Movies to Watch in 2012: 'Dark Knight,' 'Hunger Games'

Friday, January 06, 2012

In 2011 two franchises based on novels for teens — "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One" — overtook stoner comedies, CGI kiddie movies, and comic book adaptations at the box office. In 2012, the bigscreen adaptation of "The Hunger Games" will wage a similar battle against "The Dark Knight Rises." But this year won't be all explosions: a new take on "The Great Gatsby" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and a biography of Lincoln starring Daniel-Day Lewis will also hit theaters.

Rafer Guzman is a film critic for Newsday, and co-host of the Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast. Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for the Takeaway and also co-hosts the Movie Date podcast.

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Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [5]

Patty Pancakes from Miami, FL

When a movie ticket was $5 bucks a pop, I used to once a week week. Now at $12 bucks, I go once a year. GOOD JOB, MOVIE INDUSTRIEZ.

Jan. 06 2012 04:39 PM

I love movies and still go to the theater to watch the "big" ones. I gave up cable TV so it's the theater and rental videos for me.

On the local level, if theaters were to become more common and small enough to fit on "main street" with frequent film rotation I would be more inclined to get out of the house and see a movie. Even a "small" movie.

On the Hollywood level, studio executives need to put new stories on film. Visit a library, they're full of stories. I won't spend $10 on a remake of Footloose or Dragon Tattoo or [gasp!] Citizen Kane. I would rather be tied to a chair and forced to watch the director's cut of Twilight with Kristen Stewart giving me a running commentary about how she managed to suppress all emotion from her face in each scene.

Jan. 06 2012 09:46 AM

I spend nearly $100 a month for internet and satellite TV. Why am I going spend more money to attend potentially lousy movies that will eventually end up on my TV anyway?

Jan. 06 2012 08:45 AM
James from Dearborn, MI

Rafer is right. In today's movie environment where movies like Footloose are remade I find myself agreeing with the adult protagonists in the new version and feel yes, those kids should not be dancing in public.

Jan. 06 2012 08:43 AM

The economy hasn't really had much of an effect on me going to the movies - although I was pretty cheap before the economy turned. It's a combination of bad movies and Redbox. There rarely is a movie that comes out where I feel like I have to go to the theater to watch it. I'm more than content to wait a few months until it comes out on DVD and I can get it from Redbox for $1 a night.

Jan. 06 2012 08:36 AM

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