New Movies

Robert Pattinson as Eric Packer in Cosmopolis.


Release Date: June 8

Looking like a cross between Videodrome and American Psycho, director David Cronenberg returns with his adaptation of Dan DeLillo’s novel Cosmopolis, which follows millionaire Eric Packer (non-vampire Robert Pattinson) on his day-long journey to the barber. This sounds boring, I know, but on his journey he runs into not only a riot, but also an amazing supporting cast featuring Paul Giamaitti and Juliette Binoche. Cosmopolis has had a limited release in Canada so far, and like the novel has been met with mixed reviews, but hopefully Cronenberg has made another interesting film which will make its way to our theatres soon. JS

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Release Date: July 20

At first glance, Summer 2012 looks to be all capes and spandex, with The Avengers starting the season breaking a pile of important-sounding Hollywood records. Christopher Nolan’s final installment in his grim and gritty Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, hits theatres on July 20 and will undoubtedly continue this trend. This time through, Nolan adds some of his handsome friends from Inception: Tom Hardy as the powerhouse Bane, as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt. We’ll see how well his decision to cast Anne Hathaway as Catwoman turns out, but then almost anything is better than Halle Berry trying to mew suggestively for an hour-and-a-half. Anyway, audiences shouldn’t expect the same popcorn blitzkrieg offered by The Avengers; Nolan’s approach tends to be more hard-boiled and cerebral—a suitable match for the Caped Crusader. MJ

Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade, and Vince Vaughn in The Watch

The Watch

Release Date: July 27

You may not have heard of The Watch yet due to the marketing minefield of promoting a comedy about a dangerously incompetent neighbourhood watch team during the Trayvon Martin neighbourhood watch shooting trial. Still, there’s hope that this latest “comedy buddies” flick will turn out more like Kristen Wiig’s Bridesmaids than Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups. It’s got the requisite cast of comedy players (Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill)—though each has had their share of slam dunks and lame ducks. Will we get Wedding Crashers Vince Vaughn… or Fred Claus?—under the direction of The Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer, and the script got a major overhaul courtesy of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, 50/50). And hey, Moss from The IT Crowd is in it! LP

Norman in ParaNorman


Release Date: August 17

From the makers of Coraline comes another stop-motion animated movie with a peculiar protagonist. ParaNorman is the story of Norman, a boy who is misunderstood by his family and shunned by his peers because of his offbeat personality and gift of being able to talk to the dead. The haters get their comeuppance, however, when Norman has to use his strange gift to try and save his town from a witch’s curse. This movie is cute enough to tow the masses, but also has enough supernatural fare to appeal to your run-of-the-mill bay goth teen, as well as those of us verging on 30 but don’t want to believe it. NI