The 2012 Summer Movie Preview, Part 1


The apex of the movie year.

The Season SO BIG, that previewing it requires two posts.

Oh yes, oh yes.

Here’s a preview of the most anticipated movies of this Summer. Today, we’ll take a look at May and June. Tomorrow, July and August.

Click through, and let’s see what’s in the cooler for the Summer of 2012!

May 4th

“The Avengers” 

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgård, Cobie Smulders

It’s hard to imagine a bigger superhero movie than this. For the first time, multiple characters – each with their own movie series – are being brought together into one movie in the ultimate superhero movie crossover event.

With all of the origins out of the way, the movie is free to focus on the team coming together and defeating a shared threat. For the early promotional materials, the effects work appear to be top-notch, state of the art… and we already know the cast can deliver in these roles. Early reviews have been pouring in from all over, and they’re resoundingly positive, I fully expect that this movie is going to be fantastic.

I was able to attend the panel for this movie at New York Comic-Con last October. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders. If you’d like to check out that panel, you can find my video coverage here!


May 11th

“Dark Shadows”

Directed by: Tim Burton

Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller, Gulliver McGrath

I’m pretty sure that fans of the original property here have to be fairly miffed at seeing it reinvented as a comedy. For the rest of us though, this suddenly seems like a winning proposition! What had originally seemed as if it might be another moody, dark, Burton remake of an existing property, now seems as if it’s going to be a hysterical, dark, Burton remake of an existing property!

“Reveal yourself, tiny Songstress!”


May 16th

“The Dictator”

Directed: by Larry Charles

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, Megan Fox, John C. Reilly, J.B. Smoove

This movie seems more than a little bipolar, to me. The first run of trailers focused on Cohen’s dictator character in power, with the beard and the mocking arabic, etc… but then the second set focused on him being a fish out of water in NYC with no power. The first set of trailers left me decidedly underwhelmed. The only thing I found funny about them was that Megan Fox would willingly joke about prostituting herself. The second round of trailers, though, seemed funny and gave me faint hope…

Which is the most accurate predictor for this flick?


May 18th


Directed by: Peter Berg

Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, Liam Neeson, Asano Tadanobu

Peter Berg, of “Friday Night Lights” fame, gets his first crack at a big budget Hollywood blockbuster. Stemming originally from the Battleship board game, the concept has morphed into an alien invasion movie… one that seems to resemble “Transformers At Sea”.

The trailers really havent done anything for me, and I’m really a bit afraid that Tim Riggins Taylor Kitsch is going to wind up in two high-profile bombs this year…


“What to Expect When You’re Expecting”

Directed by: Kirk Jones

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Falcone, Joe Manganiello, Thomas Lennon

I have no idea “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”.

I pretty much know what to expect during this film though. Lots of pregnancy and baby related jokes.


May 25th

“Chernobyl Diaries”

Directed by: Brad Parker

Starring: Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Dmitri Diatchenko

There’s something mildly disrespectful about this to me. Even 25+ years later… But they went ahead with it anyways. I think this trailer looks really bad. In the beginning, where the kids like, “I know I said we’re going to Moscow, but…. Who’s going with me to Chernobyl?!” I’d have shot that kid a glower he’d never forget. And then maybe punched him.


“Men in Black 3”

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Emma Thompson, Josh Brolin, Nicole Scherzinger, Jemaine Clement, Alice Eve, Michael Stuhlbarg

I enjoyed the first two MIB movies well enough. I don’t know that I would have ever called myself a big fan of either of them. Certainly not enough to have been clamoring for another sequel after all this time.

Here it is though, and given Will Smith’s involvement, it’s got the potential to be a really funny flick. Plus Josh Brolin’s Tommy Lee Jones impression looks hysterical. We’ll see…


“Moonrise Kingdom”

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel

Quirky. Goofy. Unique. Creative. Hysterical.

My hopes and expectations are through the roof for the newest Wes Anderson Wes Anderson movie. LOL With an all-star cast behind involved, the sky’s the limit for this. I mean, look at that cast! Yes please! 😀

Anderson aficionados have been dying of anticipation for this one since the trailers first hit! It’s only about a month off now!


June 1st

“Snow White & the Huntsman”

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Chris Hemsworth, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Eddie Izzard, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross, Noah Huntley, Nick Frost

I dunno, I have a real block against this movie, and I think it stems from them wanting me to accept the fact that Kristen Stewart is supposed to be “Fairer” than Charlize Theron. GTFOH… you know?

Anyways, aside from that it’s got decent looking special effects and creatures, and a swords and sorcery kind of vibe to it. Plus no humor aimed at 7 year olds like “Mirror, Mirror”. Let’s see how it turns out.


“Piranha 3DD”

Directed by: John Gulager

Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka, David Koechner, Meagan Tandy, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, Clu Gulager, Gary Busey, Katrina Bowden, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Paul Scheer, David Hasselhoff

“Pirahana 3DD” has David Hasslehoff in it? That is the awesomest &#%$ing thing I have learned here today.


June 8th

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon

Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Frances McDormand, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short

Dada danalana dada CIRCUS Dada danalana dada AFRO!! Oh, sorry.

Man, I don’t know. They’re just not going to stop making these until people stop going, huh? Ice Age 56: Global Warming, Madagascar 37: Planet of the Penguins. Geez… cmon. Anyways, you know what it is. Escaped zoo animals with celebrity voices. Lets hope its more like 1 than 2.



Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green

p89e7td12ilufg1;rt`g Sorry, spazzed out with excitement there for a minute.

Seriously? This may be the best marketed movie of all time. Every single thing I see keeps upping the ante. The viral videos they’ve released have been amazing. My anticipation for this movie is officially off of the chart. I don’t know that I would have believed that would be possible back when I first heard this movie announced.


June 15th

“Rock of Ages”

Directed by: Adam Shankman

Starring: Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Malin Akerman

So, a mash-up musical of 80s music. With Tom Cruise as a rock star, singing… hmmm.

Wanna hear something funny? I’m betting this is not only good, but a surprise smash hit. People love musicals and don’t get enough of them. This is a loaded cast, Alec Baldwin is great, and the flick looks like it has a sense of humor about itself.

I “put my money where my mouth is” on this one by buying half a stake in it in the Anomalous Material Fantasy Draft…


“That’s My Boy”

Directed by: Sean Anders

Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Eva Amurri, Susan Sarandon, James Caan, Milo Ventimiglia, Will Forte, Colin Quinn, Todd Bridges, Vanilla Ice, Ian Ziering

How bad does your career have to suck that I just hear your name or see your picture and think “Ughhck”?

Well, that’s what I’m thinking here.


June 22nd

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov

Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Rufus Sewell

I know some people are psyched for this, but this is giving me a serious “Van Helsing” vibe, and that’s not a good thing.



Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, John Ratzenberger

Ahhh here we go! Pixar returns with another high calibre original offering. It seems like forever since “Up” (We’ve had “Toy Story 3” and “Cars 2” in between).

Kelly Macdonald voices the feisty Merida, who’s skilled with the bow, but not too keen on customs. She bucks traditions and expectations, and a rousing movie ensues! 😀

Let’s hope Pixar hits the bullseye with this one, they’ve given us such phenomenal films in the past!


“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Gillian Jacobs, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, Mark Moses, Patton Oswalt, William Petersen

An incoming asteroid has turned on the countdown to extinction. Romance and Comedy ensue.

I know I sure as hell wouldn’t pay that speeding ticket. LOL


“To Rome with Love”

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page

Two years ago if you had told me I’d be eagerly anticipating a Woody Allen film, I would have flatly called you crazy.

That was before “Midnight in Paris”… 😀


June 29th

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”

Directed by: Jon Chu

Starring: Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Elodie Yung, RZA, D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, Joseph Mazzello, Walton Goggins, DeRay Davis

I’m sure this will come out on (title pending) when we record tonight (written Mon), but I’m not a big fan of the GI Joe property. I just missed every time it hit a peak. I kind of saw the first movie… here’s why I say that. I watched it on a Saturday afternoon as a nap movie. I nodded off all the way through it, waking up sporadically. Everytime I woke up, something was blowing up. LOL. I never went back to watch it, cause I figure I got the gist of it. Was I wrong? LOL

I mean, I’ll see this one, but I have no expectations or anticipation for it at all.


“Magic Mike”

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Cody Horn, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias

Huh. The Channing Tatum double feature, huh? Ok, I guess.

Anyways, Soderbergh is a talented filmmaker and the trailer had some laughs in it. McConaughey playing a stripper is wickedly funny to me, that sounds hysterical.


So there you have it folks, May and June! Part 1 of FMR’s Summer Movie Preview. I’ll post up Part 2 tomorrow…

In the meantime, what do you think of this crop of movies? Which ones can’t you wait to see? Which ones will you totally take a pass on – catch on tv, if then? There’s a couple here that seriously look awesome, and then a handful that seem like your typical Summer Movie fodder. What’s your take?

Let’s hear it! 😀

68 thoughts on “The 2012 Summer Movie Preview, Part 1

  1. I have to be honest, I am not over the top excited about any of the movies this summer. There are a few I want to see, like Prometheus….but I don’t think I will have a problem waiting until it comes out on DVD (Okay, okay, I would be lying if I didn’t say Magic Mike intrigued me a bit too……an opinion totally based on the eye candy factor .)

  2. Having watched Avengers last night, it is legendary. You have no soul if you do not enjoy that film.

    Prometheus is next up on what I’m really itching to see. The viral campaign surpassed The Dark Knight. That and in talking about movies in class today my students were unaware of the film Alien. I feel like I should hunt them down and drag them to this over the summer.

    Really looking forward to Brave. Even if it wasn’t Pixar, it has Billy Connolly, Julie Waters, Kelly MacDonald, Craig Ferguson, Emma Thompson doing voices.

  3. Had no idea you guys haven’t had Battleship over there yet. What is with the weird release dates this year?

    Prometheus gives me chills all the freaking time. Just brilliant. Brave – amazeballs.

    Dark Shadows has me intrigued. I don’t know the original source, but knew enough about it that it was a serious thing, not the comedy we’re going to be seeing. Either way, the trailer tickles my funny bone!

    • Here’s what I heard about Battleship. (Have you seen it, BTW? I dont recall) I heard they wanted to release foreign first because they knew the US press and reviewers would shred it. So they wanted to release into foreign markets first without any bad reviews/global word of mouth. LOL.

      Kind of smart, actually.

      LOL. I would say Prometheus looks amazeballs, too.

  4. Moonrise Kingdom, Snow White, Prometheus, MIB3 (for Josh Brolin), Brave, and GI Joe 2. Can’t wait for those. Man, I’ve been working on my Summer Preview post, but I may just scrap that and link to yours. This 2-post series was pretty legit.

    as far as May is concerned…let’s just say it really looks like The Avengers may own the entire month.

    • “I may just scrap that and link to yours”

      Thats a good idea. LOL 😀

      Just kidding. But youre right… Avengers will totally own this month, I think. It’s all about next month now. Poor “Dark Shadows” LOL

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  6. Nice list of movies and trailers here. Prometheus has me most excited. No doubt I will see Brave, looks a little like How to Train your Dragon with Scottish accents. Dark Shadows doesn’t do anything for me and I still don’t know what to think of that Lincoln Vampire thing. Moonrise Kingdom just looks like another free spirited Wes Anderson movie, nothing new there and To Rome with Love is an insult to originality, Woody Allen is out of ideas. Cheers, Ronan

    • Thanks Ronan. I agree on Prometheus, hands down. No doubt about that one, it looks great.

      I think Moonrise Kingdom looks awesome though. I think it looks like a great Wes Anderson movie! 😀

      I’m willing to give “To Rome With Love” a shot too, “Midnight in Paris” was awesome, lets see if he’s on a hot streak or something.

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