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5 upcoming movie releases we are gung-ho about seeing

1. The Dark Knight Rises – (July 20) Can you believe it’s been almost four years since The Dark Knight Returns made its debut in theatres? In just three short months Christopher Nolan’s work (there’s also a Dark Knight Rises trailer made strictly out of LEGOs, in case you missed it) takes place 8 years after everything that happened in The Dark Knight Returns, and Batman will encounter some new characters along the way, including the mysterious Selina Kyle played by Anne Hathaway.

2. Prometheus – (June 8) “What is it about robots that make them so robotic?” If you saw the sneak peak of what’s to come from Prometheus this coming June, you’d know Ridley Scott’s movie recently introduced “David,” an android maintenance worker in the film. Prometheus tells the story about a team of explorers entering a dark journey to save the future of humanity.

3. Brave – (June 22) Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews’ animated feature (Pixar’s 13th feature film) is the story of Princess Merida, a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor, defying a certain custom that causes chaos in her kingdom. After she looks to a wise old witch for guidance, she somehow becomes cursed and must undo the spell before it’s too late.

4. Gangster Squad – (October 19) This crime film has a pretty all-star cast, starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Sean Penn. Gangster Squad, directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), is a chronicle of LAPD’s fight to keep the East Coast Mafia out of LA in the late 1940s and early 1950s. There hasn’t been much press yet about the film since it is still pretty far down the road, but we do know Sean Penn’s character is the show runner who’s up against some pretty ill-gotten gangs.

5. The Raven – (April 27) Alright, this one’s the wild card we’re throwing out there. Not sure if this will be able to suffice the images we have of reading “The Raven” poem in middle school, but after watching the trailer, James McTeigue’s (V For Vendetta, The Matrix Reloaded) 19th century Baltimore twist looks promising, when a series of crimes related to the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Were the crimes committed by the author, or was somebody using his works as a backdrop? 

(source: The Atlantic; photo via Somewhat Nerdy)

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