Rob: Most Anticipated Summer 2012

10. Dark Shadows (Dir. Tim Burton) (May 11)

The one where the director/actor team behind Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and Ed Wood collaborate for the eighth time.

9. Ruby Sparks (Dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris) (July 25- Limited)

The one where the directors of Little Miss Sunshine cinematically resurface.

8. Your Sister’s Sister (Dir. Lynn Shelton) (June 15- Limited)

The one where Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt play sisters.

7. Hope Springs (Dir. David Frankel) (August 10)

The one where Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play a married couple and Steve Carell plays their counselor.

6. The Campaign (Dir. Jay Roach) (August 10)

The one where Will Ferrell returns to summer comedy (alongside Zach Galifianakis, no less).

5. Take This Waltz (Dir. Sarah Polley) (June 29- Limited)

The one where Michelle Williams likely gives another show-stopping performance.

4. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Dir. Benh Zeitlin) (June 27- Limited)

The one that bewitched everyone at Sundance.

3. Prometheus (Dir. Ridley Scott) (June 8)

The one where the director of Alien and Blade Runner returns to science-fiction.

2. Lawless (Dir. John Hillcoat) (August 31)

The one with Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, and Mia Wasikowska.

1. The Dark Knight Rises (Dir. Christopher Nolan) (July 20)

The one that needs no explanation.

Things to keep an eye out for: The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3), Ted (July 13), The Bourne Legacy (August 3), The Avengers (May 4), The Dictator (May 11), Neighborhood Watch (July 27), Men in Black III (May 25), Safety Not Guaranteed (June 8- Limited), To Rome with Love (June 22- Limited), Hysteria (May 18)

Things too strange to ignore: Transformers scribes delivering a drama starring Kirk and Miri (People Like Us- June 29), Steven Soderbergh’s bewildering male stripper movie (Magic Mike- June 29)

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