20. World War Z
Director: Marc Foster (Finding Neverland, Stranger then Fiction, Quantum of Solace)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos, David Morse
Release Date: 21 December 2012
Storyline: A UN representative, writing a report on the great zombie war, interviews survivors in the wake of World War Z.
Because: Zombie movie is one thing. Zombie movie with a $100 million plus budget is another. Zombie movie with a $100 million plus budget starring Brad Pitt? Madre de Dios! Oh, the above pic is a set photo - nothing much else yet.
19. Only God Forgives
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Bronson, Drive)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas
Release Date: it's just started filming (Gosling didn't attend the Globes because he is in Thailand filming this), so I don't know if it will be ready this year still. There is time, but I just have that feeling... Cannes 2013.
Storyline: A Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match.
Because: the men behind one of the best films in recent memory (and two of my favourite people in movies) are at it again, and it's just impossible not to be intrigued by that storyline.
18. Cogan's Trade
Director: Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Sam Shepard
Release Date: probably mid-2012
Storyline: Jackie Cogan is a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.
Because: I've been waiting for something new from Andrew Dominik for a very long time, and Brad Pitt looks absolutely BAD ASS in that photo.
17. Sleepless Night
Director: Frédéric Jardin
Starring:Tomer Sisley, Joey Starr
Release Date: it was released in 2011 at film festivals and in Belgium and France, but we will only see it in 2012 sometime.
Storyline: the story follows a dirty cop who gets caught up in a drug deal gone bad. After his son is kidnapped and held for ransom, he hits the seedy streets and nightclubs of Paris, racing against the clock to get him back.
Because: apparently it's awesome (an English remake is already in development). Here is a trailer...
16. The Avengers
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg
Release Date: 27 April 2012 (South Africa)
Storyline: Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army (i.e. who cares?)
Because: duh, it's the mother of all superhero movies!
Director: Ben Affleck
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Alan Arkin, Taylor Schilling
Release Date: 14 September 2012
Storyline: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador (based on a true story).
Because: Ben Affleck is a major directing talent (I loved The Town and Gone Baby Gone) and just about everyone is psyched to see what he can do with this more than just interesting story.
Director: Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom)
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano
Release Date: 28 September 2012
Storyline: A killer who works for the mob of the future recognises one of his targets as his future self.
Because: it's another long delayed and widely anticipated sci-fi time travel movie from the director of one bad movie and one great one. Man I love time travel. That, and early screenings have been met with heavy praise.
13. The Raid
Director: Gareth Evans (Merantau)
Starring: Iko Uwais
Release Date: it premiered at TIFF in September 2011, but will hit theatres sometime in 2012.
Storyline: A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.
Because: have you seen the trailer? If not, look here. People were going crazy over this film at TIFF last year.
12. The Gangster Squad
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Sean Penn, Josh Broling, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi
Release Date: 19 October 2012
Storyline: a chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.
Because: ah, so now you know what the lowest ranking film on the Constellation of Cinematic Anticipation is. It's still high though, and read here if you are wondering why I am keen.
11. The Hunger Games
Director: Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland
Release Date: 21 March 2011
Storyline: set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.