The Pirates!
Release Date:
March 28
Genre: Animated - Comedy

After the last Pirates of the Caribbean many of us were ready to drop anchor on the pirate franchise altogether. Who would have guessed this upcoming Claymation comedy would put some wind back in our sails? Produced by Aardman Animations (the same company that brought you Chicken Run, and Wallace & Gromit), The Pirates! follows the exploits of the ill-named Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) as he and his crew of misfit swashbucklers attempt to win the Pirate of the Year Award. There won't be smooth sailing on this voyage though, as they'll have to do battle with rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek), not to mention the rampaging Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) who's out to make sure they walk the plank. The film looks like it has plenty of comedy magic for audiences to enjoy, and with a year of action-heavy movies coming up its sure to stand out. Plus, it's Claymation. What's not to like?
 

 

The Avengers
Release Date: May 4, 2012
Genre: Action - Superhero

This one should come as no surprise. For years Marvel has been teasing moviegoers with the promise of an Avengers movie, and come this summer they aim to deliver. When a dangerous enemy threatens the safety of the world, the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. must gather together Marvel Comic's most powerful heroes to defend humanity. This roster includes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), with Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel Comics, sure to be making a cameo appearance somewhere. With so many big name actors playing so many big name heroes (and Joss Whedon at the helm as director) our Geek-o-meter is going haywire. This is one movie we are definitely going to see.
                                   

 

Snow White and The Huntsman
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Genre: Fantasy - Thriller

The "fairest of them all" fairytale has been making a comeback this year. Once Upon a Time has already turned heads on TV with its modern rendition of the tale, and Julia Roberts is set to star as the Evil Queen in another Snow White inspired 2012 movie, Mirror, Mirror. But Snow White and The Huntsman made our list because it dares to push the boundaries of this classic story, both visually and conceptually. When the tyrannical Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron, Young Adult) learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White (Kristen Stewart, Twilight), will one day surpass her and become Fairest in the land, she is advised by her shape-shifting Mirror (Christopher Obi) to consume the girl's heart so she can live forever. Snow White is able to escape to the Dark Forest, but the Queen commissions the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) to hunt her down. Dark, beautiful, and primed with suspense, this ain't your Disney's Snow White.