30 Movies for Teens 2012

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The Hunger Games
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The 2013 List is Ready: 
55 Best Movies for Teens 2013

If you are looking for movies for teens opening in 2012, this is a list of what is available right now. Many movies for later in the year are not even announced yet, which is why I write new lists for the summer and fall. Please be sure to check those later in 2012.

1. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ( 2/10) – 3D action adventure sequel to the 2008 Journey to the Center of the Earth. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Sir Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson (Peeta in the upcoming Hunger Games), Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzmán and Kristin Davis.

2. Gone (2/24) – A thriller starring Amanda Seyfried that should interest older teens.

3. John Carter (3/9) – Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ science fiction book series where a confederate captain is transported to Mars. This epic film stars Taylor Kitsch and Willem Dafoe. Fans of Lost will look forward to the score of the movie as it was composed by Michael Giacchino.

4. The Bully Project (3/9) – Documentary about bullying in U.S. schools. Originally screened at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

5. 21 Jump Street (3/16) – Based on the Fox TV series from the late 80s about young looking undercover police officers pretending to be teens.The movie stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as the police officers going undercover in a high school to bust a drug ring.

6. Mirror, Mirror (3/16) – Based on the Brothers Grimm Snow White, this fantasy comedy stars Julia Roberts as the queen and Lily Collins and Armie Hammer as Snow White and the Prince.

7. The Hunger Games (3/23) – The potential heir to Harry Potter and Twilight, the first movie of the Hunger Games series is finally here. This science fiction action drama is set in a post-apocalyptic United States called Panem. Each year the Capital punishes its 12 districts by making them send 2 teens each to fight to the death in the hunger games. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson as Gale and Peeta. Also featured are Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and Stanley Tucci. Watch the Hunger Games movie trailer!

8. American Reunion (4/6) – The 4th of the original American Pie series of American Pie, American Pie 2 and American Wedding. The original cast is back and the plot has them returning to town for a high school reunion.

9. The Avengers (5/4) – Written and directed by Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse), The Avengers is based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name. The movie stars  Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson.

10. Battleship (5/18) – Science fiction war film based on the Battleship game, starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna and Liam Neeson.

11. Men in Black 3 (5/25) – Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back in this science fiction comedy in 3D. Agent J (Smith) must travel back in time and team up with a younger agent K (Josh Brolin) to save the fate of the planet.

12. Rock of Ages (6/1) – Tom Cruise stars in this adaptation of the Broadway musical. Also starring Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Kevin Nash, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, Malin Åkerman, and Mary J. Blige, the movie features the music of  Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, and Twisted Sister.

Snow White

13. Snow White & the Huntsman (6/1) – In the second Snow White film of the year (and don’t forget the TV show Once Upon a Time), Snow White is played by Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and the Queen is now Charlize Theron, who seems to be on a mean streak lately.

14. Prometheus (6/8) – Ridley Scott directs this science fiction film that was originally intended to be a prequel to Alien. Prometheus takes place in the late 21st century as its crew tries to learn about the beginning of mankind by exploring the civilization of an alien race. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron.

15. Donny’s Boy (6/15) – A father (Adam Sandler) moves in with his son (Andy Samberg) right before his wedding and soon begins sparring with his daughter-in-law (Leighton Meester).

16. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (6/22) – Supernatural film based on the novel in which Abraham Lincoln has a secret identity as a vampire hunter.


17. Brave (6/22) – Disney 3D computer animated adventure produced by Pixar. In Brave, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

18 The Amazing Spider-Man (7/3) – A complete reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, starring Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Emma Stone as his love interest and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard. To be released in both 3D and IMAX 3D.

19. Ted (7/13) -Directed by Seth McFarlane (Family Guy) Ted stars Mark Wahlberg in a comedy in which his character, John, had his childhood dream come true when his teddy bear, Ted, came to life. However, things get more complicated when he becomes an adult. Also starring Mila Kunis.

20. The Dark Knight Rises (7/20) – The 3rd film in the Christopher Nolan Batman series. Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy this installment will serve as the conclusion to the series.

21. Neighborhood Watch (7/27) – A comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Nicholas Braun in which a group of neighbors set up a neighborhood watch in the suburbs as an excuse to get away from their families. However, they discover an alien plot that threatens the world and they must do something.

22. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (8/3) – The 3rd film in the series, based on the 4th book in the series.

23. Total Recall (8/3) – Based on the 1990 Total Recall film starring Arnold Arnold Schwarzenegger this movie stars Colin Farrell in the lead role. As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on. Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston also star.

24. Sparkle (8/10) – Inspired by the Supremes, Sparkle is about three teenage sisters in the 1950s who form a girl group. This will be the acting debut of American Idol winner Jordan Sparks. Also starring Derek Luke, Whitney Houston, Mike Epps, Cee-Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, and Omari Hardwick

25. Dredd (9/21) – An adaptation of the 2000 AD comic book character Judge Dredd starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby. In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

26. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Fall) – An adaptation of the novel about a high-school freshman who copes with his mental issues while trying to find a place to belong. He is introduced to the world of sex and drugs by senior friends. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Paul Rudd, Mae Whitman, Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Kate Walsh and Dylan McDermott.

27. My Mother’s Curse (Changed to The Guilt Trip) (11/2) – Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen star in a comedy about a mother and son driving cross country together.

28. Red Dawn (11/2) – Remake of the 1984 movie in which a group of teenagers look to save their town from a North Korean invasion. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki and Josh Hutcherson.

29. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (11/16) – The 5th and final movie of the series based on the second half of the 4th book and final book. Based on the book, this movie should be action packed and the most exciting of the series.

30. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12/14) – An adaptation of the J.R.R Tolkien novel, which was a prequel to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, in two parts. Peter Jackson is back as director. The lead role of Bilbo Baggins will be played by Martin Freeman. Reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings series are Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom. The second part of the movie, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is scheduled to be released December 13, 2013.

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  1. The hunger games is now one of my favourite books and films! thanks

  2. i saw all of those movies and the best one for me is “Ted”

  3. those are boring movies people should see :shutter,titanic,avatar,ted thatis the only good one here ,sinister,the house at the end of the street , piranha 3DD and piranha 3D cause all of those movie sincerly sorry bot that’s my opinion. 🙂

  4. I personally enjoyed watching the hunger games (at last, something that doesn’t have sparkling vampires in it). It had me thinking if it were better for broadway to make a musical for the hunger games over the amazing spiderman (which disappointed me in its current form).

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