25 Must-See Movies in 2012

2011 was a terrible year for movies. Sure, there were some good ones, but there were very few great ones. 2012 has the potential to make up for it, as long as the world doesn’t end before the summer. Here are 25 upcoming movies that you should pay attention to in 2012.

No. 25. Premium Rush

August 24, 2012 | Action

A New York bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) picks up an envelope and soon finds himself on the run from a horde of bike-riding-loving hippies. Or from a corrupt cop desperate to get his hands on it.

Why see it?

The concept is half-cool, half-cheesy, but based on the trailers, and the title, the movie looks to be a fast, fun-filled ride. Bike ride, that is. Yes, we’ve already made a bad pun, and there are 24 more movies to go…

No. 24. The Cabin in the Woods

April 13, 2012 | Horror

A cabin in the woods. Attractive, drunk teenagers. What could possibly go wrong? As each kid gets picked off one by one and horror cliches abound, the truth is revealed: they’ve become trapped in a Matrix-esque system that appears to be testing those very horror cliches. Uh. Yeah.

Why see it?

As utterly stupid and idiotic as The Cabin in the Woods sounds, it also sounds utterly clever. It’ll all come down to the execution, though Joss Whedon’s involvement lends some extra credibility.

No. 23. American Reunion

April 6, 2012 | Comedy

In attempt to resurrect their own flailing careers, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas and the rest of the gang are back for their 10-year high school reunion. Pies everywhere grow legs and go into hiding.

Why see it?

As blatant as a cash grab as this is, there’s something extremely nostalgic about seeing the original cast (minus, notably, Shannon Elizabeth) back together. That, and you have to admit that we’ve all been waiting years to see Tara Reid make her big comeback.

No. 22. Pirates! Band of Misfits

March 30, 2012 | Family, Comedy

From the creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run comes their latest animated movie, about a band of idiotic pirates competing for the “Pirate of the Year” award, by pretending to be less idiotic than they actually are.

Why see it?

Did we mention the movie is from the creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run?

No. 21. Rock of Ages

June 1, 2012 | Romance, Musical

A small-town girl meets a city boy on Sunset strip and in some deranged fantasy act out their love for another through hits by Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Poison and more, while Tom Cruise grows a mullet and rocks out like only a mulletted Tom Cruise could.

Why see it?

Having never seen the Broadway play, it’s hard to get too enthusiastic for this movie, but everyone who has says it’s a worthy spectacle. And love him or hate him, Tom Cruise generally picks his projects well, even when he only has a supporting role.

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By Erik Samdahl
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