25 Must-See Movies in 2012

No. 20. Taken 2

October 5, 2012 | Action

The bad guys just don’t learn. Liam Neeson returns to enact revenge on a bad guy enacting revenge for Liam Neeson killing his son in the last movie. The plot is much simpler than it sounds.

Why see it?

Taken was an awesome action movie, but one that doesn’t really warrant a sequel. In fact, a sequel to Taken is a pretty stupid idea. Then again, who doesn’t want to see Liam Neeson kill more bad guys?

No. 19. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

June 22, 2012 | Action, Horror

Abraham Lincoln was a great president. Only neo-Nazis and those people who insist on putting the Confederate Flag on their pickup truck think otherwise. But even they would be swayed if they knew the truth: Lincoln also was responsible for saving America from a vampire epidemic.

Overachieving bastard.

Why see it?

Beside the awesome plot, the movie is based on a pretty cool book that blends history and fiction together incredibly seamlessly. Then again, the movie could end up sucking. Get it. Sucking.

No. 18. This Means War

February 17, 2012 | Comedy, Action

Damn those CIA spies. They’re always so good-looking and clever and have wiretapping abilities and Predator drones at their disposal. And they get women like Reese Witherspoon. In This Means War, two best friends (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) both fall for the same girl and use millions of U.S. tax dollars to compete for her affection.

Why see it?

Reese Witherspoon looks scorching hot and the movie looks like a blast, not unlike Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The downside? The movie is directed by McG, who has proven that he can ruin even the best of stories. I’ll never forgive him for Terminator: Salvation.

No. 17. The Great Gatsby

December 25, 2011 | Drama

Based on the book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a would-be writer is drawn into the home of the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby.

Why see it?

From Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), this Christmas release stars the powerful combination of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Carey Mulligan. All expectations are that this movie will be a serious Oscar contender.

No. 16. John Carter

March 9, 2012 | Action, Sci-fi

A young man is ripped from the 19th century and thrust into a war on an alien planet where he alone controls the planet’s fate. No pressure, dude.

Why see it?

John Carter runs the risk of being a little too bright and a little too Disney-esque, but early trailers have indicated that director Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo) has assembled an impressive-looking action epic.

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By Erik Samdahl
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