Top 25 Most Anticipated Movies for the Second Half of 2012


Top 25 Most Anticipated Movies for the Second Half of 2012

At the beginning of the year I made a list of my Top 40 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012. Of that list, it looks like about nine won’t be hitting theaters this year and I’ve now seen 13 of them, which leaves me with only 18 movies and with six months to go I need a little more motivation than just 18 movies and it never hurts to make sure we recharge our batteries and prepare for the home stretch.

First, I thought I’d list, in order, my previous Top 40 films including links to reviews and grades for the ones I’ve seen:

  1. Django Unchained
  2. Gravity
  3. Prometheus (Grade: B / my review)
  4. Seven Psychopaths
  5. Only God Forgives
  6. To Rome with Love (Grade: C+ / my review)
  7. The Dark Knight Rises
  8. Rust and Bone (Grade: A / my review)
  9. Skyfall
  10. Amour (Grade: A / my review)
  11. Killing Them Softly (Grade: A / my review)
  12. The Bourne Legacy
  13. The Grandmasters
  14. The Place Beyond the Pines
  15. The Master
  16. Anna Karenina
  17. Gangster Squad
  18. Argo
  19. Lawless (Grade: B+ / my review)
  20. Stoker
  21. Ted (Grade: D+ / my review)
  22. Hyde Park on Hudson
  23. The Impossible
  24. Looper
  25. Moonrise Kingdom (Grade: A- / my review)
  26. Brave (Grade: D / my review)
  27. The Great Gatsby
  28. The Silver Linings Playbook
  29. Inside Llewyn Davis
  30. The Innkeepers (Grade: D+ / my review)
  31. Savages (Seen it and review is coming soon)
  32. Zero Dark Thirty
  33. Cosmopolis
  34. The Hunger Games (Grade: B / my review)
  35. Cloud Atlas
  36. To the Wonder
  37. The Company You Keep
  38. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  39. Lincoln
  40. The Paperboy (Grade: C+ / my review)

Now, of the films on that list I haven’t seen, not all of them made this top 25.

First off, I didn’t include on this list the films that look as if they’ll be moving into 2013. Those films include Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Fogives, Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines, Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep, the Coens’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Kar Wai Wong‘s The Grandmasters, Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, Juan Antonio Bayona‘s The Impossible and Chan-wook Park‘s Stoker. Of that bunch, the last two feel like they have the best chance of arriving this year considering both have been rated by the MPAA, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

One film I was going to add, but didn’t, was Brian De Palma‘s Passion starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. It sounds as if it might find its way to Toronto or Venice, but I’m not counting on it.

Other than that, only one title from above didn’t make the final top 25, which was Hyde Park on Hudson and not for any reason other than I’m just not compelled to go see it at this point, at least not more than the 25 I ultimately ended up listing off.

With that said, on the following five pages I have included images and trailers for all but only a few films, which have somehow still failed to deliver any kind of marketing but are expected to hit theaters this year. Have a look and when you’re done, share your most anticipated films in the comments below.

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