Top 25 Most Anticipated Movies for the Second Half of 2012


The Imposter
July 13

The Imposter
Photo: Indomina Group

I have received a countless number of invites to screen The Imposter, unfortunately none of them have been at a theater in Seattle and when it played the Seattle Film Festival I was off in France covering the Cannes Film Festival. The Imposter has become my white whale, and I’m not going to let it get away.

If you’d like to learn what it’s about just give the trailer a watch and I’m pretty sure you will be watching out for it as well, it isn’t too far off.

The Great Gatsby
December 25

The Great Gatsby
Photo: Warner Bros.

I originally had very little interest in Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby, but the flashy trailer won me over and I’m hoping he delivers something worth getting interested in especially given the strong source material and the cast, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Isla Fisher and Gemma Ward.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
December 14

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Photo: Warner Bros.

My anticipation here has largely grown to a point of wonder. I wonder, can Peter Jackson deliver something that feels new or is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey just going to be another installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy? I’m concerned this was a film Jackson didn’t seem to want to make himself, but once Guillermo del Toro bailed he felt he had to. Will the fact he didn’t seem to want to direct it be evident on screen? It’s definitely a film to look out for, but I can’t say I’m entirely confident it will deliver.

Life of Pi
November 21

Life of Pi
Photo: 20th Century Fox

The excitement Life of Pi generated at CinemaCon definitely gets your hopes up that maybe Ang Lee has delivered yet again, this time in bringing what was said to be Yan Martel’s “unfilmable” Booker Prize-winning novel to life. The 3-D was the large part of the praise, which is a bit concerning for me since I’m not a fan of the gimmick and more interested in story. But considering those that have read the novel all seem to love it, that part seems to be the least of the concern.

Zero Dark Thirty
December 19

Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty is the biggest unknown quantity left out there. At least with Spielberg’s Lincoln we’ve seen a solid photo from the set, but if this one didn’t have a release date we wouldn’t even hardly know it was coming.

Based on the black ops mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty stars Jason Clarke, Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, Kyle Chandler, Nash Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau Jr., Fares Fares and Mark Duplass. And that, is pretty much where we stand. Interested?

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