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The Notable Films of 2012: Volume Two

By Garth Franklin Friday December 30th 2011 12:50AM

In this second volume I look at films that include Batman's final outing, an old vampire soap reborn, a thriller set almost entirely in a limousine, a Jason Bourne film without the amnesiac spy himself, a story of a soul across six different points in history both past and future, a repressed Englishwoman's sexual awakening, a long-delayed spoof of isolated geographical horror, a CG animated tale of kilts and red hair, and more...

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Big Miracle
Opens: February 3rd 2012
Cast: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Danson
Director: Ken Kwapis

Analysis: Romantic dramedy meets environmental message film, the twist here is creating a fictional love affair between a Greenpeace volunteer and a news reporter and setting it against the real life 1988 international effort to rescue gray whales trapped in ice near Point Barrow, Alaska.

The $30 million feature has "He's Just Not That into You" helmer Ken Kwapis directing a big old heartbreaking story that thankfully seems to be more about the situation that involved saving the creatures rather than focusing on the familiar meet-cute antics of its likeable leads. Satisfying if predictable stuff.

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The Big Wedding
Opens: October 19th 2012
Cast: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl
Director: Justin Zackham

Analysis: "The Bucket List" scribe and "Lights Out" show runner Zackham both penned and directs this comedy about a long-divorced couple (De Niro, Keaton) who fake being still married when their family unites for a wedding of their adopted son (Ben Barnes).

Zackham's assembled an excellent cast including all those above plus Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Christine Ebersole and many more as various relations at the wedding. It's a quite safe formula movie obviously, so a lot will depend on Zackham's script and if it has enough fresh material to generate some good laughs.

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Blackbird
Opens: 2012
Cast: Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky

Analysis: A $25 million Montreal-shot action thriller from "The Counterfeiters" director Ruzowitzky which follows sibling fugitives (Bana, Wilde) on the run. Having split up to meet again later, the sister comes upon and falls for a troubled ex-boxer (Hunnam), while the brother heads cross-country leaving mayhem in his wake. The home of the ex-boxer's parents soon becomes ground zero for the climax which I'm guessing will deal with the sister having to choose between her brother and her new beau. Could be an effective little thriller if dark and grounded enough.

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Black Rock
Opens: 2012
Cast: Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Katie Aselton, Jay Paulson, Anslem Richardson
Director: Katie Aselton

Analysis: Aselton and her husband Mark Duplass are darlings of the indie feature comedy circuit with a growing fan base thanks to their regular roles on FX's "The League". Aselton follows up her first directing effort "The Freebie" by switching genres to this suspense thriller following three childhood friends who go for a weekend getaway on a remote Maine island, only to discover that they are not alone. Their break soon becomes a deadly fight for survival

Set to premiere at Sundance next month, Aselton called it a girl-based thriller with a very real threat that could happen to anyone. Duplass penned the script and rights will be sold in Park City and at Cannes - should the screenings there go well expected distributors to snap this up pretty quickly as the cast and subject matter seem quite marketable.

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The Bourne Legacy
Opens: August 3rd 2012
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney
Director: Tony Gilroy

Analysis: How does one continue a star-driven franchise without its main star or his character appearing on screen? Universal intends to answer that very question with this fourth entry in the Jason Bourne series. Originally planned as a straight forward sequel, director Paul Greengrass opted out of doing it and his loyal leading man Matt Damon followed him.

Rather than letting a valuable franchise sit idle, Universal instead announced mid-last year that it's opting to make essentially a spin-off film set in the same continuity, with the likes of Joan Allen, Albert Finney and Scott Glenn reprising their roles from the previous films alongside new to the franchise stars like Renner, Weisz and Norton. This option gives them a 'Bourne' film of sorts, but also leaves it open for Damon and Greengrass to come back in the future if they wish.

While it is expected to deal with the fallout of the Treadstone conspiracy's exposure and demise, the big question here is in regards to writer/director Tony Gilroy. Gilroy is famously not a fan of what happened to his scripts for the first two films and seemingly turned his back on this franchise. To get him back as writer/director here not only took a lot of cash but likely the studio has had to give him a lot of freedom to do what he wants - the end result, even if it doesn't work, should prove both amusing and interesting.

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Brave
Opens: June 22nd 2012
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd
Director: Mark Andrews

Analysis: This marks Pixar's first non-sequel since 2009's "Up" and it first film since the profitable debacle that was "Cars 2" which pretty much shattered what was previously unblemished record of critical acclaim.

Thankfully what we have here looks far more promising, a Grimm-style fairy tale said to be "darker and more mature" than their previous films. The 10th century Scottish Highland setting has resulted in some luscious looking CG vistas, while we not only have Pixar's first female main protagonist but a full on ginger too.

The story involves a feisty young princess setting out to discover true bravery to undo a curse on the kingdom. Part adventure, part coming of age tale - the trailers show Pixar are changing things up, offering a tale less obvious about melting your heart than delivering a proper epic and grown up story that stands on its own. I rarely get excited for this genre anymore, even Pixar films, but I am for this.

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Bullet to the Head
Opens: April 13th 2012
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Jason Momoa, Christian Slater, Sarah Shahi
Director: Walter Hill

Analysis: An adaptation of Alexis Nolent's French graphic novel "Du Plomb Dans La Tete", Stallone plays a hitman who teams with a young NYPD detective (Kang) to seek revenge on various New Orleans power brokers responsible for two vicious murders that connect them.

The $40 million project marks the return to the genre of Walter Hill, a seminal director of action films like "48 Hrs.", "The Warriors," "Red Heat," "Streets of Fire," "Last Man Standing" and his last film as director - 2002's "Undisputed". Teaming with someone like Stallone is a good fit for both parties, and while the synopsis is decidedly ordinary the tone is said to be a mix of crime noir, action, and an ever increasing body count.

The project saw two notable departures before filming. "Running Scared" helmer Wayne Kramer was attached to direct but ultimately left as his vision for the film was reportedly too dark. Later, Thomas Jane had to drop out of the detective role due to producer Joel Silver's insistence of casting a "more 'ethnic' actor" to reach a wider audience. In both cases it has made the project seem more generic, hopefully what remains is still strong enough to be worth a look.

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The Bully Project
Opens: March 9th 2012
Cast: Alex, Ja'Maya, Kelby, Tina Long, David Long, Kirk Smalley
Director: Lee Hirsch

Analysis: Acquired by The Weinstein Company immediately after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this past April, Lee Hirsch's documentary follows the lives of five students who face bullying on a daily basis over the course of the 2009–2010 school year.

Each of the students live in different states - Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Iowa and Oklahoma - and, combined with the story of two teens who committed suicide due to bullying, it explores the effects the relentless harassment and abuse these young people face at school has had on them.

Just as damning is its look at the endemic issues of the larger system - how those in charge are either legally unable to intervene or more commonly indifferent to the problem. How inattentive parents tell youngsters to shrug it off even though it goes far beyond some simple name calling in many cases.

Reviews out of the fest were strong, saying the rather sobering film calls for action and keeps the narrative tightly focused on the specific cases rather than wandering off and getting lost in the bigger questions of the issue. The result is said to be very relatable in the way it tackles a cause we can all easily get behind.

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Butter
Opens: March 16th 2012
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Ashley Greene, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Hugh Jackman
Director: Director: Jim Field Smith

Analysis: Jason Micallef's debut script landed him right onto the 2008 Black List which saw this comedy quickly head into production. The story follows an adopted teen who discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman (Garner) in their small Iowan town's annual contest.

Screened at Telluride, reviews for this Midwest satire were quite strong saying that while it does pander to crowd pleasing conventions at the end, much of the runtime is wickedly edgy with a mean streak recalling Alexander Payne's earliest efforts like "Election" and "Citizen Ruth". The cast is very strong and Garner looks to deliver her best work in the genre in years, hopefully this will be an indie that can break through ala "Little Miss Sunshine".

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The Cabin in the Woods
Opens: April 13th 2012
Cast: Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Jesse Williams, Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kran
Director: Director: Drew Goddard

Analysis: It took several years due to the whole MGM bankruptcy fiasco but finally Joss Whedon's long awaited 'Cabin' is set to get a theatrical release this Spring. For years many thought this would be a John Carpenter-era horror tale mixed with "Buffy" style black comedy lashings, but the first trailers show an unexpected sci-fi bent to the familiar slasher film model of a group of young people stranded in a forest cabin and terrorised.

Originally delayed due to a proposed 3D conversion being done on the film, that plan was abandoned so thankfully only a regular release has been scheduled by new distributor Lionsgate. "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth, who filmed a major role in the "Red Dawn" remake which was also vaulted for years by MGM and is finally hitting in 2012, joins a cast of mostly "Buffy" and "Dollhouse" alums in what promises to be a fun ride.

Script reviews were strong, the story containing trademark Whedon witticisms and twists, along with a non-traditional ending. A secret screening at the recent Butt-Numb-a-Thon festival in Austin, Texas seemingly stole the show against some stiff competition including numerous early 2012 films. Hitting just three weeks before "The Avengers", Whedonites are set to be doubly spoiled going into the early Summer.

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Casa de mi Padre
Opens: March 16th 2012
Cast: Will Ferrell, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Efren Ramirez, Héctor Jiménez
Director: Matt Piedmont

Analysis: When announced, this project was a real head scratcher. Will Ferrell teaming with "Y Tu Mama Tambien" duo Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna on a Spanish-language comedy in the style of a Mexican ‘telenovela’ soap? The nature of the announcement surprised as well - Ferrell’s involvement reportedly being because of a closed-door lawsuit settlement - a story ultimately revealed to be a practical joke.

Then this month came the trailers for it and revealed these guys knew what they were doing - the film is a big ol' spoof perfectly suited to Ferrell's talents, think a low budget and much more tongue in cheek "Desperado". Matt Piedmont, best known for his directorial work on the Funny or Die website, is helming from a script by "The Ladies Man" and former SNL writer Andrew Steele. Should be great fun.

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Celeste and Jesse Forever
Opens: 2012
Cast: Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts, Eric Christian Olsen
Director: Lee Toland Krieger

Analysis: An interesting twist on the rom-com, this indie tackles a surprisingly barely explored concept in the genre - what happens when married high school sweethearts get divorced at 30 but try to maintain a friendship while pursuing other relationships.

The tone is said to be akin to "When Harry Met Sally" and the casting is strong, "I Love You, Man" co-stars Jones and Samberg an adorable and very natural fit together. Director Krieger got a lot of love for his little seen "The Vicious Kind" so many are anticipating this - we'll know more when the reviews come out of Sundance in a few weeks and will hopefully reveal that this thing has legs.

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Chimpanzee
Opens: April 20th 2012
Cast: God Damn Dirty Apes
Director: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield

Analysis: Disneynature's Earth Day release documentary for the year, this one focuses on humanity's closest genetic cousins - the chimpanzee. Shot over three years in the tropical jungles of the Ivory Coast and Uganda, the project throws in the usual sentiment-heavy anthropomorphic narrative to help people relate - in this case a young chimp named Oscar is abandoned and later finds a surrogate parental figure. Box-office for the series has notably declined since the label's first effort "Earth" and one gets the impression this will have to perform better than the last one ("African Cats") if this series is to continue theatrical runs.

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Chronicle
Opens: February 3rd 2012
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw
Director: Josh Trank

Analysis: Another of those found footage movies with a sci-fi twist ("Cloverfield," "Apollo 18"), the story essentially plays like a spin on "X-Men" and "Misfits" with three high school friends gaining superpowers - namely telekinesis. As their powers grow one of them (DeHaan) begins embracing a darker side.

Shot for a relatively cheap $15 million and milking the social media angle for much of its marketing, the trailer released is interesting enough that many genre fans will probably check it out. Yet we've been burned so many times of late with terrible 'found footage' movies that even if it does offer something enjoyable it will struggle to get past that stigma.

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Cloud Atlas
Opens: 2012
Cast: Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving
Director: Tom Tykwer, The Wachowskis

Analysis: One of the singularly most ambitious projects to hit next year, and one that will likely catch many by surprise, is this ensemble historical sci-fi anthology film from "The Matrix" helmers the Wachowskis and "The International" director Tom Tykwer. Adapted from David Mitchell's 2004 novel, the film spans six different story lines over a millennia. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or watched) by the main character in the next.

The stories in order include an American notary's voyage across the Pacific in 1850, a young English musician working as an amanuensis in 1930's Belgium, a 1970's Californian journalist investigating corruption around a nuclear plant, a modern day British publisher who becomes confined to a nursing home, a clone political prisoner being executed in a dystopian near future Korea, and a Hawaiian tribesman in a post-apocalyptic distant future telling a story around a campfire.

The massive cast includes those above plus Jim Sturgess, James D'Arcy, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon and Keith David. All play multiple characters in the project and amusingly all sorts of characters of differing races, genders and more. So far nothing has really showcased what the final film will look like so right now its anybody's guess as to how visually impressive this will be.

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Cogan's Trade
Opens: 2012
Cast: Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Sam Shepard, Richard Jenkins
Director: Andrew Dominik

Analysis: Dominik's third feature effort returns the filmmaker to the darkly comic crime thriller genre which first got him noticed with 2000's "Chopper", a film which launched then Aussie TV comedian Eric Bana's cinematic career. Dominik's second effort was the much acclaimed western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and that film's main star Brad Pitt heads up this story based on George V. Higgins' Boston-set 70's crime novel.

Pitt plays a mob enforcer called in to handle the unknown crooks who stole the winnings from a high-stakes card game. So begins his ruthless hunt through the various hacks, misfits and real crims of the local underworld to take down the culprits and restore order. The film was shot in New Orleans which means the Boston mob setting of the original book is likely nixed.

The plot really just sounds like excuse for Pitt to act like a bastard to the various colourful supporting characters he comes across including those names above plus the likes of Ben Mendelsohn, Bella Heathcote, Vincent Curatola and Scoot McNairy. Critics fawned over the beautifully shot if interminably paced 'Jesse', the same will no doubt happen here though this more "Fargo" like tale should have a wider appeal.

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The Cold Light of Day
Opens: 2012
Cast: Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Caroline Goodall, Rafi Gavron
Director: Mabrouk El Mechri

Analysis: Having been cast as the new Superman has shot up handsome British actor Henry Cavill's stardom factor considerably this year.

As a result the two films he did between the end of his work on Showtime's "The Tudors" and the start of him slipping into that impressive navy blue codpiece have drawn more attention than they would've otherwise obtained. The first was "Immortals" which opened late last year, the other is this Bourne-esque thriller about a broker whose family is kidnapped in Spain and he must untangle a government conspiracy to save them.

On the surface it sounds like a fairly generic piece, but helmer El Mechri surprised with his robust genre effort "JCVD" a few years back, while "Clockers" novelist and former "The Wire" writer Richard Price performed a polish on the script. Add in some strong supporting talent including Willis, Weaver, Jim Piddock, Joseph Mawle and Rafi Gavron and you have an American and Spanish co-production that could work.

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The Company You Keep
Opens: 2012
Cast: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, Susan Sarandon
Director: Robert Redford

Analysis: Redford both stars in and directs this political action thriller adaptation of Neil Gordon's 2003 novel. Redford plays a former Weather Underground militant wanted by the FBI for over three decades who is now living as an attorney. When his identity is inadvertently exposed he must flee and abandon his young daughter.

Thrown into the mix is numerous other subplots including an ambitious newspaper reporter (LaBeouf) and his FBI agent ex girlfriend (Kendrick), a profiling college professor (Jenkins), an old flame who can help clear his name (Julie Christie) and the now grown up lovechild of that affair (Brit Marling). It's all pretty complicated, while big supporting turns from Terrence Howard, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Elliott, Nick Nolte and Stanley Tucci amongst others make it seem almost overstuffed.

It has been a while since Redford's done a good thriller, a genre that has seen him deliver some of his best work like "3 Days of the Condor", "All the President's Men" and "Sneakers". He's got a great team behind and in front of the camera, and a release likely being targeted for the end of year - this is one of those films that could straddle the line between healthy box-office returns and critical appeal.

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Contraband
Opens: January 13th 2012
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, JK Simmons
Director: Baltasar Kormákur

Analysis: Unlike a lot of Hollywood remakes of foreign language films, this English-language incarnation of the 2009 Icelandic thriller "Reykjavík-Rotterdam" is not helmed by the same director. Actually in a surprising movie it's the original's leading man Baltasar Kormákur who has slipped into the director's chair and plopped in Mark Wahlberg to play his character in this $40 million version which shifts the action to New Orleans, Panama and the shipping lanes in between.

The story follows a former crim who finds himself pulled back into his old habits - international smuggling - to settle a debt for his brother-in-law with some ruthless drug barons. Assembling a crew to head to Panama and return with millions of dollars in counterfeit bills, things fall apart and he must stop the baddies from making his family their target.

The film itself looks quite polished and better than it has a right to be, yet a mid-January dump by Universal and the general issues with all remakes of this type means I doubt we'll get anything exceptional.

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Cosmopolis
Opens: 2012
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel, Juliette Binoche, Kevin Durand
Director: David Cronenberg

Analysis: After reinventing himself with 2005's "A History of Violence", David Cronenberg's second coming has kept up its strong track record with both "Eastern Promises" and this year's "A Dangerous Method" scoring very good notices.

Now comes this high-concept adaptation of Don DeLillo's popular novel in which "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson plays a financial whiz who risks his immense fortune by betting against the yen on one particularly chaotic day.

Much of the action is set inside a limousine with Pattinson's character transported from one location to another so expect a fairly tight little piece akin to "Phone Booth" - a deliberate comparison considering Colin Farrell was originally cast in the lead role.

Pattinson has yet to really tackle a film not primarily aimed at women, and it'll be an interesting experiment to see if both critics and Cronenberg fans can get over their issues with a "Twilight" star being in this and judge it fairly.

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The Dark Knight Rises
Opens: July 20th 2012
Cast: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine
Director: Chris Nolan

Analysis: Arguably the most anticipated film of next year by not just geeks but many mainstream filmgoers, Christopher Nolan caps off his superlative Batman trilogy with this final entry which aims to achieve something no superhero franchise has ever done before - deliver a third entry that doesn't suck.

There's still arguments over Tom Hardy's look (and voice) and questions over the true nature of Joseph Gordon Levitt and Marion Cotillard's roles. Others are wondering whether Anne Hathaway's Catwoman can even compete with Michelle Pfieffer's still unforgettable take on the role, and why the events of this film are set eight years after the last.

The first two trailers are strong but not perfect, the early teaser featuring barely any footage while the recent second one's collapsing stadium money shot seems a garishly CG effect in Nolan's otherwise highly practical world.

Still, to me both "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" are pretty much the pinnacle of their genre (well ahead of even Marvel's best efforts like X2, Iron Man 1 & Spider-Man 2), here's hoping this will be in the same league.

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Dark Shadows
Opens: May 11th 2012
Cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Jonny Lee Miller
Director: Tim Burton

Analysis: An adaptation of the cult gothic 60's soap of the same name, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up once again to tell the story of the vampire Barnabas Collins who is freed after 220 years of imprisonment to find his manor in ruin and occupied by dysfunctional descendants.

A Burton and Depp teaming used to provoke anticipation, now it's often dread - especially after Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" which both delivered boffo box-office but was critically savaged and is almost never spoken about in good terms.

Their "Sweeney Todd" adaptation showed the duo can still do deliciously dark when required, but the fanbase of this particular property is neither sizeable nor crying out for this adaptation which on the surface doesn't seem to match the tone of the original. A strong first trailer is needed to show this isn't just another waste of time.

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Decoding Annie Parker
Opens: 2012
Cast: Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Alice Eve, Rashida Jones, Aaron Paul
Director: Steven Bernstein

Analysis: Breast cancer isn't a subject that's really been focused on in films outside of the cable television realm, yet Steven Bernstein's drama about two women inexorably linked by this terrible disease has managed to attract a strong cast which would indicate there's more weight to this than expected.

Billed a 'dramedy', the story follows Helen Hunt as geneticist Mary Claire King who famously discovered a gene linked to breast cancer in 1990, and Samantha Morton as the titular Annie Parker - a woman who resolves to fight her cancer diagnosis.

The setting takes place over a fifteen year period while the two ladies are supported by a strong cast including Aaron Paul, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, Bob Gunton, Alice Eve and Maggie Grace. Shooting only recently took place in Los Angeles so it likely won't hit until late in 2012 at the earliest.

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The Deep Blue Sea
Opens: March 30th 2012
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, Ann Mitchell, Harry Hadden-Paton
Director: Terence Davies

Analysis: Acclaimed British filmmaker Davies tackles late scribe Terence Rattigan's infamous 1952 play about a judge's middle-aged trophy wife who reaches her sexual awakening while engaging in an affair with a traumatised alcoholic young war pilot.

Back in the "pre-women's lib" time of its original staging this was quite groundbreaking, these days it seems almost chaste. Yet a stellar trio in the main roles - Rachel Weisz, stage legend Simon Russell Beale, and promising young "Thor" and "Wallander" actor Tom Hiddleston - and all executed with Davies' trademark efficiency means we could have a real treat.

Reviews from the film's recent UK release were strong but not stellar, saying that Davies makes the single set play more expansive yet comes off a little aloof and cold for a story about discovering one's passion within.

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The Devil Inside
Opens: January 6th 2012
Cast: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Suzan Crowley
Director: William Brent Bell

Analysis: The success of "The Last Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "The Rite" in recent years have shown that there's no real dying down in love or anticipation for movies about exorcism, even as the movies themselves are getting cheaper and nastier. William Brent Bell, whose previous credit was the rather terrible video game character turned slasher thriller "Stay Alive", tackles the topic here in the style of a found footage documentary.

The story has a woman investigating an exorcism-gone-wrong that happened to her mother twenty years before which led to three deaths and the mother being committed to a psych ward. Shot for next to nothing, Paramount acquired the film in the hope of having a success akin to their "Paranormal Activity" franchise. As the sole new wide release film opening on the first week of January, even if it only gets a small opening it should easily make a tidy profit for the studio.

The Complete Notable Films of 2012 Guide

Volume One: 2 Days in New York, 21 Jump Street, 47 Ronin, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Act of Valor, The Amazing Spider-Man, American Reunion, Amour, The Angel's Share, Anna Karenina, The Apparition, Arbitrage, Argo, The Avengers, A.W.O.L., Bachelorette, Bait 3D, Battleship, Beauty and the Beast in 3D, Being Flynn, Bel Ami, Beneath the Darkness, Bernie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Big House

Volume Two: Big Miracle, The Big Wedding, Blackbird, Black Rock, The Bourne Legacy, Brave, Bullet to the Head, The Bully Project, Butter, The Cabin in the Woods, Casa de mi Padre, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Chimpanzee, Chronicle, Cloud Atlas, Cogan's Trade, The Cold Light of Day, The Company You Keep, Contraband, Cosmopolis, The Dark Knight Rises, Dark Shadows, Decoding Annie Parker, The Deep Blue Sea, The Devil Inside

Volume Three: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, The Dictator, Disconnect, The Divide, Django Unchained, Dog Fight, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, Dredd, Drift, The End, The End of Love, The English Teacher, The Expendables 2, A Few Best Men, Finding Nemo in 3D, The Five-Year Engagement, Flight, Footnote, For a Good Time Call…, Foxfire, Frankenweenie, The Frozen Ground, Fun Size, Gambit, Gangster Squad, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Volume Four: G.I. Joe: Retaliation, A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III, Goats, God Bless America, Gods Behaving Badly, Gone, Goon, Grabbers, The Grandmasters, Gravity, Great Expectations, Great Hope Springs, The Great Gatsby, The Grey, Halloween 3D, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Haywire, He Loves Me, Here Comes the Boom, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Hotel Transylvania 3D, House at the End of The Street, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, The Hunger Games, Hunter Killer, Hyde Park on Hudson, I Alex Cross

Volume Five: I Hate You Dad, Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D, Imogene, The Impossible, In Darkness, Inside Llewyn Davis, Intruders, Iron Sky, Jack and Diane, Jack the Giant Killer, Jeff Who Lives At Home, John Carter, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Joyful Noise, Juan of the Dead, Killer Joe, The Lady, Laurence Anyways, Lay the Favorite, Learning to Fly, Les Miserables, Liberal Arts, Life of Pi, Lincoln, The Longest Week, Long Time Gone

Volume Six: Looper, Love and Bruises, The Lucky One, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Magic Mike, Man on a Ledge, The Man with the Iron Fists, The Master, Mental, Men in Black 3, Mirror Mirror, Moonrise Kingdom, The Moth Diaries, Movie 43, MS One: Maximum Security, Mud, My Mother's Curse, Neighborhood Watch, Nero Fiddled, No One Lives, Not Suitable for Children, Nurse 3D, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Of Men and Mavericks, On the Ice, On the Road, One for the Money

Volume Seven: Only God Forgives, Outrun, The Paperboy, ParaNorman, Parental Guidance, Parker, Perfect Sense, Phantom, Piranha 3DD, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, The Place Beyond the Pines, Playing the Field, The Possession, Post Tenebras Lux, Premium Rush, Price Check, Project X, Prometheus, The Raid, The Raven, Red Dawn, Red Hook Summer, Red Lights, Red Tails, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Resident Evil: Retribution

Volume Eight: Return, Rise of the Guardians, Robot and Frank, Rock of Ages, Rust and Bone, Safe, Safe House, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Sapphires, Satellite Boy, Savages, Searching for Sugar Man, The Secret World of Arrietty, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Seeking Justice, Seven Psychopaths, Shadow Dancer, Side by Side, Silent House, The Silver Linings Playbook, Sinister, Skyfall, Smashed, Snow White and the Huntsman, Something in the Air, Song for Marion

Volume Nine: Sparkle, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 3D, Step Up 4ever, Stoker, Straight A's, The Surrogate, The Sweeney, Syrup, Taken 2, Take this Waltz, Ted, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, Thanks for Sharing, Think Like a Man, This is Forty, This Means War, A Thousand Words, The Three Stooges, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, Titanic in 3D, Total Recall, Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two, Under the Skin, Underworld Awakening, Untitled Bin Laden Project

Volume Ten: Untitled David Chase Movie, Untitled Ramin Bahrani Film, Untitled Terrence Malick Project, Upside Down, V/H/S, The Vow, Wanderlust, Warm Bodies, Welcome to the Punch, Welcome to People, The Wettest County, What Maisie Knew, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Wish You Were Here, The Woman in Black, The Woman in the Fifth, The Words, Words with Gods, World War Z, Wrath of the Titans, Wreck-It Ralph, Wuthering Heights, Your Sister's Sister

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