Synopsis: Beca, a freshman at Barton University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
Release Date: October 5, 2012
Thoughts: Here’s how this movie came to be. An intern at Universal Studios was getting material together for a meeting their boss was having with Anna Kendrick about a new project. She was walking down the hall with the scripts to Bridesmaids, Bring it On, and a Glee episode. She trips. Pages go EVERYWHERE. She scrambles to put them together but they are all out of order. Even though she knows its wrong she gives the script to her boss anyway. Get this. Kendrick and the studio exec LOVED the script. The intern is now head of programming and Pitch Perfect is set for release in October.
In all honesty, this movie looks kinda fun and kinda funny…but if you consider it’s a mash-up of better idea it starts to have a tin look to it. Kendrick is finally getting to show off her voice and the valuable Rebel Wilson continues to show signs of a career of scene stealing…but will it all work out to an interesting feature?
Synopsis: A drama centered on the long-term friendship and partnership between two cops.
Release Date: September 28, 2012
Thoughts: This looks a little like Training Day, no? It seems that every actor worth their salt needs to take a spin in a cop car and End of Watch seems to be Jake Gyllenhaal’s moment to do so. I find myself having a tough time responding to yet another gritty cop drama and the trailer doesn’t do much to set it apart from other similar genre films. The timing on this one seems right with an early fall release so it’s possible that coming out of a bombastic blockbuster summer audiences will be interested in a watch. I’ll reserve some judgment until another trailer comes out but for now let’s just say I’m casually considering this.
Synopsis: A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse
Release Date: August 17, 2012
Thoughts: As a huge admirer of similarily themed films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, and The Corpse Bride, I find this trailer to be quite interest-piquing. Sans any narration you still get a sense for what the movie will look and feel like without ever really knowing what it’s about. There is an eclectic mix of talent voicing the characters too (with Elaine Stritch even popping up!) so count on this one being on my list come August.