Movies to Check Out during Spring 2012
The early Spring is the time when the movies from the previous year are going up for those coveted awards in the film industry (i.e. The Golden Globes, Oscars, etc.). So, along with some of these great films and independent masterpieces the spring also offers some action thrillers and comedies. Below is a list of some movies to check out before finals begin in May.
1. The Iron Lady (January 13)
Description: The Iron Lady is a biographical film about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep). The film takes place over three days in the life of Margaret Thatcher and is narrated through a series of flashbacks of Thatcher remembering moments that shaped her and the effect her political life has had on her.
2. Contraband (January 13)
Description: Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) has abandoned his life of crime long ago, but after his brother-in-law botches a drug deal Chris is forced back into crime. Chris must settle Andy’s debt and things get heated up when Chris has only hours to reach the cash.
Rating: R for violence, pervasive language and brief drug use
3. Red Tails (January 20)
Description: Red Tails is based on the Tuskegee Airmen and is set in 1944 as the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied Forces. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the change to fight for their country.
4. Coriolanus (January 20)
Description: Coriolanus is a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.
Rating: R for some bloody violence
5. Haywire (January 20)
Description: A freelance covert operative is hired out by her handler to various global agencies to perform jobs that governments can’t authorize and heads of state would rather not know about. After a mission, the operative finds she has been double crossed and uses all her skills to get back to the United States and get revenge on those who betrayed her.
Rating: R for violence
6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (January 20)
Description: This film was adapted from the book of the same name and its narrator is a nine-year-old boy name Oskar Schell. Oskar discovers a key that belonged to his father that inspires him to search all around New York for information about the key.
7. Safe House (February 10)
Description: When a group of rebel soldiers from a neighboring region destroy a CIA-operated safe house, the facility’s young house-sitter must work to move the criminal who’s being hidden there to another secure location.
8. The Vow (February 10)
Description: The film is based on a true story about a young woman who loses all recent memory in a car accident and struggles to rebuild her identity. After she loses her memory, her husband endeavors to win her heart all over again.
9. This Means War (February 17)
Description: Two CIA agents and best friends discover that they are dating the same woman, which ultimately affects both their professional and personal lives.
10. Gone (February 24)
Description: Jill’s (Amanda Seyfried) sister disappears and she is convinced that a serial killer who kidnapped her two years previously has returned, and she sets out to once again face her abductor.
11. Act of Valor (February 24)
Description: A Navy SEAL squad goes on a covert operation in Yugoslavia to rescue a kidnapped CIA officer, while also taking down terrorists who aim to strike America.
12. Friends with Kids (March 9)
Description: A pair of best friends in their 30s observe the effect having kids has taken on the couples they know. To avoid that toll, the best friends resolve to have a child and then date other people.
13. Butter (March 16)
Description: A young orphan discovers her uncanny talent for butter sculpture in an Iowa town where her adoptive family lives. The talent leads to a rivalry between her and the ambitious wife (Jennifer Garner) of the reigning champion in the annual butter sculpture competition.
Rating: R for language, sexual content and brief drug use
14. The Hunger Games (March 23)
Description: In the ruins of what was North America, the nation of Panem randomly chooses one boy and one girl, ages 12-18, from each of the 12 districts to risk their lives in the Hunger Games, a ruthless competition in which each contestant, or tribute, tries to kill the others until only one remains.
15. Dorothy of Oz (April 30)
Description: A animated film that follows Dorothy Gale (Lea Michele) as she returns to Kansas to find it devastated. Dorothy finds a new way to get back to Oz, only to discover that her old friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion and the entire Land of Oz, are all in danger.
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