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Top 30 Biggest Summer Movies Of 2012

That’s My Boy
Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, James Caan, Vanilla Ice
Director: Sean Anders, John Morris
Release Date: 15 June 2012

Best Summer Movies 2012
A disagreeable father (Sandler) moves in with his son (Samberg) and the young man’s fiancee just before the son is to get married. The father and fiancee immediately clash. Badly. The 12 year age difference between father and son is explained by Sandler’s character having had sex with a teacher while in high school. The movie is produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions (Jack & Jill, Zookeeper, Grown Ups). One of the directors helmed Sex Drive. My hunch is watching Adam Sandler arguing with Leighton Meester isn’t going to be very funny, I can’t remember the last time I even cracked a smile at Meester and Sandler shouting at a young woman will likely come off as mean. But let’s see.

Jack The Giant Killer
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Ewan McGregor
Director: Bryan Singer
Release Date: 15 June 2012 Update: Pushed To Next Year

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Fantasy/adventure film based loosely on the fairy tale. A young farmhand (Hoult) unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants thought only to exist in legend. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost. Jack must fight for a kingdom, and the love of a brave princess. Director Singer is looking to redeem his box office fortunes after Superman Returns and Valkyrie. Tucci plays the villain, an adviser to the king (McShane) with designs on usurping power. Bill Nighy will play one of two heads on a giant. Like Snow White and Red Riding Hood, this seems to be part of a recent trend for turning children’s stories into exciting action/thriller pictures, taking something fundamentally uncool and trying to make it so – not quite feeling it myself.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Starring: Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Release Date: 22 June 2012

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This sounds like a SNL skit, but it’s got a $69 million dollar budget behind it and is being played seriously. Adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his novel, this is directed by Bekmambetov (Wanted) and produced by Tim Burton. Relative unknown Walker is the young Lincoln, Winstead is his wife. It’s a 3D ‘re-imagining’ of Lincoln’s life that depicts the 16th U.S. president as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires, on a mission of revenge against them and their slave-owning protectors since they killed his mother. This version will probably become better known than the real history which says something about where society is headed.

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson
Director: Mark Andrews
Release Date: 22 June 2012

Best Summer Movies 2012
In the mystical, rugged Scottish Highlands, Merida (Macdonald) is an accomplished archer and the unruly daughter of King Fergus (Connolly). When she defies a sacred custom of the land, bringing turmoil, she must seek out an eccentric old Woman (Walters) and deal with the three lords of the kingdom (Coltrane, Ferguson, Kevin McKidd) to put things right. Brave is the first Pixar movie to have a woman as its lead character. After their critical misstep with Cars 2, this is a chance to prove they’re still the best in the business.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Starring: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki
Director: Jon M. Chu
Release Date: 29 June 2012 Update: Pushed To Next Year

Best Summer Movies 2012
Original director Stephen Sommers has left the franchise and, unusually, so have most of the characters. Including Cobra Commander, Baroness and Destro. In fact only Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-hun), Snake Eyes (Ray Park), and Duke (Channing Tatum) remain from the first movie. Some big names have taken their place – Dwayne Johnson will play Roadblock and Bruce Willis is General Colton. Ray Stevenson will be the main villain, Firefly. Other additions include Elodie Yung as Jinx, D.J. Cotrona as Flint, rapper RZA as Blind Master, Joseph Mazzello as Mouse, and Adrianne Palicki as lead female Lady Jaye. Worringly the new director’s resume consists of dance movies, such as Step Up 3D. I’m curious to know why this series has been shaken up so brutally, and what Dennis Quaid did to deserve the sack. Then again Willis is an upgrade for Quaid and Johnson is an upgrade for Marlon Wayans.

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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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