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The Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

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2011 in film saw the end of Harry Potter franchise and the beginning of the end of the Twilight Saga, while other franchises, such as Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean continued well beyond their expiry dates.

Thor was the hero of the summer blockbuster season, alongside Captain America, Conan the Barbarian and Green Lantern, as were the team from X-Men: First Class. Summer 2011 was also notable for the release of the clever reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

There were remakes and more remakes - Arthur, The Mechanic, Straw Dogs, Fright Night, Footloose and The Thing, just to name a few, and sequels were in full force as well - The Hangover Part II, Cars 2, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. There were some original titles; Source Code, Bridesmaids, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Contagion, Real Steel and The Ides of March.

And we sadly sad goodbye to Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Gough, Peter Falk, Charles Napier, Ken Russell, Maria Schneider and many others.

As we head into 2012, many of the 2011 trends will continue, particularly reboots, prequels, sequels and remakes along with the odd original title in the mix.

Let's start with the big film title of 2012; The Dark Knight Rises. This third feature film in the rebooted Batman franchise marks the end of the road for Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale. A six-minute prologue of The Dark Knight Rises is currently attached to 70mm IMAX prints of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

Speaking of Christian Bale, The Flowers of War, directed by Yimou Zhang, looks to be a sleeper hit in 2012.

As the Batman franchise comes to an end, 007 returns in Skyfall and the Jason Bourne film franchise will be rebooted with The Bourne Legacy. Total Recall and Red Dawn receive a makeover in 2012 as well.

The Expendables 2 features quite the cast; Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained also has a remarkable cast; Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell and Jamie Foxx.

Leonardo DiCaprio also stars in The Great Gatsby, while Sacha Baron Cohen will star as The Dictator.

We get two Tim Burton flicks; Frankenweenie and Dark Shadows, and 21 Jump Street receives a big screen adaptation, as does the Broadway musical Rock of Ages.

Plus there will be two Snow White adaptations fighting at the box office; Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror.

The Hunger Games and John Carter are shaping up to be two of the year's most eagerly awaited titles, as is Pixar's Brave.

The Avengers are on their way, as is a reboot of The Incredible Hulk film franchise and The Amazing Spider-Man. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Men in Black III and G.I. Joe: Retaliation are some notable 2012 sequels and Titanic receives an extra dimension with the 2012 release of Titanic 3D.

David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis is released in 2012 as is the Steven Spielberg biopic Lincon. Peter Jackon returns to Hobbiton with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Ridley Scott's mysterious Prometheus is sure to delight audiences.

What films are you looking forward to in 2012?
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Why? Most Anticipated Movies of 2012
When: 2012
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What a great article. It just made me remember how many movies I have to see this year!

I'm looking forward to The Avengers! Batman, The Amazing Spiderman, Dark Shadows, The Hobbit and the re release of Casablanca on the big screen!
by Daniella (score: 1|46) 3426 days ago
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