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Top 30 Biggest Summer Movies Of 2012

New: Top 30 Best Summer Movies, 2012 Let’s explore the top summer movies of 2012. The line-up features the usual mix of sequels (MIB 3), prequels (Prometheus), remakes (Total Recall), reboots (Amazing Spider-Man), big screen adaptations (Battleship) and original fare (The Campaign). It’s notably heavy on comic book adaptations. Exciting ones.

Here’s our definitive guide to the biggest and best summer movies, 2012:

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The Avengers
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
Director: Joss Whedon
Release Date: 4 May 2012 (U.S. Dates)

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Summer begins with the biggest crossover movie ever made. The confirmed line-up includes Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Mark Ruffalo is replacing Ed Norton as The Hulk. They all fighting Thor’s brother Loki and, presumably, the Skrull army he helps invade earth. It’ll be fascinating to see how the lead characters are balanced and how they play off each other, it really does feel like something unique is happening. Director Joss Whedon has a daunting task on his hands.

Dark Shadows
Starring: Johnny Depp, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer
Director: Tim Burton
Release Date: 11 May 2012

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Based on the somewhat campy gothic soap opera from ABC in the late 60s, this follows noble Barnabas (Depp) and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Barnabas is turned into a vampire in 1752 and buried alive by the witch whose affections he rejects. When he’s finally freed in 1972 he returns to his manor to find it’s occupied by his dysfunctional descendants and other residents, all of whom have dark secrets. The movie is familiar tonal territory for Burton and Depp, perhaps too familiar.

The Dictator
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Megan Fox, John C. Reilly
Director: Larry Charles
Release Date: 11 May 2012

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The heroic story of a dictator (Cohen) who risks his life to ensure that democracy will never come to the country he so lovingly oppresses. Specifically, he is exiled to New York after being secretly replaced by a lookalike goat herder. The project is inspired by Saddam Hussein’s romance novel ‘Zabibah and the King’ which was a story about a nice dictator set 1300 years ago, that was really about himself. The movie is scripted, rather than another Cohen mockumentary, though it comes from the director of Borat and Bruno. It all sounds like potentially hilarious subject matter.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Dennis Quaid
Director: Kirk Jones
Release Date: 11 May 2012

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Romantic dramedy, based loosely on the best-selling self-help book, which looks at the lives of four couples as they prepare to become parents. Lopez plays a woman who adopts from abroad after difficulty conceiving. Banks is an author militant in her beliefs about what makes a good mother until she gets pregnant for the first time. Kendrick reunites with an old flame and fellow food-truck owner and becomes pregnant. This is a large ensemble, no doubt inspired by the success of Valentine’s Day. Though with the director of Everybody’s Fine and Nanny McPhee on board, this hopefully should be a more intelligent and amusing movie.

Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Liam Neeson
Director: Peter Berg
Release Date: 18 May 2012

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A small fleet of naval ships on exercise off the Hawaiian islands finds itself pitted against an alien force intent on building a dangerous power source in the ocean. The movie will apparently show the battle from both the human and alien perspectives, which sounds ballsy. The set-up and visual style do everything they can to appear like a Michael Bay movie, hoping to catch a fraction of the Transformers crowd. Based on the board game, this would actually be getting people more excited were it not. 1985’s Clue showed that you can make a good movie based on a board game, and Pirates Of The Caribbean was based on a theme park ride. But this seems sillier because it’s not being played tongue in cheek. Also casting Rihanna isn’t helping its credibility. Hopefully it will turn out to be brain-off fun, at least a futuristic war movie set at sea is original and offers a spectacle not seen before.

Men In Black 3
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Rip Torn, Emma Thompson
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Release Date: 25 May 2012

Best Summer Movies 2012
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return, as does director Sonnenfeld. This one’s a 3D time travel plot with Agent J (Smith) having to go back to the 60s to visit, and protect, a younger Agent K (Brolin playing Jones). Emma Thompson is an agent in the modern day, a secretary played by Alice Eve in the 60s. Jemaine Clement and Nicole Scherzinger are villains. Bill Hader is Andy Warhol. There have been numerous rumours that the production has been a bit of a mess. Let’s pray it’s a MIB, not a MIB II. The concept is still a great one and there’s no reason it can’t have some wild and inventive storytelling. Can’t believe it will have been 10 years since Men In Black 2.

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  • Thom said

    Wow that’s a LOT of titles! TDKR is obviously top of the list and will smash the other competition. My other most anticipated 2012 summer movies are:
    Spiderman – I really enjoyed the original trilogy and this reboot has had so much promo already that I’m keen to see where the new (& arguably much better team) can take this.
    Avengers – Obviously will see this but worried that SHIELD is too dull and will dilute the other more awesome Avengers.
    The Dictator – Love everything Sacha has done and don’t doubt this will be very funny
    Prometheus – Could be very cool even if it isn’t that connected to Alien
    Total Recall – I loved the original story & the movie, the whole concept is a good one IMHO. I’m glad the “remake” will be different, otherwise why would I bother watching it!

    On the kids front, I despise Ice Age 7 wish it would hurry up and become extinct already! Brave will look amazing but been a bit let down by Pixar lately. Madagascar 3 should be good fun like the previous 2 (1 was the best IMO) and intrigued to hear about ParaNorman, could it be a match for The Nightmare Before Christmas?

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  • The Thing said

    I declare that Chris Hemsworth is the new Hugh Jackman, and SNOW WHITE is his VAN HELSING.

    Can’t wait for the year 2018 when Chris does something as good as THE PRESTIGE.

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  • gd smith said

    Yipee, GI Joe 2! What a film!

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  • Brodie Scotts said

    TDKR, nieghborhood watch could be pretty good, and jack the giant killer are my top three. I also plan on seeing spiderman and the avengers, although i am disapointed that ed norton won’t be playing hulk

    abraham lincoln: vampire killer, total recall, and the expendables 2 will not be seen by me mostly because i can’t stand books that screw up peoples perspective on history, because lets face it people are way to impressionable, and i also feel that collin farell is a HUGE douche and can’t stand him in anything but the movie In Bruges. and as for the expendables 2… need i say more?

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  • gd smith said

    Come on, get a perspective. A generation is not going to grow up thinking Lincoln was Van Helsing in a stovepipe hat. At least it’s an original concept.
    The really depressing thing is how many films on this list are sequels, re-boots. sequels to re-boots and remakes. By the time you get to a sequel to GI Joe you know things are getting bad.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      William Wallace wore a belt made of the human skin of his victims. How many people would believe that now?

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  • putcher said

    Woooo the best 2012 summer movies will be Prometheus, Dark knight rises,Avengers & Expendables 2 i think.

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  • dalmatianjaws said

    The Dark Knight Rises is going to be an over-dramatic mess. Maybe it’s just best to keep my expectations low cause Dark Knight was an almost impossible-to-top masterpiece, but I get a very bad vibe off all the leaked info and the horrible, horrible title, especially considering BATMAN DIDN’T FALL in The Dark Knight. WTF?

    The trailer for ParaNormal is fantastic, can’t wait for it (but also a crappy title).

    Prometheus will either be a brilliant return to his own style, or yet another lackluster Ridley Scott film (and yes, that includes Gladiator, YAWN).

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      You heard it here first, The Dark Knight Rises is going to be a mess.

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    • Steve said

      I just saw he Dark Knight in IMAX and feel that it was bt far the Best BatMan movie ever made and I plan on seeing it again

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  • Joel said

    Looks like a pretty good summer overall. First off, I love movies and will see at least 25 of these 30 either at the theater or will buy them around Christmas time and either give them away if I don’t want to watch a second time or trade them in on blu rays that I want.

    Avengers – will see this although I don’t buy Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury and probably never will. He’s good at acting and looking pissed but I see that role as going to a more grizzled actor and more like the comic book, like Charlton Heston in True Lies. I know Heston is dead but maybe Ian Mcshane or someone else with a hard look and gravelly voice. Also disappointed that Edward Norton is not involved but I’m sure there were reasons for that.

    Dark Shadows – really like Burton/Depp collaborations, especially Sleepy Hollow and Sweeney Todd so will be going to this for sure

    The Dictator – positive this will be funny and even with the soulless Megan Fox should be worth a go. She’s good to look at but really shows no personality in movies

    Battleship – Why? Might be good with Skarsgard and Neeson with some good effects but why link it to a very simple straightforward game? Just call it Warships or Destroyers

    MIB3 – 3D or not, I was pretty disappointed with MIB2 but will probably go because I hold out hope they can do better. Also have the sons ages 10 and 7 who will want to go

    Snow White and the Huntsman – love the cast, except Kristen Stewart, but want to see this anyway

    Madagascar 3 – will go for the kids, did like the first two, the second better than the first, but the kids really like them

    Prometheus – the first time I saw Alien I was bored to death. It is a slow-moving movie, I believe it takes a full hour before the alien actually appears, but I have grown to love the movie now and am sure to see this one too. In general I do like Scott’s work, with a rare exception, like Robin Hood

    Jack the Giant Killer – sounds entertaining, will see what word of mouth is after it comes out

    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – why not? Would love to see Abe use his wood-chopping skills on some bloodsuckers

    Brave – was a little disappointed in Up and have not seen Cars2 but find all Pixar movies at least watchable and usually more than once so will see this one too, with the kids

    Amazing Spiderman – I was a comic book fan in the 70s and 80s, then they hit $2 per issue and I thought “who can afford this?”. I really liked the first two spiderman movies and the third was mediocre (Topher Grace was bad casting IMO). This new one shows some promise and I look forward to a fresh take, hope they did a good job

    Ice Age 4 – for the kids again, liked the first one, second one was a little funnier, third one was enough to keep me awake (and I work nights so that is saying something), fourth one I am sure will be along the same lines, eh

    Ted – not a big Wahlberg fan although he is slowly winning me over, first with Invincible and then The Other Guys, was okay in a half dozen other films I’ve seen him in. The big draw to me is MacFarlane, should be very funny

    The Dark Knight Rises – very much looking forward to this, Christian Bale is one of my favorite actors today and although I thought he was underwhelming in Terminator Salvation I think this will be another very good Batman venture. And it comes out on my birthday so I’ll be at the midnight showing, nephew’s treat

    Neighborhood Watch, Here Comes the Boom – feel about the same with these two, probably will get them on dvd but may see in theater if a friend wants to catch a comedy and I’m not working

    Total Recall – yeah, agree with a previous post, Farrell is a bit of a douche but the rest of the cast (Beckinsale, Nighy, Cranston, Hawke, Biel) looks really good, will see this most likely, lack of Arnold could be a good thing

    Expendables 2 – agree with the hype and cast did not live up to the first movie but still liked it, bought it on dvd and will see this one. Being a teen in the 80s, I like seeing these old guys still doing movies, even if they aren’t what they used to be. Very nostalgic, ignore the steroids, botox and facelifts, sit back and enjoy the show

    ParaNorman – I have such a huge appreciation of what the stop motion animation process requires that I will see this just because of that. I’d probably go to see a stop motion porno just because of the work involved. Voice cast looks good and anyone who co-directed Flushed Away couldn’t be all bad

    G.I. Joe – might get on dvd when it’s cheap enough next year, like Dwayne Johnson when he’s not required to act but don’t have much use for Bruce Willis outside Die Hard movies, I consider replacing Quaid with him to be a step down, or two. Quaid was really good in the first movie and the better actor anytime. Still like you Bruce, but you are a bit limited

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Thanks for the feedback Joel. I agree wholeheartedly with 98% of your opinions. Claiming the midnight show for The Dark Knight Rises is a treat for your nephew is a nice move.

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  • chris said

    Top three movies will be all superhero movies.Avengers should be amazing and the new Spider man looks awesome as well.TDKR will be hard pressed to beat the second act but I cant wait to see it.

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  • Mari said

    Avengers-will be cool Robert Downey is funny but with so many Herod who knows.
    Spiderman-if they follow the story line.
    Dark shadows Johnny depp enough said.
    Brave-Pixar they haven’t let me down yet.

    Finally to the studios you need to come up with something more than all these sequels. People are craving something more than toy story15 and ice age 27 there has got to be somebody smart in Hollywood.

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  • Cheri Borowiec said

    Why is The Magic of Belle Isle not on this list it is an amazing movie and Morgan Freeman is just incredible

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