Twenty Big Movies We're Dying to See in 2012

There's sure to be a handful of disappointments in here, but for now, we're keeping ourselves warm with thoughts of how psyched we are for the coming year's batch of new movies.

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Haywire: It's a bit unfair to include this on our list, because we’ve already seen it, but Steven Soderbergh's film starring former MMA champ Gina Carano as a black-ops agent out for revenge against the men who double-crossed her is awesome. Co-stars Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender. Opens Jan. 20, watch the trailer.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home: Jason Segel stars as a lay-about do-nothing who spends the day with his brother (Ed Helms), spying on his wife whom he suspects of cheating. Written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass ("Cyrus"). Opens March 2.
Casa de Mi Padre: Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna star in this Spanish-language comedy that's a send-up of telenovelas. The simple audacity of the project won our hearts—as did this magnificent poster. Opens March 16, watch the trailer.
The Wettest County: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and Gary Oldman star in this Depression-era tale of a gang of moonshiners. It's written by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillicoat, the team behind the brilliant Western "The Proposition." Opens April 20.
The Five-Year Engagement: Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star as a couple who learn the hard way that it's way easier to get engaged than it is to get married. Opens April 27, watch the trailer.
The Avengers: Iron Man, Thor and Captain America are joined by Hawkeye, Black Widow and the Hulk to form the world's greatest fighting force. Making this especially noteworthy is that it's been written and directed by Joss Whedon of "Buffy." Opens May 4, watch the trailer.
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Moonrise Kingdom: Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand and Jason Schwartzman star in Wes Anderson's new film about a young couple who've run off together from their small New England town, causing their friends and neighbors to form a search party. Opens May 25.
Prometheus: Ridley Scott directs a pseudo-reboot of his sci-fi horror classic "Alien" with an amazing cast that includes Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce. Opens June 8, watch the trailer.
Magic Mike: Steven Soderbergh was so intrigued by Channing Tatum's tales of his past life as a stripper that the actor and director made a film about it, co-starring Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer. We ain't big on strippers, but we'd watch Soderbergh's adaptation of the phone book. Opens June 29.
The Amazing Spider-Man: We're big fans of both Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as well as villain Rhys Ifans and are intrigued to see what Marc Webb brings to the film—other than the perfect name. Opens July 3, watch the trailer.
The Dark Knight Rises: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman come together for the third and final chapter in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. If that doesn't get your juices flowing, we can’t help you.Opens July 20, watch the trailer.
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The Bourne Legacy: Jeremy Renner (seen here in "Ghost Protocol") steps into the void left behind by Matt Damon, with Tony Gilroy, writer of the previous Bourne films, stepping behind the camera. We have complete faith in both these guys. Opens Aug. 3.
Argo: Ben Affleck again pulls double duty as star and director of this film based on the real-life exploits of the CIA's former "master of disguise" Tony Mendez, who smuggled a group of Americans out of Tehran during the 1979 Iran Hostage crisis (and whom we were lucky enough to meet in 2010—great guy). Opens Sept. 14.
Looper: From one of our favorite filmmakers, writer-director Rian Johnson, comes this time-travel thriller, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, about a hit man hired to kill his future self. Be still, our beating fanboy heart… Opens Sept. 28.
Gangster Squad: Sean Penn stars as mobster Mickey Cohen, with a supporting cast including Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie and Michael Pena, in director Ruben Fleischer's film about the LAPD's efforts to keep the East Coast mafia out of Los Angeles. Opens Oct. 19.
Gravity: From writer-director Alfonso Cuaron comes this sci-fi thriller starring Sandra Bullock as a woman stranded in outer space trying to get back to her daughter. Oh, and George Clooney's in it, too. Opens Nov. 21.
The Silver Linings Playbook: Bradley Cooper stars as a man fresh out of a mental institution who's determined to win back his estranged wife, played by Julia Stiles, in this film from writer-director David O. Russell ("The Fighter"). Supporting cast features Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker. Opens Nov. 21.
Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Film: Bigelow's long-awaited follow-up to "The Hurt Locker" centers around the U.S. military's hunt for Osama bin Laden. This was once supposed to be called "Kill Bin Laden," but we're guessing the State Department begged them to dial back the bombast. Opens Dec. 19.
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World War Z: Brad Pitt stars in this adaptation of the book about the zombie apocalypse. Pitt starred in two of 2011's best movies, director Marc Foster has made some very good films ("Stranger than Fiction," "Monster's Ball") and we still don't yet have zombie fatigue, so we're excited. Opens Dec. 21.
Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino directs this slave-revenge epic starring Jamie Foxx, who's out to rescue his wife from an evil plantation owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Christoph Waltz and RZA, among others. Opens Dec. 25.
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