most anticipated films of the year.

Starting with this week's US release of The Avengers (which has already set records around the world after it opened with almost $180 million), the beginning-of-the-year slump will officially be over and the summer movie season will begin. Thankfully.
There are always a few good movies released by this point every year, and a few surprises like last year's Bridesmaids or this year's 21 Jump Street. Plus, you usually have some sort of tentpole movie, like The Hunger Games, or a cleverly released animated movie, like The Lorax. But the really good, quality movies don't usually start rolling out until the summer, which used to not start until 4th of July, but nowadays the studios are so eager for money that spring has basically become summer. You get a great mix of clever family fare, blockbuster special effects, top-billed dramas, and it all leads right into the award season releases, when the "big" films are released. You also always end up with a few big studio duds here and there (I'm looking at you That's My Boy or last year's Jack and Jill).
So, here's a look at the most anticipated movie releases coming for the rest of the year. Let me know if I missed any!

MAY:


THE AVENGERS
Releasing: May 4
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo
IT WON'T BE AS BIG AS THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BUT IT'LL HOLD US OVER UNTIL THEN.


MOONRISE KINGDOM
Releasing: May 25
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, and pretty much any other Wes Anderson actor
LOOKS LIKE ANDERSON'S NORMAL FARE, WHICH IS A GOOD THING.


OTHER MAY RELEASES: Dark Shadows, Hick, Battleship, What to Expect When You're Expecting, The Dictator, Hysteria, Men in Black III


JUNE:


SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMEN
Releasing: June 1
Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron
JUST THE TRAILER ALONE LOOKS BETTER THAN THAT OTHER SNOW WHITE MOVIE. THE EFFECTS WILL MAKE THIS EVEN BETTER.


PROMETHEUS
Releasing: June 8
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender
RIDLEY SCOTT RETURNS TO THE GENRE THAT MADE HIM.


BRAVE
Releasing: June 22
Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Voices by: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly
PIXAR RETURNS TO FORM. THIS WILL BE THIS YEAR'S ANIMATED FILM TO BEAT.


SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
Releasing: June 22
Directed by: Lorene Scafaria
Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightly
CARELL IS TAKING THE FUNNY/SERIOUS ROUTE AND IT LOOKS POSITIVE.


OTHER JUNE RELEASES: Piranha 3DD, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Safety Not Guaranteed, Bel Ami, Rock of Ages, That's My Boy, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, To Rome with Love, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Madea's Witness Protection, Magic Mike, People Like Us, Take this Waltz


JULY:


THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Releasing: July 3
Directed by: Mark Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
SPIDER-MAN TOLD THROUGH THE DARK KNIGHT FILTER. PLUS, I'LL WATCH ANYTHING WITH EMMA STONE.


SAVAGES
Releasing: July 6
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Benicio del Toro, John Travolta
OLVIER STONE DOING WHAT ONLY OLIVER STONE CAN.


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Releasing: July 20
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard
PROBABLY THE MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE OF THE YEAR, NOLAN'S BATMAN MASTERPIECE TRILOGY FINALLY COMES TO AN END.


OTHER JULY RELEASES: Katy Perry: Part of Me, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Ted, Neighborhood Watch, Ruby Sparks


AUGUST:


THE BOURNE LEGACY
Releasing: August 3
Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen
CAN BOURNE BE DONE WITHOUT MATT DAMON? WE'LL SEE.


TOTAL RECALL
Releasing: August 3
Directed by: Len Wiseman
Starring: Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel
THE TRAILER LOOKS PROMISING. THE ONLY THING MISSING IS ARNOLD. AND THAT GIRL AT THE BAR.


HOPE SPRINGS
Releasing: August 10
Directed by: David Frankel
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carrell
STREEP OWNS THIS TIME OF YEAR. LOOKS LIKE A NORA EPHRON COMEDY FOR THE FRAT PACK CROWD. THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE YEAR'S SURPRISES.


PARANORMAN
Releasing: August 17
Directed by: Chris Butler, Sam Fell
Voiced by: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann
IN THE STYLE OF CORPSE BRIDE AND CORALINE, WITH A LITTLE MORE HUMOR AND PERSONALITY.


LAWLESS
Releasing: August 31
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Starring: Shia LeBouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce
DEPRESSION-ERA GANG FILM SET IN THE SOUTH. IT SHOULD BE GOOD.


OTHER AUGUST RELEASES: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, 360, The Campaign, The Expendables 2, Sparkle, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Premium Rush, Hit and Run


SEPTEMBER: 


KILLING THEM SOFTLY
Releasing: September 21
Directed by: Andrew Dominik
Starring: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins
HIGH PROFILE CRIME/THRILLER. AND PITT LOOKS LIKE A BADA**.
















LOOPER
Releasing: September 28
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
THE SYNOPSIS ALONE WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.


TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE
Releasing: September 28
Directed by: Robert Lorenz
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, John Goodman, Matthew Lillard
EASTWOOD AND ADAMS COULD BE A GOOD COMBINATION. DEFINITE AWARD SEASON BAIT.

OTHER SEPTEMBER RELEASES: In the Cold Light of Day, Resident Evil: Retribution, Finding Nemo 3D, For a Good Time Call..., Hotel Transylvania, House at the End of the Street, Dredd, The Words, Ten Year, Won't Back Down, End of Watch


OCTOBER:


ARGO
Releasing: October 12
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman
AFFLECK MAKES LIKE EASTWOOD AGAIN. A CIA DRAMA THAT WILL ADD TO THE TOWN DIRECTOR'S IMPRESSIVE FILMMAKING RESUME.
















THE MASTER
Releasing: October 12
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
ALREADY CONTROVERSIAL, ANDERSON'S RELIGIOUS DRAMA COULD SPARK ENOUGH NERVES TO BE A HIT.

OTHER OCTOBER RELEASES: Taken 2, Frankenweenie, V/H/S, Here Comes the Boom, Paranormal Activity 4, The Wedding, Alex Cross, Of Men and Mavericks


NOVEMBER:


WRECK-IT RALPH
Releasing: November 2
Directed by: Rich Moore
Voiced by: John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer
DISNEY'S BEEN HOLDING THIS FOR A WHILE. COULD BE HIT OR MISS. THE STORY SEEMS INTERESTING AND ORIGINAL ENOUGH.
















SKYFALL
Releasing: November 9
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes
LATEST WORD IS THAT BOND GETS DEPRESSED, MAKING THIS POSSIBLY THE MOST REALISTIC BOND TO DATE. A HIGH CLASS DIRECTOR LIKE MENDES HELPS.

















GRAVITY
Releasing: November 23
Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT MOVIES TO YET BE RELEASED. SANDRA BULLOCK TOPPING PRE-AWARD SEASON LISTS OF BEST ACTRESS. CUARON'S APPARENTLY TOPPING HIMSELF WITH CINEMATOGRAPHY AND EFFECTS. COULD BE THE BIGGEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR.

OTHER NOVEMBER RELEASES: The Guilt Trip, Red Dawn, Anna Karenina, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Rise of the Guardians, The Silver Linings Playbook


DECEMBER:


THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
Releasing: December 14
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen
AFTER A BATTLE OF DIRECTORS, JACKSON FINALLY TOOK HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE AT THE HELM. COULD BE AS BIG AS THE LORD OF THE RINGS OR COULD BE THE BIGGEST FLOP OF THE YEAR.


LES MISERABLES
Releasing: December 14
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter
AN ALL-STAR CAST. A BELOVED MUSICAL. IT'S AWARD SEASON FODDER IF EVER THERE WAS SOME. COULD EITHER BE A CLASSIC OR GO THE ROUTE OF SWEENEY TODD.

THIS IS 40
Releasing: December 21
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Starring: Paul Rudd, Lelsie Mann, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy
ONLY APATOW COULD RELEASE AN ADULT COMEDY THIS LATE IN THE YEAR. THIS SEMI-SEQUEL TO KNOCKED UP HAS A CAST OF THE FUNNIEST PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD RIGHT NOW. EVEN THE TRAILER WILL CRACK YOU UP. AND LESLIE MANN WILL HOPEFULLY GET SOME RECOGNITION.


ZERO DARK THIRTY
Releasing: December 21
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton
BIGELOW'S FOLLOW-UP TO THE HURT LOCKER PICKS A VERY RECENT EVENT AND A VERY CURRENT CAST. THE TERRORIST TRACK DOWN COULD BE THE TYPE OF ACTION FILM THE ACADEMY ACTUALLY TAKES NOTICE OF.




















LIFE OF PI
Releasing: December 21
Directed by: Ang Lee
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Suraj Sharma, Irrfan, Adil Hussain
LEE'S FIRST FORRAY INTO 3D. A BELOVED BOOK ADAPTATION. COULD BE THE SLEEPER HIT OF THE YEAR.
















DJANGO UNCHAINED
Releasing: December 25
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson
TARANTINO'S WESTERN HAS BEEN LONG AWAITED. HOPING TO BUILD ON THE SAME MOMENTUM DRAGON TATTOO HAD LAST YEAR. PLUS TARANTINO MIGHT BE SHOCKING, BUT THERE'S NO DOUBT HE HAS HOLLYWOOD'S RESPECT.

















THE GREAT GATSBY
Releasing: December 25
Directed by: Baz Luhrman
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire
LUHRMAN'S ADAPTATION OF ONE OF LITERATURE'S MOST-LOVED BOOKS HAS ALREADY GOTTEN SOME GOOD REVIEWS. THE CAST IS STELLAR. THE RELEASE IS PRIME. COULD BE THIS YEAR'S BIGGEST PLAYER.















OTHER DECEMBER RELEASES: Hyde Park on Hudson, Hunter Killer, One Shot, Parental Guidance, Playing the Field

1 comment:

Beth Barron said...

These are my favorite posts ever. I just watched all of these and made a list of the ones I want to see...and the ones that I need to find a way to see while I'm overseas.

I'm glad we're friends. :)