January 16, 2012

2012 has begun and that means fresh optimism!  Fresh movies!  Fresh images from those movies!  After the jump you’ll find 21 new images from upcoming movies like  The Hunger Games, Men in Black 3, Rock of Ages, The Five-Year Engagement, The Gangster Squad, and plenty more (for our purposes, plenty =  16).

All images and single-sentence synopses are courtesy of the LA Times.  Click on the corresponding links to learn more about each movie.

This Means War

Two deadly CIA partners and best friends fall for the same woman and employ their skills and arsenals against one another to win her over. With Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. Directed by McG.

21 Jump Street

Two young police officers and ex-classmates go undercover at a local high school to investigate a drug ring. With Channing Tatum (left), Jonah Hill (right), Brie Larson and Dave Franco. Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.


After her husband, a long-reigning butter-carving champion, is pressured into retiring from competition, a woman steps forward to try to follow in his footsteps. With Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner (center) and Ty Burrell (right). Directed by Jim Field Smith.

Damsels in Distress

Three do-gooder young women at an East Coast college welcome a transfer student into their group while trying to reform their school’s boorish male population. With Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton and Megalyn Echikunwoke. Written and directed by Whit Stillman.

The Hunger Games

In the post-apocalyptic ruins of North America, a teenage girl competes in a nationally televised battle to the death against 23 of her peers. With Jennifer Lawrence (right), Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks (left) and Woody Harrelson (center). Directed by Gary Ross.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The enthusiastic captain of a pirate ship seeks to best his rivals and win the coveted Pirate of the Year award in this animated tale. With the voices of Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton and Martin Freeman. Directed by Peter Lord.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

A visionary sheik will spare no expense in making his dream of bringing salmon fishing to the desert a reality. With Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas and Amr Waked. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

The Three Stooges

Three infants left on a nun’s doorstep grow up to be knuckleheads who get embroiled in a strange murder plot and also stumble into a reality TV show. With Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, Chris Diamantopoulos and Jane Lynch. Directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly.

The Five-Year Engagement

Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the film looks at what happens when an engaged couple keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. With Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt and Alison Brie. Directed by Nicholas Stoller.

Men in Black 3

Agents J and K are back running around after all kinds of aliens on the loose in New York City. But this time, Agent J travels back in time to the 1960s, where he encounters a much younger version of his partner. With Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson and Bill Hader. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.


In 1880s London, a hapless doctor stumbles upon inventing the vibrator. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce and Felicity Jones. Directed by Tanya Wexler.

Rock of Ages

Set in L.A. in 1987, the movie follows an aspiring rocker as he finds his way in the competitive music scene of the Sunset Strip. With Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand and Paul Giamatti. Directed by Adam Shankman.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

The characters from the animated film take on Europe with new friends. With Chris Rock, Ben Stiller and Jada Pinkett Smith . Directed by Eric Darnell.

Donny’s Son (formerly titled I Hate You Dad)

A father moves in with his son and his fiancee and they don’t see eye-to-eye. With Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester and James Caan. Directed by Sean Anders.

The Woman in the Fifth

A struggling American writer who has recently moved to Paris to be closer to his young daughter begins a romance with a mysterious woman, and soon people start dying all around him. With Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas and Joanna Kulig. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.

The Awakening

A woman goes to an English boarding school to explain ghost sightings. With Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton. Directed by Nick Murphy.

Premium Rush

For an intrepid New York City bike messenger, a routine delivery turns into a life-or-death chase. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez and Jamie Chung. Directed by David Koepp.

The Good Doctor

A young doctor tampers with his patient’s treatment to keep her nearby. With Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough, Rob Morrow and Troy Garity. Directed by Lance Daly.

The Gangster Squad

The LAPD fights to keep the East Coast Mafia out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s. With Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte and Robert Patrick. Directed by Ruben Fleischer.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Two seniors take an introverted freshman under their wing. With Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller and Mae Whitman. Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky.

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