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Edgar. 2011 was a pretty woeful time for movie buffs. It would seem the studios are being very cautious. Risky projects aren't getting off the ground, and unless it's a sure- fire hit or a safe'' remake, it doesn't get to the cinema at all. Or have they just been keeping the best stuff for 2012? The slate for the next 12 months looks damn sweet, and keeping it to a top-10 wasn't easy. I've left off Martin Scorsese's highly-anticipated family picture Hugo since I included it in my 2011 list before its release date changed. It finally arrives on January 12. #10 Dark Shadows The lowdown: Based on a cult 1960s monster soap opera, Tim Burton rounds up the usual suspects for a gothic tale of vampires, werewolves and witches and ghosts. Johnny Depp plays vampire Barnabas Collins. The hoopla: Can't say I'd ever heard of the TV show -- or its 1991 revival -- but the concept of wealthy playboy who has his heart broken and soul forsaken by a witch (Eva Green), only to return from the grave 200 years later and find strangers in his manor sounds intriguing -- and a perfect fit for Burton's distinct vision. The rub: Burton's Burtonisms became a bit predictable in Alice in Wonderland, and the same can be said for Depp. And please, no more Danny Elfman scores -- they're all the same. Trailer traction: N/A ETA: May 10. #9 The Hunger Games The lowdown: Based on a popu- lar young adult science fiction novel, it's set in a post-apocalyptic future, where each year, 12 dis- tricts provide one young person to compete in a televised battle for survival -- from which only one walks away. It is centred on a 16-year-old girl, played by Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone). The hoopla: 16-year-old girl, love triangle, popular book series -- there's plenty of buzz that this could be the next Twilight in terms of youth popularity but, you know, be appreciated by a wider audience. Director Gary Ross (Pleasantville) should bring a level of class and stunning visuals. The rub: The subject matter is a touch derivative (The Running Man, Battle Royale), but if it can establish its own tone and voice, then it could be a cracker. The studio seems confident, sequel Catching Fire has already been slated for 2013. Trailer traction: Lawrence looks a dab hand with a bow and arrow, fashion in the future is very dis- turbing, and what the hell is Lenny Kravitz doing in it? ETA: March 22 #8 Moonrise Kingdom The lowdown: Wes Anderson follows up my favourite film of 2009 (The Fantastic Mr Fox) with a drama set in 1960s New Eng- land. A young boy and girl fall in love and run away together. The search for them turns the town upside down -- which might not be such a bad thing. The hoopla: Anderson, one of the most refreshing, original film- makers working today, has again put together an awesome cast -- Ed Norton, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton. Expect a bent perspec- tive and sense of humour. The rub: No complaints here, though the last time Anderson teamed up with Roman Coppola on a script, the results were mixed (The Darjeeling Limited). Trailer Traction: N/A. ETA: Late 2012 (debuts at Cannes Film Festival May 16). #7 J. Edgar The lowdown: The feared control freak who was the face of the FBI for over 50 years, J Edgar Hoover, finally gets his own movie. And it doesn't get more pres- tigious than Clint Eastwood in the director's chair and Leonardo Dicaprio in the hot seat. The hoopla: Has all the makings of an Oscar-contender in all the major categories, but pedi- gree aside, I'm looking forward to seeing a film focused on a man who has featured as bit player in so many other pictures. The rub: There is ample bag- gage. Bio-pics about people who aren't likeable have to work extra hard to engage viewers. There's a swirl of controversy concerning the gay allegations, but I really hope Eastwood's portrait has more to reveal than a repressed homosexual with mummy issues. Trailer traction: Epic in every sense. ETA: February 2 #6 Brave The Lowdown: Another year, another Pixar animated film -- but this is the studio's first stab at a traditional fairytale, where a prin- cess (Kelly McDonald), who brings turmoil to the kingdom, must undertake a dangerous quest to undo a dark curse. The hoopla: Despite the lack- lustre Cars franchise Pixar remains a pseudonym for excel- lence. Brave will be visually strik- ing and it's great to see the focus on a young heroine. Game of Thrones for the whole family per- haps? The rub: From what we know of the story, it's very familiar fan- tasy turf, but I'd expect the genre conventions to be turned upside down. Trailer traction: Visually sump- tuous but otherwise a little fran- tic, trying to fit in too much. ETA: June 21. #5 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy The lowdown: Gary Oldman embodies taciturn English spy George Smiley in this Cold War thriller, based on the John le Carre novel. There is a mole in MI6 and Smiley is charged with smoking him out. The hoopla: The cast is formi- dable; Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, John Hurt. Director Tomas Alfredson was responsible for the finest, most original vampire movie in decades with Let the Right One In, I can't wait to see how he tackles the spy genre. The rub: Alec Guinness is regarded by many as the quin- tessential George Smiley, and indeed, one could question the need for an update on the fine 1979 version. Trailer traction: Terse, sullen, tense, perfect. ETA: January 19. A gaggle of Gosling movie releases On the back of the critically acclaimed Drive, Ryan Gosling is in for a very big 2012, par- ticularly with these heavy hitters on the release schedule: The Ides of March Drama in which he gets a crash course in dirty politics as media man for George Clooney's election candidate. Out February 16. Gangster Squad Gosling plays one of the coppers trying to keep Los Angeles from the clutches of mafia men like Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in the 1940s-50s. Out October 19. Only God Forgives Teaming with Drive director Nicolas Refn for a Bangkok set thriller involving gangsters and Thai boxing. Out late 2012. The Place Beyond the Pines A motorcycle stunt rider (Gosling) considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician. Out late 2012.
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