Top 15 Most Anticipated Summer 2012 Movies

2012 Summer Movie Preview

The Summer 2012 Movie Season is here with Marvel's The Avengers getting things off to a good start and considering I've already seen that movie, and reviewed it (read that here), I decided I would leave it off this list. So, I guess, this is my Top 15 Most Anticipated Summer 2012 Movies... excluding The Avengers.

However, along with The Avengers, there are three other films I've already seen and reviewed that are also hitting theaters this summer that I thought I would mention before we get started.

The Avengers posterThe Avengers (May 4)


WHAT'S IT ABOUT: Superheroes teaming up to defeat an alien god flanked by an alien army that really likes blowing up cars.

REVIEW QUOTE: "When it comes to grandiose summer blockbuster spectacle this is the kind of movie you want to see." (Read the full review here)

Polisse posterPolisse (May 18)

SHOULD YOU SEE IT? Definitely!

WHAT'S IT ABOUT: A story exploring the lives of the people that make up the French police's Child Protective Unit (CPU)

REVIEW QUOTE: "Polisse is an 'in the trenches' success that is occasionally tough to watch as much as it is enriching, fascinating and entertaining." (Read the full review here)

Hysteria posterHysteria (May 18)

SHOULD YOU SEE IT? Eh, a rental should suffice.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT: A romantic comedy revolving around the invention of the vibrator.

REVIEW QUOTE: "At only 95 minutes it seems a little long as the vibrator storyline slowly becomes secondary to the film's actual purpose, but it's satisfying enough to warrant a weekend video rental or perhaps even a matinee." (Read the full review here)

Easy Money posterEasy Money (July 11)

SHOULD YOU SEE IT? Yeah, it's pretty solid and will soon be remade. Not to mention its star, Joel Kinnaman ("The Killing"), will soon be playing the lead role in the RoboCop remake.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT: A young business student drawn to the finer things in life is looking for a shortcut to becoming one of Stockholm's elite.

REVIEW QUOTE: "It's easy to see how [director Daniel] Espinosa (Safe House) became such a hot commodity considering the talent on display here. While Easy Money isn't perfect in juggling its three-tiered story, there is no denying the tension involved throughout as we watch JW's urge to become one of the elite turn him into something else entirely" (Read the full review here)

Outside of what I said above, and I've mentioned it before, I want to reiterate how much I believe Polisse is a film you should check out. Not only is it good, it was nominated for 13 Cesar Awards (France's version of the Oscars), tying the most nominations ever, and eventually won two for best female newcomer (Naidra Ayadi) and editing. And, yes, The Avengers is a perfect kick-start to the summer movie season. An actual grandiose summer blockbuster that delivers.

I also saw Virginia, but I didn't review it and I didn't like it so there really isn't much more I prefer to say about it.

Now with those out of the way, let's continue on and see what else this summer has to offer over the course of the next three pages...

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  • Jordan B.

    Interesting to see "Seeking a Friend" on your list. The trailer was attached to "Cabin in the Woods", which I saw last night, and I wasn't quite sure what to make of it.

  • Me

    Dark Shadows is going to bomb badly. It might not be the worst bomb of the summer but it will die a fast painful death.

    • Ryan

      It looks awful to me as well, but you underestimate the power of Johnny Depp in a wacky outfit. It will do very well, unfortunately, only encouraging Tim Burton to do more of this stupid stuff.

  • Khaira

    Great to see Prometheus as your no. has been my most anticipated release for a long time now....last time i was this excited for a release was maybe for The Dark Knight....The Dark Knight Rises is a close second for me too...

    God Bless America does look very very interesting.....probably one of the blackest comedies would make a good double feature with Falling Down (1993), another of my all-time favs....

  • G-Man

    Nice list. I am hoping The Campaign will be good too

    Chalk Piranha 3DD up there for me. The first was pure summer movie fun. Also, even though I didn't love the first one, G.I. Joe looks like it has some promise to be a fun summer action flick.

  • Chris

    Prometheus looks really good, but, with all due respect to Ridley Scott, his last few films have been god awful. So I'm not falling for all the hype just yet. Right now it sits at like number 4 or 5 for my most anticipated of the summer.

  • Kyle Coley

    no love for total recall?

  • Winchester

    Prometheus is definitely my top choice.

  • Cory

    No spidey?

  • Connor

    1. Prometheus: Last thing I watched and will watch is the David viral video. Just gonna wait until the film comes out.
    2. Dark Knight Rises: Can tell already it is going to be badass. The trailers just get me more and more excited each time
    3. The Avengers: Friday better hurry up.
    4. Ted: Looks really funny. Not a big fan of Family Guy, but I'm still excited.
    5. Savages: I smoke weed, so I'm seeing it over spider man. Spider man is just not getting me that excited right now, I don't know why.
    6. The dictator: Good to not see another mockumentary from sbc. Bruno was just dumb. But this looks hilarious. I want to see the fireworks over the statue of liberty. Boom boom.
    7. The campaign: I love will Ferrell, zach galifanakis, and Jason sudeikis. Where is the trailer.
    8. MIB 3: I loved MIB. MIB2 was ok.
    9. Bourne Legacy: even though Bourne is gone, Renner is badass and Norton is great.
    10. Snow White & the Huntsman: Looks badass.

    • Jordan B.

      Weed messes with your ability to think properly, thus explaining your lack of excitement for Spiderman.

      • Winchester

        That's not true. I'm without weed influence and still have no desire to see it.

  • badar

    for me im certainly looking forward to snow white cuz it could be very good or stewart does her thing, lets hope not but other than that i have faith in ridley and nolan

  • Aron

    I am quite scared of horror films, so I still don't know if I should watch Prometheus, because it looks badass and scary as hell. However, I look forward for the Spiderman, bust mostly for the Dark Knight Rises. I love the Dark Knight (second favourite film ever, after Black Swan), and I really hope Bane to be as evil and crazy as Joker.

  • adu

    1)The Dark Knight Rises
    3)Snow White & the Huntsman
    4)The Amazing Spiderman
    6)Moonrise Kingdom
    7)The Avengers
    8)The Savages
    9)Total Recall
    10)The Campaign

  • Jonathan

    No love for Amazing Spider-Man? Really? I mean, i realize it's a reboot, but it looks friggen amazing, and it'll blow up the box office (i'd be surprised if it doesn't make the top 3 or 4 films of the year, and make at least 300 million). I do like the #1 and #2 choices, but i'd shift em all down one for Spidey, and i'd have included MIB3 as well.

    • Matt C

      The marketing and overall approach of "Amazing Spider-Man" has left me indifferent and a bit sad. First trailer they want to emulate "The Dark Knight" in terms of story and look, and the most recent trailer makes it look like a Maguire-less "Spider-Man 4."

      If the movie does become a big hit, it will be due to the WOM, not the marketing.

  • Chris

    I don't think Spiderman even looks that good. I wouldn't put it in my most anticipated of the summer.

  • Stacia

    My most anticipated movie is "Lawless". Big Tom Hardy Fan.

    • Chris

      Big Tom Hardy fan and The dark Knight Rises isn't yr #1?

  • Lia

    I'm concerned about SW - not only will we have to deal with Kristen's, um, "acting", she has to add in an english accent (which apparently does not match any of the others). I agree that it's strange that most of the focus has been on the queen and I think they totally miscast either the queen or SW.

  • The McChicken only costs $1

    Andrew Garfield is nominated for a Tony. That's excellent hype right before his Spiderman film.

    1. The Dark Knight Rises
    2. The Amazing Spiderman
    3. Brave
    4. Prometheus
    5. To Rome with Love

    I don't think I'll watch many films this summer other than those. I'll be on MCAT Study lockdown, but I will leave the study room for these films at least.

    • Matt C

      If he was Oscar-nominated, it might generate some buzz. A Tony nomination? People are just going to dismiss it and move on.

    • markymark

      lol no offense to anyone, but I googled 'Tony awards' and I see its for theatre so the 'excellent hype' theory is funny...

  • markymark

    Some good looking movies on this list, some I haven't heard about till now. I can add "Seeking a Friend..." and "Moonrise Kingdom" to my own, small, personal anticipated list.

  • ben

    dark shadows will be great. why you have negative idea about it? did you see movie or any trailer of it.

  • Bren

    Lawless looks amazing. Can't wait to see that one even with Shia in it.

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