Top 5 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2012

Before we post our thoughts on the best films of 2011 this weekend, we thought we would take a look at what’s coming in 2012 that has excited. Really excited! Don’t get us wrong, there’s a lot of stuff we’re interested in seeing (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, BraveThe Hobbit, Cabin in the Woods), but these five movies below are the ones that have us absolutely psyched to get our butts out of the house and into the theatre.

'The Dark Knight Rises' poster

The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)

This is it! The final Batman film with Christian Bale as the caped crusader and Christopher Nolan in the director’s chair. Did you catch that 6-minute IMAX preview? Did you see the latest trailer? Did you see how awesome Tom Hardy looks as Bane? We’re getting goosebumps just thinking about it all. If The Dark Knight Rises was the only movie released in 2012 we would be okay with that.

Django Unchained (December 25)

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s follow-up to the 2009 Oscar-nominated Inglorious Basterds, is going to be an epic, violent bloodbath (the fact it’s coming out on Christmas Day is a bit twisted). Set in the South during the 1850s, the film tells the tale of a slave (Jamie Foxx) who becomes a bounty hunter with the help of a German dentist (Christoph Waltz) in order to get his wife back. It’s got a huge cast (along with Foxx and Waltz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kurt Russell, and RZA star) and is sure to shock and surprise us all.

Goon (February 24)

It’s been a long time since we had a great hockey comedy to sink our teeth in, and Goon seems to be the film to fill that long overdue void. Seann William Scott stars as a bouncer-turned-hockey enforcer who beats everyone up on the ice to help his team go semi-pro. It’s got Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill and Eugene Levy in it as well, and should get all us hockey-frenzied Canadians cheering in our seats.

John Carter (March 9)

Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo) takes the leap from animation to live-action in this giant adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel about a Civil War vet (played by Taylor Kitsch) who is sent to Mars. From the concept art and early trailers it looks absolutely stunning and could end up being the Avatar of 2012. Here’s hoping at least.

A scene from 'Frankenweenie'. Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures.

Frankenweenie (October 5)

Tim Burton returns to the world of stop-motion animation with a black and white feature-length version of his 1984 short, Frankenweenie. For those who may have not seen the original short, the story revolves around young Victor Frankenstien as he brings back his dog Sparky. It’s going to be magical and is sure to be a classic.

What are you dying to see at the movies in 2012? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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