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Top 20 - Most Anticipated Films of 2012

In my mind 2011 wasn't a particularly strong year in film, but it looks like 2012 is going to more than make up for it. Lots of great directors releasing new films and a few respected series' are getting new additions. Because of this I couldn't narrow it down to just 10 films, even 20 was a struggle. If this is the year it all ends (Mayans), at least it looks like we'll have some solid films to go out on.

20. Haywire - Soderberge re-teaming with the writer of the Limey and the main girl know how to throw a punch.

19. Cabin in the Woods - The early reviews on this have been super positive, and Joss Whedon co-wrote it. The twist looks interesting.

18. World War Z
- Based on an incredible book. I'm sceptical how closely they'll follow said book and I don't have total confidence in the director (Marc Forster), but the presence of Brad Pitt usually results in quality.

17. Seven Psychopaths - In Bruges was one of the funniest movies in recent years. This teams up the same director (Martin McDonough) and star (Colin Farrell), the synopsis for it it is a good setup for comedy - A screenwriter gets caught up in his pal's dog-kidnapping plot, and it has a nice title.

16. 47 Ronin - Big budget samurai film, it's tough to go wrong. I'm a little suspicious of Keanu in the lead role, squeezing in a whitey, but it also stars 2 of my favorite Japanese actors, Rinko Kikuchi (The Brothers Bloom) and Hiroyuki Sanada (Sunshine), and I think the director was originally supposed to direct the Alien prequel before Ridley Scott took charge.

15. This is 40 - Haven't heard many details about this, but Judd Apatow is writing and directing and he hasn't dissapointed me yet.

14. John Dies at the End - The book this is based on is pretty crazy funny, and even though it might not have the budget to fully realize everything in the book, I have full faith in Don Coscarelli. The subject matter is right up his alley.

13. Expendables 2 - Everyone knows the cast, possibly the greatest ever assembled in action film history. How can you not be excited for this... Even with the first film not living up to expectations and the fact that I don't have much faith in the director (Simon West). That shot of Arnie holding a massive smoking gun in the trailer was enough to move me all in.

12. Only God Forgives - I hadn't heard anything about this before looking up movies for this article, but Drive was my favorite movie from last year and it re-teams the same director (Nicolas Winding Refn) and star (Ryan Gosling). Also, the synopsis sounds amazing - A Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match.

11. Killing Them Softly - Director Andrew Dominik's only two other films, Chopper and Assassination of Jesse James, were both badass classics. This one has B. Pitt playing Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game. I have full faith in him going 3 for 3.
Cogan's Trade

10. Brave - Pixar is as automatic as it gets for cranking out classics. I'm happy they're working from another original story and it's medevil. All positives.

9. John Carter - Haven't read the book, but a lot of geeks are pretty stoked about it. Looks pretty massively budgeted and the director's been reliable in the past - Finding Nemo, Wall E, etc. Hopefully he can keep the quality up now that he isn't working on cartoons.

8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Not much to explain here, the OG Lord of the Rings was a classic and the same team is back together.

7. Prometheus - I know they said it's not officially an Alien prequel, but from the teaser that's what it looks like to me. Ridley Scott hasn't been making a lot of classics lately, but hopefully a return to his roots will help him bring back his "A" game.

6. Moonrise Kingdom - I'm always going to get excited for any new Wes Anderson film. The Fox and the Hound was a return to top form for him, hopefully it'll continue with this.

5. Skyfall - They've had about 5 years to prepare for the new Bond film with all the financial trouble at MGM. I'm hoping they used that time to throw together a solid story. Daniel Craig seems pumped about it.

4. Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron's last film, Children of Men, was one of my favourite of the last decade... And he was responsible for the best of the Potter films. Only thing going against this is the presence of Sandra Bullock, but I'm guessing she helped get this financed properly.

3. Looper - So far Rian Johnson's been super reliable - Brick and The Brothers Bloom. And the one extremely advanced review I've read on this was extremely positive.

2. The Dark Knight Rises - The last film in this series was probably the best superhero film of all time, the villain is being played by the most interesting actor of the last couple years (Tom Hardy), and the directors previous film (Inception) was my favourite of 2010.

1. Django Unchained - Any Tarantino movie is going to make the top of my most anticipated list. Plus this is a western, probably my favourite genre of film other than Samurai movies.
Django Unchained

Honourable mentions - The Avengers (Joss Whedon), The Amazing Spiderman, Wreck it Ralph (Animated film with John C. Reilly), Paranorman (The same studio that did Coraline), Bullet to the Head (Stallone teaming up with Walter Hill), Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie (Both by Tim Burton), Jack the Giant Killer (Bryan Singer), The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann and Leo DiCaprio), Paradise Lost (Angel/Demon fight directed by Alex Proyas), Wettest County (John Hillcoat with Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman), Lincoln (Spielberg with Joe Gordon Levitt and DD Lewis), A Glimpe Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (Directed by Roman Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Chuck Sheen), The Grey (Wolf vs Man in snow)

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