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The calendar year is over but the movie year continues on! Us schlubs who don’t get to see everything early have to wait as films slowly expand across the country.


1. Midnight in Paris
2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. Source Code
4. Armadillo
5. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within


1. The Muppets
2. Paul
3. The Guard
4. The Artist
5. X-Men: First Class


1. The Guard
2. X-Men: First Class
3. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
4. Paul
5. Warrior


1. Hugo
2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
3. The Muppets
4. The Adjustment Bureau
5. Bill Cunningham New York

2011 was a bad year for movies, but fortunately 2012 promises to be much better.  I’ve already got about 100 movies on my list of ones I want to see, and that’s just counting films with some sort of release date.  Here’s part three of that list, broken into categories (some wittier than others).  Categories this time include: FNL, Franchise, Funny Comedy, and Interesting Oscar.


Beneath the Darkness (Jan 6) – Trailer here.  OK, yes, it looks like a rather uninspired thriller.  But I watched Prom, so I guess I’ll watch any Aimee Teegarden film.  Plus, Dennis Quaid as a creepy killer does sound like a great idea.

Chronicle (Feb 3) – Trailer here.  I’m not much for the found footage look, but this one seems like it might be an interesting spin on the superpower story.  And Michael B. Jordan is pretty awesome.

The Marriage Counselor (Jul 27) – A Tyler Perry film starring Jurnee Smollett, Vanessa Williams, and Brandy.


The Amazing Spider-Man (Jul 3) – Trailer here.  Marc Webb directing Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and I’m hyperventilating just thinking about it.

American Reunion (Apr 6) – Trailer here.  Everyone is back from the original, plus this one is written and directed by the guys who did Harold and Kumar.  One of whom graduated from the University of Chicago.  Just saying.

The Dark Knight Rises (Jul 20) – Trailer here.  I think the last movie was a little overrated.  Please don’t hurt me.

The Avengers (May 4) – Trailer here.  Joss Whedon does superheroes.  Wait a second.  I didn’t realize Captain Hammer was in the Avengers?

Skyfall (Nov 9) – I love Bond more than almost anything in the world.  A love that is being severely tested by the continued insistence on including screenwriters I can’t stand.  First Paul Haggis and now John Logan?  I think that means Peter Morgan has to co-write the next one.

Wrath of Titans (Mar 30) – Trailer here.  I still need to see the first one, but that trailer has me pretty interested in this one.

Men in Black III (May 25) – Trailer here.  So the problems with the film’s script have been near legendary.  That said, I could watch Josh Brolin do a Tommy Lee Jones impression for a long time.  And I’m not sure what has me giggling more: that Emma Thompson plays an agent in the film (by the way, along with Will Smith, that makes four Oscar nominated or winning actors) or that the young version of her is played by Alice Eve.  Also, Jemaine Clement is the bad guy.

GI Joe 2 (Jun 29) – Trailer here.  Watching Adam’s increasing glee as he watched this trailer, knowing he’d just get more and more excited about it was a whole lot of fun.

The Expendables 2 (Aug 17 ) – Trailer here.  The first one was awesome, and this one is directed by the guy who did Con Air, so….


Project X (Mar 2) – Trailer here.  Early buzz is that film is hilarious and The Hangover keeps being referenced, though the cast here are all relative unknowns.  One of the screenwriters also co-wrote Scott Pilgrim.

Butter (Mar 16) – For awhile I thought this one was going to get released in 2011, so hopefully it keeps this date.  This film is a comedy about competitive butter carving, and I swear I’m not making it up.  It stars Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde, and Kristen Schaal, among others.  It is directed by Jim Field Smith, who did She’s Out of My League, which is why this one has been on my radar for a bit.

Goon (Mar 30) – Trailer here.  Not the Kevin Smith hockey movie, this is the one co-written by Jay Baruchel and starring Seann Williams Scott.  I think the trailer looks decent, and the world needs more Alison Pill.

Neighborhood Watch (July 27) – Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and directed by Akiva Schaffer (one of the Lonely Island guys), this scifi comedy stars Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, and Billy Crudup.

Fun Size (Oct 12) – A Halloween comedy that maybe doesn’t have the most exciting cast in the world (Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville, Chelsea Handler, though Jane Levy and Riki Lindhome are in it), but it was written by a Colbert Report writer and it is directed by Josh Schwartz.

The Silver Linings Playbook (Nov 21) – I don’t like David O. Russell, but I’ll totally watch a comedy starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Julia Stiles, no matter the director.

Parental Guidance (Nov 21) – The imdb plot description make the film sound atrocious, but it is Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, and Marisa Tomei, so maybe it will be good.


World War Z (Dec 21) – The book is brilliant and the film stars Brad Pitt, so….Um.  Wait a second.  Didn’t I write that exact same thing about Moneyball a year ago?  Uh oh.  Also, there was a quote that came out today that said the film is a mix between Bourne and The Walking Dead, which pretty much sounds like the worst thing ever.

Django Unchained (Dec 25) – This is the Quentin Taratino slave one with Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.  Oh and like a million other awesome people, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, Don Johnson, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Kerry Washington.

Gravity (Nov 21) – Haven’t gotten a great feel for this movie yet, but it is by Alfonso Cuaron and sounds like it is pretty much just Sandra Bullock and George Clooney alone in space.  So, awesome.

Argo (Sep 14) – Directed by Ben Affleck, this is the ridiculous, but true, story of how the CIA extracted Americans from Iran by going in pretending to be a film crew.  Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Kyle Chandler star alongside Affleck and geez that’s a solid core.

The Great Gatsby (Dec 25) – Almost seems too on the nose for Oscar, right?  Directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann.  Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Tobey Maguire, and Jason Clarke.  Just so we are clear, of the six people I’ve mentioned, only two are American.  That’s an unacceptable number when filming a movie adaptation of The Great American Novel!  That said, I can hear million of high school students exclaiming joys of relief that they can just watch the movie now.  Which is sad.  The Great Gatsby is actually one of the best book they’ll force you to read.

January 2012