Anticipated films 2012 and 2013

(Based on UK release dates, including cinema and dvd)

A Royal Affair (2012)

(Already released)

Undefeated (2011) (documentary)

(Cinema release: 3 August)

Sound of My Voice (2011)

(Cinema release: 3 August)

The Imposter (2012) (documentary)

(Cinema release: 24 August)

This is Not a Film (2011) (documentary)

(DVD release: 27 August)

Anna Karenina (2012)

(Cinema release: 7 September)

Anton Corbijn - Inside Out (2012) (documentary)

(DVD release: 17 September)

Dark Horse (2011)

(DVD release: 24 September)

Holy Motors (2012)

(Cinema release: 28 September)

Barbara (2012)

Winner of Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin Film Festival

(Cinema release: 28 September)

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

(DVD release: 1 October)

Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012)

(DVD release: 1 October)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

(Cinema release: 3 October)

Cosmopolis (2012)

(DVD release: 8 October)

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) (documentary)

(DVD release: 8 October)

On the Road (2012)

(Cinema release: 12 October)

Ruby Sparks (2012)

(Cinema release: 12 October)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) at Sundance Film Festival

(Cinema release: 19 October)

Skyfall (2012)

(Cinema release: 26 October)

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os) (2012)

(Cinema release: 2 November)

The Master (2012)

(Cinema release: 9 November)

Amour (2012)

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival

(Cinema release: 16 November)

The Hunt (Jagten) (2012)

(Cinema release: 30 November)

Sightseers (2012)

(Cinema release: 30 November)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

(Cinema release: 14 December)

Life of Pi (2012)

(Cinema release: 21 December)

The Great Gatsby (2012)

(Cinema release: Summer 2013)

Any thoughts? What are your most anticipated movies or documentaries of 2012?

Other anticipated releases 2012-2013 and beyond:

Your Sister's Sister (2012) (UK dvd release: 29 Oct 2012)
Liberal Arts (2012) (dir: Josh Radnor) (UK dvd release: 5 Nov 2012)
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) UK cinema 23 Nov)
The House I Live In (2012) (Documentary) (dir: Eugene Jarecki) (UK cinema 23 Nov)
Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) (UK cinema: 7 Dec)
Seven Psychopaths (2012) (UK cinema 7th Dec)
Cloud Atlas (2012) (dir: Tom Tykwer & Wachowski's) (UK cinema 22 Feb 2013)
Robot & Frank (2012) (UK cinema 8th March 2013)
Compliance (2012)
John Dies at the End (2012)
Midnight’s Children (2012)
A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) (documentary)
Beyond The Hills (Dupa dealuri) (2012)
Thursday Till Sunday (De jueves a domingo) (2012)

Play (2011) (dir: Ruben Östlund)
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) (By the director of Blue Valentine)
Trance (2013) (dir: Danny Boyle)

Room 237 (Documentary)
Searching for Sugar Man (2012) (Documentary) (July 26, 2012)
The Swell Season (2011) (Documentary)
Side by Side (2012) (Documentary)
Bad 25 (2012) (Documentary) (dir: Spike Lee)
The Invisible War (2012) (Documentary)
Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story (2012)
Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (2012) (UK cinema 5th October)
Spike Island (2013)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Lincoln (2012) (dir: Steven Spielberg)
Django Unchained (2012) (dir. Quentin Tarantino)
Les Misérables (2012) (dir: Tom Hooper)
Only God Forgives (2012) (dir: Nicolas Winding Refn)
The Grandmasters (2012) (dir: Wong Kar Wai)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2012) (dir: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
Hitchcock (2013)
The Bitter Pill (2013) (dir: Steven Soderbergh)
Elysium (2013) (dir: Neill Blomkamp)
Jobs (2013)
After Earth (2013) (dir: M. Night Shyamalan)
Pacific Rim (2013) (dir: Guillermo del Toro)
RoboCop (2013)
Gravity (2013) (dir: Alfonso Cuarón)
Ender's Game (2013)
Stoker (2013) (dir: Chan-wook Park)
Serena (2013) (dir: Susanne Bier)
Caught in Flight (2013) (Diana biopic)
The Bling Ring (2013) (dir: Sofia Coppola)
Twelve Years a Slave (2013) (dir: Steve McQueen)
The East (2012)
Under the Skin (2012)
Untitled Before Sunset Sequel (2013) (dir: Richard Linklater)
Untitled Nicole Holofcener Project (2013)
Labor Day (2013) (dir: Jason Reitman)
Untitled Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze Project (2013)
Promised Land (2013) (dir: Gus Van Sant)
Get a Job (2013) (dir: Dylan Kidd)
The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2013) (dir: Peter Jackson)
Frank or Francis (201?) (dir: Charlie Kaufman)
The Almost Man (Mer eller mindre mann) (2012)
Night Train to Lisbon (2013)
When Day Breaks (Kad svane dan) (2012)
Meet Me In Montenegro (2013) (dir: Alex Holdridge)
Untitled London Project (2013) (dir: Joanna Hogg)

The following festival premieres have no scheduled release dates in the UK yet:

Toronto Film Festival 2012:
To the Wonder (2012) (dir. Terrence Malick)
Nightingale (2013) (dir: James Gray)
The Deep (2012)
Frances Ha (2012) (dir: Noah Baumbach)
The Time Being (2012)
Writers (2012)
Venus & Serena (2012)(documentary)

Sundance Film Festival 2012:
Wrong (2012)
I Am Not a Hipster (2012)
About the Pink Sky / Momoiro sora o (2011)
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012)

Cannes Film Festival 2012:
Mud (2012)

Independent Spirit Awards 2012:
In the Family (2011)
The Off Hours (2011)

Meanwhile (2011) (dir. Hal Hartley)

London Film Festival 2012:

(Updated January 2013)


  1. Awesome list! Though I must say Salmon Fishing in Yemen is really forgettable, McGregor and Blunt are very cute but the film itself was really boring. I can't wait for so many of those, especially Rust and Bone, looks like its going to be really great, moving film.

    1. @Sati: Thanks! Looks like my release schedule here will keep me busy ( :
      I've noticed mixed reviews for Salmon Fishing in Yemen, quite a lot of 7/10's for it, I'll probably rent the dvd

    2. I actually really like "Salmon Fishing in Yemen". I too thought it would have been really boring but to me it's not. It's just dry and British humor which is not for everyone. I was really surprised how good I thought it was.

    3. @Shala: hmm, I didn't like Salmon Fishing in Yemen as much as you did, I mean it had a few memorable scenes, overall I don't think I'd recommend it to people. Glad you enjoyed it, anyway :)

  2. Great post. There's so many interesting projects coming out in the coming months. As a fan, I love that you included The Swell Season. Also, I really enjoyed Woody Allen: A Documentary and Moonrise Kingdom.

    1. @Josh: Thanks man, and I agree, lots to look forward to! I've read there is a longer version of the Woody Allen: A Documentary, the shorter version might be a mistake to go for...I don't know, hope I can see the longer cut.

      I have no clue why they aren't selling The Swell Season documentary dvd on region 2, because the band is Irish/Czech. Maybe there is a fanbase in the US!

  3. Really interesting list - love the mix of the big blockbuster and smaller films as well as a good amount of documentaries.

    Shame Safety Not Guaranteed doesn't look like it's getting a release here. Was really looking forward to that one.

    1. @Jaina: You're welcome, and thanks for saying so! I like to mix up my movie watching

      Safety Not Guaranteed deserved a better fate, judging from reviews perhaps one of the best things from this years Sundance festival. Hopefully get to see it on dvd eventually, if they won't release it in cinemas!

  4. I really enjoyed Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom.

    I have some pretty big reservations about On the Road, but I will be seeing it since it's an adaptation of quite possibly my favorite book of all time. I just wish it had *anyone* other than Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart.

    1. @Eric: I'm also a bit sceptical about "On the Road" because of the mixed reviews on rotten tomatoes. Your favorite book, wow, I haven't read the novel, I guess I ought to, sooner or later

  5. Yay for "Ruby Sparks"! I really like that one as it is not your average every-day rom com. It goes much deeper than that.

    I just saw "Seven Psychopaths", "Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "The Place Beyond the Pines" at TIFF and they were great (

    I don't really watch documentaries but I may see the "Imposter". There was a feature film made about the same case that was recently released called "The Chameleon". I saw and thought it was decent. It would be interesting for someone to compare the feature and the doc.

    I have mixed feelings about "Sound of My Voice" but it is an interesting film to watch.

    1. @Shala: Will check out your festival coverage over at Life Between films. That's promising news about the titles you mention! I'll head over to your site soon.

      I didn't know about The Chameleon, thanks for the info.I may skip Sound of My Voice, mostly noticing lukewarm reactions.

      It would make it so much easier if there was a joint release all over the world, but I guess it has to do with promoting each film, and the stars can only be in one place at a time!


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