The 2012 film releases means yet another batch of cinematic hits and misses heading towards the silver screen, and this year much like the last is set to offer a host of blockbusters, sequels, adapatations, animations and (would you believe it?) brand new films based on nothing but a script and a good idea. Mixing up horses, pirates, aliens, hobbits and yet more vampires, this is your chance to check out the best and most exciting 2012 film releases.
Having successfully transfered to the stage, Michael Morpurgo's moving First World War children's book adaptation comes to the cinema. Tears and sniffle inducing moments guaranteed.
War Horse Film Review
The Woman in Black
One of the scariest horror stories ever written also makes its way from the theatre to the cinema screen in 2012. Starring Daniel Radcliffe in his first major role since shrugging off his wizardy robes, this is bound to be popular with both Harry Potter fans and people who like to challenge their nervous system to a healthy workout by jumping out of their skins.
The Woman in Black Film Review
Based on the original novels from the early 20th century and the comic books from the 40s, John Carter is set to be the first major comic book adaptation of the 2012 film releases, and stars Taylor Kitsch as the Civil War soldier magically transported to Mars.
John Carter Film Review
Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
Anyone with a passion for pirates will be hoisting their mainsails and swinging from the rigging with delight at the advent of this Aardman animation inspired by Gideon Defoe's brilliant Pirates! books. Orginally written by the author in an attempt to win the attentions of a girl, these comical pirates have made the leap from page to screen with the voices of Hugh Grant and Brian Blessed, amongst others, to do battle with other pirates and help Charles Darwin discover new things.
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists Film Review
More film-based superheroics sees a whole host of Marvel comic book characters come together for the ultimate comic book fest. Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow and the Incredible Hulk all squeeze their massive, superanimated selves into just one 2012 film that is destined to be a must-see for any lover of spandex and eyemasks.
Avengers Assemble Film Review
Men in Black 3
Rejuvenating the original FBI/alien comedy film series 15 years after their first flick, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back in their roles as Agent J and Agent K. Expect more alien antics, better CGI and the addition of Jemaine Clement (The Flight of the Conchords) and Emma Thompson, of numerous Richard Curtis films fame.
Men in Black III Film Trailer
The Dark Knight Rises
The final part of Christopher Nolan's Batman triology brings Christian Bale kicking and punching his way Bat-style back to the cinema. This time he's joined by Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow.
The Dark Knight Rises Film Trailer
The Amazing Spiderman
As if you haven't had your fill of superhero films for 2012 (or indeed Spiderman films), Andrew Garfield pops up as yet another genetically mutated young man with the ability to fling web silks out of his wrists and swing across the cityscape looking for trouble.
The Amazing Spider-Man Film Trailer
At last a brand new film not based on a book or a comic (though perhaps piggybacking off Mel Gibson and his Oscar winning Braveheart film of yesteryear), Brave follows the antics of Scottish Princess Merida and her struggle against sexism in the rugged and misty Highlands. Featuring the voices of a top notch Scottish cast, including Kelly Mcdonald, Robbie Coltrane and Billy Connolly.
Brave Film Trailer
Bond is back for his 23rd on-screen adventure in the world of fast cars, loose women, espionage and cocktails. Daniel Craig is back in the driving seat and this time he must protect M16 itself and M from threats from her past.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
The final part of the vampire/werewolf/teenage angst fest that is the Twilight Saga comes out in November 2012, giving thousands of Twihards the opportunity to weep and wail some more, as they contemplate living their lives without Edward. Sob!
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Film Trailer
Doing things completely the wrong way round, as is so often the way now that prequels are so very fashionable, Peter Jackson goes back to the start with The Hobbit, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, the original hobbit with the ring. Expect fantastical scenery, characters and even more hairy feet than all three Lord of the Rings films put together.
The Hobbit Film Trailer
The latest work from Quentin Tarantino follows the story of a man and his mentor attempting to free the former's wife from an evil plantation owner. Featuring a star studded cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington, the film will certainly be on the list for many of his fans.
Further information and reviews on the 2012 film releases will be added throughout the year. Click on the links below the relevant title for trailers, images galleries and the chance to add your own review.
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