2012 Movie Highlights29.01.11 # Top Ten # 78 Comments
Strarring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Out: 21st September 2012
The great writer-director P.T.Anderson struggled to secure funding for this controversial, loosely fictionalised take on the Scientology faith. Hoffman is L. Ron Hubbard-alike Lancaster Dodd, and Phoenix plays a drifter who falls in with Dodd and the cult he heads. Set in the 1950s, ‘The Master’ also features Amy Adams as Dodd’s wife. Early footage points to mesmerising performances. Expect this to be a strong Oscar contender, unless Hollywood’s favourite cult gets to the academy first…
Starring: Denzel Washington, Bruce Greenwood, Don Cheadle, John Goodman
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Out: 2nd November 2012
An airline pilot (Denzel) saves a flight from crashing thanks to a spectacular series of maneouvers, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling. Had he been drinking? Why can no other pilot recreate what he did in simulation? Looks like a fascinating mystery-drama exploring the philosophical question ‘does the end justify the means’? Robert Zemeckis (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back To The Future) is one of the greatest directors on the planet, and this is his first live-action movie in 12 years.
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Out: 25th December 2012
Spaghetti western set in America’s Deep South, which Tarantino calls “a southern”. The plot follows a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Foxx) who, with the help of his German mentor (Waltz), sets out to rescue his wife (Washington) from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (DiCaprio). A plantation owner who forces his slaves to fight in twisted death matches. The fantastic cast also includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen, Don Johnson, James Remar, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA and Tom Savini. It will be very interesting to see DiCaprio in a villain role, especially such a nasty one.
Starring: Karl Urban, Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby
Director: Pete Travis
Out: 21st September 2012
A day in the life of Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) as he puts his rookie, Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), through her paces to see if she’s worthy of becoming a Judge. Lena Headley plays villain Madeline Madrigal, the leader of a gang who overrun a City Block where the majority of the action takes place. Unlike Stallone’s ’95 version, Dredd won’t take his helmet off. The costumes and set photos are fairly disappointing so far, as is the slightly dull sounding plot. But the creative team behind this are strong (it was developed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland), so we expect to be pleasantly surprised with the finished product. It’s great source material if they can get it right.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand
Director: Wes Anderson
Out: 25th May 2012
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them. Wes Anderson is looking to borrow the best parts of his previous work and find deeper emotional weight in this tale of young love and innocence. Shot on Super 16 film, it looks to have a magical sense of nostalgia and a great cast that includes Murray, Norton, McDormand, and Willis.