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Most Anticipated Films of 2012

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Thanks for your work on this list, Jeremy. I'm very intrigued by the cast list for Woody Allen's next film. Sadly, IMDB lists 2013 as the tentative release year for Scorsese's Silence.

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: 1/20 - Coriolanus - Ralph Fiennes

: 2/24 - Footnote - Joseph Cedar

: Alps - Giorgos Lanthimos

: Take This Waltz - Sarah Polley

Saw these ones last year. Footnote was easily one of my favorite films at last year's VIFF. Alps, I'm afraid, was one of a few films that put me to sleep during the festival, though that probably says as much about festival fatigue in general as it does about the film in particular. Take This Waltz is okay but kind of goes off the rails in the last 10-15 minutes. And I really need to see Coriolanus again; it's full of good lines, but this is one of Shakespeare's lesser-known works, so the good lines in question aren't exactly famous (and thus don't stick in my memory so easily) like certain lines from Hamlet or Romeo or Julius Caesar might be.

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Thanks for your work on this list, Jeremy. I'm very intrigued by the cast list for Woody Allen's next film. Sadly, IMDB lists 2013 as the tentative release year for Scorsese's Silence.

Well, hopefully that means Scorsese is putting a large amount of love and care into it then. So, I took out Silence and added Upside Down and Effie.

And I really need to see Coriolanus again; it's full of good lines, but this is one of Shakespeare's lesser-known works, so the good lines in question aren't exactly famous (and thus don't stick in my memory so easily) like certain lines from Hamlet or Romeo or Julius Caesar might be.

Easily one of the best things about 2012 in film is we are supposed to be able to see 3 new Shakespeare adaptations. Usually we're lucky if we even get 1.

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And I really need to see Coriolanus again; it's full of good lines, but this is one of Shakespeare's lesser-known works, so the good lines in question aren't exactly famous (and thus don't stick in my memory so easily) like certain lines from Hamlet or Romeo or Julius Caesar might be.

Easily one of the best things about 2012 in film is we are supposed to be able to see 3 new Shakespeare adaptations. Usually we're lucky if we even get 1.

fwiw, Coriolanus is probably my favorite on screen Shakespeare.

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Others that have me interested and/or excited:

Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)

Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)

The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Creed of Violence (Todd Field)

Wettest County (John Hillcoat)

Argo (Ben Affleck)

Only God Forgives (Nicolas Refn)

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Argo (Ben Affleck)

Same here. I am very much hoping that he does as well with this one as the last two.

Only God Forgives (Nicolas Refn)

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A few more that look promising:

In spite of Pattinson, and even though I haven't read the book, I can't wait for Cronenberg's Cosmopolis.

Also, Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmasters.

Mud... Jeff Nichols, enough said.

Under the Skin... Jonathan Glazer, enough said.

Frank or Francis... Charlie Kaufman! (To say nothing of his as-yet-untitled collaboration with Spike Jonze.)

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Oh, and these, some of which are technically 2011 features...

Elena, by Andrei Zvyagintsev

Haywire, by Steven Soderbergh

The Loneliest Planet, by Julia Loktev

A Separation, Asghar Farhadi

Miss Bala, Gerardo Naranjo

The Deep Blue Sea, Terence Davies

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If we're going with U.S. release dates - what about the Dardenne brothers The Kid with a Bike and Studio Ghibli's The Secret World of Arriety (with a screenplay by Miyazaki).

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Two more:

The Kid with a Bike isn't one I'll be able to see until 2012.

Also, I had no idea that Kiarostami's The End is considered a "continuation" of Certified Copy. So that's interesting.

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The Kid with a Bike!

The End!

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The Deep Blue Sea, Terence Davies

Not to quash your spirits, but this was probably my biggest disappointment of 2011.

As always, your mileage may vary.

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2012 has a good line-up. One not mentioned yet--technically a 2011 film?--that I'm hoping to see is Sokurov's FAUST.

Oh, and CARNAGE, since that hasn't made its way near me yet.

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: Elena, by Andrei Zvyagintsev

I'm afraid this is another of the films during which I had to fight off sleep during last year's VIFF.

: A Separation, Asghar Farhadi

: Miss Bala, Gerardo Naranjo

These films, on the other hand, had me riveted.

Oh, and A Separation was actually released in the United States in 2011. On December 30, true, and in only a handful of theatres (if that), true, but still, there it is (and was).

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Oh, and A Separation was actually released in the United States in 2011. On December 30, true, and in only a handful of theatres (if that), true, but still, there it is (and was).

Which is why I prefaced that list with "Oh, and these, some of which are technically 2011 features..."

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Some more I would add to the list

Blue Like Jazz - Steve Taylor (of course, a 2011 feature that will hopefully make it to my neck of the woods this year)

Margaret - Kenneth Lonergan (ditto)

Cloud Atlas - Tom Tykwer, the Wachowskis

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Some more I would add to the list

Blue Like Jazz - Steve Taylor (of course, a 2011 feature that will hopefully make it to my neck of the woods this year)

Margaret - Kenneth Lonergan (ditto)

Cloud Atlas - Tom Tykwer, the Wachowskis

Not that it particularly matters, but Blue Like Jazz isn't a 2011 feature (unless you count a pre-final-cut showing, which you don't). I personally got a call from Steve Taylor a few weeks ago and I believe he said it's opening in March - definitely 2012.

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A lot of my picks have already been mentioned, but here's what jumps to mind:

The Master - Paul Thomas Anderson

Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson

The Burial and The Voyage of Time - Terrence Malick (assuming he doesn't take too long in the editing room)

Cogan's Trade - Andrew Dominik (big fan of The Assination of Jesse James)

Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron

The Dark Knight Rises - Christopher Nolan

Cloud Atlas - Tom Twyker

Lincoln - Steven Spielberg

Only God Forgives - Nicolas Winding Refn

I'm also looking forward to the surprises 2012 might have in store. There's alway something amazing you just never see coming.

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Alright, I'm working on updating this. There still seems to be quite a few without release dates set.

7/13 (limited) - Trishna - Michael Winterbottom

7/13 (limited) - Alps - Giorgos Lanthimos

7/15 (AMC) - Breaking Bad: Season Five - Vince Gilligan

7/20 (wide) - The Dark Knight Rises - Christopher Nolan

7/20 (limited) - War of the Buttons - Christophe Barratier

7/20 (limited) - The Well Digger's Daughter - Daniel Auteuil

7/25 (limited) - Ruby Sparks - Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

8/3 (limited) - 360 - Fernando Meirelles

8/10 (wide) - The Campaign - Jay Roach

8/10 (limited) - 2 Days in New York - Julie Delpy

8/17 (wide) - ParaNorman - Chris Butler & Sam Fell

8/17 (limited) - Robot & Frank - Jake Schreier

8/17 (limited) - Samsara - Ron Fricke

8/31 (wide) - Lawless - John Hillcoat

9/16 (HBO) - Boardwalk Empire (Season Three) - Terence Winter

9/21 (limited) - The Master - Paul Thomas Anderson

9/23 (HBO) - Treme: Season Three - David Simon

9/28 (wide) - Looper - Rian Johnson

9/30 (Showtime) - Homeland: Season Two - Gideon Raff

10/5 (limited) - Wuthering Heights - Andrea Arnold

10/5 (limited) - The House I Live In - Eugene Jarecki

10/12 (wide) - Sinister - Scott Derrickson

10/12 (wide) - Seven Psychopaths - Martin McDonagh

10/12 (limited) - Smashed - James Ponsoldt

10/26 (limited) - The Loneliest Planet - Julia Loktev

10/26 (wide) - Cloud Atlas - Tom Tykwer, Andy & Lana Wachowski

11/2 (limited) - Holy Motors - Leos Carax

11/2 (limited) - A Late Quartet - Yaron Zilberman

11/9 (wide) - Lincoln - Steven Spielberg

11/9 (wide) - Skyfall - Sam Mendes

11/16 (wide) - Anna Karenina - Joe Wright

11/21 (wide) - Life of Pi - Ang Lee

11/21 (wide) - Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell

11/23 (limited) - Hitchcock - Sacha Gervasi

11/23 (limited) - Rust & Bone - Jacques Audiard

11/30 (wide) - Killing Them Softly - Andrew Dominik

12/7 (limited) - Hyde Park on Hudson - Roger Michell

12/10 (limited) - Upside Down - Juan Diego Solanis

12/14 (wide) - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Peter Jackson

12/19 (limited) - Amour - Michael Haneke

12/21 (wide) - This Is 40 - Judd Apatow

12/21 (limited) - On the Road - Walter Salles

12/21 (limited) - Not Fade Away - David Chase

12/25 (wide) - Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino

12/25 (wide) - Les Miserables - Tom Hooper

Edited by J.A.A. Purves

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