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Published January 3rd 2012
2011 was a fairly epic year for cinema, with yet another terrific blend of blockbuster, indie, dramedy and adventure gracing our screens. A few personal favourites include The Black Swan, 127 Hours, Bridesmaids, Moneyball, Barney's Version - I could go on.
We were treated to outstanding performances, stunning cinematography and clever scripts. But the only problem with the movies we saw is that we so often had to wait weeks, if not months before we could finally see the films that had been causing a stir in the US.
Luckily, I managed to avoid the delay for a few films with a quick trip to the US during which I saw the wonderful Crazy, Stupid, Love , One Day and Our Idiot Brother. But since jaunting across the globe is unfortunately not always an option, so I've managed to build anticipation and excitement by checking out atonalFILM's thorough online list of Aussie release dates, and then devouring teasers, trailers and reviews at FirstShowing.
Here's my list of the top 10 movies (with links to an official trailer) that will totally be worth waiting for in 2012.
There's something for everyone.
1. The Muppets Full of rainbow colours, happiness and hilarity, and starring Jason Segel and the always delightful Amy Adams, this is one movie I'll happily see on a non cheapo-ticket day. Released 12 January.
Join the lovers, the dreamers and me at the cinema for The Muppets
2. Like Crazy Don't miss this British Indie which took 2011 Sundance Film Festival by storm with the Grand Jury Prize and a Special Jury Prize for Acting. Released 2 February.
3. The Hunger Games Based on a best-selling vampire-free teen book series this adaptation looks pretty great. It's based on an pretty grim and shocking premise of children fighting each other to the death. Intrigued? You'll have time to read the books before the film. Released 22 March.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
4. 50/50 Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, this film promises to deliver a funny, touching account of hanging with your best mate, meeting girls and battling cancer. Released 8 March.
50/50 presents a tough issue with just the right balance of seriousness and humour
5. The Rum Diary Johnny Depp returns for another zany, warped Hunter S. Thompson flick. There's corruption, intrigue, violence, alcohol and LSD. Let the crazy times begin. Released 15 March.
6. The Lorax Sure to be a hit with the kids, but the grown-ups will probably be pleasantly suprised. From the incredible mind of Dr Seuss and the creators of Despicable Me, this vividly vibrant animated flick looks nothing less than fun. Released 29 March.
Dr Seuss' The Lorax
7. Snow White and the Huntsman
Kirsten Stewart. Love her or hate her, you won't be able to deny that her turn in this take on the classic tale looks fierce and chilling. With Aussie Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen, this twisted fairytale is not for the little ones. Released 21 June.
8. The Amazing Spider-Man
You're probably thinking: not another superhero remake. But don't dismiss this film. Starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker with an impressive cast behind him, this is a must-see and that's all I need to say. Watch the trailer if you need proof. Released 4 July.
Andrew Garfield stars as Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man
9. The Dark Knight Rises
Christian Bale returns, Tom Hardy looks absolutely perfectly evil as Bane and Anne Hathaway slinks in as Catwoman. The word epic came to mind when I first saw this trailer (before it flashed up on screen) and I challenge you to watch this without getting goosebumps. Released 19 July.
10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Personally, I thought the Boxing Day releases this year were a little average but luckily, in less than 365 days time, we'll be returning to Middle Earth to embark on on what promises to be an awesome adventure with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), beloved Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan) and many others. Released 26 December.
Martin Freeman looks perfect in the role of Bilbo Baggins
There's a huge range of movies in 2012 which you won't want to miss and it was hard to select only 10. Keep an eye out for The Artist, J. Edgar, Goodbye, First Love and The Dictator (starring Sacha Baron Cohen aka Borat), among many others.