Happy New Year BuzzFocus readers! 2012 looks like it will be a great year of films, big and small. We’ve compiled 25 films we’re excited to see that we currently know of (there are always several festival films that come out of nowhere and become darlings later in the year). Many of them you’ll expect, some not so much. There are a few appearances by Chris Hemsworth, Leonardo DiCaprio, Channing Tatum(!) and two films by Tim Burton. The Governator, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chuck Norris are some of the familiar names making a return to the big screen. Superheroes dominate the list once again, but don’t overpopulate it like last year. Adventure is a common theme as well as wonder women. Quentin Tarantino is back on the radar, so is Ridley Scott and yes, Ben Affleck. Think you know what our #1 film is? Click through each of the five pages and see for yourself.
25. Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows – this is the first of two Burton entries in our Top 25, and it’s a supernatural period piece starring Johnny Depp (of course) as Barnabas Collins, a rich and powerful playboy who breaks the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) who turns out to be a witch. Instead of killing him, Angelique turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. Over 200 years later, Barnabas is set free in 1972 and discovers Collinwood Manor is no longer the estate he remembered, filled with odd characters. See what comes out of the shadows on May 11.
24. The Bourne Legacy – We’re not quite sure what a Bourne film will be without Matt Damon, but we’re going to find out on August 3. Jeremy Renner is the new CIA operative to play in Robert Ludlum’s world and Tony Gilroy will work his magic once again to see if the franchise can be recharged and keep Renner’s star rising.
23. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – Oh, Nicholas Cage, how we’ll never be rid of you. But you have to respect his passion for the Johnny Blaze character and his persistence in making a great comic book movie. He’ll try again on February 17 when he tries to wash our taste buds of the first Ghost Rider film and we have to admit, that our interest is piqued after that pissing fire gag in the trailer. Game on, Nic Cage; game is on.
22. Magic Mike – Will Hollywood let Steven Soderbergh shoot a film about male stripper how it should be? Or will they make him edit it enough to leave the viewers there to see male nudity angry? This is not just the male version of Showgirls, this story is based on Channing Tatum’s actual days as a male stripper and features Hollywood Hunks like Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, and Matthew McConaughey but will audiences get to see the full monty? Pull off the quick-release chaps on June 29.
21. The Dictator – A week after The Avengers drops, Sacha Baron Cohen comes out with his next comedic film as the dictator of fictitious Middle-East country who fights with all of strength to keep democracy out of his country. If you liked Borat and Bruno, this should not disappoint. It does however appear to be more scripted and less guerilla-styled filmmaking that was used on Cohen’s last two films. We know the Bible Belt can be oblivious but we can’t imagine him fooling anyone with that beard. Oppressing everyone on May 11.