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The summer movie season starts with The Avengers on May 4th.  In anticipation, we’re counting down the movies we’re most looking forward to.   We’re doing top 12s.  Because it is 2012.  That’s why we get paid the big bucks.


12. Magic Mike

21 Jump Street sold me on Channing Tatum as being anything other than cheap eye candy. He can do funny, and I imagine that the amount of dramatic acting he’ll have to do in this he’ll succeed with since it’s practically biographical. The trailer drew me in a lot more than I thought it would. Looks like it could be good fun.

11. Prometheus

One of the biggest holes on my “movies to watch” is the Alien series. I also haven’t watched any of the
trailers for Prometheus — so this is an odd one to land on my list. But the accumulated anticipation from geeks I respect convinced me to put it in my top 12. I plan on seeing it — but going in totally in the dark. This one’s for you, Dagneau.

10. Hysteria

Quirky sex comedy about Victorian England? Sure, why not! Plus a pretty decent cast with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jonathan Pryce (one of my favorite Bond villains of the modern Bond era).

9. God Bless America

I’ll most definitely be waiting for DVD on this one, but the concept itself is rather enjoyable. There’s a little bit of Kick-Ass in the trailer, and if Bobcat Golthwait go as over the top as I imagine he will, then this should be a good cult classic. But only if they stick the landing.


12. Total Recall – The original is one of my favorite movies ever.  I don’t think it demanded a remake, necessarily, but it sounds like they are going in a different direction, and Philip K. Dick stories are super-adaptable.  Plus Colin Farrell facing off against Bryan Cranston should be a lot of fun.

11. Lawless – By law, if you have a movie blog, you are terribly excited for this John Hillcoat movie about bootleggers in 1930s Virginia.  The cast is pretty much entirely made up of Oscar-watchers favorite actors: Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and also Shia LaBeouf.  Honestly, it almost sounds like the perfect movie, my only concerns are that I didn’t love The Road and a release date that’s shifted around a few times.

10. Brave – To paraphrase a movie from someone coming up later on this list: “It’s cut!  It’s cut!  Pixar is cut and it’s a bad cut.”  We all knew Pixar had to be mortal, even if no one wanted to believe it.  They still get the benefit of the doubt, of course, and I’m super excited  for the movie.  Great to see Kevin McKidd get a plum role too.

9. The Expendables 2 – I’m curious if there’s anyone on the fence about seeing this movie.  Because it sorta seems like you know exactly what you are getting.  Obviously you all know where I stand.  And it only helps that the film is directed by Simon West, who did Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

April 2012