Spring 2012 Movie Releases

By: Melanie Ravka

Marvel’s The Avengers

“Some assembly required.”

In theatres: May 4, 2012

Starring:  Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson.

Based on the popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, this movie is packed with the usual superhero action excitement, except in 3D. This film pulls all Marvel superheroes together.

The roster features iconic characters Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). They team up to save the world from disaster with S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), to fight the out-of-control Norse deity Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

Why you should see it?

It’s a combination of Marvel superheroes with an ensemble of veteran actors.

The Hunger Games

“May the odds be ever in your favour.”

In theatres: March 23, 2012

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth and Lenny Kravitz.

Based on the first in the trilogy of young-adult books by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is set in the dystopian future of North America, now called Panem. The Capitol selects a boy and girl from each of the 12-districts to fight to the death, all for entertainment played out on live television. This year, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) needs to fight for her life against 23 others. The sequel, Catching Fire, has already been announced for November 2013, and the lead actors have signed on to star in the rest of the movie franchise.

Why you should see it?

Since the popular Harry Potter series has concluded, other series have attempted to fill that void. The Golden Compass and Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief both fell short, so The Hunger Games may end up being the necessary competition.


“Change your fate.”

In theatres: June 22, 2012

Starring the voices of: Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Julie Walters.

An animated princess comes to theatres yet again in Brave. This time, however, she is not the typically helpless Disney character. A Scottish redhead named Merida (Kelly Macdonald) defies custom and unleashes chaos upon the kingdom, then must fight to undo an evil curse.

Brave, Pixar’s first fairytale is darker and more mature than previous movies, and, for the first time, it features a female protagonist.

Why you should see it?

This will be Pixar’s 13 movie and after receiving negative reviews from Cars 2, these moviemakers have something to prove.

Snow White and the Huntsman

“Lips red as blood, hair dark as night, bring me your heart my dear, dear Snow White.”

In theatres: June 1, 2012

Starring: Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin.

Snow White (Kristen Stewart) escapes the evil stepmother (Charlize Theron) in a typical start to the fable, but in this version, the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) doesn’t send Snow White running for her life. Instead, he trains her to fight back with the help of eight dwarves and a handsome prince.

Why you should see it?

Kristen Stewart moves away from the helpless, passive character of Bella Swan in the Twilight saga. This time, she gets to fight back. Plus, you won’t want to miss Sam Claflin as the prince, and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman.

The Lucky One

“I just found it.”

In theatres: April 20, 2012

Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner.

Another novel by Nicholas Sparks has been turned into a chic flick. This one is based on destiny and the drive to find the one woman who has given a soldier hope of survival. Zac Efron plays the strong, silent type who has been on three tours in Iraq. On the last tour, he finds a photograph of a woman in the rubble.

Driven by a compulsion to discover who the woman in the photo is (Taylor Schilling), he works to find her and thank her, which eventually leads to love. Of course, there is a tear-worthy twist that destroys their relationship, but what good romance doesn’t involve heartbreak?

Why you should see it?

Girls, you know you loved The Notebook and Dear John. So with the same author’s work, plus seeing Zac Efron in his usual sexy self, this film creates an irresistible combination of love and destiny. And guys, if you want to get on your girl’s good side, take her to this movie.

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