10. Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1st)

From the stunning visuals to what looks to be a terrifying performance from Charlize Theron, Rupert Sanders‘s Snow White may be coming out in the same year as Tarsem Singh‘s vision, but the that is where the similarities between these two films end. Theron has proven her chops in films such as Monster and last year’s Young Adult, but Snow White and the Huntsman looks to provide a new side from Twilight‘s Kristin Stewart and a less-superhero polished Chris Hemsworth in this gritty tale that looks like it was ripped from the pages of Game of Thrones rather than a fairy tale. The story of Snow White may be well-known, but this film looks to bring a much darker and more violent version of the tale to life while also helping to continue the idea that not all summer blockbusters have to be light and easy to digest (see: The Dark Knight Rises). -Allison Loring

9. ParaNorman (August 17th)

Ever since CGI became the market standard for animated films, the classic techniques all but faded into obscurity. Sure, that include ink-and-paint cell animation, but it also includes stop-motion. In recent years, films like Coraline and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit showed how innovative stop-motion animation can be. From the first trailer for ParaNorman, it was clear this would be a fun ride through a fantastic world…a world where a boy must save his town from a curse of the undead. It is also fascinating because it’s a stop-motion animated film about a creepy boy in a horror setting that has nary a fingerprint of Tim Burton on it. -Kevin Carr

8. Total Recall (August 3rd)

With the right story, something Total Recall unquestionably has, director Len Wiseman could craft a firecracker of a summer movie. The director’s got an eye, now all he needs is that pesky thing called a great story. Based on the trailer, he may very well be surpassing most of doubters’ expectations. The trailer sold a big scope and slick style, which we don’t get often enough from summer blockbusters. Plus, it looks as if Wiseman has made enough deviations from Paul Verhoeven’s adaptation: having an actual human playing Quaid and his interesting take on Total Recall, a sketchy and opium den-like version. Hopefully Wiseman will deliver the brains of Dick’s story, the mayhem of Verhoeven’s original, and give us an original sci-fi actioner. -Jack Giroux

7. Moonrise Kingdom (May 25th)

Like Prometheus, Wes Anderson‘s latest film is made unmissable simply by the fact of his presence in the director’s chair and a fantastic roster of names in front of the camera including Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, and Bruce Willis. Fantastic Mr. Fox, combined with the trailer for this new one show him hopefully rebounding from the misfire that was The Darjeeling Limited and back in control of his style (instead of simply aping it). -Rob Hunter

6. The Bourne Legacy (August 3rd)

Remember back in 2002 when we were all skeptical about Will Hunting trying to play a badass highly trained operative? Fast forward to 2007 and we were loosing our collective minds for the NYC chase scene in the trailers for The Bourne Ultimatum. Matt Damon silenced any fears we may have had in the first Bourne film and made the series his own in the following two films. So, of course Jeremy Renner has some big shoes to fill. Luckily, his badass status is not in question. His portrayal of a loose cannon bomb squad sergeant in The Hurt Locker solidified that, and his take on Hawkeye in the upcoming Avengers film should take care of any lingering detractors. Fortunately, Tony Gilroy is settling into the directing chair this time around, having previously written the screenplays for each of the first three Bourne films. He’s the perfect choice to continue the gritty feel of the franchise. With a solid supporting cast around Renner, including Edward Norton, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, Stacy Keach, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, and Scott Glenn, look for this one to rise above the sea of summer movies this season. -Luke Mullen

5. The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3rd)

There are two key reasons to anticipate the newest Spider-Man entry. One is cynical – Sony is rebooting one of the franchises responsible for the superhero boom of the past decade with all new personnel and claiming that something universally familiar is an “untold story.” The other is genuine – Marc Webb showed pure talent with (500 Days) of Summer, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are both engaging talents, and maybe there’s something to a new angle on an old hero. And at the end of the day, is familiarity such a bad thing? Maybe we’ll have a new Spidey to cheer loudly for in a few months. -Cole Abaius

4. Brave (June 22nd)

“I am Merida, and I’ll be shooting for my own hand.”

So says the defiant, feisty Princess Merida in the new Pixar release Brave about a Scottish lass who is no shrinking violet. Merida isn’t a princess waiting for her Prince Charming, but a self-reliant young woman. A skilled archer who can outshoot any man, she longs for her freedom from tradition and convention. Merida is determined to find her own way in her world. And one thing for certain, Pixar’s first Princess wouldn’t be caught dead in a glass slipper. -Robin Ruinsky

3. The Avengers (May 4th)

An omnibus collection of many of Marvel’s finest creations, The Avengers is the ultimate superhero movie. Joss Whedon’s flick represents the apex of the explosion in Comic-Con-fueled entertainment that began in earnest with X-Men (2000) and it will, at the very least, be a fascinating experiment that poses a wealth of interesting questions: Can Iron Man, Captain America, and their cohorts co-exist onscreen? Who, exactly, are the villains that could possibly threaten such an impressive team of good guys? Has Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark act completely worn thin? -Robert Levin

2. The Dark Knight Rises (July 20th)

Ever since Christopher Nolan’s second Batman movie shattered multiple box office records and was near-unanimously praised as one of the best film’s of 2008, the refrain of “In Nolan We Trust” has been oft repeated by those following the development of this next film in the series, The Dark Knight Rises. Is it really necessary to explain why this one is hugely anticipated, when the entirety of the Internet has been poring over every detail of its production for what seems like an eternity now? It’s Christopher Nolan directing a battle between Batman and Bronson; come July 18th let’s all just put the spy photos of the set aside, stop doing frame-by-frame analyses of the trailer, sit back, and enjoy. -Nathan Adams

1. Prometheus (June 8th)

There’s not a single aspect of Ridley Scott‘s upcoming film that isn’t exciting in some way. It’s the director of Alien and Blade Runner‘s first science fiction film in thirty years. It’s a return to one of the genre’s most well known franchises (to some degree anyway). It boats a cast that includes Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, and Patrick Wilson. And the trailers have been nothing short of amazing. Screw the Bat. This is the epic to beat this summer. -Rob Hunter

Reflect back with our list of the 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

Header image created using the art of Arco2002, Pixar Animation Studios, Johan Renklint and Malcolm Reynolds.


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