Ted (July 13)

A man and his teddy bear was enough to pique my interest, but to then have that teddy bear come to life? And be a drug addict? Yeah – pretty much sounds like something I’m going to want to see. Particularly if that bear’s owner is played by Mark Wahlberg and the screenplay was penned by Seth MacFarlane. Now let’s just hope it fairs better than FX’s polarizing Wilfred. -AL

The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)

Batman (Christian Bale) goes out with a bang against the back-breaking power of his toughest foe yet, Bane (Tom Hardy). Hopefully the third time will be the charm for Christopher Nolan and friends, eh? But seriously, everything about this project warrants a high anticipation level. Everything but Anne Hathaway/Catwoman anyway. I’m still a bit queasy about that one. -RH

Watch the Dark Knight Rises trailer.

Neighborhood Watch (July 27)

The world ending might just be the default trend for 2012, but a feisty band of surburbanites plans to ensure it doesn’t happen. Akiva Schaffer (1/3rd of the turtleneck sweater-wearing Lonely Island) directs this comedy, written by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, starring Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Will Forte, Vince Vaughn, and Billy Crudup, Richard Ayoade and Doug Jones. Will it be the white bread Attack the Block? Probably not, but I’ll still call it that anyway. -CA

The Bourne Legacy (Aug. 3)

The Bourne Legacy is a strange franchise extension if there ever were one: it features no character named Bourne, and isn’t an adaptation of any of Robert Ludlum’s novels on the character (though the last two Bourne films were largely adaptations in-name-only). The film will clearly take place in the same universe as Matt Damon’s Bourne, but how Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross plays into this universe is not yet known. However, there are two factors that make me excited about this sequel/relaunch/whatever, and that’s the incredibly talented director Tony Gilroy and the rising star that is Renner. -LP

Total Recall (Aug. 3)

A man (Colin Farrell) begins to suspect he’s not who he thinks he is and heads to Mars for the truth. The Paul Verhoeven/Arnold Schwarzenegger original is a ton of goofy fun, so why anticipate a remake? Good question. Len Wiseman in the director’s chair doesn’t mean much, but Philip K. Dick’s original story is as cool and engaging as it’s always been so hopefully the new film finds new avenues to explore. If nothing else, we can mute it and simply ogle Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel for ninety minutes. Plus, I’ll be anticipating the release weekend anyway because it’s Cole’s birthday, and he’s my hero. -RH

Warm Bodies (Aug. 10)

Jonathan Levine follows up his critical cancer comedy hit, 50/50, with an en vogue type of affair – a zombie love story based on a YA novel. But Isaac Marion’s source material shares considerably more with Romeo and Juliet than it does with The Walking Dead and that, along with its up-and-coming cast (Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco, Rob Corddry, and no less than John Malkovich) recommend this original look at love at the end of the world. -KE

ParaNorman (Aug. 17)

In no uncertain terms, the first trailer for ParaNorman charmed my pants right off. Hip (thanks to its Donovan song), cute (thanks to adorable Norman), and scary (thanks to, well, all the dead things), the next from Laika Entertainment (who also brought us the equally as hip, cute, and scary Coraline) is easily the most intriguing and exciting animated feature of the coming year. -KE


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