1. Technology

3D Movies 2012 - Summer Blockbuster Edition

3D Films in May, June, July, and August


There are 9 3D movies slated for release during this year's summer blockbuster season.

Although the number of 3D films is down from last year when fourteen stereoscopic films were released during the same stretch, two things make me hopeful that the format will enjoy it's most successful summer to date.

First, seven of the nine films were filmed in 3D instead of converted in post (which was the trend in 2010). Almost across the board, movies that have been filmed in 3D have been received more favorably than their post-converted counterparts (the most notable exceptions being Captain America and Thor, both from Marvel.)

Second, there are some movies I'm just really looking forward to. Ridley Scott's hotly anticipated re-entry into the Alien universe (Prometheus) looks like an action thriller for the ages, and I've been eagerly waiting for Pixar's Brave since the first pieces of concept art were released over a year ago. Throw in The Avengers, and Will Smith's return to the big screen, and you're left with a lot to look forward to.

Here's the list:


  • 5/04: The Avengers (Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel) - Riding a wave of almost unprecedented hype, all the pieces of the Marvel puzzle are in line for an extravagant convergence of super-strength, super-heroism, and Robert Downey Jr. Director Joss Whedon still has a lot of good-will from Firefly and Buffy, but the Avengers is a massive undertaking—I'm dying to see whether he'll be able to distill the complicated Avengers milieu into a movie on par with Iron Man 1. As a pretty huge fan of the Marvel film-verse, I really hope he can.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 5/25: Men in Black III (Sony Pictures) - The first Men in Black is as good as popcorn flicks can get—Will Smith in his element, hilarious, exciting, imaginative. The second Men in Black... well, it's just a good thing Sony gave us an entire decade to put it behind us. I'm hopeful that the franchise's third entry will follow the example set by the original, but we'll just have to wait until the twenty-fifth of May to find out. If nothing else, it'll be worth the ticket price just to see Will Smith doing action again.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes


  • 6/08: Prometheus (20th Century Fox) - Just a month ago, film-fans everywhere were holding their breaths waiting for the first Prometheus trailer. Was this the Ridley Scott that gave us Blade Runner and Alien or the Ridley Scott that directed decent (but ultimately forgettable) films like Robin Hood and Body of Lies. Then the trailer dropped and we all started feeling pretty silly for ever doubting the guy. See you at the midnight release.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 6/15: Jack the Giant Killer (Warner Bros.) - It's not a film that's likely to become a huge breakout hit, but that doesn't mean it won't be good. Despite having one of the blandest marketing posters I've ever seen, the trailer wasn't half bad and it looks like Singer is shooting for a darker-than-average retelling of the old Cornish fairy tale. This approach has been hit or miss in the past—last year's Red Riding Hood was an enormous disappointment, but I think director Bryan Singer brings quite a bit more to the table than Riding Hood's Hardwicke.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 6/22: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (20th Century Fox) - Until we see a trailer it's hard to pass judgment, but the concept behind this is one of the most intriguing ideas I've ever heard for a horror film. I know nothing about the source literature, so I was taken aback to find that this isn't being classified as a horror comedy a la Zombieland, but a straight edged (quasi) historical thriller.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 6/22: Brave (Disney/Pixar) - I can't tell you how excited I am to see Pixar returning to an original script after two years of sequels. Nothing against Toy Story 3—that was a phenomenal film—it's just always really fun to see what the creative minds at Pixar comes up with when they're not working within the boundaries of an established franchise. Brave has already received its share of criticism for following too closely in the aesthetic footsteps of Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon, but aside from one minor hiccup (pun intended) the studio has a pretty pristine track record. I think we'll all be pleasantly reminded why we love Pixar this coming June.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes


  • 7/03: The Amazing Spider-Man (Sony Pictures) - It seems like it was just yesterday we were watching Tobey McGuire dancing down the street like Kevin Bacon in Footloose—in reality, five years will have passed by the time The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters. Spider-Man 3 drew almost as much ire as Batman & Robin, but the new cast and crew have gone to extraordinary lengths to distance themselves from Sam Rami's Spidey interpretation. Expect a lot more dirt, grit, and action sequences that look like Mirror's Edge.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 7/13: Ice Age: Continental Drift (20th Century Fox) - At this point, there's no denying the fact that Ice Age is an international phenomenon. Even though US audiences are lukewarm on the franchise, the last Ice Age film pulled in about a three gazillion dollars in Europe, Asia, and South America—that's enough dough to make it the twenty-third highest grossing film of all time. Right ahead of Harry Potter 2, The Fellowship of the Ring, and eleven Pixar films. I don't think there's any way Fox could have predicted success on that magnitude, but something tells me they're OK with it.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes
  • 7/27: Step Up 4 (Summit Entertainment) - The summer just isn't over until we're given yet another entry in the Step Up franchise. It's not a film I'm interested in seeing, but Summit knows what their fan base wants, and to their credit they were one of the first production teams (after Avatar) to film with 3D cameras on Step Up 3D back in summer 2010.
    IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes


Somewhat surprisingly, there aren't any 3D films scheduled for an August 2012 premier. Of course, release dates do get shuffled around and August is still quite a ways out—if something get's moved or announced, we'll update this section. If not, well, there's always Finding Nemo to look forward to in September.

                                                        ◄ Winter & Spring 2012 | Fall 2012

  1. About.com
  2. Technology
  3. 3D
  4. 3D Movies
  5. 3D Movies 2012 - Summer Blockbuster Edition

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.