At the movies - What to watch in 2012

Top ten films to look forward to in 2012.
Top ten films to look forward to in 2012.


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Due for release: October 2012

Director: Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant.

Cloud Atlas the film adaptation of the 2004 novel by David Mitchell. It’s an epic story about humankind and attempts to explain how the actions in the present can have serious implications for the past and the future. It’s both a historical film and sci-fi thriller.


Due for release: December 2012.

Director: Quentin Tarantino.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson.

It’s Tarantino’s first outing since the success of 2009 movie ‘Inglorious Basterds’. ‘Django Unchained’ is inspired by the 1966 film by Sergio Corbucci ‘Django’. It’s about a slave-cum-bounty hunter who sets out to free his wife from an evil plantation owner.


Due for release: October 2012.

Director: Ruben Fleischer.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte.

Gosling (‘Drive’) stars in a film about how the LAPD fought hard to ensure the East Coast Mafia did not make their way into Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.


Due for release: December 2012.

Director: Baz Luhrmann.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher.

It’s been attempted several times before but Baz Luhrmann is out to impress with his 2012 interpretation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. With an impressive cast it would be no surprise if ‘The Great Gatsby’ was to clean-up at the Oscars.


Due for release: October 2012

Director: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Judie Dench, Robert Finney and Helen McCrory.

There was doubt over whether the movie would actually go ahead but finally it’s here. James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested and he has to search out and eliminate the threat to M16 no matter what the cost.


Due fore release: June 2012.

Director: Ridley Scott.

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Ilba.

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe.


Due for release: April 2012

Director: Joss Whedon.

Starring: Robert Downey Jnr. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Hemsworth.

Super heroes, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow and the Incredible Hulk unite under the umbrella of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency when Earth is threatened with annihilation by extraterrestrial invaders.


Due for release: March 2012

Director: Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Piven, Brian Blessed and Salma Hayeck.

It’s an animated version of the hilarious book by Gideon Defoe. The Pirate Captain and his band of misfits are hopeless but things get really out of hand when they run into Charles Darwin.


Due for release: December 2012.

Director: Peter Jackson.

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Benedict Cumberbatch.

This needs no introduction. It’s the prequel to the Lord of the Rings and with Peter Jackson at the helm, it’s going to be amazing.


Due for release: July 2012

Director: Christopher Nolan.

Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman.

It’s amongst the most eagerly awaited conclusions to a trilogy ever made and if the trailer is anything to go by then fans of the Dark Knight will not be disappointed.

The last time the caped crusader took to the big screen was back in 2008 when he went tete-a-tete with the Joker and Harvey Dent.

Rumours abounded that the visionary Christopher Nolan had decided to walk away from the franchise but news broke in 2010 that a grand finale was on the cards.

The film picks up eight years after the exploits of the Dark Knight. Batman has taken the blame for all of the crimes committed by Harvey Dent. As a result he has been forced into hiding away from the very people he wants to protect.

Despite all of this Batman is forced to come out of exile after terrorist leader Bane sets out to destroy Gotham City.

Perhaps one of the most exciting things about this movie is the fact that director Christopher Nolan has insisted on shooting the movie using IMAX cameras. It should make for a wonderful experience on the big screen as a result.

The trailer, which was released just before Christmas, went viral within hours.

Some of the glimpsed scenes look the like the most exciting of 2012.

The tagline for Nolan’s grand finale is ‘The Legend Ends’. It’s ominous to say the least but fans of the franchise will have to wait to see what happens to Batman when he battles it out with Tom Hardy’s remarkable looking Bane.

The movie’s ability to entertain won’t stop there. There’s also Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman, the emergence of the son of Ra’s Al Ghul and how could I leave out the destruction of an American football field while a game is taking place.

It’s sure to be the most exciting movie of 2012.