It's been a mighty fine year for movies.
From the blockbusters (The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers) and comedies (Young Adult, American Reunion, 21 Jump Street) to the independents (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Shame, The Descendants) and actions (The Bourne Legacy, The Expendables 2, Snow White & The Huntsmen).
There have been tearjerkers (War Horse, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) and thrillers (The Woman in Black, Safe House), along with remakes (Dredd, Total Recall) and Box Office bombs (John Carter, Battleship).
Ridley Scott refreshed his Alien franchise with Prometheus and Christopher Nolan once again reunited with Christian Bale to bring his Batman trilogy to a close with The Dark Knight Rises. At the time of going to print the summer smash has recouped almost $1 billion on a $230m budget - not too shabby for a comic book move.
The aforementioned are only a taste of what's to come. This is a good year for cinema - and an even better one for the audience.
Here's my pick of movies to keep an eye out on over the next few months:
Plot: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Starring: Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce
Release date: Friday 7 September
House At The End Of The Street
Plot: A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows
Release date: Friday 21 September
Resident Evil: Retribution
Plot: The Umbrella Corporation's deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of flesh eating undead. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington DC, and Moscow. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Michelle Rodriguez
Release date: Friday 28 September
Plot: Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw
Release date: Friday 26 October
Silent Hill: Revelations
Plot: Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand, Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever.
Starring: Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell, Radha Mitchell, Kit Harington
Release date: Wednesday 31 October
Plot: A 1950s-set drama centred on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as 'the Master' whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man. This is in no way based on L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology...
Starring: Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern
Release Date: Friday 9 November
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Plot: Shire hobbit Bilbo Baggins, uncle of Frodo Baggins, is living a quiet, peaceful life until Gandalf the Grey knocks on his door. On being hired to recover a treasure, Bilbo has to defeat a dragon, battle with goblins, spar with spiders and survive a barrel ride in a river. Alongside the Battle of Five Armies, Bilbo adventures into Riddles in the Dark where he meets Gollum and in the process acquires a peculiar ring that will have a great impact on the future of their world.
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly
Release Date: Friday 14 December
Plot: This is a remake of the Patrick Swayze/Charlie Sheen 1984 drama set during the dawn of World War III in which a group of mid-western America teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.
This time round it's up to Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Wonder Woman (Adrianne Palicki) and Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's son Connor to take on the North Koreans.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise
Release date: TBC
Out in 2013:
Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby
Tarantino's Django Unchained
Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Bigelow's Kill Bin Laden
Snyder's Man of Steel
Hooper's Les MisÚrables
Fleischer's The Gangster Squad
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 29 Aug 12
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