With the summer movie binge just about over with Dark Knight Rises, I just wanted to highlight a few films to keep your eye on for the rest of 2012 and upcoming 2013 (if the world doesn't end). By no means is this list comprehensive, but I've picked the ones that I think have the most promise. Feel free to leave a comment if you think I've missed one or if you completely disagree with a movie that I've named.
The Bourne Legacy: (August 10, 2012)
A brand new hero (Jeremy Renner) makes a showing in this 4th installment of the Bourne saga. It's not a sequel or a prequel, but a parallel story line to the original 3. This looks to be pretty good especially because Jeremy Renner is a great up and coming actor.
The Campaign: (August 10. 2012)
With the campaign season in full swing, we couldn't ask for a better timing on this movie. Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis join together to make this comedy of unlikely rivals in a dead heat race to gain influence and win their election in North Carolina. I'm really looking forward to this one.
The Expendables 2: (August 17, 2012)
The movie that has all the action heroes you could ever want. And we can finally see if Chuck Norris is worthy of all the jokes in his name. Should be a mindlessly fun action film to top of the summer...be forewarned as you might suffer from testosterone overdose.
Robot and Frank: (August 24, 2012)
For all the sci-fi fans out there, this should be a pretty interesting movie to keep your eye on. Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank a robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health.
Keep The Lights On: (September 7, 2012)
This movie had a smash hit debut at numerous film festivals. About a gay couple grappling with their relationship and their individual issues through the course of 10 years.
Dredd: (September 21, 2012)
This Dredd is completely different from the old Judge Dredd movie that you are probably aware of. Based off of a smash hit comic book series, this movie takes place in the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Early screening review of this movie are very good, so keep your eye on this one. The camera work is pretty neat and the movie shows a dark portrayal of Earth in the near future when humans have ravaged the planet.
Looper: (September 28, 2012)
A time-traveling movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Levitt plays a young hitman who travels through time to kill his target. One day, he gets hired to kill to Bruce Willis who actually turns out to be his future self. The dynamic between these two actors looks to be pretty interesting.
Taken 2: (October 5, 2012)
The first Taken is one of my favorite action thrillers. Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the CIA agent with "a particular set of skills" for hunting down bad guys, but this time his daughter (Maggie Grace) has to help rescue him when associates of the villains he killed the first time around decide to get their revenge. I'm really looking forward to this one and if you haven't seen the first Taken, please go watch it!
Skyfall: (November 9, 2012)
I personally think Daniel Craig is the best James Bond. He shows more inner conflict and vulnerability than any other Bonds that have been played before him. In this 3rd installment, 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.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14, 2012)
Peter Jackson is back with the long awaited prequel. This movie follows Bilbo Baggins on a journey with Gandalf the Grey. Together with 13 fortune-seeking dwarves, Bilbo Baggins will be swept out his door and into a dangerous but grand adventure.
The Great Gatsby: (December 25, 2012)
Leonardo DeCaprio plays Jay Gatsby in this retelling of one of the greatest novels written in our time. The movie follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. A great tale of the prohibition era and the rise of modern American culture.
Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters: (January 11, 2013)
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters takes place 15 years after the siblings' incident at the gingerbread house. The two are now specialized bounty hunters looking to put down the cackling black-hat set. I'm a bit hesitant about this one because it could go really bad, like Snow White did this year.
Die Hard 5: A Good Day to Die Hard (February 14, 2013)
Fifth installment in the classic Die Hard series.
I, Frankenstein (February 22, 2013)
Based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, I, Frankenstein is a
modern-day epic: Frankenstein's creature, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), has
survived to present day due to a genetic quirk in his creation. Making
his way to a dark, gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an
all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. This looks to be really interesting and Aaron Eckhart is a great actor so keep your eyes on this one as more details come out.
Elysium: (March 1, 2013)
In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds. This supposedly had a great reception at the most recent Comic-Con.
Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8, 2013)
A charlatan in Kansas, who is part of a traveling circus, goes on an odyssey when he mysteriously lands in Oz and later becomes the Wizard of Oz. I really hope this is good. Sam Raimi directed the Spiderman movies, so I guess it could be a hit or miss.
Jack the Giant Killer: (March 22, 2013)
Directed by Bryan Singer (X-men), an adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend. When a princess is
kidnapped, the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened.
A young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition
to the giants' kingdom in hopes of rescuing her. The cast seems to be a bit weak, but let's hope for the best.
The Host: (March 29, 2013)
Adapted from Stephenie Meyer's 2008 novel. The book was #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List for 26 weeks and continues to be an international phenomenon. A story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed. When Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.
Oblivion: (April 26, 2013)
In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond
recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from
the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone
repairman Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it
sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question
everything he knows. Featuring Tom Cruise and screenplay by William Monahan from the Departed, this looks to be a pretty neat film.
Iron Man 3: (May 3, 2013)
Need I say anything? The only thing that worries me is that Jon Favreau who directed the first 2 Iron Man is not directing this one. Instead it's directed by Shane Black who is known for 2005 movie called Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Star Trek 2: (May 17, 2013)
One of my most anticipated film for 2013. The first was a great movie with one of the best opening sequences I have ever seen. I have very high hopes for the second installment in this classic reboot.
Hangover Part 3: (May 24, 2013)
Join the wolfpack on their 3rd journey together in this hilarious comedy. Rumors are that this movie could either be set in Amsterdam or Tijuana. Mr. Chow is expected to play a greater role in this movie as well.
After Earth: (June 7, 2013)
A true father and son performance with Jaden and Will Smith. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan (I really hope he's better) this story is set far in the future where a young boy and his estranged father navigates an abandoned planet on which their space ship crashed.
Man Of Steel: (June 14, 2013)
This trailer made a debut during the Dark Knight Rises. Wow, I'm super excited for this movie. It seems like a more realistic, character driven Superman movie with a stellar cast (Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner) and directed by Zack Snyder (300 & Watchmen).
World War Z: (June 21, 2013)
Based on a best selling novel by Max Brooks, this is a story about a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission
interviews survivors of the flesh-eating zombie attack from all over the
world in order to put together a post-mortem on a war that destroyed
every country around the globe (starring Bard Pitt). The book is one of my favorites, and I can't recommend it enough. I hope this movie is just as great!
The Wolverine: (July 26, 2013)
Hugh Jackman returns to play Wolverine. Set in Japan, Wolverine trains in the way of the samurai in a bid to control his primal urges, during which time he falls in love with Mariko Yashida, heir to a Yakuza family. I have no clue how good or bad this is going to be. Might be a disaster like the Wolverine prequel that came out, but let's hope not.
Ender's Game: (November 1, 2013)
Based on one of the best sci-fi novel ever written, this adaptation of Orson Scott Card's work has been years in the making. Set in a world in which humans face a serious threat from an alien race known as the Formics and begin training elite military units in response. Andrew Wiggin, also known as Ender, a child becomes a top-flight solider and helps to save Earth by training in fighting simulations. I really hope this is good, since Orson Scott Card is rumored to be playing a huge role in the making of this film.
Thor: The Dark World (November 8, 2013)
Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are back in this Marvel movie. Not much is known about this movie except that maybe Thanos is the main villain this time around.
There are many other movies which are supposed to come out in 2013, but details are sparse. The other movies include Anchorman 2, Jurassic Park 4, Hobbit 2, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Aquaman, Austin Powers 4, Cleopatra, Deadpool, Hitchcock, Houdini (Leonardo Decaprio should star in this), Justice Leagues, Pirate of the Caribbean 5, Sin City 2, Tron, Iron Man: War Machine, and much more.
Additional Movies That Might Catch Your Interest:
The Master: (September 21, 2012)
A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man. Featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman & Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia), this looks to be a pretty powerful film.
Cloud Atlas: (October 26, 2012)
Based on a best selling & numerous award winning novel by David Mitchell, this story is an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Definitely look forward to this one!
Les Miserables: (December 14, 2012)
Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Ann Hathaway (she was amazing in Dark Knight Rises) this movie a retelling of a famous broadway show and novel by Victor Hugo. If you haven't seen the broadway or read the book, then go see this. If you have seen the show or read the book, still go see this. It's a very powerful story examining the nature of law and grace, politics and moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, different types of romantic and familial love.
Django Unchained: (December 25, 2012)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson and Leonardo DeCaprio. Django,a slave-turned-bounty hunter, with the help of his mentor sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Keep in mind, this has nothing to do with 1966 Django film.