Dark Shadows (May 11)

Director Tim Burton has two more Gothic tales coming next year, including the stop-motion animated Frankenweenie and this, another Johnny Depp led telling of a familiar tale. This time he’s remaking a cult television show into a two-hour movie version, in which Depp will bring famed vampire Barnabas Collins back to life on the bigger, slightly less black and white screen. If there’s one thing this project has going for it, it’s that it’s already walking down a very Gothic path, one that Tim Burton will have no problems following wherever it may lead. -NM

Moonrise Kingdom (May 16)

Marking Wes Anderson’s return to live-action after the beloved Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom concerns a young couple who go off the map, prompting a search party to look for them. Bruce Willis plays the town sheriff, Harvey Keitel wears a scout uniform, and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. Animation seemed so perfectly fitting for Anderson’s style in Mr. Fox, so I’m hopeful but reserved about his return to live action in this revisitation of themes about family, community, and Bill Murray. However, it’s the intriguing cast and enduring promise of Anderson’s work that makes me look forward to his next. -LP

Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1)

Based on the trailer alone, this film looks like it could be fairly spectacular (at least visually). I love the idea of taking a classic fairytale and looking into a different (and darker) aspect of it. Throw in Charlize Theron looking all sorts of scary as the wicked queen (her turning into a bunch of black crows in the trailer stuck with me) and I am hoping Kristen Stewart’s Snow (who seems fairly secondary in the trailer) remains that way as this really should be Theron’s show. -AL

Prometheus (June 8)

Whether it is or isn’t a prequel to Alien (and there seems to be some controversy between director and screenwriter on this point), the fact of the matter is we are getting a new Ridley Scott sci-fi epic in 2012. Oh and by the way, there’s no way it’s not a prequel to Alien. Have you seen that trailer? Come on. -BS

Brave (June 22)

Pixar finally gets a lead female heroine, a Scottish princess with a panache for both mischief and archery. With a slightly tweaked animation style and an epic story to tell, it would be the shock of the year if Brave didn’t up a new animated classic. -KE

Check out the trailer for Brave.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (June 22)

The first of two Abraham Lincoln films in 2012, Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Grahame-Smith’s irreverent historical fiction novel finds our sixteenth President (Benjamin Walker) battling vampires and their slave-owning assistants. We’ll have to wait to see exactly what kind of tone the director of Wanted and Night Watch strikes with this retelling of the story of Lincoln, and which Lincoln film will be the victor in terms of attracting audiences (the “silly” or the “serious”), but one thing’s for certain: Lincoln according to Grahame-Smith will certainly be an Honest Abe like we’ve never seen him before. -LP

Magic Mike (June 29)

Steven Soderbergh continues his non-retirement with a flick that focuses on male strippers, complete with a cast of dudes that, yes, I would pay to see naked. Starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello, the film has a scantily-clad dream team to recommend it at least for gawking purpose, but it also comes complete with a story based on Channing Tatum’s pre-stardom life. This sounds like to the closest thing to a Soderbergh train wreck that we’ll ever get, and I cannot wait.  -KE

The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3)

This is the reboot that no one asked for, and that alone makes it fascinating. How will Sony handle introducing us to a character we already know intimately? How will Marc Webb do on his first outing after 500 Days of Summer? How will he be behind the wheel of a larger budget franchise vehicle with only his second feature film? Will Stan Lee make a cameo after all? Is he playing Gwen Stacy? Is he?! All of these questions and more will be answered, and whether the movie is a triumph or a big pile of microwaved spandex, the anticipation level is still as high as Spidey can swing. -CA

Watch the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man.


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