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The Playlist's 50 Most Anticipated Films Of 2012

by Oliver Lyttelton
January 4, 2012 12:02 PM
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Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer."
Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer."

Red Hook Summer
Synopsis: A boy from Atlanta is forced to leave his cushy life and lands in Brooklyn’s Red Hook projects to spend the summer with his grandfather, a strict preacher  he's never met before.
What You Need To Know:  His first feature length narrative since 2008’s commercially unsuccessful “Miracle at St. Anna,” Spike Lee’s latest exploration of Brooklyn was first surprise-announced over Twitter and was somehow dubbed a sequel to his breakthrough effort “Do the Right Thing.” And while Spike <i>is</i> reprising his role as Mookie from that film, “Red Hook Summer” is decidedly different and does not focus on the pizza delivery man and his racially divided neighborhood.  Starring Clarke Peters from “The Wire” as the older preacher and featuring character actors Thomas Jefferson Byrd and Nate Parker, the rest of the cast -- Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith -- are essentially unknowns. Putting a film forward without any known stars is a bold choice, perhaps due to the stinging rejection of the expensive and ambitious ‘St. Anna’ from audiences, but at the same time, “Red Hook Summer,” also co-written by James McBride of ‘St. Anna,’ is supposed to be a return to Lee’s roots, so perhaps it’s fitting.
Release Date: TBD, but with a Sundance premiere, we assume a sale can’t be far behind, even if it’s not with the biggest studio in the world.

Rust and Bone

Rust and Bone
Synopsis: An adaptation of Canadian writer Craig Davidson's 2005 short story collection which depicts a savage world populated by afflicted prizefighters, fighting dogs, amputee sex addicts, and gamblers.
What You Need To Know: While French filmmaker Jacques Audiard illustrated he was one to watch with internationally accepted fare like “Read My Lips" and "The Beat That My Heart Skipped," it perhaps wasn’t until 2010’s striking and near-perfect “A Prophet,” which won the Grand Prix at Cannes, that he was recognized as one of the most exciting foreign film talents working today. Described as a mix of a suspense story and a love story, it’s unclear how Audiard is going to weave these disparate strands into one clear narrative -- if indeed that is the plan -- but “Inception” and “The Dark Knight Rises” star Marion Cotillard is the lead so obviously we’re intrigued. French character actors Matthias Schoenaerts, Bouli Lanners and Celine Sallette co-star and the story is rumored to be based, at least in part, around one of the shorts about a marine park Orca trainer who loses his leg and then joins Unlimbited Potential, a support group made of addict-amputees. Recent, ahem, bodacious photos of Cotillard in her birthday suit wearing a green CGI leg-sock indicate she’ll be part of that story at the very least.
Release Date: Presuming it finished in November 2011 after the photos surfaced, the film is likely in post now. If it’s not complete in time for Cannes, who would surely love to have the director back again, Venice and/or TIFF seems like a safe bet.


Synopsis: A pair of Laguna Beach drug dealers is forced to work for a Mexican cartel after their gal pal is kidnapped.
What You Need To Know: Oliver Stone has pretty much spent the last decade being a “Serious Filmmaker” making movies about Serious Things. 9/11, George Bush, South American politics, corporate greed (yes, couched in a sequel no one wanted) and dictatorships all loomed in the frames of his films, but what many people may have forgotten is that Stone can deliver pure genre material with a great sense of humor and flair. “U-Turn” may not have entirely worked, but it was bonkers noir with more ideas than most filmmakers have in a lifetime, and the cluttered “Natural Born Killers” is further evidence that Stone can switch it up between violence, humor and drama with ease. Mix in a cast of up-and-comers and stone cold veterans -- Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch in the leads, Blake Lively as the girl, Uma Thurman as her mother, Salma Hayek as the leader of the cartel, Benicio Del Toro as her main enforcer, John Travolta as a burnt-out DEA agent, Demián Bichir as a cartel-representing double-crossing attorney, Joel David Moore as a computer nerd and Emile Hirsch in a mystery role -- and you have what could be a thriller with some real bite.
Release: September 28, making a Toronto bow likely.

Seeking A Friend

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Synopsis: With an asteroid set to bring about the end of the world, a man enlists his neighbor to help him search for his childhood sweetheart.
What You Need To Know: This one caused a bit of a division among The Playlist staff, and your excitement for this one may depend on how you feel about “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” If you enjoyed it for what it was, then you may be heartened to learn that the screenwriter of that picture Lorene Scarfaria is making her directorial debut here. And she’s got some pretty big talent along for the ride. Steve Carell and Keira Knightley take the lead roles, with a pretty great supporting cast in tow including Melanie Lynskey, Patton Oswalt, T.J. Miller, Rob Huebel, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Derek Luke, Rob Corddry and more. We can only assume that the material was good enough to entice the usually picky Carell and Knightley into the fold, and the premise is intriguingly high concept. So are we looking at another ‘Nick & Norah’ but with an apocalyptic bent, or something more akin to, say, Don McKellar's "Last Night"?
Release Date: April 20

Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths
Synopsis: A frustrated author finds himself getting involved with two bumbling thieves who steal a mobster’s dog.
What You Need To Know: Martin McDonagh reunites his “A Behanding In Spokane” stars Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken for this crime comedy, which alone should be cause for celebration. Really, if you’re going to have a duo of dog-nappers in your movie, and you can afford Sam Rockwell (as a struggling actor) and Chris Walken (as Chris Walken, more or less), you spring for it. McDonagh, who previously wrote and directed the hysterical “In Bruges,” also brought back his 'Bruges' star Colin Farrell, suggesting there may be some connective tissue between that acidic gut-buster and this go-round, with Farrell playing the author attempting to pen his opus “Seven Psychopaths.” Though Mickey Rourke was due to play the dog-loving gangster (pretty accurate typecasting), he told the producers to to “go play with yourself” when they wouldn’t meet his probably-too-generous fee (we can easily imagine him making a masturbation air-gesture as we type this). Woody Harrelson is a more than adequate replacement, however, coming off a series of intriguing performances that have returned him to the on-demand list. Olga Kurylenko, Abbie Cornish and the always-interesting Tom Waits also fill out what looks like a cast that actually manages to improve upon the electric Farrell-Brendan Gleeson-Ralph Fiennes trio at the heart of “In Bruges.”
Release Date: Late 2012


Synopsis: A sheltered couple (Steve Oram and Alice Lowe) attempts to relax on a holiday in the countryside, only to find themselves pushed over the edge by irritants and inconvenience.
What You Need to Know: Ben Wheatley certainly made an impression with his darkly funny family crime dramedy, “Down Terrace,” in 2010, and he followed that up with the bold, unnerving hitman thriller “Kill List,” which IFC will release on demand this January and in select theaters February. (Both are very much worth your while, though not for the squeamish.) So it’s little stretch to realize that Wheatley’s attempt at something lighter than either of those nonetheless turned out to be a serial-killers-in-love lark heavily improvised by stars Oram and Lowe (a.k.a. Liz on “Garth Marenghi's Darkplace”). The director has already proven himself terrifically adept at wringing suspense out of his premises, and the fact that this is reported to have more of a darkly comedic tone makes it that much more alluring. Oh, and did we mention that Edgar Wright is serving as executive producer on the project as he did with the great “Attack the Block”? (Lowe starred in his “Hot Fuzz,” but let’s face it: all hilarious Brits know one another anyway.) Little else is known about “Sightseers,” and we'd just as soon keep it that way. When it does come out, though: brace yourselves.
Release Date: TBD, although the fast-moving Wheatley has suggested it might follow "Kill List" for a SXSW premiere

"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Silver Linings Playbook"

The Silver-Linings Playbook
Synopsis: Based on the book by Matthew Quick, the story centers a former high school teacher who, after being released from a four-year stint in a mental institution, moves back in with his mother, then seeks to reinvent himself, finding the titular silver linings in his life.
What You Need To Know: Rumored to be the cause of a rift between David O. Russell and his longtime collaborator Mark Wahlberg, the film has been one the director has been trying to get off the ground for a few years. Wahlberg was originally slated in the lead role, but when Anne Hathaway dropped out, word is that Marky Mark got a cool $900,000 as part of his contract, forcing the filmmakers to go with Bradley Cooper, a much cheaper option. And there’s your beef. Of course, this is all hearsay anyway, but the real reason to pay attention is that the movie marks Russell’s followup to “The Fighter,” a film which finally brought him industry recognition via an invitation to the Kodak Theater as a Best Director nominee. And with a fall release date, The Weinstein Company are hoping for some of that same magic. Add to that a cast which includes rising star Jennifer Lawrence, the return of Chris Tucker in a non-”Rush Hour” movie, “Animal Kingdom” star Jacki Weaver (who's having a good year) and goddamn Robert De Niro and you can see why we’re eager for this.
Release: November 21


Synopsis: As she mourns the death of her father, a teen (Mia Wasikowska) meets her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) and wonders if a string of disappearances that follow in her small town are connected to his arrival.
What You Need to Know: Judging strictly from the logline, this may seem like a hokey Screen Gems thriller that doesn’t belong on any list of anticipation whatsoever, save for one authored by the Babysitters Club. But the crew behind “Stoker” is what makes all the difference here: “Prison Break” actor Wentworth Miller (under a pseudonym) wrote the screenplay, which made the Black List in 2010, while director Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy,” “Thirst”) makes his English-language debut with the help of producers Ridley and Tony Scott. That last part should be encouraging enough on its own -- “warped” is pretty much Park’s bread and butter (see his Vengeance Trilogy) -- but combine that with an admitted Bram Stoker influence, a score by Philip Glass and a cast that also includes Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver (yep, her again), Alden Ehrenreich, Lucas Till and Phyllis Somerville, and, well, this could be something creepy and compelling. This one already belongs to Fox Searchlight, so short of a “Margaret” scenario befalling it (knock on wood that doesn't happen), we should see what Park has up his sleeve before the year is out.
Release Date: TBD

This Is Forty

This Is Forty
Synopsis: Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd reprise their “Knocked Up” roles as married couple Debbie and Pete, with Maude and Iris Apatow still playing daughters, Sadie and Charlotte.
What You Need to Know: Judd Apatow is still producing like a madman these days -- with the gangbusters performance of this year’s “Bridesmaids” and the looming promise of this year’s “Wanderlust” and “The Five-Year Engagement” -- but he hasn’t written and directed anything himself since 2009’s ungainly but heartfelt “Funny People.” Few details are known about 'Forty' beyond it concerning Mann and Rudd’s characters from “Knocked Up” (in which they stole their fair share of scenes). As if that somehow weren’t enough, besides Jason Segel and Charlyne Yi returning to the fold as stoners Jason and Jodi, we can expect appearances by Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Ryan Lee, Lena Dunham, and Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd (both of “Bridesmaids”). From the midlife-crisis title on down to the casting of Brooks as Rudd’s father (his own warm, shaggy work as a writer-director has clearly influenced this writer-director in creating credible characters and comedy), 'Forty' feels like a logical progression for Apatow’s career, and if that tentative December date is any indication, it might finally earn him and his cast of regulars some much deserved awards attention. Or maybe it’ll just be really, really funny. That works, too.
Release Date: December 21

Under The Skin

Under The Skin
Synopsis: Based on the debut novel by future "Crimson Petal and the White" superstar Michel Faber, the plot concerns Isserley (Scarlett Johansson) as an extraterrestrial sent to earth by a greedy alien corporation. Her goal is to bring back tasty tasty human meat for her desolate home world. She is also quite sexy.
What You Need to Know: First and foremost, it's the first film from "Sexy Beast" auteur Jonathan Glazer since his chronically overlooked 2004 feature "Birth" (seriously, why isn't that on Blu-ray?) Glazer is a ridiculously talented dude and it's been far too long since he's had a movie in theaters. And while the synopsis may make it sound like a slightly more highbrow version of Roger Donaldson's "Species," the source material is altogether more existential and satirical, tackling everything from the nature of existence to the ethics of farming. It sounds like an odd beast, and casting other than Johansson is being kept under wraps so far, but even so, this has to be one of the films we're most excited about.
Release Date: July TBD

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  • Connor | January 7, 2012 1:27 PMReply

    The Dark Knight Rises
    Gangster Squad
    The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey
    Les Miserables
    A Place Beyond The Pines
    Frank Or Francis (2013 ?)
    Untitled Spike Jonze/charlie Kaufman Project (2013 ?)

    Cogan's Trade
    Django Unchained
    A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan
    The Great Gatsby
    He Loves Me
    Hyde Park On Hudson
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    The Master
    Nero Fiddled
    On The Road
    Only God Forgvies
    Red Hook Summer
    Untitled Terrance Malick Project
    The Wettest Country

    Anna Karenina
    Cloud Atlas
    Magic Mike
    Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
    Seven Psychopaths
    Under The Skin
    Untitled Kathryn Bigelow Bin Laden Project
    Welcome To The Punch

    The Bourne Legacy
    The Company You Keep
    The East
    The Five Year Engagement
    The Grandmasters
    Lay The Favorite
    Life Of Pi
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Rust And Bone
    The Silver Linings Playbook
    This Is Forty
    Untitled David Chase Project
    Labor Day (2013 ?)

  • Huffy | January 7, 2012 10:32 AMReply

    Pretty impressive-looking collection of films. I gotta say that I'm impressed by McConaughey's recent career choices. Its like he got tired of just taking off his shirt and smirking at Kate Hudson in every single role and decided to be an actual actor again.
    One thing you guys left out is Beyond the Black Rainbow. Technically it was released last year in the festivals but most of us won't get to see it until a few months down the road, and judging by the trailer it looks orgasmically good assuming that you like hallucinogenic Kubrick sci-fi with a strong 80's aesthetic.

  • Gena | January 6, 2012 6:39 AMReply

    Definitely so much to look forward to. What you need to know about Cosmopolis: No, there will be no head explosions or genital mutilations. For those who get Eric Packer, it might only make their heads the best of ways, Cronenberg style.

  • Gena | January 9, 2012 9:52 AM

    @Kanerwa: kill all the rats,don't deal with garbage, sh@t piles up, rats reappear. This rat implodes the system that created him, much more dangerous. Makes head explosions/mutilation so passé.

  • Kanerwa | January 8, 2012 1:48 PM

    Every f@king Wall Street rat ( very symbolic in this movie) responsible for world financial crisis should finished like Packer.Head explosion or genital mutilation are very welcome.:)

  • Misha | January 5, 2012 4:29 PMReply

    Very nice list with the added value of "What You Need to Know" segments. Some refreshing titles added compared to other "2012 titles to watch" lists I've read. Still...the offerings for Sci-Fi titles are lacking for my taste.

  • Gena | January 9, 2012 9:45 AM

    You kill all the rats, don't deal with garbage, it piles all up, rats reappear.
    Obliterating Packers without dealing with the system solves nothing. It is about imploding the system, not simply dealing with what it produces. Implosion...much more dangerous, makes head explosions and mutilation kinda passe :)

  • isabella | January 5, 2012 3:42 PMReply

    What about 47 Ronin - - I think 47 Ronin will be awesome; you did not include it probably because Keanu Reeves' on it . . . Keanu is so underrated as an action star. He is better than Tom Cruise!!

  • padre | January 5, 2012 4:58 PM

    YES! BOOYAH! 47 Ronin will rule in triumph, with Superstar Keanu Reeves!

  • Brandon | January 5, 2012 12:23 PMReply

    So why is The Expendables 2 not up here? I assure you every straight man and dyke in America wants to see it.

  • Georgeann | January 5, 2012 11:38 AMReply

    What about Carlo Carlei's Romeo & Juliet, said to be released in 2012, with Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in the leading roles?

  • Kanerwa | January 5, 2012 10:33 AMReply

    I wait only for Cosmopolis.

  • Kotomi | January 5, 2012 4:00 AMReply

    Great job,Playlist! It's very good list.But no Ashes? No Upside Down? I'm bit disappointed..(there is very little info about Ashes though..)I think Jim Sturgess will finally break this year.

  • Padre | January 5, 2012 3:33 AMReply

    "Blake Lively as the girl" <--- touche, Playlist. I don't even know if that was intentional (since the girl has a name... Opehlia) but it made me LOL. Blake Lively will most likely play her as one-note and bland as she does everything so "the girl" is an appropriate description. Regardless I hope the movie is good. Glad to see Uma T. and John T. in a film together again.

  • padre | January 5, 2012 4:55 PM

    You gonna swipe my handle dude? Seriously? Of course I may have started posting here in my sleep, and just don't remember it in the morning. Sleep-posting is real.

  • 42nd comment | January 5, 2012 3:29 AMReply

    Also Labor Day is one of my favorite books that I've read recently so I'm stoked Reitman is adapting it. Killer cast with Winslet and Brolin. I can totally picture Brolin in the role as the drifter. The key here is casting a really talented kid. The entire story is told from the kids perspective so lets hope Reitman doesn't pull a Daldry and cast the most annoying kid to grace the big screen (I'm looking at you, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). I think the kid from Super 8 would be perfect- Joel Courtney I believe is his name. I wonder if he will stick to the same ending as the book... that was the only part I didn't like. A bit lackluster but nonetheless a solid read and hopefully a damn good movie. I'm sure Reitman can pull it off-- Young Adult proved Up in the Air and Juno were no flukes.

  • 41 comment | January 5, 2012 3:25 AMReply

    Where's the Tim Burton film? Can't remember the name... Johnny Depp, draculas, the usual suspects...??

  • jingmei | January 5, 2012 2:23 AMReply

    Awesome list!

  • Jordan | January 4, 2012 6:44 PMReply

    I'm happy, but surprised to see that ONLY GOD FORGIVES is on this list, as I would assume that with Gosling already having two films set for release in mid-to-late 2012, that holding this one back until 2013 would help spread things out (though Gosling did have three films out as well last year)

  • Finn | January 4, 2012 5:51 PMReply

    Am really looking forward to director Eran Creevy's second film, "Welcome to the Punch" (James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, David Morrissey). Perhaps executive producer Ridley Scott can help secure a U.S. distributor!

    Also want to see writer Ol Parker's ("Imagine You & Me") "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" with an amazing cast--just pushed from February to May 2012.

  • cirkusfolk | January 4, 2012 4:22 PMReply

    Good list but the hypocrisy of leaving off most of the blockbuster type films such as The Avengers, Snow White and Skyfall while including The Dark Knight, Prometheus and The Hobbit bugs me. You can't have it both ways. The Dark Knight is still a comic book movie like The Avengers no matter how you spin it. Sure you will cover those films in your escapism piece but why play favorites?

  • Carson Wells | January 4, 2012 11:55 PM

    I side with The Playlist on this one. It's clearly The Playlist staff 's most anticipated and, if they don't care so much for fluff like Avengers, well, all the more reason for me to read this site over others. Thanks for a great list The Playlist, keep up the good work. As for me - even though no one asked nor likely cares - my most anticipated are 1) Cogan's Trade 2) The Master 3) Mud. Looks certain to be a good year regardless.

  • Tyrannosaurus Max | January 4, 2012 7:33 PM

    Thanks Playlist. I actually really appreciate your including those films on this list while excluding The Avengers and Snow White. Mainly because Prometheus, TDKR, and The Hobbit all look at the very least quite decent or exciting and have a respectable director to their name. The Avengers looks like shit. Who cares about Snow White? Probably not most of the people other than Cirkusfolk reading this article. Sorry Cirkusfolk. Thank you, The Playlist.

  • Christian | January 4, 2012 5:34 PM

    EDIT: Lol, won't deliver... :)

  • Christian | January 4, 2012 5:33 PM

    ...(continuing) Without sounding pretentious, I think the purpose of the article was to give an overview on some of the not so obvious anticipated films. But I agree that it's kinda elitist/hipster to justify TDKR, but not Spidey or Avengers? Sure, those films are not directed by Chris Nolan, but that doesn't mean the films will deliver.

  • Christian | January 4, 2012 5:30 PM

    I agree that Skyfall is one of the most promising films of 2012; Sam Mendes, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Roger Deakins, etc. The elements are in place, that's for sure. The Avengers could also be great or at the very least very fun and entertaining. But this blog is for people who are so interested in more than JUST mainstream films. I visit this blog to expand my horizons.

  • The Playlist | January 4, 2012 4:48 PM

    We can have it any way we want because it's our burger. :)

    Plus there's a few more lists in the next few days. Keep those pants on.

  • Snag | January 4, 2012 4:11 PMReply

    No On The Road or Paperboy??

  • Edward Davis | January 4, 2012 4:45 PM

    On The Road is there son, open your eyes.

  • cirkusfolk | January 4, 2012 4:41 PM

    They mentioned it in the Mud article as well as Killer Joe and Bernie but apparently two McConaughey movies was all they could muster despite Ryan Gosling getting three.

  • Lenz | January 4, 2012 4:00 PMReply

    Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)
    While We're Young (Noah Baumbach)
    Lotus Community Workshop (Harmony Korine)
    Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas)
    Love (Michael Haneke)
    Holly Motors (Leos Carax)
    Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalski)
    Open Five 2 (Kentucker Audley)
    Meanwhile (Hal Hartley)
    Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas)
    The End (Abbas Kiarostami)

  • The Playlist | January 4, 2012 4:47 PM

    Good ones, but While We're Young isn't even solidified let alone shooting this year. You'll be seeing a foreign film and indie list as well and some of those clips will be included. It's unclear whether Night Moves has funding yet (or has shot yet), but it might be on our indie-er list.

  • Marcel | January 4, 2012 3:57 PMReply

    Great List, Great Site ! Keep up the good work!

  • rodie | January 4, 2012 3:34 PMReply

    This is a pretty good list, but I don't like the premise because 50 Most Anticipated Films presupposes that, essentially, any given week there will be one new movie worth watching. I don't think that is the case. Maybe 35 or 40 max.

  • Chris | January 4, 2012 7:59 PM

    If you really think only 35-40 movies per year - MAX - are worth seeing, then you really must not get to the movies very much. Or you just go to the wrong movies. Hundreds of films come out every year - a lot more than 35 prove to be worth seeing.

  • Belgian | January 4, 2012 3:07 PMReply

    "French character actors Matthias Schoenaerts, Bouli Lanners and Celine Sallette".

    Aargh, Matthias Schoenaerts is a Belgian actor!! For crying out loud, it's the only Belgian mentioned in this article - which is very informative by the way, many thanks - and you mistake him for a Frenchman... Please rectify or no more Belgian chocolates for you!

  • Sven | January 5, 2012 3:04 AM

    Bouli Lanners is also a Belgian actor!

  • Christian | January 4, 2012 2:01 PMReply

    Impressive list and well-done research, guys, as always! This is what seperates you from other film blogs. All the other film blogs goe on and on about blockbuster sequels/reboots/prequels/spin-offs like The Avengers, Twilight: The Shit Is Ending,Wrath of the Titans, The Hunger Games, Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Bourne Legacy, G.I. Joe 2, American Pie: Part 117, Ghost Rider 2, etc. Maybe some of them will surprise? I don't want to sound like an elitist hipster, but I think there are going to be some much more original films this year directed by some truly visionary masters (Chase, Malick, Dominik, Refn, Nolan, PTA, Tarantino, Hillcoat, etc) This site is truly a film fan's site! Great job, Playlist!

  • Mark | January 4, 2012 1:58 PMReply

    Kingdom of Heaven Director's Cut was pretty close to a masterpiece. If you can ignore Orlando Bloom's performance.

  • Edward Davis | January 4, 2012 2:01 PM

    I can't disagree more with that statement. More like Extra ZZZZZZZZZZZ..........

  • hank | January 4, 2012 1:48 PMReply

    do we all understand that no one officially involved with the film has ever referred to it as "The Master"? That stupid title is really starting to get on my nerves. I don't see you referring to "Untitled Terrence Malick Project" as "The Burial" be a journalist for Christ's sake.

  • Mikael | January 4, 2012 1:30 PMReply

    Caught a test screening of David Chase's film last fall, and it's a big disappointment. It's an entirely autobiographical coming-of-age story, and honestly plays more like Outside Providence than Almost Famous. Anyone telling you Gandolfini "shines" is spinning things (his character is a one-note oppressive father, save for one late-in-the-film scene), and unfortunately, the main kid lacks any gravity and smirks his way through the film. Some clever moments recall the Sopranos (particularly his use of T.V. clips and music), but otherwise, it's a cliche-riddled post-war bildungsroman.

  • jajko | January 4, 2012 1:06 PMReply

    Sam Rockwell won't be in Cogan's Trade! Also The Master is set for 2013 release isnt it ? Anyway this is a pretty great list , i really hope 2012 delivers some future classics.

  • Cory Everett | January 4, 2012 1:10 PM

    'The Master' finished principal photography almost 5 months ago, so unless he's taking a Malick-ian amount of time to edit, we're hoping it'll be out by end of the year.

  • [A] | January 4, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    wow, I knew nothing about MUD or SAVAGES before reading this article so....thanks for the tip

  • Chris | January 4, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    Zoe Kazan was not in "Midnight in Paris."

  • HombreGato | January 4, 2012 12:37 PMReply

    Pretty close to my own list but for the blockbusters I'm a lot more excited for The Avengers and Star Trek than Batman, Brave, or The Hobbit.

    Pretty curious to see what happens with the untitled Luc Besson thriller as well.

  • HombreGato | January 5, 2012 12:13 AM

    (Forgot that Trek was moved to 2013)

  • kure | January 4, 2012 12:29 PMReply

    its nice to see bruce willis has 3 films on this list

  • [A] | January 4, 2012 12:28 PMReply

    Why would anyone anticipate something from Judd Apatow or The Wachowskis is beyond me..

  • HombreGato | January 5, 2012 12:15 AM

    Wachowskis plus Tom Twyker, plus a best selling novel.

  • Paul | January 4, 2012 4:45 PM

    Co-sign - Apatow lost his touch eons ago

  • Bobhoff | January 4, 2012 12:25 PMReply

    Great list, as always each year, but no Skyfall?

  • k. | January 4, 2012 12:23 PMReply

    Where is Dark Shadows? It'll probably suck but I doubt it'll suck more than Great Gatsby so it should be on here!

  • alish | January 4, 2012 12:19 PMReply

    Searching for a Friend is one of the greatest scripts I have ever read.

  • JM | January 4, 2012 12:41 PM

    I second that... amazing script. ARGO has a *really* strong script as well.

    I have a friend who worked on HE LOVES ME that said it was hilariously bad and features the most annoying Manic Pixie Dream Girl of all time.

  • anna | January 4, 2012 12:12 PMReply

    I was waiting for this, thank you! Great list.

  • Glyrics | January 9, 2012 2:44 PM

    I'm waiting for Total Recall. I can't believe you included a couple on here that should go straight to video, but Anna Karenina? With Keira "Lockjaw" Knightley? I can't beieve she still gets work, much less as a fictional icon. Sex appeal??? She has no figure at all! Blasphemy!

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