A girl determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

The Bourne Legacy – 17th August

Tony Gilroy, writer of the previous three Bourne movies this time takes on directing responsibilities, with Jeremy Renner playing the part of another assassin with connections to Treadstone. Matt Damon is not expected to be making an appearance, it’ll be interesting to see if this works as a movie and whether it will find an audience without Damon’s return. I’m a huge fan of the Bourne series, in fact i prefer them to the Bond series and with them taking a different route to the first 3 this might have the Bourne name but lets hope it has the Bourne styleStuart

The Expendables 2 – 17th August (USA)

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. As with the first one, the cast assembled is a powerhouse of actors and action stars including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Sylvester Stallone is not directing this time round, instead Simon West (Con Air, The Mechanic) is taking over. The U.K. release date has not been set yet, but expect it to be around or soon after the U.S date.

Total Recall – 22nd August

Director Len Wiseman’s remake of Paul Verhoven’s cult science-fiction action movie based on the Phillip K Dick short story ‘We Can Remember It For You Wholesale’ this time with Colin Farrel in the lead instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Being that the original is one of my favourite Arnie movies and one that still stands the test of time, this is perhaps the most unwanted remake for me, aside from maybe Robocop. -Andrew.

Resident Evil: Retribution – 14th September

Paul W. S. Anderson again writes and directs the fifth in the Resident Evil series, with Milla Jovovich returning as Alice, and carrying on from where Afterlife ended, with her fighting alongside a resistance movement in the continuing battle against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – 19th October

Join the further adventures of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo as they join a traveling circus in an effort to get back home to New York.

Skyfall (James Bond 23) – 26th October

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Directed by Sam Mendes, who has confirmed this will be a stand alone story and not continuing the story started in Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace, this will be the third outing for Daniel Craig as 007 and will also starring Ralph Fiennes, Xavier Bardem, and with Judi Dench returning as M.

47 Ronin – 21st November

An 18th century set story centered on a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master, starring Keanu Reeves and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai, Sunshine).

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 14th December

Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle Earth, following the adventures of Bilbo Baggins as he goes on his adventures as referenced in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to be split into two parts to be released, like The Lord Of The Rings movies, at Christmas 2012 and 2013. Jackson has brought back actors who appear in The Hobbit, so as the trailer confirms, you can look forwards to seeing Ian McKellan re-play the part of Gandalf The Grey, Christopher Lee as Saruman The White, Kate Blanchett as the elf Galadriel, Elija Wood returns in a cameo as Frodo Baggins, and Andrew Sirkis will once again don the green suit to portray Gollum, all joined by Martin Freeman as the younger version of Ian Holme’s Bilbo Baggins. Even though the first trailer didn’t have the impact i was hoping this still remains high on my list for movies of the year let’s hope it delivers – Stuart

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