12 Movies to see in 2012

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FOX 4 News Film Critic Shawn Edwards has selected 12 movies that you have to see in 2012.

1. The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent’s crimes in order to protect his reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years after the events of “The Dark Knight,” Batman must return to face the villain Bane, who seeks to destroy Gotham, and discover the truth regarding the “enigmatic” Selina Kyle. Director Christopher Nolan swears this franchise will end as a trilogy. We’ll see…

2. Django Unchained (December 25)

Director Quentin Tarantino’s latest stars Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio. With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Only Quentin Tarantino could pull this off. Should be very interesting.

3. The Hobbit (December 14)

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” directed by Peter Jackson is the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit,” by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second film will be “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Peter Jackson and his brilliant filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” This one is going to be HUGE!

4. Lincoln (TBD)

“Lincoln” is a biographical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd. Will easily be an Oscar favorite.

5. The Avengers (May 3)

The Avengers, a group of superheroes assembled by Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) and Tony Stark, CEO of Stark Enterprises (aka the Invincible Iron Man) team up to provide thrills in what’s sure to be one of this summer’s biggest movies.

6. The Great Gatsby (December 25)

“The Great Gatsby” is an upcoming drama adaptation of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel. It will be directed by Baz Luhrmann and will star Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, and Tobey Maguire Tobey as Nick Carraway. Baz Luhrmann always dazzles.

7. Prometheus (TBD)

“Prometheus” is a sci-fi thriller directed by Ridley Scott. The flm stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba. Originally conceived as a prequel to Scott’s 1979 science fiction horror film “Alien.” 

8. Red Tails (January 20)

“Red Tails” directed by Anthony Hemingway is the story based on the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American U.S. service members during world War II. George Lucas executive produced the project. No, this is not that HBO movie about the Tuskegee Airmen that you have already seen a hundred times.

9. Les Miserables (December 7)

“Les Misérables” is a  British musical directed by Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”). Musicals can be tricky but Tom Hooper got skills.

10. Brave (June 22)

“Brave” is the latest animated feature from Disney/Pixar and is the first Pixar movie to feature a woman in the lead role. FYI: Pixar never disappoints.

11. The Hunger Games (March 23)

“The Hunger Games” trilogy is a young-adult adventure science fiction series based on the popular books. The movie stars “It Girl” Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, “Mr. Thor” Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. Is this the next “Twilight” series? Could be.

12. Kill Bin Laden (TBD)

 “Kill Bin Laden” is the take-down of Osama Bin Laden from the point-of-view of the Navy SEALS. Directed by Academy Award winning director  Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”). This one could be amazing.

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