As most of the movie world takes a look back at the 2011 year in film, I look ahead at my most anticipated movies of 2012!

First I’ll start with the honorable mentions, ten films I’m highly excited to see but weren’t quite able to crack my list:

  • Argo
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • Chronicle
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Gangster Squad
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall
  • Wettest County
  • World War Z
  • And now for the top ten:

    #10 Moonrise Kingdom

    In my opinion, Wes Anderson is one of the most accomplished directors of the past 15 years. So when news comes around of him making a movie featuring the likes of Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Harvey Keitel, all as supporting characters, I can’t help but be ecstatic. Following a young couple who flee their small 1960’s New England town and go on the run, this film has all the ingredients to be one of the best of 2012.

    #9 Only God Forgives

    Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling. Enough said. The Drive duo reunites only a year later to tell the story of a Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match. Sounds pretty badass to me. Not only was Drive one of my favorites of 2011, but Nicolas Winding Refn has a pretty incredible track record of his own, with films like Bronson and Valhalla Rising under his belt, Only God Forgives is extremely intriguing in its own right.

    #8 The Hunger Games

    The much-awaited adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ wildly successful novel is nearing release, and I couldn’t be more excited. Lionsgate went with a very unconventional director in Gary Ross, whose past few films Seabiscuit and Pleasantville are both unique and pretty fantastic films in their own right, and I’m very curious to see what he’s done with this material. Jennifer Lawrence is a perfect choice to play Katniss, as she’s demonstrated with her Oscar-nominated performance in Winter’s Bone, she’s more than up for the job. Additionally, Ross has surrounded Lawrence with some fantastic supporting actors, as I expect The Hunger Games won’t disappoint.

    #7 Django Unchained

    Quentin Tarantino making a spaghetti western? Yes please! With each film that Tarantino releases, the buzz surrounding it seems to increase tenfold, beginning with his masterful Pulp Fiction all the way up to this current release. Featuring a cast that includes Jaime Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Sasha Baron Cohen, Michael K. Williams, and more, the story of Django on a journey to rescue his slave-wife Broomhilda sounds too good to be true. Here’s to hoping Django doesn’t disappoint!

    #6 The Dark Knight Rises

    Christopher Nolan, who has taken the superhero movie to heights not thought possible, is back for his final go at Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. With an intriguing new villain in Bane (Tom Hardy), and the usual outstanding supporting cast, and another hefty budget provided by Warner Bros., this latest film from Nolan should be the highlight of the summer box-office season. Let’s hope it’s well earned!

    #5 Anna Karenina

    Joe Wright is among my favorite directors working today. When given great material to work with (Atonement), he has made some of the greatest films I’ve seen. Even with less-than-stellar material (The Soloist), his skills have been able to salvage what could be a bad film into something of value. Now Wright sets his sights on Tolstoy and one of his crowning works, Anna Karenina. Reuniting with Keira Knightley, star of his Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, the film also stars the likes of Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Emily Watson, Dohmnall Gleeson, the film should be spectacular. Look out for Wright’s signature long, single-take shot to appear in this one!

    #4 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth, and this writer could not be more excited! As fantastic and cinematic as The Lord of the Rings is, the story at the center of The Hobbit is equally incredible, and I am truly thankful that Peter Jackson finally agreed to helm its adaptation, as he alone is master of this universe. From the trailer we’ve seen, Martin Freeman looks to be perfect for the role of Bilbo, and Jackson has amassed a ridiculously talented cast to support him.

    #3 Looper

    As anyone who read the article on my top 10 movies of all-time will know, I was a huge fan of Rian Johnson’s debut, Brick. It should therefore come as little shock just how excited I am to see his latest feature, Looper, which has been described as a time travel thriller. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt, the film follows the maddeningly complex synopsis of a mob hitman who recognizes his next target to be his future self. Just try to wrap your mind around that one…So far reviews from test screenings have been overwhelmingly positive, and I’ll be sure to be lining up for this one.

    #2 Seven Psychopaths

    Again, this pick can be harkened back to my top 10 movies of all-time post, as Martin McDonagh’s previous feature film, In Bruges, also made my list. His next project, Seven Psychopaths, reunites this Oscar and Tony winner with Colin Farrell, who plays a screenwriter wrapped up in a dognapping scheme gone horribly awry. With a fantastic supporting cast including Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Gabourey Sidibe, Tom Waits, and Olga Kurylenko, Seven Psychopaths has the potential to be the best of the year.

    #1 Gravity

    Alfonso Cuaron’s latest is finally in production amidst much anticipation and after a lot of casting difficulties. Cycling through 3 different leads, including Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, and Blake Lively, as well as having Robert Downey Jr. signed on for a supporting character, Gravity has its two main characters cast in Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Following the lone survivor of a failed space mission attempting to return to Earth, Gravity reportedly features minimal dialogue and characters. With Cuaron reunited with his Children of Men cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, this space thriller should feature some stunning visuals!

    Now I’ve chimed in, give us you’re list of what you can’t wait to see at the movies come 2012. Another fantastic year for film is just right around the corner!

    Quiz: How well do you remember the 2007 Oscars?

    3:32 pm EST, January 18, 2017

    As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

    Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

    Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

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    As the 89th Academy Awards approach, we take a trip back to 2007 to see how memorable the ceremony really was 10 years ago.

    Ah, the Oscars. What a night. Glitz and glamour, lots of rich and beautiful people crying and thanking each other. What’s not to like?

    Related: 2016 Oscars: Leo finally wins, Mad Max: Fury Road cleans up

    In 10 years, will we look back at the 2017 Oscars and remember every detail of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling awkwardly accepting award after award for La La Land while the other nominees politely clap and try not to grit their teeth? Or will the event fade into distant memory?

    Maybe we can get an answer to that question by dialling back the clock to 2007 and see just how clearly we remember the 79th Academy Awards.

    How did you do? Tell us how well you remember the 79th Academy Awards in the comments!

    The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be unveiled Tuesday, January 24.

    You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

    TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

    The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

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    You may know that one of those dogs-are-so-great-and-warm-our-hearts movies, A Dog’s Purpose, is hitting theaters very soon. Unfortunately, it’s now embroiled in controversy.

    TMZ has released a video from the film’s Canadian set depicting a German Shepherd being forced into a fast-moving stream of water. As you can tell, the dog clearly does not want to go in it.

    The most upsetting part of the video comes at the very end when we see the dog finally in the fake river but having trouble staying above water. The crew calls cut to rescue him/her.

    “Sources connected to production tell us eight outboard motors were used to churn the water and recreate a rushing river,” says TMZ. “The dog eventually got in the water — or was forced in — but was quickly submerged.”

    At 1:28 in the below trailer you can see a scene that looks similar to what was being filmed in TMZ’s video:

    Universal and their partners at Amblin told TMZ in a statement, “Fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film and we will look into the circumstances surrounding this video.”

    A Dog’s Purpose stars Dennis Quaid and Britt Robertson. It opens next Friday, January 27.

    Update: Josh Gad, who voices a dog in the movie, issued the following statement on Instagram. He speaks highly of the film but says he finds the leaked video “disturbing.”

    “While I do not know all of the details and cannot speak to the level of care and caution that went into this moment (as I was never on set for the marking of this film), I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will.”

    Since apparently some of you did not see the statement I issued last night, here it is again.

    A photo posted by Josh Gad (@joshgad) on

    We’re suddenly way less interested in seeing this.

    Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

    Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

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    Moviegoers may be getting the Spidey we’ve all been hoping for! A new report reveals that Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie, set to hit theaters in 2018, will focus on the Miles Morales Spidey.

    Update (January 18, 2017): Sony Animation confirmed on Wednesday, January 18 that their animated Spider-Man movie will star Miles Morales!

    Original story (May 2016): Heroic Hollywood, who has a good record of breaking superhero news, is the source behind the exciting development. As was previously announced, the animated Spider-Man movie will be produced by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The duo are also set to direct the Star Wars Han Solo spinoff for Lucasfilm.

    Who is Miles Morales? As we wrote in a lengthy tell-all about the character last year:

    Miles Morales is the current Spider-Man in Marvel’s Ultimate Comics series. Introduced in 2011, Miles is a black-hispanic young man who, like Peter Parker, is a talented scientist and self-proclaimed nerd. However, unlike his predecessor, Morales steps into the superhero’s shoes at the surprisingly young age of 13.

    Raised in Brooklyn, Miles was born into a family plagued by criminal activity. Before settling down with his wife Rio, Miles’s father Jefferson used to be crime partners with his brother Aaron (Miles’s uncle). However, where Jefferson tried to shrink away from the lifestyle, Aaron continues to embrace it — assuming the role of classic Marvel villain the Prowler. After pulling off a heist on Oscorp, Aaron unknowingly takes a genetically modified spider home with him. It is at Aaron’s house that Miles is bit by the spider and starts the transformation into Spider-Man.

    Where Peter Parker relished the opportunity to become spidey, Miles is reluctant to enter the world of vigilantism. What’s more, his family’s criminal history causes him to question whether or not he can ever be a hero, or if evil is hardwired into him.

    Oh, and one other cool thing about him: The guy is immortal, unlike the Peter Parker version of Spider-Man.

    Related: Who is Miles Morales? We explain everything

    The rumor mill was alive with chatter about the MCU’s Spidey being the Miles Morales version last year, but obviously those reports never panned out. The Peter Parker version of Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, played by Tom Holland. He’s getting his own spinoff film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, next year.

    Telling the Miles Morales story on screen may be just the thing the animated Spider-Man movie needs in order for it to draw people into the theaters in December 2018. We’ve had enough Peter Parker stories!

    2018 will be a great year for super hero diversity: Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman will be released a few months earlier.