Movies we can’t wait to see
What can we look forward to in 2012 and what films will make the big money, win the glittering prizes and shine at the box office?
IT’S TIME to look forward to 2012. What movies are you most looking forward to? I’m going to list my 10 most anticipated movies of 2012. Most are obvious, but I also want to go off the grid in a few spots and highlight a handful of titles that you might not yet be aware of. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Obvious, so let’s just get it out of the way. We’re all dying to see how Christopher Nolan chooses to conclude his outstanding Batman trilogy. Bane (Tom Hardy) looks terrifying. And I think Joseph Gordon- Levitt will somehow become Robin. But how will Anne Hathaway fare as Catwoman? And can Nolan ever top The Dark Knight? We’ll find out in July. ARGO Ben Affleck has proven himself to be a director on the rise with Gone Baby Gone and The Town – two critically acclaimed and commercially successful hits. For his third directorial effort, he moves out of the comfortable confines of blue-collar Boston for an intriguing story of terrorists, hostages and a sci-fi film crew. Can’t wait. THE AVENGERS How will Joss Whedon juggle all of those superheroes (and, no doubt, super egos)? On paper, Marvel’s mightiest warriors, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America ( Chris Evans), Thor (Liam Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) should play well together. But we won’t know if Marvel’s massive gamble will pay off until May. THE GREAT GATSBY Never would I have picked Baz Luhrmann for an adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel of class divisions on the Gold Coast of Long Island. Which is why I’m eagerly anticipating the Moulin Rouge! director’s latest collaboration with his Romeo star, Leonardo Dicaprio. LOOPER Rian Johnson’s first two films – Brick and The Brothers Bloom – were enormously creative works of a filmmaker with a distinct voice. He tackles time travel in his third film, casting Joseph Gordon-levitt as a killer who thinks he recognises his latest target ( Bruce Willis). Could be 2012’s Source Code. PROMETHEUS This one wasn’t really on my radar until last week’s full trailer, which shows that Ridley Scott’s return to horror and sci-fi is connected to his seminal work, Alien. The cast, also, is fantastic, with Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba (to name a few) encountering… something in
the deepest reaches of outer space. SKYFALL I love Daniel Craig’s James Bond, but Quantum of Solace sucked. I’m betting Sam Mendes can get this franchise back to Casino Royale levels of awesomeness. Casting Javier Bardem as a villain is a stroke of genius. THE CABIN IN THE WOOD Drew Goddard’s long-delayed horror story has been surrounded in mystery. Reviews were kept under wraps. I hear that the less you know about Goddard and Joss Whedon’s story, the better. GRAVITY Alfonso Cuaron’s a genius. His first film since 2006’s Children of Men is a sci-fi thriller about an astronaut (Sandra Bullock) trying to return to our planet after a failed mission. The role was reportedly first offered to Angelina Jolie. George Clooney co-stars. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Yes, yes, Batman fans. I hear you. But I’ve always been a Marvel guy, and I’m on record as being disappointed by Sam Raimi’s treatment of old web-head. Maybe 500 Days (of Summer) director Marc Webb makes similar mistakes. But Spider-man needed a reboot. I like the casting of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. Emma Stone looks like a great Gwen Stacy. MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl. The film stars Michelle Williams in the title role and she’s already earning the best reviews of her life. THE HUNGER GAMES Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the 12 districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match. Based on a hit book trilogy, with a compelling and utterly original story, this is one of the most anticipated adaptions of the year. – Hollywood Reporter, with additional material by TGW reporter
FILM GODDESS: Michelle Williams has earned rave reviews for her performance in