Gangster Squad (11th January)
The Talent: Director Ruben Fleischer, stars Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone and Sean Penn.
The Pitch: Penn is real-life mobster Mickey Cohen. Brolin and Gosling head up the titular LAPD detectives assigned to bring him down. Stone is the femme with the fatale.
The Hook: After Lawless took the period gangster movie into the sticks, this brings it back into the city. Expect an Untouchables / L.A. Confidential vibe, especially from Gosling in his first big role since that period in 2011 when he starred in every film around.
Defining Feature: A scene featuring a massacre in a cinema has been reshot and relocated to avoid parallels with last year's shootings in Aurora, Colorado, prompting a delay in release from the original Autumn 2012 date.
Les Miserables (11th January)
The Talent: Director Tom Hooper, stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe.
The Pitch: Victor Hugo's famous story about escaped prisoner Jean Valjean (Jackman), who doesn't let the fact he's on the run from police inspector Javert (Crowe) stop him from singing.
The Hook: Fresh off scooping Oscars for The King's Speech , Hooper brings the smash-hit West End musical, which has played to over 10,000 London audiences, to the big screen.
Defining Feature: Rather than having the actors mime to pre-recorded playback, Hooper has taken the unusual step of having them sing live on set.
Django Unchained (18th January)
The Talent: Director Quentin Tarantino, stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Pitch: Freed slave Django (Foxx) hunts down his old owner (DiCaprio) after teaming up with a sardonic bounty hunter (Waltz).
The Hook: Tarantino's love of Westerns is well-known, but this is his first full-blooded attempt at the genre, borrowing an iconic character from 1960s Spaghetti Westerns and adding his own spin.
Defining Feature: After two decades of flirting with African-American culture, Tarantino tackles the roots of his country's racism. Expect controversy.
The Sessions (18th January)
The Talent: Director Ben Lewin, stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt.
The Pitch: Hawkes plays Mark O'Brien, a real-life poet whose paralysis caused him to pay a sex surrogate (Hunt) for the titular hook-ups.
The Hook: For the past three years, the breakout film of the Sundance Film Festival has starred ex- Deadwood star Hawkes. First came Winter's Bone , then Martha Marcy May Marlene , now it's The Sessions .
Defining Feature: Disability is always a big winner at the Academy Awards… but is The Sessions , an indie film, too low-key to bring Hawkes the golden baldie?
The Last Stand (25th January)
The Talent: Director Kim Ji-woon, star Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Pitch: Local sheriff Schwarzenegger has to man up when a notorious gang heads for his patch.
The Hook: It's been ten years - Terminator 3 , to be precise - since Arnie took on a leading role. Now he's finished being the Governator, he is (as the saying goes) back.
Defining Feature: Korean director Kim Ji-Woon has excelled in horror ( A Tale Of Two Sisters ), 'Eastern' ( The Good, The Bad, The Weird ) and thriller ( I Saw The Devil ). Can he crack it Stateside?
Lincoln (25th January)
The Talent: Director Steven Spielberg, star Daniel Day-Lewis.
The Pitch: The final four months of the life of one of America's greatest Presidents, as Lincoln battles to have slavery legally outlawed.
The Hook: As if having one of America's greatest filmmakers at the helm wasn't enough, Lincoln is played by one of the world's greatest actors.
Defining Feature: Day-Lewis is up for a record third Best Actor Oscar and stands a good chance of getting it.
Zero Dark Thirty (25th January)
The Talent: Director Kathryn Bigelow, stars Jessica Chastain and Mark Strong.
The Pitch: A docudrama about America's hunt for Osama Bin Laden from 9/11 to his eventual demise, as told through Chastain's operative Maya.
The Hook: Bigelow made history with The Hurt Locker - not only making the first Best Picture winner about the War on Terror but becoming the first ever female Best Director. So she's headed back to the Middle East for an even bigger story.
Defining Feature: After achieving her breakthrough in 2011 via endless supporting roles, this is Chastain's arrival as a fully-fledged movie star.
Flight (1st February)
The Talent: Director Robert Zemeckis, star Denzel Washington.
The Pitch: Washington plays a pilot who is deemed a hero after saving the lives of his passengers… but who then faces a backlash after it's revealed he was high as a kite on booze and drugs.
The Hook: A disaster movie and a courtroom drama rolled into one, as Washington delivers the kind of agitated, addicted performance that earns Oscar nominations.
Defining Feature: This is Zemeckis' first live-action movie since Cast Away in 2000… and he's crashing a plane again.
Antiviral (8th February)
The Talent: Director Brandon Cronenberg, star Caleb Landry Jones.
The Pitch: Celebrity culture is now so extreme that a company exists to harvest the diseases caught by celebrities, and inject them into the ordinary joes who want a taste of stardom, no matter how disgusting.
The Hook: Like father, like son. Following in David Cronenberg's footsteps, Brandon makes the kind of film his pa made in the 1970s - a sick, satirical horror that muses on death and disease.
Defining Feature: A starring role for Caleb Landry Jones, which looks set to raise his promising profile after supporting turns in X-Men: First Class and The Last Exorcism .
Hitchcock (8th February)
The Talent: Director Sacha Gervasi, stars Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson.
The Pitch: The making of 1960's Psycho , as filtered through the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Mirren).
The Hook: You might well do a double-take seeing Hopkins transformed into Hitchcock with impressive jowel prosthetics. To balance things, Johansson is a natural match for Janet Leigh.
Defining Feature: Hitchcock coincides with a rival film about the director's life, the made-for-TV The Girl starring Toby Jones as Hitch. Hopkins' star power should see this version win the battle of the Alfreds.
Warm Bodies (8th February)
The Talent: Director Jonathan Levine, stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer.
The Pitch: Adaptation of Isaac Marion's cult novel about a zombie's unlikely romance with a teenage girl.
The Hook: A cute high-concept premises provides the means to refresh the decaying cadavers of the increasingly over-populated zombie genre.
Defining Feature: Hoult's post- Skins career as the go-to guy for weird heartthrobs continues after his stand-out turn as Beast in X-Men: First Class .
Wreck-It Ralph (8th February)
The Talent: Director Rich Moore, star John C. Reilly.
The Pitch: A disgruntled arcade game villain decides it's time to move on, leading to inter-game chaos as Ralph tries on different personas.
The Hook: A brilliant premise kicks off an affectionate, pitch-perfect homage to several generations of video games.
Defining Feature: Something this tongue-in-cheek and original has to be Pixar, right? Nope: it's a Disney film, highlighting how well the studio has embraced CG animation.
A Good Day To Die Hard (14th February)
The Talent: Director John Moore, stars Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney.
The Pitch: Yippee-kay-ay-ski, as John McClane heads to Moscow, to get his son (Courtney) out of trouble.
The Hook: Bruce Willis might be nearing his pension and we're a long way from Nakatomi Plaza, but the fifth Die Hard movie is the year's best excuse for old-school action.
Defining Feature: The Moscow setting, further proof following Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Darkest Hour that the Russian market is now central to Hollywood's plans.
This is 40 (14th February)
The Talent: Director Judd Apatow, stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann.
The Pitch: Remember Debbie and Pete from Knocked Up ? Now, they have their own 'sort-of sequel.'
The Hook: Apatow is the most successful force in modern American film comedy - having already dissected sex and pregnancy in previous film, now it's time to put marriage under the spotlight.
Defining Feature: Not only is Mann Apatow's real-life wife, but their daughters Maude and Iris play Debbie and Pete's kids, too.
Cloud Atlas (22nd February)
The Talent: Directors Tom Tykwer, Andy & Lana Wachowski, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant.
The Pitch: David Mitchell's "unfilmable" novel about six interlinked stories, including a 19th Century adventure, a conspiracy thriller, a comedy in an old people's home and a nightmarish dystopia.
The Hook: In short, they filmed it, although it's taken the unusual teaming of Tykwer with the Wachowskis to maintain the fluid, genre-hopping tone of the novel.
Defining Feature: The actors play multiple roles, providing the likes of Hanks and Grant with some genuinely against-type performances.
To The Wonder (22nd February)
The Talent: Director Terrence Malick, stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko.
The Pitch: Affleck is caught in a love triangle between his wife (Kurylenko) and an old flame (McAdams), causing him to do a lot of staring into the stunningly-shot middle distance.
The Hook: Honestly, you wait years for Terrence Malick to complete a film and suddenly you get a deluge. After 2011's The Tree Of Life , this could be the first of three Malick films we'll see in 2013… although, given his track record, don't hold your breath.
Defining Feature: As is typical with Malick, the list of actors who filmed scenes but ended up on the cutting room floor could fill another movie: Jessica Chastain, Michael Sheen and Rachel Weisz are amongst them.
Compliance (1st March)
The Talent: Director Craig Zobel, stars Ann Dowd and Dreama Walker.
The Pitch: A fast food restaurant manager subjects a co-worker to an increasingly demeaning ordeal, simply because somebody purporting to be a police officer is giving her instructions over the phone.
The Hook: Scarily, the film is based on a real-life incident that took place in Kentucky in 2004, revealing the extent of society's willingness to follow orders.
Defining Feature: The inevitable post-screening bust-ups as friends and loved ones debate what they've just watched.
Stoker (1st March)
The Talent: Director Park Chan-wook, stars Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode.
The Pitch: Meet the Stoker family - Wasikowska, her mad mother Kidman and her mysterious uncle Goode. Expect dysfunction.
The Hook: Park, the leading light of Korean cinema thanks to Oldboy , makes his English-language debut with a twisted blend of horror and Hitchcockian psychodrama - think Dracula crossed with Shadow Of A Doubt .
Defining Feature: The screenplay is written by Wentworth Miller. Yes, as in the guy who played Michael Schofield in Prison Break .
Oz: The Great and Powerful (8th March)
The Talent: Director Sam Raimi, stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz.
The Pitch: Huckster Oscar Diggs (Franco) finds himself transported to the Land of Oz, where he's surprised to find everybody thinks he's a wizard except three witches (Kunis, Williams, Weisz).
The Hook: The prequel to The Wizard of Oz , giving Raimi the opportunity to sling his camera down the Yellow Brick Road in his first tentpole feature since the Spidey trilogy.
Defining Feature: While it covers similar territory to the Broadway smash Wicked , this version isn't a musical. Will cinemagoers be disappointed by the lack of songs?
Robot and Frank (8th March)
The Talent: Director Jake Schreier, stars Frank Langella and Peter Sarsgaard.
The Pitch: In the near-future, an elderly thief with dementia (Langella) gets a robot companion (voiced by Sarsgaard) to look after him, and transforms him into his new partner-in-crime.
The Hook: A futuristic caper movie with genuine heart in its study of old age, this is an indie sci-fi in the vein of Moon .
Defining Feature: The chemistry between Langella and Sarsgaard, two perennially underrated actors.
Maniac (15th March)
The Talent: Director Frank Khalfoun, star Elijah Wood.
The Pitch: Hardcore remake of the notorious 1980 slasher movie about a psychopath (Wood) with a penchant for scalping his victims.
The Hook: The entire film is shot from Wood's point of view, meaning that those killings are rendered in uncomfortable, gory detail.
Defining Feature: Any fears that Wood could become typecast - especially as he reprises his iconic role as Frodo in The Hobbit trilogy - are savaged here, even if the actor is rarely seen on-screen.
Welcome to the Punch (15th March)
The Talent: Director Eran Creevy, stars James McAvoy and Mark Strong.
The Pitch: The cat-and-mouse game between a detective (McAvoy) and a criminal (Strong) gets serious when both discover they're on the wrong side of a conspiracy.
The Hook: Having made his name with micro-budget gem Shifty , Creevy ramps it up a gear with a thriller whose script was voted of the best unproduced screenplays in Britain.
Defining Feature: Does British cinema have a new crime genre hero after over a decade of Guy Ritchie knock-offs?
Jack The Giant Slayer (22nd March)
The Talent: Director Bryan Singer, stars Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor.
The Pitch: The classic fairy tale gets a big-budget makeover, with Hoult playing the farmhand who unwittingly allows a race of giants back to Earth.
The Hook: Bryan Singer becomes the latest great director to try his hand at 3D and performance capture. He's excited, because "it forces the actors to regress to when they would play-act as kids or do minimalist theatre."
Defining Feature: The reunion between Singer and his Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie.
GI Joe: Retaliation (27th March)
The Talent: Director Jon M. Chu, stars Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum.
The Pitch: The sequel to 2009's The Rise Of Cobra sees the team framed as traitors and on the run, forcing them to enlist the "original" G.I. Joe (Willis).
The Hook: A largely new cast sees the first big-screen pairing of Willis and The Rock.
Defining Feature: Originally, Tatum's character Duke was set to die early on. Disappointing test screenings, plus Tatum's rising stardom, caused Paramount to pull the Summer 2012 release and order reshoots.
Carrie (5th April)
The Talent: Director Kimberly Peirce, stars Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore.
The Pitch: New adaptation of the Stephen King shocker about a teenage girl (Moretz) with telekinetic powers and a very pushy mom (Moore).
The Hook: Does Hollywood have anything to add to Brian DePalma's seminal 1976 version? Strong casting and a leftfield choice of director offer hope.
Defining Feature: Peirce, the director of Boys Don't Cry , brings a feminist perspective that should make this a different beast from DePalma's split-screen spectacular.
Oblivion (12th April)
The Talent: Director Joseph Kosinski, stars Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko.
The Pitch: On a future Earth ravaged by war with alien Scavengers, where humanity lives in the clouds, Cruise's sky patrolman's life changes when he rescues Kurylenko from a crashed spaceship.
The Hook: Cruise tends only to do one tentpole feature a year, so his presence alone - in his first sci-fi film since The War Of The Worlds - is exciting.
Defining Feature: Kosinski has adapted his follow-up to Tron: Legacy from his own graphic novel, putting him amongst the rare selection of directors - including Hayao Miyazaki and Frank Miller - who have made films based on their own comics.
The Place Beyond The Pines (12th April)
The Talent: Director Derek Cianfrance, stars Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper.
The Pitch: Gosling stars as Luke, a stunt rider whose turn to crime puts him on collision course with Cooper's cop.
The Hook: Never mind the shades of Drive in the synopsis, this is Gosling's second film with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, proving the actor's loyalty to filmmakers who bring out his best.
Defining Feature: Between this and Silver Linings Playbook , Cooper is fast becoming a dramatic actor of weight, even though his year will be dominated by The Hangover 3 .
Evil Dead (19th April)
The Talent: Director Fede Alvarez, stars Jane Levy and Shiloh Fernandez.
The Pitch: Woods. A cabin. Five friends. And a Book of the Dead.
The Hook: Sam Raimi's classic gets the remake treatment, promising to toughen up the original's humour to emphasis the gore. The red band trailer certainly suggests that's the case.
Defining Feature: The screenplay has been rewritten by Diablo Cody, and the producers are the original's director/producer/star trio of Raimi, Robert G. Tapert and Bruce Campbell, so it can't totally be lacking in laughs, right?
Iron Man 3 (26th April)
The Talent: Director Shane Black, stars Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Kingsley.
The Pitch: Back on his lonesome after The Avengers , Tony Stark (Downey Jr) faces a new threat from Kingsley's villainous Mandarin.
The Hook: Jon Favreau has been replaced behind the camera by writer/director Black, who last directed Downey Jr in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang . Expect plenty of laughs and thrills from the master of the modern action movie screenplay.
Defining Feature: Marvel Phase 2 kicks off in style with the promise of a stand-alone Stark adventure with no S.H.I.E.L.D to support him.
The Great Gatsby (17th May)
The Talent: Director Baz Luhrmann, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.
The Pitch: F. Scott Fitzgerald's much-filmed classic about a mysterious millionaire in the Roaring Twenties get a lavish makeover.
The Hook: Baz Luhrmann loves a tragic romance, and his flamboyant eye is well suited to Jazz Age fashion. But will his adaptation be faithful or a radical Moulin Rouge -style rethink of the material?
Defining Feature: Luhrmann is shooting in 3D, a rare event for a period drama.
Star Trek Into Darkness (17th May)
The Talent: Director J.J. Abrams, stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Pitch: Still boldly going in its own direction, Abrams' parallel Trek sees the Enterprise engaged in a manhunt for Cumberbatch's shadowy villain.
The Hook: Now that the new cast is in place and the slate wiped clean from Kirk, Nimoy et al, this is the chance for Abrams to really go for it.
Defining Feature: Little has been confirmed about Cumberbatch's on-screen identity, but - along with his role as Smaug in The Hobbit - this is the year when he will make his mark on Hollywood.
Man of Steel (14th June)
The Talent: Director Zack Snyder, stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon.
The Pitch: Superman rebooted, taking us back to his roots as an Earthbound Kryptonian baby and his battle with rogue General Zod (Shannon).
The Hook: Produced by Christopher Nolan, this is D.C.'s attempt to muscle in on Marvel with a Batman Begins -style 'dark' reimagining. But with the divisive Snyder at the helm, can it emulate the Caped Crusader's success?
Defining Feature: After missing out on the role of Superman in 2006 (and James Bond, and Edward Cullen, and just about every other major franchise lead), this is Henry Cavill's long-overdue moment to shine.
R.I.P.D. (21st June)
The Talent: Director Robert Schwentke, stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.
The Pitch: You might think Reynolds' career as a cop would be over when he's killed. Think again - now he's an undead officer in the Rest In Peace Department.
The Hook: As high-concept as action thrillers get, this gives Reynolds another shot at his own comic-book franchise after the stuttering Green Lantern .
Defining Feature: It stands to reason that the afterlife needs law enforcement, so expect Reynolds' case to take him to Heaven and Hell.
World War Z (21st June)
The Talent: Director Marc Forster, star Brad Pitt.
The Pitch: Based on Max Brooks' cult novel - an oral history of a zombie pandemic - this sees U.N. worker Pitt traversing the globe in search of a cure.
The Hook: The Walking Dead raised the bar for on-screen zombies; this is the chance to wrestle the genre back into cinemas with its most literate, thoughtful depiction in years.
Defining Feature: Endless reshoots and rumours of a behind-the-scenes have seen the release date slip back from its mooted Christmas 2012 berth. Still, the footage seen to date looks fabulous.
End Of The World (28th June)
The Talent: Directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, stars Seth Rogen, Emma Watson and Jonah Hill.
The Pitch: A bunch of celebs - all playing themselves - gather at a Hollywood party, only for the titular apocalypse to be unleashed.
The Hook: Best pals (and Superbad scriptwriters) Rogen and Goldberg try their hand at meta-comedy - think Entourage with added destruction.
Defining Feature: Not to be confused with Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's The World's End , despite incredibly similar titles and booze/apocalypse plotlines.
Monsters University (12th July)
The Talent: Director Dan Scanlon, stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman.
The Pitch: The prequel to Monsters, Inc. as wannabe scarers Mike (Crystal) and Sulley (Goodman) become rivals at the titular college.
The Hook: Monsters, Inc. becomes the third Pixar original to get a follow-up, as Pixar continues to mine its back catalogue. But who doesn't want more of the double-act between Crystal and Goodman?
Defining Feature: Can the stars - both in their sixties - pitch their voices to sound like teenagers?
Pacific Rim (12th July)
The Talent: Director Guillermo Del Toro, stars Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba.
The Pitch: Giant sea monsters vs human-piloted robots. Bring it on.
The Hook: Del Toro's first film since 2008's Hellboy: The Golden Army is, in the director's words, "a beautiful poem to giant monsters."
Defining Feature: After his Gilliam-esque difficulties in getting a project completed - he was originally down to direct The Hobbit , and At The Mountains Of Madness remains in limbo - it's nice that Del Toro is finally back.
Kick-Ass 2 (19th July)
The Talent: Director Jeff Wadlow, stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
The Pitch: Kick-Ass (Taylor-Johnson) and Hit Girl (Moretz) reunite as the one-time Red Mist (Mintz-Plasse) rebrands as super-villain The Mother Fucker.
The Hook: Kick-Ass was 2010's most unlikely hit: a brutally violent but tongue-in-cheek comic-book brawl. This sequel ups the ante, with the new cast including Jim Carrey as vigilante Colonel Stars and Stripes.
Defining Feature: While the first film's director Matthew Vaughn remains on board as producer, he's handed directorial reins to the largely unheralded Jeff Wadlow.
The Wolverine (25th July)
The Talent: Director James Mangold, star Hugh Jackman.
The Pitch: Film number 6 for Jackman's Wolverine, who travels to Japan for an epic dust-up with a Yakuza boss from his past.
The Hook: After the muted reception for X-Men Origins: Wolverine , Jackman is really going for it this time. Largely free of mutant baggage, as the title implies this is the definitive article when it comes to the character.
Defining Feature: The oft-delayed project was long mooted as a Darren Aronofsky film - a perfect choice for Wolverine's obsessive character. Can 'jack of all trades' Mangold summon up the same intensity?
The Lone Ranger (9th August)
The Talent: Director Gore Verbinski, stars Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp.
The Pitch: Reboot of the classic Western serials about a vigilante cowboy (Hammer) and his Native American companion Tonto (Depp).
The Hook: With the Pirates Of The Caribbean saga suffering diminishing returns, the original team - Depp, director Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio - are hoping to recapture former glories by swapping the Jolly Roger for a six-shooter.
Defining Feature: Depp isn't the lead… but then nor was Captain Jack Sparrow supposed to be the star of the first Pirates film.
The World's End (14th August)
The Talent: Director Edgar Wright, stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
The Pitch: A group of friends reunite for a nostalgic pub crawl, only to realise that the apocalypse might be looming.
The Hook: Shaun Of The Dead did horror. Hot Fuzz did action. Now it's time for sci-fi, as Wright, Pegg and Frost continue to combine cosy British traditions with thrilling Hollywood genre moves.
Defining Feature: This is the concluding part of the so-called Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Expect Mint Chocolate Chip.
The Alan Partridge Movie (16th August)
The Talent: Director Declan Lowney, star Steve Coogan.
The Pitch: Knowing me, small-screen comedy icon Alan Partridge, knowing you, big-screen spin-off. A-ha!
The Hook: The Inbetweeners Movie has raised the bar for the box-office performance of TV-to-cinema adaptations; with Coogan and co-writer/creator Armando Ianucci no strangers to the big screen, this should set a new benchmark.
Defining Feature: Longstanding rumours that the film would involve sending Alan to America, in the tradition of Bean or Borat , have been poleaxed by Ianucci.
Elysium (20th September)
The Talent: Director Neill Blomkamp, stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley.
The Pitch: An ex-con (Damon) takes on a perilous mission on a future Earth divided between the poverty of those on the scorched surface and the riches of the elite aboard space station Elysium.
The Hook: Blomkamp's debut District 9 was the sleeper hit of 2009 - a blockbuster on a budget that scored a rare Best Picture nomination for a sci-fi actioner. This time around, he has more money and an A-list cast. Excited yet?
Defining Feature: District 9 was distinguished by its social awareness and allegory of apartheid. All signs are that Elysium will be a timely fable for a world gripped by financial crisis.
Only God Forgives (date TBC)
The Talent: Director Nicolas Winding Refn, star Ryan Gosling.
The Pitch: Gosling plays Julian, whose Thai kickboxing club is a front for criminal activities. Crime and fighting? That's not going to end well.
The Hook: Refn and Gosling's first collaboration, Drive , was voted our Film of 2011 and one of the decade's defining movies to date. It's fair to say we're excited.
Defining Feature: The teaser poster - featuring a battered, puffy-eyed Gosling - suggests that Drive 's brutal violence was only the beginning.
Oldboy (11th October, USA)
The Talent: Director Spike Lee, stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.
The Pitch: American remake of Park Chan-wook's classic Korean revenge saga, about a man (Josh Brolin) released from 15 years' captivity and given a few days to figure out why he was imprisoned.
The Hook: Given the involvement of Spike Lee, and some smart casting decisions, this is the most promising Hollywood take on an Asian thriller since Scorsese's The Departed - provided it's willing to go to the dark places that Park took the original.
Defining Feature: At one point, this was going to be a Steven Spielberg / Will Smith project. Hard to imagine if you know the original.
Thor 2: The Dark World (8th November)
The Talent: Director Alan Taylor, stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman.
The Pitch: Back from Avengers duty, Asgardian prince Thor (Hemsworth) faces a new threat from malevolent elf king Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).
The Hook: Like Iron Man 3 , Marvel is committed to keeping its Avengers on active duty in their own franchises - except with Thor's brother Loki (Hiddleston) around, surely there has to be some crossover with last year's mega-hit?
Defining Feature: With Thor director Kenneth Branagh electing not to return, TV veteran Taylor - fresh off a long run on Game Of Thrones - secures his blockbuster debut.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (22nd November)
The Talent: Director Francis Lawrence, stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
The Pitch: The sequel to The Hunger Games sees Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) forced to undertake a victory tour of Panem's districts, only to realise she's become the focal point for a revolution.
The Hook: Suzanne Collins' epic saga was built to grow from the original games and, with the first film the biggest non-superhero hit of 2012, few will want to miss watching how things pan out.
Defining Feature: I Am Legend 's Francis Lawrence, replacing Gary Ross, has been hired to direct the rest of the story, with the two-part Mockinjay scheduled for release in 2014 and 2015.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (13th December)
The Talent: Director Peter Jackson, stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Pitch: The middle section of Jackson's Lord Of The Rings 'prequel' trilogy, revolving around the efforts of Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) to secure the treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug (Cumberbatch).
The Hook: Jackson is hoping that lightning will strike twice by making The Hobbit a Christmas ritual as The Lord Of The Rings was. The main reason to show up will be the face/off with Smaug, potentially this trilogy's own Helms Deep.
Defining Feature: Part One - An Unexpected Journey - has received mixed reviews for elongating Tolkien's slim novel into three films, and for its distracting High Frame Rate of 48 frames per second. By this time next year, we'll have a better idea of whether those gambles have paid off.
Jack Ryan (26th December)
The Talent: Director Kenneth Branagh, stars Chris Pine, Kenneth Branagh and Keira Knightley.
The Pitch: A reboot of the titular character created by Tom Clancy, and previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.
The Hook: For the first time, the film is an original screen story rather than a direct adaptation of a Clancy novel, hopefully giving Pine ample scope to make the role his own.
Defining Feature: After Thor , Branagh's stock has never been higher in Hollywood - and this time he's decided to have some fun in front of the camera, too.
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