We’re at the home stretch of the summer movie season. Soon the leaves will change color, football games will matter again and the amount of anticipated movies hitting theatres will be few and far between. With that being said, here’s the last seven movies of 2012 that I’m still really looking forward to.
8. Paranormal Activity 4
Going to see a Paranormal Activity movie in October has become a tradition for me over the past few years. The trailers for the latest installment in the Paranormal series haven’t looked very good. So this movie makes my list more out of an obligation rather than anticipation. Paranormal 4 opens October 19th.
7. Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience
I’ve been excited about the idea of Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMAX for a while. One reason would be because I love seeing movies in IMAX. It blows 3D out of the water as far as the movie theatre experience goes. I can’t wait to hear that classic John Williams score through the powerful IMAX speakers. The rerelease of ROTLA also means that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will not be the last Indiana Jones movie I see on the big screen… Thank GOD. Raiders returns exclusively in IMAX September 7th and runs September 13th.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s excited to see this one. In fact, most people probably have Looper higher on their lists. Everyone loves a movie about time travel. This particular one stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Trailers for this movie have been playing for a while and most people have a general idea of the plot. In short, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is hired by the mob to kill his future self (Bruce Willis) who is set back in time. Your mind blown yet? Looper opens September 28th.
Side note: Whatever they did with JGL’s face to make him look like Bruce Willis is distracting as hell. Did they think the audience wouldn’t be able to suspend disbelief if they didn’t do anything with Levitt’s face? It’s a time traveling movie!
5. Red Dawn
Chris Helmsworth is killing it over the past two years. Since May of 2011 Helmsworth has been inThor, The Avengers, Snow White & the Huntsman and now he’s staring in the remake of the 1984 classic Red Dawn. The trailer debuted last week and it looks promising. The script originally called for the Chinese to replace the Russians as the invaders in the remake. However, fear of what impact that would have on the Chinese box office numbers forced the studio to change the villains to North Korea. It makes sense from a financial standpoint but how are we supposed to believe North Korea has the means to invade America? Kim Jong Ill was a huge movie buff; I bet he is rolling in his grave right now. Red Dawn opens the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; November 21st.
4. Taken 2
I loved the 2008 original. Then again, who didn’t? This one looks like your standard action sequel. Same plot, same star, same asses to be kicked. Anyone who’s expecting more than that will be disappointed. The story centers around the father of one of the guys Liam Neeson killed in the first one. The father plans to avenge his son’s death by kidnapping and killing Neeson, his daughter and his ex-wife. It seems odd that the father is looking for revenge when his son started the whole thing in the first place. If I was Neeson I would try to reason with the guy. I’d be like “Dude, your son kidnapped my daughter and sold her to a sex trafficker. He got what was coming to him.” Maybe that would work. Taken 2 hits theatres October 5th.
It’s another action movie making the list. The third James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig hits theatres on October 26th. I’ve been excited for Skyfall ever since I saw the IMAX exclusive trailer before the Dark Knight Rises. It looks like this movie will focus on all of MI6, not just 007 which is something we haven’t really seen in a Bond film before.
2. This is 40
This is 40 is Judd Apatow’s first movie that he will be directing, writing and producing since 2009’s Funny People. It’s going to be fun to see Apatow back in the director’s chair. This is 40 is being marketed as the “the sort-of sequel to ‘Knocked Up’”. Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Jason Segel have all comeback to reprise the roles they played in Knocked Up. Katherine Heigl doesn’t have to worry about coming across as a “shrew” because she’s not in this one. This is 40 opens the Friday before Christmas.
Side Note: Megan Fox is in This is 40 and she’s looking FINE AS HELL! DAAAAAMNNN!
1. Wreck-it Ralph
There’s been hype quietly building for this one. Even though it opens in November, trailers have been playing for Wreck-it Ralph since June. It seems like Disney has a bit more confidence in Ralph cashing in at the box office than they did for that Scottish ginger girl. Wreck-it Ralph stars John C. Reily as a bad guy from 80’s arcade game who’s just trying to find his way in the world. Conflicted with his role as the evil guy, Ralph goes on a journey to find the game that he really belongs in. This is really the first animated movie since Toy Story 3 that I’m excited to see. Wreck-it Ralph opens November 2nd.