With Shame and War Horse coming out in the UK this Friday, 2012 is getting off to a great start film-wise. Here at TheFilmReview, we are very exited about the year ahead and have put together a list of some of the films, both big and small, that we are looking forward to.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14th) If you thought the magic of The Lord of the Rings films was over, then you are in for a pleasant surprise as Peter Jackson returns to direct yet another Tolkien masterpiece. There will be plenty of new faces, including Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo Baggins, as well as some familiar ones cropping up. Returning will be Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen and Ian Holm, who appears at the beginning and end of the story in his role as old Bilbo.
The Dark Knight Rises (July 20th) Set eight years after the last Batman film, this new instalment sees our hero (Christopher Nolan) come out of hiding to fight a very bulked-up Bane, played by Tom Hardy. With Anne Hathaway slipping into a Catwoman suit as well, this looks like it will be pretty epic. 2012 will be a good year all round for comic book fans, as other adaptations coming out include The Amazing Spiderman and The Avengers.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (November 16th) The last film of the love-it-or-hate-it vampire series is nearly here and is expected to top the previous one in terms of excitement created and amount grossed at the box office. Bella and Edward must protect their child, and no doubt Jacob must take his top off at some point. Tipped to appeal to a similar audience is The Hunger Games, out March 23rd. This follows Katniss Everdeen as she volunteers to take her younger sister's place in a game where competitors must fight to the death and it should make for some exciting viewing.
Skyfall (October 26th) The 23rd James Bond film is on its way to our screens with a storyline that will see Daniel Craig return as the Martini-drinking, womanising, British spy. When M's (Judi Dench) past threatens to catch up with her, Bond must save MI6 no matter what the cost. Craig stars alongside Bérénice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Javier Bardem who will play the villain.
Prometheus (June 1st) Originally devised as a prequel to Alien, this film has now been written as a separate story, although there will no doubt be some connections. The sci-fi story follows a team of explorers who travel to the ends of the universe after making a discovery regarding the origins of mankind. What they find there is much bigger than they even imagined, and they find themselves in a battle to save humanity. A whole host of stars will appear, including Michael Fassbender, Noomi Repace, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba.
Brave (August 17th) Set in Scotland, Brave is a 3D animation that follows a young girl who defies a custom that brings a curse to her kingdom, and has to use her archery skills to undo the chaos that has erupted. Featuring the voices of Scottish actors such as Kelly Macdonald and Robbie Coltrane, this looks like a fantastic adventure that will showcase the magic ruggedness of Scotland. Also for those looking for some light-hearted entertainment, The Muppets comes out on (February 10th), not long to wait!
Trishna (March 9th) Thomas Hardy fans will be interested in this film as it is based on his novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed star in the tragic love story that has been updated and moved to India. However, it still contains the old premise, where Trishna (or Tess) is forced into a battle between her traditions and her aspirations. While Pinto made her name in Slumdog Millionaire, Ahmed is a rising star and one to watch as he'll be appearing in The Reluctant Fundamentalist in 2013.
The Woman in Black (February 10th) is Daniel Radcliffe's first role since finishing the last Harry Potter film. He stars as a lawyer who travels to an old mansion in a remote village, only to find the abandoned house has a terrifying secret. Another actor who rose to fame as a youngster and has now matured into a serious actor is Nicholas Hoult. Starting out in About A Boy before growing up for his role in Skins, he will now star in Warm Bodies on August 24th. Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, this film tells the story of a zombie (Hoult) that falls in love with a girl after killing her boyfriend and absorbing his feelings. He also stars in Jack the Giant Killer, out on June 15th.
J. Edgar (January 20th) Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Clint Eastwood, this film tells the story of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Starting from the time of the Palmer Raids, we see the secrets that he kept behind closed doors, in order to preserve his public image and reputation. Also appearing in this film are Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (February 3rd) This is a dark thriller that follows a woman who has escaped from an abusive cult. Damaged and haunted by memories, she tries to re-integrate into her family. However, she remains paranoid that the cult is looking for her, is she right? This film stars Elizabeth Olsen, Christopher Abbott and Brady Corbett, and premièred at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.