The Movie Junkie’s 2012 Summer Movie Preview Part 2 (Kirk Haviland)


The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3rd)

So we are already getting a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, a move Sony has made to ensure that the web slinger’s movie rights don’t revert back to Marvel’s control. But I must admit, with every new trailer that hits the web I actually become more interested in seeing this.

Savages (July 6th)

Oliver Stone directing a film about 2 drug dealers on a Mickey and Mallory sized killing spree to get back their mutual girlfriend? Sign me up!

The Queen of Versailles (July 6th Limited)

The Hot Docs 2012 hit, and one of our own Dave Voigt’s faves of the fest, makes it to theaters in a limited run. Seek it out.

Ice Age: Continental Drift (July 13th)

Well at least Scrat is fun.


Seth McFarlane, creator of Family Guy, makes his feature directorial debut with this comedy of a grown man and his living, breathing, smart-alec of teddy bear named Ted. Trailers look extremely funny as this could be the comedy of the summer.

The Imposter (July 13th Limited)

Another standout at Hot Docs this year gets a limited theatrical run. Most of my fellow critics had this one as the best of the fest, I unfortunately missed it. I’m looking forward to catching up with this one.

The Dark Knight Rises (July 20th)

THE film of the summer. Christopher Nolan brings in Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tom Hardy to add to the already stellar returning cast from the last entry of the Dark Knight trilogy. I have faith in Nolan as he has yet to let me down in anything he has done.

The Watch (July 27th)

Formerly titled Neighborhood Watch, this film stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill as alien fighting Neighborhood Watch/Guardian Angels types. With these three as leads this could be a fun romp in the cinema in the midst of the sweltering July sun.

Klown aka Klovn: The Movie (July 27th Limited)

Klovn has been tearing up the festival scene for a while. This irreverent and ruthlessly politically incorrect Danish road trip film has left a swath of laughter behind it. Check it out if you can.


The Bourne Legacy (Aug 3rd)

Can Jeremy Renner make us forget about Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne? I’ll be there to find out, that’s for sure.

Total Recall (Aug 3rd)

Colin Farrell stars in this remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger 80’s actioner where a man has his memory tampered with and does not know if he’s a spy or not – only that the answers lie on the planet Mars. With Brian Cranston and Kate Beckinsale in the cast I have high hopes, but Jessica Beil?

The Campaign (Aug 10th)

Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis as rival politicians in a race for a seat in the U.S. Congress? Well consider my vote as cast already.

The Expendables 2 (Aug 17th)

This time around Sylvester Stallone manages to round up more action stars from the 80’s and 90’s including Jean Claude Van Damme as the heavy, and perpetual good guy Chuck Norris. But where does Liam Hemsworth fit in?

ParaNorman (Aug 17th)

From the creators of the brilliant Coraline, that is all you should need to know.

Premium Rush (Aug 24th)

Joseph Gordon Levitt stars as a bike courier being chased by crooked cop Michael Shannon. In what appears to be a remake of the Kevin Bacon 80’s film Quicksilver, I’m relying on the excellent cast to uplift the material.

The Possession (Aug 31st)

Quite possibly the creepiest film of the summer will come right at the end of it with The Possession. In hoping for more Last Exorcism than the dreadful Devil Inside, The Possession could make you think twice about what you find at a garage sale.

Till Next Time,

Movie Junkie TO

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