12 in 2012 Series: Movies (Comedies, Musicals, Dance Flicks and Stuff)

>> Tuesday, January 10, 2012

And now we continue our series we're calling the 12 in 2012. Our top 12 books/music/movies/[insert other awesome thing] to look forward to in 2012. 

Today: Movies (Comedies, Musicals, Dance Flicks and Stuff)!

12. Chronicle (2/3/12) 

Cast: Michael B. Jordan (not the basketball player, the actor from Friday Night Lights and Parenthood TV Shows), Dane Dehaan, Alex Russell, Michael Kelly
What's it all about, yo?: Three Seattle highschool students discover something that gives them superpowers. And they don't heed that whole, "great responsibility" adage, and their lives start to go out of control. It's like a comedy/action/drama/thriller all rolled into one.

11. Men In Black 3 (5/25/12) 

Cast: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Emma Thompson, Josh Brolin, Alice Eve, Bill Hader, Rip Torn,
What's it all about, yo?: Agent J (Will Smith) travels back in time to MIB's early days to try and stop the assassination of Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones).

10. Project X (2/3/12)

Cast: Thomas Mann is the only actor I have heard or or seen, the rest is a bunch of up and comers and unknowns.
What's it all about, yo?: 3 senior nobodies in highschool decide to throw a party to get remembered. THe party spins out of control. Preview looks fun. It's from the director that did Old School and The Hangover, so that gives it a bit of cred.

9. 21 Jump Street (3/16/12) 

Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Johnny Depp
What's it all about, yo?: It's a reboot of that show from the 80's that is now a running punchline. Basically, some misfit cops are sent back to highshool to blend in and find out where the new drugs are coming from.

8. Moonrise Kingdom (5/16/12) 
Cast: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand
What's it all about, yo?: There is not a lot out there about this movie. Hell, I can't even find a decent set picture or ad for it. But it's a Wes Anderson flick, and the cast is more than top notch, so it's bound to be another classic.

7. ParaNorman (8/17/12)

Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, John Goodman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Casey Affleck
What's it all about, yo?: Animated flick about a strange little kid that can see and communicate with ghosts. Yeah, kinda like The 6th Sense, but only kinda. Soon, the whole town starts to see things as the town comes under siege by attacking zombies and ghouls,

6. Step Up 4Ever (7/27/12) 
Cast: A bunch of dances turned actors again, this time pulling in one of my favorite all time dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, Kathryn McCormick. I am sure, yet again, that other SYTYCD dancers will be gracing the screen as well.
What's it all about, yo?: Here is the IMDB lowdown: "Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily's father's development plans." Sounds like a cross between Breakin' 2: The Electric Boogaloo and Center Stage, but in Miami.

5. Brave (6/22/12) 

Cast: Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Kelly Macdonald, Craig Ferguson
What's it all about, yo?: Hunger Games meets Braveheart meet Robin Hood, but with an Irish girl. It's Pixar, and it looks really, really good.

4. Rock Of Ages (6/1/12)

Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Bryan Cranston, Malin Akerman, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Will Forte
What's it all about, yo?: Based on the smash Broadway hit, this movie adaptation looks very promising. It's set in 1987 LA and its about two youngins chasing their dreams to become rock stars. Oh, and it's a musical.

3. The Five-Year Engagement (4/27/12) 

Cast: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans, Chris Pratt, Chris Parnell
What's it all about, yo?: The happy couple gets engaged, the happy couple moves to the Midwest, it gets cold, they delay the wedding, several times. Hi-jinks ensue.

2. Wanderlust (2/24/12) 

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Malin Akerman, Ray Liotta
What's it all about, yo?: Moving from NYC to a hippy commune due to a case of sudden loss of job syndrome, makes for spectacular on screen entertainment.

1. This is Forty (12/21/12)
Cast: Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Melissa McCarthy, John Lithgow, Albert Brooks, Charlyne Yi
What's it all about, yo?: Judd Apatow is back at it, checking in again with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as the happy-ish couple, Pete and Debbie from Knocked Up. With Jason Segel and Megan Fox in the mix, this could be a really, really funny moive.


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