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People who added this item 810 Average listal rating (448 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
J. Edgar (2011)
The [first] of January's biopics about seriously polarising historical figures (after W.E. and Iron Lady) is Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar on January 20. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the titular FBI head: complex character, scourge of communists real and imagined, crossdresser, and the man who lent his name to the dam Gene Hackman smashed in Superman. Could this be Eastwood's fourth nomination as Best Director? J. Edgar Hoover would probably already know, but then he was a powerful man with a lot of wiretaps while we don't engage in that sort of reporting.



Out in Finland: 6.1.2012
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Shame (2011)
On January 13 comes Shame ("Ooooh, matron!" etc). It's the latest collaboration between Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender, and the pairing, so effective in Hunger, combine to equal effect with a bruising tale of sexual addiction spiralling out of control. Sounds cheery, right? Fear not, there's (a little) humour in it too, and we get to see Carey Mulligan singing Sinatra beautifully. And while it's the world's worst date movie, it's very much worth seeing: Fassbender is mesmerising in a draining role that should bring him to the attention of BAFTA, if not Academy, members.



Out in Finland: 13.1.2012
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Tatsumi (2011)
First up [in animation] on January 13, we have a very different flavour of anime with Tatsumi, adapted by Singaporean director Eric Khoo from cartoonist/don't-call-it-Manga-it's-Gekiga legend Yoshihiro Tatsumi's own illustrated autobiography. It got good reviews at Cannes and is being entered as Singapore's entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2012 Oscars, so think of it as this year's Persepolis, sort of.



Out in Finland: Not in theaters (featured in the 2011 Helsinki International Film Festival)
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People who added this item 504 Average listal rating (333 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8
Haywire (2011)
Out January 20, Haywire stars newcomer Gina Carano, a model / mixed martial artist who, as with pornstar Sasha Grey in 2009's The Girlfriend Experience (only differing in some obvious respects), director Steven Soderbergh has plucked from relative obscurity and given a leading Hollywood role. The result is a fast-paced spy flick that'll remind you of the best bits of the Bourne trilogy, but with more of a B-movie vibe. In other words: it's tonnes of fun. Plus, it's got one hell of a cast, with Michael Fassbender on board alongside Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor and, um, Channing Tatum – making for a poster so full of suspicious white men you may mistake it for A-list criminal line-up.



Out in Finland: 13.4.2012
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People who added this item 162 Average listal rating (93 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.9
Red Tails (2012)
Unfortunately nothing to do with immortal Saturday morning '90s cartoon classic Duck Tales, Red Tails (out January 20 in the US; no confirmed UK release date yet) is actually the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of World War II African American fighter pilots. Cuba Gooding Jr. leads the pack as Major Emanuelle Stance, supported by Terrence Howard, Method Man, Ne-Yo and a whole host of talent. Bubbles from The Wire – sorry, Andre Royo – also makes an appearance, playing Chief "Coffee" Coleman. In fact, almost everyone invloved has a fighter pilot nickname, from Ray "Ray Gun" Gannon (Tristan Wilds, another Wire alumnus) to Walter "Winky" Hall (Leslie Odom Jr.). The plot centres on the Tuskegee Airmen battling not only the Luftwaffe in the air but prejudice back home to boot, refused more important missions as they are deemed "unworthy" by the likes of Bryan Cranston's Col. William Mortamus. As this is being produced by Lucasfilm, expect dogfighting and derring-do a plenty, as well as a general air of Boys' Own adventure throughout.



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People who added this item 338 Average listal rating (226 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.7
The Sitter (2011)
Two weeks after that on January 20 it's The Sitter, David Gordon Green's second comedy inside a year. The last, Your Highness, divided audiences and critics alike; this will be hoping for a more positive reception as Jonah Hill plays a reluctant babysitter whose evening goes horribly, horribly wrong. Think Adventures In Babysitting only instead of Elizabeth Shue there's sex, strippers and drug dealers.



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People who added this item 671 Average listal rating (393 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
Where else to kick off than with the Iron Lady herself in, erm, The Iron Lady on January 6. The semi-biopic of Margaret Thatcher sees the former PM in her dotage and looking back over a life less ordinary. The film's received some mixed responses, but everyone agrees that it's almost guaranteed to see Meryl Streep snag her 17th Oscar nomination. Seventeen. You could remake Gandhi just using the people who've kept her seat warm during loo breaks.



Out in Finland: 27.1.2012
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Coriolanus (2011)
Power is also the theme of Ralph Fiennes's Coriolanus. The actor's directorial debut is an ambitious modern-day reworking of Shakespeare's play that's already drawn heat and light on the festival circuit. Fiennes may get frustrated by comparisons with other contemporary war films – don't tell him we called it 'Ye Olde Hurte Locker' – but his vision and fidelity to the text will delight movie and literary buffs alike – and it features Gerard Butler's best performance ever. It's also out on January 20, which we hereby rename Oscarpalooza Day.



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People who added this item 890 Average listal rating (588 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Grey (2011)
Capitalising on his new-found action hero status once more, Liam Neeson's particular set of skills in The Grey (January 27) revolve around surviving in the arctic wilderness and slicing wolves to pieces with broken miniature liquor bottles after the plane he's on crashes north of the Arctic circle. In other words, this isn't Into The Wild; this is an action-filled Touching The Void with angry, bloodthirsty wolves and a gravelly-voiced, Northern Irish Bear Grylls. The trailer looks suitable epic, boasting one of those airplane crashes that makes you never want to fly again.



Out in Finland: 24.2.2012
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The next movie that should think about dry-cleaning its tux is Alexander Payne's The Descendants on January 27. Payne's wry, compassionate take on Kaui Hart Hemmings' novel sees George Clooney's troubled Hawaiian property heir struggling to look after his kids as his wife lies in a coma. The twist? Unknown to him, she's been having an affair with another islander. With Payne's track-record of eliciting Oscar-nominated turns from the likes of Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates and Virginia Madsen, and with Clooney in top form, expect this to be bleeping away like mad on the Academy's radar. Okay, the Academy probably doesn't have radar, but you know what we mean.



Out in Finland: 3.2.2012
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People who added this item 1111 Average listal rating (727 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Opening on February 1, Chronicle combines two popular elements of genre moviemaking over the last decade: found-footage filming and superheroes. By 'superheroes', we actually mean three average teenagers from Portland who discover a strange glowy something in a cave and develop new powers – before one of them goes to the bad. Starting hip and mischievous, before morphing into something – whisper it – much darker, the trailer suggests a promising cross-breed of Misfits and Cloverfield. Directed by newcomer Josh Trank and penned by emerging screenwriter Max Landis (yes, son of director John), it's hardly a mega-budget epic, but what it does look likely to offer is a new, more flexible way to make a superhero movie. If this works, a whole slew of non-traditional, marginal superhero stories to follow.



Out in Finland: 2.3.2012
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People who added this item 564 Average listal rating (341 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
Despite its somewhat on-the-nose title, February 3's Man On A Ledge is not just about a Man On A Ledge. Sure, a lot of the running time will be spent watching Sam Worthington standing on a precipice threatening to jump, but then there's Elizabeth Banks as the negotiator sent in to get him down, as well as Worthington's brother Jamie Bell breaking into a high security vault to steal a priceless diamond across the road. A simple, cut-and-dry thriller is this not, instead subverting your typical thriller clichés (a bit). For example, it avoids the whole English-people-are-the-bad-guys thing by casting an American – Ed Harris – as someone called David Englander. Nice touch, you guys.



Out in Finland: 10.2.2012
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People who added this item 968 Average listal rating (614 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Carnage (2011)
Carnage, on February 3, may be Roman Polanski's most claustrophic film to date – no mean feat from the man who made Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion. It's certainly one of his funniest. The tar-black comedy of manners is full of bile, both metaphorical, and, thanks to Kate Winslet's dicky tummy, also literal. It should leave audiences squirming with its swingeing dissection of middle-class mores as two sets of parents meet to discuss a fight that their children had. Its multi-Oscar-winning cast features Jodie Foster, Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly (okay, Reilly is only Oscar nominated but we're still counting it), all treading the oak floorboards of a genteel New York apartment for a fraught session of ever-increasing discomfort.



Out in Finland: 10.2.2012
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One of the first movies to tackle the emotional legacy of 9/11, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close certainly won't be easy viewing when it comes out on Febuary 3, but with a cast that includes Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and the great Max von Sydow, it should be a rewarding watch. It's the second adaptation of a Jonathan Safran Foer novel and offers Steven Daldry source material as rich and resonant as Liev Schreiber's Everything Is Illuminated (2005). And given the huge likeability of both Hanks and Bullock, we suspect that that pairing alone should make this the most loveable film of 2012.



Out in Finland: 24.2.2012
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Appearing in cinemas on the same day [February 3] with a troubled look on its face is Martha Marcy May Marlene. It's a character drama that's won raves on the festival circuit, not least for a knockout central performance by the Olsen sister it's okay to like, Elizabeth. M⁴ should catapult her into awards contention in the same way that, say, Winter's Bone did for Jennifer Lawrence. Another common denominator with that film is an alluring-yet-scary turn by John Hawkes as the cult leader who casts a spell over Olsen's young acolyte.



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Like Crazy (2011)
On February 3 prepare to go Like Crazy, as Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones play an American (him) and British student (her) who fall in love but are ripped apart by the evil and overwhelming forces of visas. Can they make it work long-distance when she's banned from his country for outstaying her welcome? And why can't we all just get along? It's been doing the festival rounds for a few months now, and has had some love there, so keep an eye out for what promises to be a slightly a) cooler and b) more realistic love story than most.



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Young Adult (2011)
February 10 sees Jason Reitman's Up In The Air follow-up Young Adult hit our screens in a blaze of Maker's Mark-fuelled misanthropy. Reitman, Oscar nominated in 2010, could be on course for a second Best Director nod, while Charlize Theron, who dominates the movie like a bourbon-breathing kraken, should be in contention for a second Oscar. Diablo Cody's snappy dialogue could steer her to another Best Original Screenplay win too for her story of a former beauty queen who revisits her old home town determined to reclaim the boyfriend who got away and heedless of the harm she causes en route. We've rarely seen a lead character so profoundly unlikeable and yet intensely watchable – this is one to look out for.



Out in Finland: 13.4.2012
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People who added this item 809 Average listal rating (519 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Muppets (2011)
February 10 sees the long-awaited release of The Muppets, a full three months after the US (don't worry: we're investigating who we all have to sue for the emotional damage we've sustained from waiting). Brothers Gary (Jason Segel) and Walter (Peter Linz) and Gary's girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) try to get the Muppets back together to save the old Muppet studio, about to be ripped up for oil by the nefarious Tex Richman (Chris Cooper). With the ever-welcome return of Kermie, Miss Piggy and the gang included as standard, and a host of cheery musical numbers, this would just about put a smile on a corpse's face.



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People who added this item 1108 Average listal rating (613 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Polanski's film [Carnage] may have projectile vomiting, but what it doesn't have is S&M. For that you'll need A Dangerous Method on February 10, David Cronenberg's brainy origin story for modern psychotherapy. It's got Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender as his friend, mentor and, increasingly, bitter rival Carl Jung. Jung's probably still smarting from not getting a mention in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Getting between Jung and Frood-Dude is Keira Knightley's Sabina Spielrein, a smart, complex character in her own right. It's shaping up to be a seriously strong return for Cronenberg.



Out in Finland: 13.4.2012
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People who added this item 143 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Big Miracle (2012)
Also on February 10 arrives Big Miracle, wherein Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski and Kristen Bell become involved with the fight to save a family of grey whales who become trapped under the ice when the sea off Alaska freezes quickly (but not, we can't help thinking, unexpectedly). The supporting cast includes the likes of Dermot Mulroney, Stephen Root, Ted Danson, Rob Riggle and Tim Blake Nelson, and is based on a true story that took place in the 1980s and saw Cold War cooperation between the USSR and USA to save the big dumb brutes (the whales, not Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski).



Out in Finland: 18.5.2012
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People who added this item 1012 Average listal rating (636 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
Next up on February 10, Hammer Studios continues their Dracula-esque resurrection with supernatural thriller The Woman In Black. Of course, fans will be thrilled to see the former heavyweight horror stable back where it belongs (i.e., chilling our blood with an effectively eerie trailer), but the film remains particularly notable for your average cinemagoer to see how Daniel Radcliffe gets on in his first major post-Potter lead. Directed by Eden Lake's James Watkins and written by the increasingly sought-after Jane Goldman, the plot sees Daniel, as a young London lawyer who is forced to leave his young son and travel to a gloomy, remote village in order to deal with the affairs of a recently-deceased widow who goes all spectral. All the early word is that this is deeply and genuinely unnerving. Where's Dumbledore when you need him?



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People who added this item 754 Average listal rating (483 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.3
With Chris Nolan's final piece of the The Dark Knight trilogy out late 2012, Tom Hardy's career is set to blast into the stratosphere this year – but not before he pulls some pranks on Captain James T. Kirk – sorry, Chris Pine – in This Means War, on February 17. Playing two spies squaring off against each other to win the affections of Reese Witherspoon, it's a mix of high tech tomfoolery and slick one-liners between the pair. We may start to wonder whether they get more out of destroying each other than they do actually spending time with Ms. Witherspoon, but either way, it looks like a fun date movie, brought to the screen by the man who gave us TV's Supernatural (so he knows his bromance) as well as cinema's Charlie's Angels (so he knows his silly action): McG.



Out in Finland: 24.2.2012
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People who added this item 1005 Average listal rating (596 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
War Horse (2011)
Steven Spielberg's War Horse arrives on January 13, riding a horse of its own made of Oscar buzz. But leaving that rather complicated metaphor aside, expect sheer class in this adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's beloved book. Newcomer Jeremy Irvine stars as Albert, who forms a close bond with horse Joey when both are young. But the arrival of World War I soon tears them apart, with Joey taken to the Front while Albert is left behind to follow when his age allows. The cast – which also includes Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson, Toby Kebbell and David Thewlis – is all on form, and Spielberg reunites with cinematographer Janusz Kaminski and composer John Williams to examine the Great War from an unusual perspective. Warning: may jerk tears. Steel yourself.



Out in Finland: 24.2.2012
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People who added this item 658 Average listal rating (434 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
Safe House (2012)
As the tagline is keen to inform us, in Safe House (out February 24), no-one is safe. In this instance, "no-one" includes terrorist and traitor Denzel Washington and young CIA operative Ryan Reynolds as they're forced to abandon their Cape Town safe house and go on the run together. We've seen a few clips showing some seriously dangerous driving, and Ryan Reynolds has already mentioned in Empire just how knackering the film was to shoot, which is a good sign. For the film, that is, not Reynolds himself. He's probably a bit pissed off about it. Living in a box for a month for Buried and now this?



Out in Finland: 17.2.2012
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People who added this item 705 Average listal rating (485 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Also on March 2 is Project X, a star-light but hopefully laugh-heavy comedy. The plot's a familiar one: three high-schoolers throw a party and things go a little skew-whiff and instead of increasing their social standing in high school, the trio are soon dealing with much bigger problems. With an R-rating in the US, we suspect that this one is aiming to play like The Hangover's younger but equally binge-prone younger brother. Drink responsibly, kids!



Out in Finland: 20.4.2012
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People who added this item 352 Average listal rating (207 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Unless someone turns around 'Whitebait in Weston-Super-Mere' quick sharp, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen should be the most geographically-specific film about piscatorial activity in 2012. The plot, wrassled from the pages of Paul Torday's much-loved novel, sends Ewan McGregor's uptight bureaucrat to the Arab state for fishing, politicking and possibly some cod philosophy (sorry). Emily Blunt plays a lawyer – presumably the world's most wonderful lawyer – who helps him with his paperwork. With Gilbert Grape director Lasse Hallström behind the camera, it should be brill. It's out on March 9.



Out in Finland: 18.5.2012
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What is shaping up to be a mega-epic is Disney's eagerly-awaited John Carter, which opens on March 9. For those unaware, it isn't the story of ER's most popular doctor, but an overdue big-screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's 'Barsoom' novels. The story sees the eponymous US Civil War veteran (Taylor Kitsch) wake up on Mars (Barsoom to the inhabitants) and become involved in a planetary conflict. Happily for him, he has newfound super-human strength and agility thanks to Mars' lower gravity, which will come in handy between warring natives and ferocious beasties. Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe and Mark Strong head the rest of the cast (Dafoe as a four-armed green Martian), and it's all being pulled together by Pixar story genius Andrew Stanton in his live-action debut. Given that the source material has inspired everything from Star Wars to Avatar, you've got to be hoping for similar levels of big, broad entertainment.



Out in Finland: 9.3.2012
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People who added this item 593 Average listal rating (339 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Raven (2012)
Everyone heads to the House of Usher, meanwhile, on March 10. The Raven, a thriller by V For Vendetta man James McTeigue, reimagines the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life as a chase movie with John Cusack's writer hot on the heels of a serial killer who's using his own Gothic tales as inspiration. If only the killer had been reading Jilly Cooper instead; murder is way harder in jodphurs.



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People who added this item 444 Average listal rating (283 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5
Contraband (2012)
Two films out this spring see an actor who has previously played a boxer trying his hand as a tough guy on the mean streets of New Orleans. First up is Contraband on March 16, wherein Mark Wahlberg plays a reluctant smuggler. It's the Hollywood remake of the much-admired Icelandic thriller, Reykjavík-Rotterdam, and in an unusual turn of events the man directing the remake is the lead actor from the original film, Baltasar Kormákur, so you can bet he'll be pretty comfortable with the plot beats at least. Kate Beckinale plays Mark's wife, who gets kidnapped by Giovanni Ribisi in full-on weird-nutzo-bad-guy mode, with Ben Foster lending support the way only Ben Foster can – by out-acting everyone else in the room. In other words, even if you're not a paid-up Wahlberg fan, there should be plenty for action nuts to still enjoy.



Out in Finland: 16.3.2012
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March 16 will be the date that We Bought A Zoo arrives, which will be welcome news for anyone suffering from Matt Damon deprivation (symptoms include painful sighing, obsessive watching of the Bourne trilogy and licking of Adjustment Bureau posters). Damon stars as a recently bereaved husband who, along with his children, buys a near-derelict safari park and sets about restoring it to financial and zoological health. Scarlett Johansson and Patrick Fugit are among the keepers; it's all based on yet another true story, with Cameron Crowe directing. Expect a bit with a monkey.



Out in Finland: 20.4.2012
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[Next] up is a film that aims to be the start of a new franchise: The Hunger Games, out on March 23. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss, a girl forced to enter the titular gladiatorial contest to save her little sister. But she is one of 24 teens who will enter the Games arena – and only one can leave. It's a post-apocalyptic story with more than a few hints of Battle Royale and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, but it should turn out more than that. The book on which it's based, by Suzanne Collins, is well-nigh unputdownable, so don't be put off by any ad campaigns trying to paint this as the next Twilight: it's a lot tougher than that. With a heck of a supporting cast around her and one of the toughest young actresses out there in the lead, this could well be the coolest teen movie ever.



Out in Finland: 23.3.2013
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Then March 28 brings Aardman's latest, The Pirates! (subtitled either In An Adventure With Scientists or Band Of Misfits according to whether you're in the UK or US). You already know we're excited by what appears, based on the trailers to date, to be a stop-motion thrill crafted from concentrated joy. Hugh Grant is the Pirate Captain competing for Pirate Of The Year, but the poor well-meaning buccaneer has to contend with rough seas, an incompetent crew and Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton), who wants to see all pirates blasted from the seas. See, she wasn't just about lace doilies and not-being-amused: she had a vicious side too.



Out in Finland: 30.3.2012
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Written, directed and starring comic newcomer Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture puts a big tick in the box marked 'quirky US indie'. It's also out on March 30 and tells the tale of a 22 year-old Aura (Dunham) whose life in a Tribeca loft becomes a world of romantic possibilities – most of them mildly disasterous. Throw in a flighty best friend, competitive younger sis and a terminally ill hamster and it sounds like an entertaining trip down Indie Ave.



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Come April 13, it's time for Luc Besson to bring us one of the year's most interesting high-concept sci-fi thrillers in Lock-Out. Co-directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, produced by Besson and co-written by all three, it sees Guy Pearce as a sarky, cocky swaggerer convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Instead of escaping to the Los Angeles underground and surviving as a solider of fortune, however, he's offered freedom on the proviso that he rescue the President's daughter from a space-prison (surely the best kind) which has been overtaken by inmates (not the best kind). Tom Hollander, Peter Stormare and Maggie Grace round out the cast, although it's not exactly clear which one will be playing the President's daughter. Think The Fifth Element meets Escape From New York by way of Taken. And prepare, judging by the trailer, for a veritable avalanche of Pearce one-liners.



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On April 13 Joss Whedon's unimaginatively-titled but genre-defying (we're told) The Cabin In The Woods finally sees the cinematic light of day, having been another delayed casualty of MGM's financial woes. The plot concerns, as you might have suspected, a cabin in the woods where Chris Hemsworth and a group of similarly-attractive youngsters head out to party before being picked off one-by-one. While this summary and the first half of the trailer suggest an utterly generic scenario, the second half includes some bizarre twists (like, spoiler alert, a big invisible wall of some sort). Plus, in director Drew Goddard we have the man who wrote Cloverfield, and in co-writer / producer Whedon we have, well Joss Whedon. What could go wrong?



Out in Finland: 14.4.2012
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On April 20, the indie offering is Jeff Who Lives At Home from Jay and Mark Duplass. Jason Segel plays the titular slacker, who leaves his mother's basement room and finds himself helping his brother Pat (Ed Helms) combat a failing marriage. Susan Sarandon plays the pair's mother; Judy Greer is Helm's wife. Judging by the festival screenings so far, expect something a little more Hollywood than the Duplass' previous films, but still with an indie edge.



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And also on April 20 is 21 Jump Street, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum (in one of his many films of 2012) playing undercover cops sent into a high school because – well, we're a bit hazy on why, but it hardly matters. Something about drugs. With Tatum playing the muscled bonehead and Hill the tubby brains of the operation, the dynamic sounds like a sound one, and the plot looks like Never Been Kissed with explosions. How could that be a bad thing?



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The Avengers (2012)
At first glance, The Avengers (out April 27), seem to have their problems sewn up. The bad guys: Loki. The good guys: Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. No contest, right? Except that it isn't going to be quite that easy. From the trailer and stills we've seen so far, Nick Fury and his band of merry superheroes have a hell of a lot to deal with, from extraterrestrial invaders to, um, each other. Can director and screenwriter, Joss Whedon, balance all these egos and craft one 90 minute package without any particular sub-group of Marvel fanboys flipping their collective lids? Can he do it with characters who have already carried their own films (Cap, Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk) competing with two that haven't (Hawkeye and Black Widow)? If anyone can, it's surely the man who so expertly created and juggled the group dynamics of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. The only difference is that this time, instead of a small but fanatical group of TV fans, he has every movie fan in the world watching – but we have the strange feeling that that's only going to spur him on to greater heights.



Out in Finland: 27.4.2012
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Jennifer Lawrence fans should pencil May 4 into their diaries for the release of upcoming horror The House At The End Of The Street, which the producers are apparently hoping will be to Psycho what Disturbia was to Rear Window (i.e., a modern teen update). Lawrence stars as a teenager who moves into a house across the street from the site where a bloody massacre occurred, before befriending the boy who survived (you can already see the twist coming, can't you?). Mark Tonderai is directing, Jonathan Mostow is producing (as well as conceiving the idea) and '80s favourite Elisabeth Shue makes a welcome addition as Lawrence's mum.



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Lawless (2012)
Another release on May 4 to turn back the clock is John Hillcoat's Wettest County. The director of The Road and The Proposition should give a bleakly elegant treatment to Matt Bondurant's literary tale of bootlegging brothers in Prohibition-era Virginia. The Weinsteins may have pushed it back and therefore out of Oscar contention, but look out for one of the most intriguing casts of the year. Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Jessica Chastain are joined by Hillcoat's fellow Aussies Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce. Frankly, we'd buy moonshine from any of 'em. Well, maybe not Shia LaBeouf, who's also in it. He seems more of a kegger sort of a guy.



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Dark Shadows (2012)
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp unleash their latest passion project on May 11, an adaptation of gothic soap Dark Shadows. Depp is Barnabas Collins, a man cursed to eternal life as a vampire by scorned lover Angelique (Eva Green). When he is dug up centuries later, his family's descendants and their business are in disarray and it's up to the tortured vampire to sort them out. From the looks of the cast (which also includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz and Helena Bonham Carter), BFF's Burton and Depp have found an ideal match for their offbeat style. But even Bonham Carter thinks it's going to be weird, telling MTV recently, ""[The original show] is actually a really bad, hilariously bad soap opera. And because it's so bad, [Burton] felt he had to make a hugely expensive movie." Which makes a sort of sense, we suppose.



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Staying in outer space, May 25 sees the crash-landing of Men In Black III. While most of the talk to date has been dominated by rumours of script problems, production delays and the size of Will Smith's trailer, there's still lots here to get excited about. Along with Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as our titular heroes, the original creative team are also returning (Barry Sonnenfeld as director; Steven Spielberg as executive producer; Rick Baker with the crazy alien effects) and the plot brings something different to the franchise. Yes, our duo have to save the world again, but this time Smith's Agent J has to travel back in time to save a young K (Josh Brolin – so perfectly cast we're wondering if he really is a younger Tommy Lee Jones). Expect some '60s-styled aliens.



Out in Finland: 25.5.2012
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Prometheus (2012)
June 1 is the time to get really excited as Ridley Scott heads back to the place where no one can hear you scream – and the genre he helped define - with Prometheus. Though originally intended as a direct prequel to Scott's own '79 classic Alien, it's since been revealed that events here won't be too closely linked. While connected and involving some of the "same DNA", this story will apparently offer a grand new mythology (well, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof is writing), as a team of scientists and explorers become stranded on a distant world and discover answers to some of life's ultimate mysteries. We're hoping that includes explanations of Donnie Darko and the finale of Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner. Making up the cast are Noomie Rapace (strong female), Logan Marshall-Green (her other half), Charlize Theron (business type who does naked push-ups), Michael Fassbender (an android) and Idris Elba (someone cool; blatant typecasting there).



Check out also the cool viral videos for Prometheus! Here's my favorite one, an ad for David 8, Weyland Industries new android. Michael Fassbender is super creepy!


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June 1 brings the second of the Snow projects, Universal's Snow White And The Huntsman boasting Kristen Stewart as a warrior princess Snow, Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen and Thor's Chris Hemsworth as the hunky, brooding huntsman who helps the former fight the latter. And don't forget the dwarves, played in this by Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Tony Jones, Nick Frost, Bob Hoskins, Eddie Marsan and Johnny Harris. This one is going to be much more Lord Of The Rings meets Robin Hood than Tarsem's rival, a complete change in tone, but from what we've seen nevertheless hits all the same "visually stunning" buttons.



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Across the Channel and a 100 or so years forward in time [from Wettest Country] comes twisty British black comedy A Fantastic Fear Of Everything on June 8. It's co-directed by one-time Kula Shaker and grandson of John Mills, Crispin Mills, who, with that granddad and Hayley Mills for a mum, probably has strips of celluloid running through his veins. It's a low-budget film in the spirit of The Poisoner's Handbook that sees Simon Pegg's aspiring crimewriter suffer a serious meltdown after researching Victorian serial killers. This looks set to really stretch one of our favourite British actors, currently saving the world with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.



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Rock Of Ages (2012)
Speaking of being rocked, June 29 sees Rock Of Ages hit screens, so you might want to start dieting to fit back into those snakeskin trousers now. The young lovers at the heart of the story are Julianne Hough (Footloose) and Diego Boneta (er, Mean Girls 2) but they've got a none-starrier supporting cast around them: Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston and, inevitably, Russell Brand (because think how much casting him saved the hair & make-up department). We know that at least most of that cast can sing already, and judging by the stage play you can expect a comedy you'll be a bit embarrassed to admit to loving as much as you're going to.



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Next up to the plate in the summer blockbuster season is The Amazing Spider-Man on July 4. Leaving aside the matter of the short period of time since the first Spider-Man screen outing (2002) and the relative age disparity of its lead to the character her plays (28-year-old Andrew Garfield portraying high schooler Peter Parker), things are genuinely looking promising for Spidey's contentious reboot. After all, Garfield's intensely likeable – even in The Social Network – and the absurdly cute Emma Stone is playing Gwen Stacy, Peter's love interest. Rhys Ifans brings Spidey adversary Dr. Curt Connors / The Lizard to life as only everyone's favourite Welshman can, and Martin Sheen is Uncle Ben this time around. That means that President Bartlett will be the one to tell Peter that, "With great power comes great responsibility" – and if he can't sell it, no one can.



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But it's July 20 that's the date all movie fans have tattooed onto the underside of their eyelids. That's when Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy concludes with The Dark Knight Rises, featuring Tom Hardy's Bane, Anne Hathaway's Catwoman, and of course returning stars Christian Bale, Gary Oldman et al. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's listed as policeman John Blake, Marion Cottillard's down as "Miranda Tate" – but as it's a Chris Nolan film that could be a cunning bluff to hide a deeper secret or the whole truth of the matter, so speculate to your heart's content. We know that Bane will offer the Dark Knight a new kind of physically threatening opponent; we know that it's set about 8 years after the last, world-beating film. Beyond that? We're all in the dark – which is frankly just the way we like it. Still, die-hard Batman fans will want to check out the six-minute, Bane-filled prologue shown before 70mm IMAX screenings of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, just to keep them going until July.



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On August 2, Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov sets out to prove in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter that the 16th US President wasn't just skilled at ending Civil Wars, making memorable speeches and rocking a stovepipe hat: he was also an awesome warrior against the dark, fanged forces of the night. Um. OK. Seth Grahame-Smith adapts his own history-tweaking tome, with Ben Walker strapping on a beard to play Honest Abe. Hhhm… classy oration and vampire slaying action? West Wing meets Buffy, we hope – and if you think about it that could be the greatest thing ever.



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Total Recall (2012)
The next date to pencil in your sci-fi diaries is August 22, as we join director Len Wiseman and Colin Farrell's new Doug Quaid, who are not getting their asses back to Mars for the remake of Total Recall. This time, while protagonist Quaid is still a simple worker who suffers recurring nightmares and suspects that he's a spy who's had his memory replaced, the story takes place between the futuristic nation states of Euromerica and New Shanghai. Of course, Paul Verhoeven's '91 original remains a popular, kitschy mind-bender and Arnie purists will maintain that nobody can replace the Austrian action-God, but word on the streets is that this version will be closer to Philip K. Dick's source novel, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. And the last two vaguely faithful Dick adaptations were A Scanner Darkly and The Adjustment Bureau, which were both pretty good. We've seen some action snippets for this and Farrell looks to be on form, so colour us cautiously optimistic.



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