2012 Summer Movie Preview

The summer is the most exciting time of the year at the movies. Each year, blockbusters line up week after week to try and grab audiences and send them into a fantastical world. In recent years that has mostly meant superheroes and hangovers, but what do they have in store for 2012?  Below you will find my picks for the movies you should not miss in each of the summer months, blockbusters and independents alike (after all who would want to miss a gem like last year’s Midnight in Paris?).



The first Friday in May has sort of become a holiday for Marvel. The last five years each have had a major Marvel release on that Friday (Spider-man 3, Iron Man, X-men Origins: Wolverine, Iron Man 2, and Thor). 2012 is no different except that this might be the studio’s biggest film yet, but more on that later. Here are my five picks for May.


5. God Bless America (May 11th)-

How many summer movies include political satire, dark and violent humor, and little girls with guns? Not many which is probably a part of the reason why this movie is only getting a limited release. But if the trailer is any indication, God Bless America is going to be hilarious in all the wrong ways, and that means great things for movie fans.


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Who cares that Men in Black II sucked? The upcoming threequel has ten years on it and a new plot that is just different enough from what we have seen before. This summer Agent J (Will Smith) will travel back to the 1960s to save a young Agent K (Josh Brolin taking over for Tommy Lee Jones for most of the film). The ’60s environment will be a wonderful playground for these characters to battle aliens in.


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From director Wes Anderson comes this quirky comedy with an all star cast including Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and Frances McDormand. The trailer alone is hysterical and makes the film worth the price of admission. It is an independent, so you may not be able to see it in your city, but it could be worth the trip.


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Tim Burton has not one, but two movies coming out this year. The first is this adaptation of the 1970s demented soap opera where a vampire awakes after years of being under a curse (the second is Frankenweenie which premieres in the fall). Naturally, the film stars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, Burton’s two most prominent acting veterans, but we also get Eva Green as the villain. The trailer looks like a whole lot of fun, making this one of the most interesting films of the summer.


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Get ready, Marvel’s biggest film ever is just a few short (or very, very long) weeks away. The process for this movie began back in 2008 with Iron Man when Samuel L. Jackson visited Robert Downey Jr. in a post credits scene and spoke of the “Avengers Initiative”. Now, after The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger, we are finally ready for the assembly of the Avengers!




This is one of the most exciting months of the year. School gets out and people start going to the movies almost every weekend. Every Friday in June 2012 has a blockbuster to behold, but which are worth seeing? And which famous director gets another summer limited release?


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Since Steve Carell left The Office he has not really done much with his film career like he said he would. But that changes with this quirky comedy written by the same writer as Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist that will unite him with Keira Knightley. The plot is pretty much explained in the very matter-of-fact title and the trailer is quite funny.


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After seeing major success both critically and financially with last year’s Midnight in Paris (it was the director’s highest grossing film to date), Woody Allen is back with another film set in a far more romantic location than anyplace in the States. This time we got to Rome, and Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, and others are all coming with. The film also marks the director’s return to acting after taking the last few years off.


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Who doesn’t love the music of the 1980s? This musical, a rare genre in the summer months, takes on the rock’n’roll era with a cast that is to die for including Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti, and Tom Cruise. The trailer itself is a whole lot of fun meaning that the movie should only be more so. Expect to walk out of the theater with the best of the ’80s stuck in your head for a long time.


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Pixar returns in 2012, coming off of their first failure with last summer’s Cars 2, with their first main female hero ever (no Dori doesn’t count even though she stole the show). The most recent trailer put on display the beautiful animation, strong themes, and of course Pixar’s own brand of humor. It may seem like a normal fairy tale, but Brave has a lot more to offer than one may think.


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Remember when sci-fi films perfectly combined that sense of wonder with the sheer terror of the unknown? Director Ridley Scott intends to bring us back to that while at the same time bringing us back to the world he created in 1979’s Alien. This mysterious film stars Noomi Rapace (former Swedish Lisbeth Salander), Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Guy Pearce. With a cast like that and the lack of information given in the trailers, Prometheus should be one of the most exciting movies to discover this summer.



July is the time when the biggest, smartest blockbuster of the year usually comes out. Inception, The Dark Knight, and the final Harry Potter movie all came out in mid July. Another great benefit for the month is July 4th, perhaps the most coveted weekend to open a movie in the year. July is quite possibly the best month at the movies throughout the whole year.


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Okay, so the fact that this is opening the week after some movie that everyone has been talking about for years and years isn’t a good sign. But who cares?! It stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill as members of the very serious neighborhood watch. It has to be at least somewhat funny and the trailer induces a few laughs.


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Have you ever wanted to wish a toy to life? What happens when you and the toy grow up? That is exactly what Seth MacFarlane plans to explore in his first feature film. The Family Guy creator has Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis starring while he performs the voice of the teddy bear. The trailer is absolutely hysterical. Ted could very well be the comedy hit of the summer.


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From the director of Little Miss Sunshine comes this indie film about a writer whose literary creation comes to life. Things become more complicated when he falls in love with her. The film stars Paul Dano, Antonio Banderas, and Annette Bening and could be another great independent comedy this summer.

(Note: no trailer has been released yet)


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Okay, so I haven’t been too kind when writing about the trailers for this movie since everyone thought it was a great idea to re-do the origin that Sam Raimi did pretty well ten years ago in the original Spider-man. But no doubt about it, this is one of the movies you just have to see this summer. Sure, it could be the next Punisher: War Zone, but it could also be the next Batman Begins.


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Speaking of Batman Begins, this summer Christopher Nolan what he started with that film and continued with 2008’s instant classic The Dark Knight. This time Batman will face off against Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway). The director promises that it will end the trilogy which begs the question, will Batman makes it out alive? If anyone has the balls to kill Batman its Nolan, which makes this film all the more interesting.



The last month of the summer is where blockbusters that couldn’t quite compete with the superheroes, sequels, and Pixar go to die. But there are usually some gems out there that are big names in awards season. The Help, District 9, and Inglourious Basterds all had August releases. As did blockbusters like The Bourne Ultimatum and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.


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This comedy sees Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two presidential candidates competing for a seat in the White House. Smartly being released a few short months before the real election in November, this film is directed by Jay Roach, who directed all three Austin Powers films as well as Meet the Parents. If done well, The Campaign will be a riot.

(Note: no trailer has been released yet)


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Let me just explain this movie to you. It stars Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep as a married couple who decide to go to counseling. Their counselor is played by Steve Carell. Still need more? Okay, its also from the director of The Devil Wears Prada. Good? Yeah, I thought so.

(Note: no trailer has been released yet)


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This animated feature has the same style as the hit film Coraline from a few years back. The trailers continue to be cute even thought it involves ghosts and zombies. This could be one of the best animated movies of the year.



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As one of the only big remakes coming out this summer, Total Recall has a lot to live up to. Colin Farrell takes Arnold Schwarzenegger’s place in the reality bending sci-fi action romp. The first trailer was recently released and actually pretty awesome. Also starring Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, and Bill Nighy, this movie has a chance to be something really interesting.


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And you thought we saw the last of this franchise back in 2007. Well you were wrong! The last major blockbuster of summer 2012 is this franchise reboot that has Jeremy Renner playing a brand new character in the same world as Jason Bourne. The trailer shows plenty of new characters as well as a few key returners from the original trilogy. Like The Amazing Spider-man, this reboot can really go either way.


There you have it movie fans, your summer at the movies is laid out for you. Any other films you were looking forward to that didn’t make the cut? Sound off below!