25 Must-See Movies in 2012

No. 10. Chronicle

February 3, 2012 | Sci-fi, Suspense

Three high school students gain special powers and proceed to have a lot of fun with them, as expected, until one of them decides that he can put his powers to more devious use. Can you really blame him for wanting to rule the world?

Why see it?

This movie could very well be terrible, given its lack of stars and ominous release date. But the trailer indicates director Joshua Trank may have gotten things right. The special effects look pretty good, and the grounded setting (in Seattle, no less!) makes Chronicle look like more than a cheesy wannabe flick.

No. 9. The Avengers

May 4, 2012 | Action, Sci-fi

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) team up to battle the bad guy from the movie Thor, because he’s pissed off that he lost in that one.

Why see it?

I still have doubts as to whether the various characters can work together on the big screen (“but they work just fine in the comics!” isn’t a good reason), but if anyone can pull it off, Joss Whedon can.

No. 8. Brave

June 22, 2012 | Family

From Disney-Pixar, this animated movie follows a princess who, after making a terrible mistake, must battle a mystical creature.

Why see it?

The movie is made by Disney-Pixar.

No. 7. Django Unchained

December 25, 2012 | Action

It’s a plot only Quentin Tarantino could pull off: “With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner” (IMDB).

Why see it?

Never underestimate Quentin Tarantino, whose last movie was the fabulous Inglorious Basterds, way back in 2009. Oh, and it’s about a slave-turned-bounty hunter who sets out to rescue his wife. Those movies are always good.

No. 6. The Hunger Games

March 23, 2012 | Action, Sci-fi

The self-annoited follow-up to Harry Potter and Twilight, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as a teenage girl who is among several kids chosen to compete in a fight-to-the-death spectacle in a futuristic world.

Why see it?

Every indication suggests that this movie is going to be a huge financial success. At the very least, people who want to stay up on the latest cultural phenomenon will need to see it. Will it be any good? The latest trailer suggests it could be fun, but will it be the next Harry Potter… or the next Twilight? It’s 50/50.

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By Erik Samdahl
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