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How do you spell summer success in the movie business? B-L-O-C-K-B-U-S-T-E-R. And Summer 2012 is packed tighter than a Utah-minivan-on-its-way-to-Disneyland full of 'em. Summer 2012 smells like a box office record breaking season. But with a seemingly never ending slate of high octane offerings, it could leave audiences overly stimulated by films like The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Men in Black 3, and The Amazing Spider Man looking for something to cleanse their palette. With some intriguing films like Disney's Brave, Farewell, My Queen and yes, the Dames' Judi Dench and Maggie Smith trifle The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, there may be relief in sight. But will it be enough? Hey, there's always Baseball folks.

MAY :: The Avengers
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Rated: PG-13

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Samuel Jackson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth

Director: Joss Whedon (The Cabin in the Woods, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Plot: SHIELD's Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) recruits a team of superheroes to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.

Release date: May 4, 2012

Genre: Action , Adventure , Science fiction

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MAY :: Dark Shadows
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Rated: PG-13

Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green

Director: Tim Burton

Plot: In 18th-century Maine, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) presides over the town of Collinsport. A rich and powerful playboy, Barnabas seals his own doom when he breaks the heart of a witch named Angelique (Eva Green). Angelique turns Barnabas into a vampire and buries him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas escapes from his tomb and finds 1972 Collinsport a very different place. His once-grand estate has fallen into ruin, and the dysfunctional remnants of his family have fared little better.

Release date: May 11, 2012

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

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MAY :: Battleship
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Rated: PG-13

Starring: Alexander SkarsgÅrd, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson

Director: Peter Berg

Plot: Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is a weapons officer aboard the destroyer USS John Paul Jones, while his older brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsgard), is the commanding officer of the USS Sampson. Unknown to Alex, Stone or the rest of the U.S. Navy, alien invaders have arrived on Earth with plans to steal Earth's resources. When a confrontation with the invaders knocks out the Navy's radar capability, American and Japanese forces must work together to find a way to save the planet.

Release date: May 18, 2012

Genre: Action , Adventure , Science fiction

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MAY :: What to Expect When You're Expecting
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Rated: PG-13

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez

Director: Kirk Jones

Plot: A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn't always deliver what's expected.

Release date: May 18, 2012

Genre: Comedy

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MAY :: Men in Black 3
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Rated: PG-13

Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Plot: Even though agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) have been protecting the Earth from alien scum for many years, J still does not know much about his gruff partner. However, J soon gets an unexpected chance to find out what makes K tick when an alien criminal called Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) escapes, goes back to 1969, and kills K. With K's life and the fate of the planet at stake, J goes back in time and teams up with K's younger self (Josh Brolin) to put things right.

Release date: May 25, 2012

Genre: Action , Comedy , Science fiction

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MAY :: Other openings
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  • Moonrise Kingdom, PG-13 (Bill Murry, Bruce Willis) - May 25
  • Chernobyl Diaries, R (Jesse McCartney) - May 25
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, PG-13 (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith) - May 4
  • A Little Bit of Heaven, PG-13 (Kate Hudson), May 4
  • The Good Samaritan, R (Samuel Jackson), May 18
  • Hideaway, R (Josh Lucas) - May 18
  • JUNE :: Snow White and the Huntsman
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    Rated: PG-13

    Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron

    Director: Rupert Sanders

    Plot: In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

    Release date: 1 June 2012

    Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama



    JUNE :: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
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    Rated: PG

    Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, Martin Short, Ben Stiller, Frances McDormand, David Schwimmer, Bryan Cranston, Andy Richter, Cedric the Entertainer , Sacha Baron Cohen, Jessica Chastain

    Director: Eric Darnell, Conrad Vernon

    Plot: In Europe, Alex (Ben Stiller) and friends (Chris Rock, David Schwimmer) join a traveling circus in the hope that they can make their way back to New York.

    Release date: June 08, 2012

    Genre: Adventure , Comedy , Animated

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    JUNE :: Prometheus
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    Rated: PG-13

    Starring: Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace

    Director: Ridley Scott

    Plot: A clue to mankind's origins leads a team of explorers to deep space, where they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

    Release date: June 08, 2012

    Genre: Horror, Science fiction, Thriller

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    JUNE :: Rock of Ages
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston, Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Diego Boneta

    Director: Adam Shankman

    Plot: Songs by Def Leppard, Journey, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi and others underscore a rock 'n' roll romance between a small-town girl (Julianne Hough) and a city boy (Diego Boneta) who meet on the Sunset Strip while chasing their Hollywood dreams.

    Release date: June 15, 2012

    Genre: Musical

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    JUNE :: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Rufus Sewell, Marton Csokas, Mary Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Benjamin Walker

    Director: Timur Bekmambetov

    Plot: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.

    Release date: June 22, 2012

    Genre: Horror , Thriller

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    JUNE :: GI Joe, Retaliation
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    Rated: R

    Starring: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and Ray Park

    Director: Jon M. Chu

    Plot: When Cobra spy Zartan has most of the Joes assassinated, the remaining Joes band together to strike back.

    Release date: June 29, 2012

    Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


    JUNE :: To Rome With Love
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Judy Davis, Roberto Benigni, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page

    Director: Woody Allen

    Plot: A story about a number of people in Italy, some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors, and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.

    Release date: June 22, 2012

    Genre: Comedy

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    JUNE :: Brave
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Kelly Macdonald, Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson

    Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

    Plot: Merida (Kelly Macdonald), the impetuous, but courageous, daughter of Scottish King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), is a skilled archer who wants to carve out her own path in life. Her defiance of an age-old tradition angers the Highland lords and leads to chaos in the kingdom. Merida seeks help from an eccentric witch (Julie Walters), who grants her an ill-fated wish. Now, Merida must discover the true meaning of courage and undo a beastly curse before it's too late.

    Release date: June 22, 2012

    Genre: Adventure , Comedy , Animated

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    JUNE :: Other openings
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  • High School, R (Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis) - June 1
  • Killer Joe (Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey) - Jun 1
  • Bel Ami (Robert Pattison, Christina Ricci) - June 8
  • Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener) - June 8
  • That's My Boy (Andy Samberg, Adam Sandler) - June 15
  • The Woman in the Fifth (Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas) - June 15
  • Your Sister's Sister (Emily Blunt) - June 15
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Steve Carell, Keira Knightley) - June 22
  • JULY :: The Dark Knight Rises

    Rated: PG-13

    Starring: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy

    Director: Christopher Nolan (Inception, Batman Begins)

    Plot: Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face's crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that brands him an enemy.

    Release date: July 20, 2012

    Genre: action, crime, drama, thriller

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    JULY :: The Amazing Spider Man
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Campbell Scott, Sally Field, Rhys Ifans, Irfan Khan, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield

    Director: Marc Webb

    Plot: Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) quest to solve his parents' disappearance puts him on a collision course with a scientist's (Rhys Ifans) deadly alter-go, the Lizard.

    Release date: July 03, 2012

    Genre: Action , Adventure , Thriller

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    JULY :: Neighborhood Watch
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade

    Director: Akiva Schaffer

    Plot: During their weekly patrol, four ordinary guys uncover an extraterrestrial invasion in their town.

    Release date: July 27, 2012

    Genre: Comedy , Science fiction

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    JULY :: Ice Age Continental Drift
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano

    Director: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier

    Plot: Scrat's pursuit of an infernal acorn has world-changing consequences for Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid (John Leguizamo).

    Release date: July 13, 2012

    Genre: Adventure , Comedy , Animated

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    JULY :: Ted
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    Rated: R

    Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale

    Director: Seth MacFarlane

    Plot: A grown man (Mark Wahlberg) has a live teddy bear (Seth MacFarlane) as a constant companion.

    Release date: July 13, 2012

    Genre: Comedy

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    JULY :: Other openings
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  • The Magic of Belle Isle, (Morgan Freeman) - July 6
  • Savages, R (Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively) - July 6
  • The Queen of Versaille (Sundance) - July 6
  • Farewell My Queen, PG-13 (Diane Kruger)
  • Ruby Sparks, R (Paul Dano, Anette Bening) - July 25

    AUGUST :: The Bourne Legacy
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Rachel Weisz, Albert Finney, Oscar Isaac

    Director: Tony Gilroy

    Plot:The actions of Jason Bourne have consequences for a new man.

    Release date: August 3, 2012

    Genre: Action , Thriller

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    AUGUST :: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
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    Rated: PG

    Starring: Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Zachary Gordon, Peyton List

    Director: David Bowers

    Plot: Greg's (Zachary Gordon) summer plans go wrong.

    Release date: August 3, 2012

    Genre: Comedy

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    AUGUST :: Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed

    Rated: PG-13

    Starring: Corbin Allred, David Nibley and Jasen Wade

    Director: Ryan Little

    Release date: 17 August 2012

    Genre: War

    AUGUST :: Total Recall
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, John Cho, Bryan Cranston, Colin Farrell

    Director: Len Wiseman

    Plot: n need of a vacation from his ordinary life, factor worker Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) visits Rekall, a company that can turn dreams into real memories. Thinking that memories of life as a super-spy are just the ticket, Quaid undergoes the procedure -- but it goes horribly wrong. Suddenly, Quaid is a hunted man. He teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) on a search to find the head of the underground resistance and take down the leader (Bryan Cranston) of the free world.

    Release date: August 03, 2012

    Genre: Action , Science fiction

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    AUGUST :: The Campaign
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Dylan McDermott, Brian Cox, Will Ferrell, Katherine LaNasa, Jason Sudeikis, Zach Galifianakis

    Director: Jay Roach

    Plot: When incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major gaffe, two wealthy CEOs decide to try to gain influence in their district by putting up a rival candidate. Their unlikely choice is a naive tourism director named Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). Aided by his family's political connections and a cutthroat campaign manager, Marty soon becomes locked in a dead heat with Cam. As Election Day approaches, each man slings mud galore in a last-ditch effort to bury the other.

    Release date: August 10, 2012

    Genre: Comedy

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    AUGUST :: Hope Springs
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Jones, Steve Carell

    Director: David Frankel

    Plot: A woman (Meryl Streep) drags her skeptical husband (Tommy Lee Jones) to a renowned counselor's (Steve Carell) marriage retreat in the hope of putting the spark back in their relationship.

    Release date: August 10, 2012

    Genre: Comedy drama

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    AUGUST :: Sparkle
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    Rated: Not yet rated

    Starring: Whitney Houston, Carmen Ejogo, Mike Epps, Derek Luke, Omari Hardwick, Tika Sumpter, Jordin Sparks, Cee Lo Green

    Director: Salim Akil

    Plot: A musical prodigy (Jordin Sparks) tries to balance romance with the new challenges life brings as she and her sisters struggle for Motown stardom.

    Release Date: August 17, 2012

    Release date: August 10, 2012

    Genre: Drama, Musical

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    AUGUST :: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

    Rated: PG

    Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton and Cameron 'CJ' Adams

    Director: Peter Hedges

    Plot: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.

    Release date: 15 August 2012

    Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

    AUGUST :: Other openings
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  • The Expendables 2 (Sylvester Stalone) - August 17
  • Hit and Run (Kristen Bell) - August 24
  • Lawless (Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman) - August 31
  • Celeste & Jesse Forever (Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg)
  • Fall 2012 Sneak Peek
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    September

  • Finding Nemo 3D
  • Hotel Transylvania

    October
  • Taken 2
  • Paranormal Activity 4
  • Atlas Shrugged 2

    November
  • Red Dawn
  • Anna Krenina
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2
  • Rise of the Guardians

    December
  • Life of Pi
  • The Lone Ranger
  • World War Z
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey