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Published on January 10th, 2012 | by Sue Murphy

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Top 10 Movies to Watch 2012

1. The Dark Knight Rises

Every Christopher Nolan project is shrouded in secrecy, but what we do know about The Dark Knight Rises makes it arguably the most anticipated film of 2012.  With a release date in July, this will be the blockbuster of the summer.  Tom Hardy plays Bane, Anne Hathaway Catwoman and an all-star cast which includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be a clue to how this trilogy will end. Fanboys have been circulating theories for months, but one fact is well known; this will be Nolan’s last Batman project as director and he will most definitely go out with a bang.

2. The Avengers

All those side projects (Captain America, Iron Man, Thor) have been leading up to the big one.  Oh, and by the way, 2012 will be Tom Hiddleston’s year…

3. This Must Be the Place

Sean Penn plays old rocker Cheyenne who inhabits a mansion with his quirky wife, played by the wonderful Francis McDormand.  Cheyenne receives news of his father’s impending death and ends up on a mission to track down the Nazi soldier who was responsible for humiliating his father in the concentration camps.  Some of the most wonderful scenes you will see and a co-Irish production, we’ll have to insist you check this one out.

4. The Muppets

Ah, come on.  Do I really need to give you a lengthy reason why you should see this one?

5. Shame

It’s the performance everyone worth their salt has been talking about and Fassbender doesn’t disappoint as a conflicted man with a sex addiction.  Completely sidestepping any possibility of being sleazy, Shame will bring you to the brink of how comfortable you can be in a cinema.  Wonderfully-acted, with a powerful story and award-winning performances, Shame proves once again that Fassbender is a talent to be reckoned with.

6. The Descendants

From the director of the subtly wonderful About Schmidt and the charming Sideways, The Descendants features George Clooney’s most heartwarming and complicated performance to date.  Living in Hawaii is not a life of sipping cocktails and living on the beach for Clooney’s Matt, rather a struggle to reconcile his difficult relationship with his comatose wife and two daughters.  Belly-aching laughter can be replaced at any moment by floods of tears.  The Descendants will charm the pants off you.

7. The Hobbit

Not sure if you are familiar with a little film a few years back about some friends who were trying to get rid of an evil ring.  It kind of slipped under the radar.  Anyway, here’s the prequel.

8. Skyfall

You’re telling me Sam Mendes has signed on to direct a Bond film?  Where do I sign over my soul?

No trailer to this one yet, but this one looks pretty good.

9. Prometheus

Here comes the Fassbender again.  A welcome return for Ridley Scott to the Alien universe, this is however, not a prequel.  Got that people?  Not a prequel.  They’ve made quite the song and dance about that…

10. Gravity

Sandra Bullock’s agent needs to be given a medal.  Bullock and Clooney play two survivors of a space mission, literally lost in space with no chance of survival.  Don’t know about you, but I would happily die in space with George Clooney as the only person with me.

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