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My most anticipated films of 2012

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If Quentin Tarantino makes a movie, I will see it ASAP after it opens. He's been my favorite director and screenwriter since 1994, so yeah, this one tops my list.
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People who added this item 1016 Average listal rating (624 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Master (2012)
P.T. Anderson has yet to make a movie I dislike, and of his 5 films 3 are favorites of mine. So whenever it comes out I'm guaranteed to see it. IMDb says the U.S. release date is 2012, but we'll see if that happens.
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People who added this item 138 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
Wrong (2012)
Quentin Dupieux (currently my 2nd favorite Quentin) scored big points with me last year with Rubber, a film that currently remains my favorite from 2011 (especially since it's the most original film I saw). That alone has me ready to watch another film from him, and the trailer has me very intrigued...

Quentin Dupieux - Wrong (Sundance film festival teaser)
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People who added this item 2130 Average listal rating (1470 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Prometheus (2012)
Ridley Scott prequel to Alien. Hell yes I'm excited, and every new trailer or viral video only amps up my excitement.

Trailer for Prometheus
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People who added this item 3774 Average listal rating (2538 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.4
This one needs no explanation.

Trailer 2 for The Dark Knight Rises
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People who added this item 206 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.7
Gambit (2012)
The script was written by the Coens, and since I love their writing as much as their direction I'm very curious about Gambit. Plus it looks like the next Coens film may not drop until 2013, so I'll settle for this one in the meantime.
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People who added this item 1239 Average listal rating (678 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Lincoln (2012)

Check out Daniel Day-Lewis there. I'm sold.
People who added this item 954 Average listal rating (637 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
ParaNorman (2012)
An animated film with zombies? I've gotta see this!

Trailer for ParaNorman
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People who added this item 395 Average listal rating (253 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Sold on the strength of the trailer:

Trailer for The Pirates! Band of Misfits
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People who added this item 1955 Average listal rating (1309 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Brave (2012)
After 2 years in a row of sequels, only one of which proved to be necessary, Pixar returns to an original idea. Aside from Cars 2 I haven't missed a Pixar film yet, so I'll watch this one as well.

Teaser for Brave
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People who added this item 499 Average listal rating (321 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2
Jason Segel has quickly become one of my favorite writers & comedic actors, so my interest here should need no further explanation. Oh yeah, and the trailer looks excellent:

Trailer for The Five-Year Engagement
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People who added this item 330 Average listal rating (227 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Bernie (2012)
I like more of Linklater's films than I don't, and the trailer for this one looks pretty good. I'll most likely see it.

Trailer for Bernie at Listal
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People who added this item 353 Average listal rating (227 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Jason Segel again (see above) starring in a movie from the guys behind Cyrus (which I mostly dug, moreso than most people seemed to).

Jeff, Who Lives At Home Official Trailer #1 - Jason Segel, Ed Helms Movie (2012) HD
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People who added this item 438 Average listal rating (304 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
World's Greatest Dad was one of my favorite films of 2009, and I've been a fan of Bobcat's since the late 80s. Judging by the trailer, this one may be one of my favorites this year.

God Bless America - Official RED BAND Trailer (2012)
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People who added this item 857 Average listal rating (526 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.9
The other Lincoln movie that comes out this year. Not sure how historically accurate this one is though. ;) Been meaning to read the book & odds are I'll likely check out the film adaptation before getting around to it so I'm more likely to enjoy it.
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People who added this item 1593 Average listal rating (1075 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7
World War Z (2013)
Loved the book. And now that I'm hearing that this is planned to be the first of 3 films adapted from the source material, I'm even more excited since one film wouldn't be adequate to capture the book honorably. I think a cable series would be the best way (preferably from Showtime or HBO) to adapt it, but this will do for now.
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People who added this item 789 Average listal rating (494 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Lawless (2012)
Still need to watch The Proposition, but I enjoyed John Hillcoat's adaptation of The Road so I'm curious about this one. Add to that Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Guy Pearce in the cast & the screenplay written by Nick Cave & I'm pretty much sold. Only thing that gives me pause? Shia LeBeouf is in it & I'm not a fan of his. Hopefully he won't get too much screen time. ;)
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People who added this item 378 Average listal rating (229 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.6
Wanderlust (2012)
As a die-hard fan of the former members of MTV's The State, seeing that this one is written & directed by David Wain, and co-written with Ken Marino...that gets me excited. And the last film David Wain directed was Role Models, which was a pleasant surprise. So hopefully this one will be at least as good as that one. I can't tell for sure from the trailer, but it doesn't look bad in any way to me.

Trailer for Wanderlust
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People who added this item 1126 Average listal rating (761 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Chronicle (2012)
Sold on the strength of the trailer:

Trailer for Chronicle
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Not my usual type of movie perhaps, but the trailer entertained me. Odds are I won't rush out to see this one, but I'll catch it after it goes to DVD.

Trailer 2 for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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People who added this item 2393 Average listal rating (1540 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9
This one falls here simply because I'm not yet convinced that Andrew Garfield will make a good Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Plus I think it's a little stupid to be rebooting this series already, even though I wasn't impressed with Raimi's films overall. However I like what I see in the trailer, so I may end up checking this out.

Teaser for The Amazing Spider-Man
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People who added this item 3831 Average listal rating (2645 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
The Avengers (2012)
At this point I feel like I have to watch The Avengers, regardless of the fact I hate Joss Whedon (yeah, bite me). The film could prove to be a train wreck, especially considering it's come together rather quickly, but even that could prove to be worth a look if all this build-up proves to be for mediocre results.

Trailer for The Avengers
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People who added this item 2096 Average listal rating (1206 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.2
Dark Shadows (2012)
At this point I'm sick of Johnny Depp starring in every Tim Burton movie that comes out, so I'm really not that excited about this one. Plus, while I still enjoy all of Burton's films to some degree his more recent output hasn't come anywhere near the greatness of his 80s work (or even his 90s work for that matter). Maybe I need to revisit the TV series it's adapted from & see if it improves my expectations here.
People who added this item 1173 Average listal rating (714 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
Frankenweenie (2012)
Is this really necessary? I dig Burton's original short film, but I've never felt like it needed to be expanded on. Perhaps a trailer will change my mind.

On the other hand...
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People who added this item 1118 Average listal rating (779 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Dictator (2012)
Borat was comedic brilliance. Bruno was basically a rehash of that film, still entertaining but nowhere near as excellent. The trailer for this one doesn't look very good honestly (not pleased that Megan Fox is involved either), but I'll likely see it anyway in hopes they're saving the best bits for those who watch the movie.

Trailer for The Dictator
People who added this item 725 Average listal rating (481 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Lorax (2012)
It's The Lorax, and it comes from the same animation studio that did Despicable Me (which I loved). However it appears that it won't be very faithful to the source material, which is disappointing to me. Still, it could be worth a look.

Trailer for Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
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People who added this item 1922 Average listal rating (1323 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Skyfall (2012)
Ah yes, the latest Bond movie. This one falls into this section due to my feelings after the last two Bond films. While I thoroughly enjoyed Casino Royale, I mostly hated Quantum of Solace. So I definitely won't be rushing off to catch this one, and will wait until I get some feedback on it to decide for sure whether I'll watch it at all.


Thanks to vnnlng for mentioning it so that I realized I should give it a spot here.
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