Top 25 Most Anticipated Movies for the Second Half of 2012

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10.
Looper
September 28

Looper
Photo: Tristar Pictures

I fully expect Rian Johnson‘s Looper to play the Toronto Film Festival ahead of its September 28 release. The film is a future-set thriller centering on the idea of time travel in which the mob uses to dispose of someone by sending their target 30 years into the past, where a “looper” — a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) — kills them. Joe is getting paid handsomely, but suddenly the mob decides to shut things down and sends Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) back in time to be killed.

9.
Argo
October 12

Argo
Photo: Warner Bros.

I’m also expecting Ben Affleck‘s Argo to play Toronto just as The Town did.

The film is based on a true story and chronicles the CIA and the Canadian government teaming to rescue six U.S. diplomats who’d been taken hostage at the American embassy by a group of Iranians in 1979. The CIA’s ruse involved the explanation that the six hostages were actually a Hollywood film crew scouting a movie titled “Argo,” and using those fake identities, they were able to flee the country.

You can read the details on the true event here and check out the trailer directly below.

8.
The Bourne Legacy
August 10

The Bourne Legacy movie trailer
Photo: Universal Pictures

I’ve grown increasingly interested in seeing The Bourne Legacy, primarily out of hope that it will actually be something different than the first three Bourne films and not just another rehash. In a way it seems to be working on the same premise as Ridley Scott’s Prometheus in that it exists in the same world as the original films, but the difference here seems to be that it is tied much more closely to the events of the original, which could work out for the better.

7.
Skyfall
November 9

Skyfall
Photo: Columbia Pictures / MGM

It’s impossible for me not to be excited for a new James Bond film and with Daniel Craig back in the saddle as 007, Sam Mendes in the directors chair, Roger Deakins behind the camera, Thomas Newman on the score, Javier Bardem as the villain and Ralph Fiennes taking part what’s not to get excited about?

6.
The Master
October 12

The Master movie trailer
Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
Photo: The Weinstein Co.

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master has started to interest me more and more as the year has gone on and the trailers for this thing are perfect in that they only seem to insinuate mood and disposition while only suggesting what may actually take place.

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, a charismatic intellectual who launches a faith-based organization and taps a young drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) as his right-hand man, the faith begins to gain a fervent following. However, as the story progresses, the onetime vagabond finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor.

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