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Films to Look Forward to in 2012

1. The Hunger Games (Mar. 23)

Possibly the most anticipated film of the year, “The Hunger Games” has been gaining buzz all over the Web, which is unsurprising considering that the books have been on the top-seller list for over 100 consecutive weeks.

“The Hunger Games” takes place in a dystopian America that has been divided in 12 districts and every year one boy and one girl from each district, between the ages of 12 and 18, must fight each other to the death. The series focuses on Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), a young girl from District 12 who volunteers to fight in order to save her sister from competing.

What is most interesting about “The Hunger Games” film will be finally seeing the over the top Capitol Fashion and the arena and hearing the Capitol accent (and of course finally seeing Gale and Peeta in the flesh). The things that readers could only imagine will be brought to life on the big screen, already stills from the film have garnered attention from all corners of the web.

As an avid obsessive fan of the “Hunger Games,” I will definitely be attending the midnight premiere, dressing as a character (probably Effie Trinket) and purchasing “The Hunger Games” line of nail polish.

2. Frankenweenie(Oct. 5)

A stop-motion animation version of the original live action short, “Frankenweenie” is the story of a boy who brings his beloved d og back to life after a terrible accident.

Directed by Tim Burton, the film is a full-length, black and white feature in the style of “Nightmare Before Christmas” and“The Corpse Bride.” An obvious parody of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” the film is sure to be heart-felt, funny and just the right amount of creepy.

3. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (Mar. 2)

Having grown up with this book, I should be annoyed that they are (probably) going to ruin Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” by turning it into an animated feature film. But I’m not,mainly because Danny DeVito is playing the Lorax and because this film has a great message: saving the environment.

Straying a bit from the book, this film takes place in a world where everything is artificial: there are no trees or bees oranything natural. When Ted (Zac Efron) ventures out of the city to try and find a real tree he encounters the Once-ler (Ed Helms), an old recluse with a story to tell, the story of The Lorax.

While the trailer seems to hint that the film takes place in two different times, Ted’s present life and the life of the Lorax, it seems like all the magic of the Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots remain intact.


Honorable Mention:

The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3)

Three words: Andrew. Garfield. Shirtless.

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