2012 has arrived, and according to Hollywood and some ancient Mayan calendar, the world's going to end this year. But on the off-chance it doesn't, we thought we'd go ahead and share some of the movies we're looking forward to in the next few months. Here is our list of films to watch in 2012.
         

 

The Lorax
Release Date:
 March 2, 2012
Genre: Animated - Family  

Kick-starting our list is a familiar name from the annals of Dr. Seuss. The trailer for The Lorax opens with a boy named Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) who lives in a city without trees. Desperate to win the affection of his neighbor Audrey (Taylor Swift) he sets out to find the one thing she has always wanted to see, a real tree. In the process, he happens upon the lair of the Once-ler (Ed Helms) and discovers the story of the grumpy, yet charming Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito). The film has some talented voice acting behind it (Betty White has also been cast as Ted's grandmother), and the animated release of Seuss's Horton Hears a Who! shows us the good Doctor's books have finally found a film medium they can translate to. If anything else, this new movie will probably become a favorite for families with kids and Seuss fans of all ages.
                          

 

John Carter
Release Date: March 9, 2012
Genre: Sci Fi - Action

This latest edition from Disney has "strange" written all over it, but one glimpse at the movie's trailer and you'll understand why John Carter made it onto this list. Based largely on A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the movie follows a former Confederate captain named John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) who is suddenly and inexplicably transported to the planet Mars. There he finds himself caught between the planets warring nations, led on one side by Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) on the other. The movie has a very Avatar- esque feel about it, with visuals aiming to match those of James Cameron's 2009 adventure. It also promises plenty of action and alien drama for the legions of Si Fi fans looking for a new movie to obsess over. Overall, you can't deny John Carter's got ambition, but only time will tell if this new gamble pays off.
                                             

 

The Hunger Games
Release Date:
March 23, 2012
Genre: Sci Fi action - Drama  

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, The Hunger Games tells the tale of a dystopian future where every year a group of children must enter into a battle royal and fight to the death for the entertainment of the social elite. Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone, X-Men: First Class) plays Katniss Everdeen, a young girl who volunteers for the Games in order to save her sister. Her desperate situation gets even more complicated when she discovers a boy named Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) will also be competing. An act of kindness from Peeta saved Katniss and her family in the past, and the two develop a complex relationship as the brutal Games get underway. The book itself is renowned for its gripping suspense and touching scenes, and the film appears dead-set on duplicating the experience. With so much potential, this is one movie to keep an eye on.