A list of movies coming out in Australia in 2012 that I want to watch. I will review them as I watch them. I watch too many movies and rate them too high. Comments are welcome!
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
“ Seen on 25/4/12
Review: Not much to say here. An amazing ensemble piece with several AWESOME action scenes while still managing to develop each character's arc. As heavily invested a fan of the series this movie was very satisfying.
Special Mention to: Mark Ruffallo for finally giving audiences a good hulk ” - Marti_smarti
The Cabin in the Woods
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
“ Seen on:15/6/12
Review: As someone who doesn't usually watch horror movies but is well informed of the genre this was an interesting movie to watch. The subversion of the sterotypical horror movie characters was interesting and pretty damn funny. However I was far more interested in the "Bad guys" behind everything than the actual main characters. This means I was a little bored during the second act but the movie made up for this with one of the most insane third acts I have seen in a while. It really ramped things up and was quite succesful (Also suprisingly scary for a horror/comedy). A lot of laughs and a few good scares.
Special mention to: The awesome surprise cameo at the end ” - Marti_smarti
Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant moon containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
“ Seen on 9/6/12
Review:While I understand the many issues that people had with this movie (Many of which I agreed with, particularly the fact that this movie raised more questions than it asked) I have to say that I ultimately enjoyed it. It was an exciting, fast paced movie with excellent visuals and some really interesting ideas. Definitely worth seeing!
Special Mention to: Michael Fassbender as David. One of the best sci fi performances I have seen in years ” - Marti_smarti
The Hunger Games
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. (142 mins.)
“ Seen on:6/4/12
Review: Pitch-perfect casting and overall an amazing adaptation. I had some minor issues (such as over use of the hand held camera and pacing of the third act) but nothing too significant.
Special Mention to: Wes Bentley's beard ” - Marti_smarti
Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. (84 mins.)
“ Seen on:25/05/12
Review: I admit I had fairly low expectations. I thought it would be another movie with an interesting premise that doesn't deliver. However I was pleasantly surprised. A short movie but still very tightly written and pretty well shot and acted for a "found footage" movie. A very good watch.
Special Mention to: Director Josh Trank not sticking to stale found footage camera techniques and keeping things fresh ” - Marti_smarti
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. (93 mins.)
“ Seen on:5/7/12
Review: While not my favourite pixar movie of the past several years, I thought that Brave was a very enjoyable movie that broke new ground in modern animation. For Pixar's first female protagonist, Meridia is an interesting and quite relatable character and it is refreshing to see a movie aimed at kids focused on complex female relationships. Brave is quite funny (the kids in my theatre loved it) and there is a genuine emotional core within the movie. However, I do think that the movie became a bit rushed towards the end.
Special Mention To: Pixar for finally having a female protagonist and to the animators at Pixar who had the difficult job of animating Meridia's unruly hair. ” - Marti_smarti
The Amazing Spider-Man
After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death. (136 mins.)
“ Seen on:4/7/12
Review:What the film lacked in plot substance it made up for with heart. It is quite succesful as a stand alone film and stands up well among Sam Raimi's trilogy (although in my opinion, does not surpass them). Andrew Garfield brings a new take on Peter Parker and the amazing chemistry between Garfield and Emma Stone is one of the films strong points. However it does have some weaknesses, mainly the many loose ends at the end of the film (which I suspect is due to the many scenes cut from the movie particularly the subplot about Peter's parents). Another weak point is that I feel that there were many unused opportunities in the movie, with many ideas left unexplored (E.g. The Gwen/Peter relationship arc, Peter's relationship with Aunt May, Peter fully exploring his powers, Peter balancing school with his responsibilities as a superhero) although I think there is a good chance that they will be explored in the sequel. Overall a charming, enjoyable film which certainly stands among the original trilogy.
Special Mention to: Writer James Vanderbilt for managing to explore new ground that wasn't seen in the original trilogy while still keeping Spidey's character arc strong. ” - Marti_smarti
Snow White and the Huntsman
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. (127 mins.)
“ Seen on 25/6/12
Review: This movie is pretty much what the trailer makes it out to be: A well known plot with great visuals. The plot was pretty basic and didn't really add much to the original story. Stewart is suprisingly good in this (and her accent is ok too) although her character had so few lines, leading to many strange awkward pauses. There were also many subplots in this story which weren't really wrapped up (particularly the kinda forced love triangle). Visuals were gorgeous, particularly the Queen Ravenna's scenes. I just think the movie needed more attention to the script to create more detailed characters and a plot with a bit more action to it.
Special Mention to: Charlize Theron's enjoyably hammy performance as the evil queen. Every single line was incredibly over acted but it added some fun to the movie ” - Marti_smarti
A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives. (150 mins.)
“ Seen on:13/7/12
Review: Margaret is a long, complex film which explores the many aspects the life of a teenage girl living with guilt. Anna Paquin does a good job as the film's main character and is given a lot to do as her character Lisa exhibits a huge range of emotions throughout the movie. While I found almost none of the characters in this movie likeable, I still found that I sympathised with many of them and the film kept my interest for all of its 2 and half hours.
Special Mention To: The casting director for managing to attract a great cast, many of which were given minor roles (Matt Damon as a math teacher who is given two scenes?) but all of whom contributed well to the movie ” - Marti_smarti
The Dark Knight Rises
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
Zero Dark Thirty
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden
after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011. (157 mins.)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug. (169 mins.)
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
The Bourne Legacy
An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films. (135 mins.)
Much Ado About Nothing
A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. (109 mins.)
To Rome with Love
The lives of some visitors and residents of Rome and the romances, adventures and predicaments they get into. (112 mins.)
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (158 mins.)
In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky. (129 mins.)
Killing Them Softly
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. (97 mins.)
Silver Linings Playbook
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. (95 mins.)
As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits. (116 mins.)
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run. (118 mins.)
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. (101 mins.)
A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers. (93 mins.)
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. (144 mins.)