This article is a pretty good reference link for all the upcoming sci-fi/fantasy/action films slated to come out this year complete w release dates. Start marking up your calendars now.
My 'to watch in the theatre (maybe) list'
Chronicle (Feb. 3)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGcwSDNFcsU
A group of teenagers gain telekinetic powers, in this "found footage" superhero movie. And judging from the trailer, one of them gets a little bit power-mad.
Outlook: The trailer looked fantastic.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (March 2)
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as Hansel and Gretel, all grown up and living as bounty-hunters who kill witches.
Outlook: Renner and Arterton wear awesome black leather outfits and tote big rifles. We're in.
The Avengers (May 4)
The culmination of all those Marvel superhero films, this one sees a crew of movie stars facing off against Loki, and his friends.
Outlook: There were rumors of budgetary disputes and Robert Downey Jr. diva behavior. But we still expect excellence.
Ridley Scott returns to science fiction in this ambiguous Alien prequel. A crew of explorers seeks the origins of humanity, but may find the end of the human race instead.
Outlook: It's Ridley Scott. And he filmed in Iceland. It looks astonishing.
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (June 22)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4U3kbV4dCU
One of our greatest presidents is revealed as a slayer of our greatest monsters, in this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's book.
Outlook: Directed by Wanted/Night Watch helmer Timur Bekmambetov. Really all you need to know.
The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)
The conclusion of Chris Nolan's epic Batman trilogy. Bane demolishes football fields, Catwoman spouts Occupy Wall Street rhetoric, and Bruce Wayne gets pretty messed up. And that's just the trailer.
Outlook: Nolan's literally never let us down. And this looks like his most insane movie yet
Total Recall (Aug 3)
Underworld's Len Wiseman directs a remake of the Paul Verhoeven film, in which we never go to Mars. Instead, the nations of Euromerica and New Shanghai battle, and Colin Farrell is caught in the middle.
Outlook: It didn't wow us at Comic-Con. But it's got cool flying cars, and probably some fun action.
Dredd (Sept. 21)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T96Znx8wC0
Mega City One's greatest lawman finally gets a serious film, with Karl Urban as a Dredd who never takes his helmet off. Sarah Connor and Cersei Lannister, aka Lena Headey, is the villain.
Outlook: The draft script was fun but nothing special. But the look of the film is picture-perfect, and script drafts can change.
Did anyone know this was being made? I didn't...
47 Ronin (Nov. 21)
One of the all-time great Japanese films gets a fantasy reimagining, full of witches and monsters.
Outlook: Director Carl Erik Rinsch blew our minds with his short film The Gift, and this is his chance to shine.
Gravity (Nov. 21)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFn7Zr7WKkI
Sandra Bullock stars in Alfonso Cuaron's epic about a woman who's trapped in space after a space shuttle accident. George Clooney co-stars.
Outlook: The Children of Men director has a new, space-bound version of his "one long take" shot which sounds astonishing. This could be actual science fiction Oscar-bait.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dec. 14)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTSoD4BBCJc
Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth, in the first half of an adaptation of Tolkien's classic quest novel.
Outlook: The first trailer was the stuff of dreams. And Martin Freeman looks perfect as Bilbo Baggins.
World War Z (Dec. 21)
Brad Pitt stars in an adaptation of Max Brooks' novel, playing a United Nations employee who races around the world trying to stop a zombie pandemic.
Outlook: They're making some pretty huge changes to the book, so fingers crossed.
Life of Pi (Dec. 21)
Yann Martel's magical-realist novel about a boy trapped on a raft with zoo animals gets a movie version from Ang Lee.
Outlook: If they keep the carnivorous islands and other weird stuff, it could be seriously insane.
Great book, curious to see what a film version looks like
NO announced release dates
The thrilling "Nazis on the Moon" film that we've been drooling over. Coming out April 4 in Finland, and hopefully sometime in the U.S.
Outlook: The concept art is stunning, and the screenplay is by Tiptree Award-winning novelist Johanna Sinisalo.