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25 Must-See Movies in 2012

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No. 15. Man on a Ledge

January 27, 2012 | Suspense

Suicide sure seems like more fun in the movies. A fugitive (Sam Worthington) steps onto a ledge and threatens to kill himself, but in reality he’s simply, or not so simply, trying to distract the police from a larger plot. Who wants to bet that he doesn’t jump?

Why see it?

There’s nothing groundbreaking about Man on a Ledge, but the movie looks like a fun, twisting thriller. Its January release doesn’t bode well, but action films released late in the month often have a certain entertainment factor that works despite various shortcomings.

No. 14. The Woman in Black

February 3, 2012 | Horror

Just when you thought Harry Potter was done, he’s back! Well, Daniel Radcliffe is, anyway, in a new Victorian era horror-thriller where he does something foolish: he moves into a haunted house. Silly boy. Never move into haunted houses.

Why see it?

Not only does Radcliffe have every incentive to do a good movie – to prove that he’s not just Harry Potter – but the movie looks downright creepy.

No. 13. The Amazing Spider-Man

July 3, 2012 | Action, Sci-fi

Ever wanted to know how Spider-Man came to be? Ignore those other Spider-Man movies. Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) is going back to the beginning, again, to show how Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) came to be the webbed wonder. This time, he’ll hook up with Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) and battle The Lizard (Rhys Ifans).

Why see it?

Spider-Man 3 was a bust,
so doesn’t that mean Marvel has some incentive to ensure quality this time around? The teaser trailer was pretty awful, but the talent involved in this picture indicates The Amazing Spider-Man has potential. Whether it lives up to that potential is another matter…

No. 12. The Bourne Legacy

August 3, 2012 | Action

Neither director Paul Greengrass nor star Matt Damon are returning, so it only makes sense to make a Jason Bourne movie without Jason Bourne and introduce an entirely new character (played by Jeremy Renner) to take his place. It does make sense, right? Right?

Why see it?

Frankly, The Bourne Legacy sounds like a horrible idea, but the Bourne movies are so good that it’s hard to dismiss the fourth film in the series. It’s unlikely Tony Gilroy can come anywhere close to what Greengrass did with the last two, but stranger things have happened.

No. 11. Snow White and the Huntsman

June 1, 2012 | Fantasy, Action

You know something is afoul when Charlize Theron is jealous of Kristen Stewart. Or anyone, for that matter. But in this action-oriented version of the classic tale, the evil queen (Theron) sends a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to kill Snow White (Stewart), an attractive rebel who threatens her reign.

Why see it?

Not to be confused with the God-awful-looking Mirror Mirror, this Snow White tale has an exciting trailer, cool visual effects and a strong cast. People hate on Kristen Stewart because she stars in Twilight, but the actress can hold her own against the likes of Theron, who looks positively wicked.

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By Erik Samdahl
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