12 January 2012

2012 Movie Preview: Part Two

Here's some of what Hollywood has lined up for the second half of 2012.

Andrew Garfield is shown in a scene from "The Amazing Spider-Man."
"The Amazing Spider-Man" (July 3)
Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field
Plot: Teenager Peter Parker deals with human problems and new superhuman abilities.
Maki Meter of Anticipation (on a scale of 1 to 10): 7

"Ice Age: Continental Drift" (July 13)
Directors: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Stars: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo
Plot: Manny, Diego and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift.
Maki Meter: 4

Tom Hardy is shown as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises."
"The Dark Knight Rises" (July 20)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathawy, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman
Plot: Eight years after the events of "The Dark Knight" (2008), the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, forcing Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent's crimes.
Maki Meter: 10

"Neighborhood Watch" (July 27)
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Stars: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Billy Crudup
Plot: Suburban dads form a neighborhood watch group and discover a plot to destroy Earth.
Maki Meter: 6

"The Bourne Legacy" (Aug. 3)
Director: Tony Gilroy
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
Plot: A story centered on a new CIA operative in the universe based on Robert Ludlum's novels.
Maki Meter: 8

"Total Recall" (Aug. 3)
Director: Len Wiseman
Stars: Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston
Plot: As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker suspects he's a spy, though he doesn't know what side he's on.
Maki Meter: 3

"Dog Fight" (Aug. 10)
Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis
Plot: Two rival South Carolina politicians with presidential aspirations tangle with one another.
Maki Meter: 7

"The Expendables 2" (Aug. 17)
Director: Simon West
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture
Plot: The Expendables seek revenge when one of their own is murdered.
Maki Meter: 3

"Argo" (Sept. 14)
Director: Ben Affleck
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman
Plot: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA agent concocts a plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Maki Meter: 8

"Resident Evil: Retribution" (Sept. 14)
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez
Plot: Alice fights alongside a resistance movement against the Umbrella Corporation and the undead.
Maki Meter: 1

"Savages" (Sept. 28)
Director: Oliver Stone
Stars: Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Benicio del Toro, Uma Thurman, John Travolta
Plot: Two pot growers face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Maki Meter: 5

"Frankenweenie" (Oct. 5)
Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short
Plot: Victor faces unintended consequences when he tries to bring his dog back to life.
Maki Meter: 6

Untitled "Taken" sequel (Oct. 5)
Director: Olivier Megaton
Stars: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Plot: Retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
Maki Meter: 6

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D" (Oct. 5)
Director: John Luessenhop
Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood
Plot: A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance only to encounter a chainsaw-wielding maniac.
Maki Meter: 3

"Parker" (Oct. 12)
Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte
Plot: A thief lives by a code of honor that includes never stealing money from people who need it.
Maki Meter: 3

Sean Penn, left, and Josh Brolin are shown in a scene from "The Gangster Squad."
"Gangster Squad" (Oct. 19)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Plot: The LAPD fights to keep mobsters out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and '50s.
Maki Meter: 8

"Halloween 3D" (Oct. 26)
Director: Patrick Lussier
Maki Meter: 4

"Skyfall" (Nov. 9)
Director: Sam Mendes
Stars: Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory, Javier Bardem
Plot: As MI6 comes under attack, James Bond must track down and destroy the threat.
Maki Meter: 7

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" (Nov. 16)
Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Plot: After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans to protect the child.
Maki Meter: 0

"Gravity" (Nov. 21)
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Plot: The lone survivor of a mission to repair the Hubble telescope tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter.
Maki Meter: 8

"Les Miserables" (Dec. 7)
Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter
Plot: Adaptation of the popular stage musical.
Maki Meter: 4

"World War Z" (Dec. 12)
Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox
Plot: A UN representative writing a report on the great zombie war interviews survivors of World War Z.
Maki Meter: 8

Martin Freeman is shown in a scene from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (Dec. 14)
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen
Plot: Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and a group of dwarves journey to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.
Maki Meter: 10

"This Is 40" (Dec. 21)
Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel
Plot: A look at the lives of married couple Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of "Knocked Up" (2007).
Maki Meter: 8

"Django Unchained" (Dec. 25)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Plot: A slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Maki Meter: 9

"The Great Gatsby" (Dec. 25)
Director: Baz Luhrman
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan
Plot: Nick Carraway finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby.
Maki Meter: 4

"Lincoln" (December)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Harris
Plot: The 16th president of the United States guides the North to victory during the Civil War.
Maki Meter: 10

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