In the world of movies, 2012 sees the return of some big names, from Sacha Baron Cohen to Tim Burton, a host of highly-anticipated literary adaptations and some action thrillers from the best in the game. It's a year of sequels, some which we've waited a long time for, and repeat appearances from some actors including Keira Knightley and Daniel Craig. They'll make you laugh, they'll have you on the edge of your seat - and in the cases of some films, they'll be downright disturbing - in a good way, of course - but it pays to plan ahead. We've handpicked the most eagerly-awaited films of 2012, including some of the less trumpeted options, for you to bookmark and start putting in your diary now.
2012 kicks off with a number of heavyweights from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (right), starring the man also known as Bond, Daniel Craig, to Spielberg's latest epic movie War Horse. Cinemagoers in Brazil will also be treated to a showing of the documentary Music According to Tom Jobim about the legendary Brazilian musician, one of the composers of Girl From Ipanema, which promises to serve as a great introduction to this musical legend.
The Iron Lady is not a bizarre sequel to The Iron Man, but rather a controversial biopic of that lady who was not for turning, Britsh Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, for which lead actress Meryl Streep has won plaudits. Reminiscences of another (somewhat softer, though perhaps no less complex) female icon, Marilyn Monroe, are expected in Seven Days With Marilyn. David Cronenberg's claustrophobic tale of hysteria and the birth of psychoanalysis, A Dangerous Method (pictured, starring Keira Knightley), also officially comes to screens after a preview last year as part of the Rio Film Festival.
Some family feel-good films hit the screens in March, alongside others of the more disconcerting variety. We Bought A Zoo is based on a true story, and then a book of the same name, of a family who restore a rundown zoo after the death of the mother. At the other end of the scale, Shame comes to Brazil two months after its UK launch, telling the torrid tale of a sex addict battling his demons, played by Michael Fassbender. The Hunger Games, a dystopian story of a post-apocalyptic US in which youngsters fight to the death on television, promises to be no less thought-provoking, while Raul: O Inicio, O fim e O Meio documents the life and times of a legend of Brazilian psychedelic rock'n'roll, Raul Seixas.
Some familiar faces are back to make an appearance again in April, from those crazy American Pie kids, back as adults (sort of) for The Reunion, to '90s comedy favourites the Farrelly Brothers, hoping their tribute to The Three Stooges will put them back at the top of the comedy game. For those looking for something more on the edgy side, Headhunters is a dark tale of corporate revenge based on a Norweigan novel which looks set to be strangely satisfying, if not for the faint of heart.
May brings Sacha Baron Cohen's new character, The Dictator, but can it live up to previous efforts? Tim Burton's latest off-the-wall offering Dark Shadows pairs the Gothic director once again with Johnny Depp, and we're expecting yet another sequel with the extra-terrestrial adventures of those Men in Black II (pictured). This time, the space-cops travel back in time, where they are joined somewhat incongrously by Emma Thompson in their third fight against evil aliens.
The middle of the year always brings the big blockbusters and family-friendly films, and this year is no exception. Jack The Giant Killer stars Bill Nighy and Ian McShane and is loosely based on the children's fairy story Jack and the Beanstalk. Other big releases include Alien director Ridley Scott's new sci-fi adventure Prometheus, still shrouded in secrecy, but if mainstream movies aren't your cup of tea, Romanian director Radhu Mihaileanu's offbeat romance The Source (pictured), has already won rave reviews.
The big releases continue, with the latest movie in the Batman franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, and rival superhero Spiderman coming back to our screens with The Amazing Spider-Man, now played by Andrew Garfield. This time, we follow the superhero through his teenage years, experiencing all-too-human problems alongside altogether more fantastical ones. Total Recall is yet another blast from the past to hit the screens in August, this time around thankfully starring Colin Farrell instead of Arnie.
Daniel Craig makes another appearance in the third instalment of the seemingly endless Bond franchise, in Skyfall. There's another kooky offering from Tim Burton with Frankenweenie, this time an animation, and Keira Knightley is back in the period costumes again as Anna Karenina in an adaptation of the Tolstoy classic.
In the lead-up to Christmas, look forward to another revenge-fest from Quentin Tarantino, this time starring Jamie Foxx as Django Unchained, a slave-turned-bounty-hunter who goes to rescue his wife from a sadistic plantation owner. We revisit Tolkien's fantasy world with The Hobbit, and Daniel Day-Lewis gives one of his rare but no doubt charismatic screen turns, this time taking on the role of Lincoln in the biopic of the American president also directed by Spielberg.