Most Anticipated 2012 Movies – Part I

Well, we’ve said so long to 2011 and it’s time to say hello to 2012.

It’s been quite a year at the movies but if all the trailers released around the holiday tell you at all, 2012 is going to be quite a fantastic year, especially to superhero movie fans like yours truly. But instead of posting a long, exhaustive list, I’m going to split this anticipated list into four parts, one for every quarter.

The lull after the holiday is customary so the list for late Winter and Spring movies are quite short, and some of these are actually already in my list from last year! So anyway, here are a list of movies that I’m hoping to catch between the months of January – March (release dates are for USA – info from IMDb):

  • Coriolanus (January 20)
    A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

    I can’t believe I still have not seen this film yet but I’ve blogged about this numerous times, here and here, and posted the trailer here. I sure hope this’ll play in my city soon enough or I’ll be going mad!

    Updated 1/12 – check out this clip of the start of the big fight scene between Coriolanus and Aufidius:

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  • The Raven (March 9)
    A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.

    Ever since I saw the panel at Comic-con and saw the trailer below, I’m quite intrigued. Plus it’s got Luke Evans, one of the up-and-coming Brits on my watch.

  • Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (March 9)
    A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.

    The title caught my attention right away, and the plot is definitely intriguing. I love Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor is always watchable. Plus, it’s directed by Lasee Hallström who did the delightful Chocolat.
  • Playing the Field (March 9)
    A former professional athlete with a weak past tries to redeem himself by coaching his son’s soccer team, only to find himself unable to resist when in scoring position with his players’ restless and gorgeous moms.

    Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my boy Gerry Butler amidst my Gregory Peck mania, ahah. He’s got a few movies I’m looking forward to this year, and the first one is this soccer comedy. Yes I know he doesn’t have a good track record on rom-coms but this premise is quite promising and just check out the female cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel, and Judi Greer.

    I’ve posted some behind-the-scenes pictures a while ago, but these had just been released last December. I certainly can’t wait to see these two wildly attractive people on-screen together. I’ll be sure to post the trailer as it becomes available.

  • The Hunger Games (March 23)
    Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.

    I wasn’t initially interested in seeing this one but out curiosity I got the first book and now I’m hooked. I think Jennifer Lawrence is quite talented and very watchable, and I’m curious the other, equally hunky Hemsworth brother Liam on screen for the first time. I sure hope the film lives up to the book! Check out the trailer below if you haven’t already:

  • The Deep Blue Sea (March 30)
    The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.

    In case you didn’t already know, I have a bit of a crush on Tom Hiddleston! Yes he’s Loki from Thor and the arch nemesis of The Avengers folks. But ever since seeing him in Midnight in Paris and then War Horse, he’s officially one of my favorite new Brits 😀 So the main draw of this movie is him naturally, but I also like Rachel Weisz and the story reminds me a bit of The English Patient… I have a penchant for tragic love stories.

Well, those are my anticipated list for the next three months. What are yours?

47 thoughts on “Most Anticipated 2012 Movies – Part I

  1. Melissa Bradley

    Am looking forward to these as well as Haywire and Underworld 4. Love Gerry too, but wish he’d make better rom coms. Though I’d like more Leonidas roles 😉 He and Catherine Zeta-Jones will look great together.

    1. Hi Mel, so you prefer the bad-ass Gerry, eh? Well I like him in romance/comedy, he just needs better scripts! But I think this one looks pretty good, I quite like the female cast (apart from Biel).

  2. Hi, Ruth and company:

    Great list!

    It’s nice to see that you will be getting another Gerry fix soon.

    I’m definitely looking forward to Coriolanus . More for the intrigue and family politics than anything else.

    Going against the box regarding The Hunger Games . No matter how many trailers I see for this film. It still strikes me as a poorly updated, executed and Twilight ed twist on the far superior, and better weaponized The Tenth Victim from 1965.

    I am also looking forward to Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In for its distinct, creepy Cronenberg look and feel.

    1. Ahah, yes I’m looking forward to seeing Gerry on the big screen again, the nice thing about loving an actor’s who’s still ALIVE, I can look forward to his new films 😀

      I hope The Hunger Games will exceed your estimation, Jack. I do hope it’ll be light years better than Twilight!

      I thought The Skin I Live In is already out? Or maybe that’s in Europe??

  3. I really have no idea which movies will come out this year (part of me not watching trailers/reading much about new movies) except for The Hobbit and the new Batman movie, so it’s nice to get a short overview 🙂

    1. I understand Nostra, I guess I’m just one of those people who like to anticipate new movies coming in so I pay attention more to stuff like that.

  4. Not a strong beginning of the year in movies, but luckly the UK is a little behind and we have a slew of Oscar favorites to see before March, like Shame, J.Edgar, Descendants, War Horse, Artist and others! Oh, and I can’t wait to see Hunger Games 🙂 Great list Ruth!

    1. Yeah I guess being a bit behind isn’t always a bad thing, though I’m still ticked off that Coriolanus hasn’t opened here yet, man I’ve been waiting for that forever!

  5. HI Ruth!! Happy New Year… I am fully back now after the break, hangover is gone!!

    I have seen a few on this list and can say you will not be disappointed with them. In fact I am going to another pre-screening of Coriolanus next week. It is a cracker

    1. Ahah, no more hangover eh, good for you! 😀

      Oh man, you’re gonna be seeing Coriolanus again??! I’m so jealous I haven’t even seen it once!

  6. None of the films in your are list are really on my radar for 2012 butin the spirit of ‘watching more movies’ (one of my film resolutions) I might give them a go when they come out over here. Can’t wait for Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit! Interested to the Amazing Spiderman as well.

    1. Yes those films will be on the rest of the Anticipated posts, Ronan, I’m breaking it down per quarter otherwise it’ll be a super long list 🙂

  7. Happy New Year Ruth!

    Coriolanus (January 20)
    I may actually try to catch this one, eventually.

    Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (March 9)
    I heard the book is a tough read; I may take a stab at that first. WARNING I said that with Atonement several years ago and gave up on finishing the book. Although I did like the movie.

    For me I think (as mentioned on site) The Woman in Black (thanks for your comment BTW).

    Also I missed this at Tribeca last year, but I think I would like to see Carol Channing: Larger Than Life.

    Lastly, I wan t to see The Grey with Liam Neeson. The trailer is so bonkers that it may be a good time at the cinema.

    1. Hi Iba, why is the ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’ book a tough read? I thought it’s more of a comedy?? I’m curious now.

      Y’know, don’t get mad at me but I laughed when I saw The Grey trailer… it’s like Taken but w/ wolves 😀

        1. Ah I see, makes sense. He..he.. well as long as you find The Grey amusing, more power to ya. I just think Liam needs to find something that really utilize his acting chops.

  8. The Hunger Games is definitely on my list of highly anticipated films…it should be a good one.

    I agree Ruth, I think 2012 is shaping up to be a better year for blockbusters than 2011…but we shall wait and see.

    1. I hope so too, Dan. I’ll keep my expectation in check however as I’m not sold yet about the casting of Peeta, but yeah we shall see.

  9. Snap! I’ve got a few of these on my list 🙂

    Salmon Fishing In The Yemen caught my eye because of the title too! It sounds very promising – interesting plot and Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.

    I think 2012 will be a great year for films too. When I was writing my list I was getting very excited about all the upcoming releases!

    1. I really like the pairing of Ewan and Emily, both of those Brits are such attractive, affable people.

      There certainly seem to be endless movie stuff to blog about this year, right Claire? Though we both are SUPER excited for The Hobbit, but the wait is KILLER!

  10. Ted S.

    Coriolanus and The Raven are probably the only two films I’ll check out in theaters this winter. Like you I think Luke Evans will become the next big star, especially after people see him in The Hobbit films, I believe Peter Jackson will expand his role from the book quite a bit. If you never read the book, his character is kind of like Aragon, so he’ll get some notice after the film came out.

    1. Hey Ted, if Coriolanus comes out, we should go together, I don’t know if Ivan is up for that one 🙂 Oooh, Luke’s character is like Aragorn??! Oh my goodness, yeah I think he’ll be massively popular and he certainly isn’t lacking in the looks department 🙂

      1. Ted S.

        Yeah let’s plan on seeing Coriolanus together.

        I don’t want to spoil anything for you but Luke’s character has a couple of heroic moments in The Hobbit, well in the book version anyway. I’m assuming Peter Jackson will make the role even bigger because like I said he’s very similar to Aragon and he whooped a few butts in the battle scenes. Also, I think he’ll be great as the next James Bond after Craig’s done with the role.

  11. In addition to the movies i mentioned on your last anticipated movies post there are 2 Dakota Fanning movies i might check out(I’ve thought about posting set pics from one of them on my blog). From the ones listed here, the two i will most likely see are the Raven and The Hunger Games.The raven’s premise looks intriguing, and The Hunger games seems like it could be god and i am a fan of Lawrence and Isabelle is a nice bonus 🙂

    1. It’s been a while since your last post Julian, yeah by all means post those movies so people are aware what they are 🙂

      I think the female characters of Hunger Games are well-cast, I can even see Elizabeth Banks as Evie.

  12. Thanks for highlighting Salmon Fishing In The Yemen. I wasn’t aware of it and for some reason missed it when I browsed the 2012 release schedule yesterday. I’m really gonna try seeking it out though I doubt it will get Swedish distribution theatrically.

    1. Hey Joel, I almost missed that too, fortunately I was looking at a few different sites. If it’s an indie, who knows when that’ll arrive in my city 😦

  13. Ouch I guess I won’t be going anywhere near the movie theater the next three months lol. Nothing surprising though, it’s the same story every year 😦 And then they load half a dozen blockbusters into the last 2 weeks of the year boo… Looking forward to the next part of this post Ruth 😀

    1. Not even for Hunger Games Castor? 🙂 Yeah, I think as the year progresses there’ll be more movies listed, especially during the holiday season! I think The Hobbit will stand tall above the rest.

      1. No The Hunger Games doesn’t really interest me. It feels like another Twilight-ish attempt at a franchise and the premise is too close to Battle Royale, a movie that is just too awesome in comparison.

        1. Well it’s a good thing I haven’t seen Battle Royale then 🙂 I sure hope this will exceed your estimation about the Twilight thing… I mean come on Castor, ANYTHING’s got to be better than sparkling vampires!

  14. I’m mostly excited for hungergames. I loved the trilogy, and have been into reading novels since that. the movie looks alright, but I really hope it’s more than alright to do the books some justice. The trailer looks pretty good, except the reaping scene looked kind of lame.

    1. Hi there, welcome to FC. I’ve just finished the first book and hope to get to the 2nd one soon. Yeah, the book really is quite captivating, I think there is still hope yet the movie will be decent.

    1. Yeah, as the year progresses there’ll be more movies I’m anticipating. Btw Nov, I think you’ll like my post on Friday, be sure to stop by then 😉

  15. My most anticipated are JOHN CARTER, THE HOBBIT, MIRROR MIRROR, BRAVE, SALMON FISHING, BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL… I’m having a huge spotlight on 2012 in cinemas this Sunday and I’m also preparing a post on the stars who will sine in 2012.

  16. How much of your desire to see Coriolanus got to do with Gerard Butler?

    I wasn’t interested in The Hunger Games then picked up a cheep set of the books and read all three if about five days. On the strength of Winter’s Bone I think Jennifer Lawrence is perfectly cast and am now looking forward to this one too.

  17. Great list. ‘The Hunger Games’ looks really impressive! Can’t wait. As for my wait list, don’t know about three months, but I am looking forward to ‘Anna Karenina’ , ‘Great Gatsby’, ‘Django Unchained’ and ‘Red Lights’ – they all come out in 2012. With regards to ‘The Raven’ I am not too taken by the trailer. It looks like a cross between ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘From Hell’ – both Johnny Depp featured.

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