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?

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFILMS - SEAN O’CON­NELL

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

My Week with Mar­i­lyn.

FILM GOD­DESS: Michelle Wil­liams has earned rave re­views for her per­for­mance in

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