12 Class of 2012

Movies I am looking forward to watch in 2012.
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1.
Safe House (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young CIA agent is tasked with looking after a fugitive in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge. (115 mins.)
Director: Daniel Espinosa
 
2.
The Woman in Black (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (95 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ Radcliffe takes on his first major post-"Harry Potter" role as a lawyer who discovers that an angry spirit is terrorizing a remote village. The 1983 novel was already made into a British TV movie and play; both are said to be very scary. The trailers for this Hammer Films release look pretty creepy as well -- more atmosphere and chills than blood and gore. ” - guanahacabibe
 
3.
Chronicle (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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.)
Director: Josh Trank
“ Fox Searchlight picked up this indie sci-fi drama about three friends who acquire superpowers -- and then let their worst instincts get the best of them. Shot in the somewhat worn-out "found-footage" format, this film nevertheless has been bolstered by a great trailer and original premise. We're looking forward to see if it lives up to both. ” - guanahacabibe
 
4.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. (96 mins.)
Director: Neveldine, Taylor
“ Nicolas Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze, who turns into the biker with the flaming skull, Ghost Rider, in a sequel to the 2007 film that was not exactly on anyone's high-demand list. Still, the 3-D production, directed by "Crank" maniacs Neveldine and Taylor, got a boost from having its trailer premiere at Comic-Con last July -- only to stall out when the film got a violently negative reaction from the assembled audience at last month's "Butt-Numb-A-Thon" festival in Austin, Texas. Could anything be worse that the first "Ghost Rider"? We'll find out. ” - guanahacabibe
 
5.
John Carter (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior. (132 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ Wall-E" director Stanton makes his live-action debut with this epic sci-fi/fantasy film, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars." The long-in-development movie has been in production for two years, with rumors of a budget skyrocketing toward $300 million, yet it's questionable whether Kitsch can carry a movie as a lead and if modern moviegoers will respond to Burroughs' old-fashioned tale about an American Civil War veteran leading a revolution on Mars. A big risk for Disney. ” - guanahacabibe
 
6.
The Raven (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality. (110 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ Cusack plays legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe, who teams with a Baltimore detective to stop a series of serial killings patterned after Poe's horror stories. What? Not exactly true to Poe's real life, the movie looks and sounds like an attempt to take Poe down the path of the "Sherlock Holmes" movies. We're not sure if this is a good idea, but the involvement of Cusack and McTeigue ("V for Vendetta") is keeping us mildly interested. ” - guanahacabibe
 
7.
The Hunger Games (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ The studio (Lionsgate) has its hopes pinned on this being the next big "Twilight"-style franchise, as teenager Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) represents her "district" -- one of 12 in the ruins of what used to be the U.S. -- in a nationally televised competition which must end with only one survivor. There are two more books in the hugely popular series, but will the surprisingly violent tale make it to the big screen intact? Lawrence ("X-Men: First Class") is a terrific actress, but this is new territory for veteran director Ross. ” - guanahacabibe
 
8.
Wrath of the Titans (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world. (99 mins.)
“ Will the Kraken be released again? Not sure about that, but the trailer shows that there are plenty of new monsters awaiting our hero Perseus (Worthington) as he goes into battle again in this 3-D sequel to "Clash of the Titans." Let's hope there's a better script to go along with all the mayhem, because "Clash" was especially dopey and we wouldn't mind seeing a big, old-fashioned monster movie with a story that doesn't insult us. The filmmakers better be ready to face audiences' wrath as well if the 3-D is as crappy as the last time out. ” - guanahacabibe
 
9.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ Joss Whedon ("The Avengers") co-wrote the script for this with first-time director and "Cloverfield" writer Goddard, but the movie sat on the shelf for more than two years due to studio financial problems. Lionsgate finally picked it up, and a recent trailer quickly sent our interest soaring: It's a haunted-cabin movie that looks like it's got one hell of a twist to it. A sneak screening at "Butt-Numb-A-Thon" was a smash success as well. ” - guanahacabibe
 
10.
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Marvel Studios' master plan for the past four years has been leading to this: the superhero team-up that hardcore comic book fans probably never imagined they would see on the big screen. The gang's all here as Iron Man (Downey), Thor (Hemsworth), Captain America (Evans), the Hulk (Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Renner) and Black Widow (Johansson) are assembled by Nick Fury (Jackson) to battle a threat to Earth orchestrated by the evil Loki (Hiddleston). Expectations and anticipation for this one are through the roof, as we wait to see whether Downey's ego can share the screen wit -- sorry, we mean as we wait to see whether Whedon can match his trademark character skills with the kind of epic action this movie calls for. ” - guanahacabibe
 
11.
Dark Shadows (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. (113 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ We're in the camp that believes Johnny Depp and Tim Burton need to see other people after eight or nine collaborations together, and we still cannot forgive them for the abomination that was "Alice in Wonderland." This adaptation of the cult late-'60s Gothic soap opera seems like something Burton could direct in his sleep, while Depp will no doubt bring all the quirks in his bag of tricks to the role of vampire Barnabas Collins. Here's hoping that both will step at least a little outside their comfort zones on this, and give it some -- pardon the pun -- real bite. ” - guanahacabibe
 
12.
Battleship (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. (131 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
“ Yes, it's based on the popular Hasbro board game. And, yes, they somehow worked aliens into the story. Those aliens fire weapons at our naval ships that look suspiciously like ... pegs (you know, like in the game?). Yes, Rihanna makes her dramatic "acting" debut in this film. No, we don't know if anyone says, "You sank my battleship!" but we might just pay to actually hear that. This is either going to be a hoot or one of the saddest wastes of money ever put on a movie screen -- and we're not sure which one to root for. ” - guanahacabibe
 
13.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)