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February 13, 2012

Can't-miss movies: 2012 features big-buzz blockbusters

Sure, it's only February, but we're already planning out our trips to the multiplex over the next 10 months.

While 2011 was fairly lackluster in terms of Hollywood output, there is enough adventure and excitement ahead to keep our popcorn buckets full throughout the year.

The Hunger Games (March 23)

In a dystopian future, young "tributes" from each of the districts of Panem are pitted against one another in a fight to the death.

Why we can't wait: It’s the first of Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy to hit the big screen, and the book was a perfect balance of action and heart. Plus, Jennifer Lawrence seems perfectly suited to the role of heroine Katniss Everdeen.

The Avengers (May 4)

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the top-secret agency known as SHIELD assembles Earth’s mightiest heroes to fight back.

Why we can't wait: Iron Man + The Hulk + Thor + Captain America + Director Joss Whedon = Geek heaven. The seeds for this Marvel tag team were planted with the first “Iron Man” in 2008, so it has four years of built-up anticipation behind it.

Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1)

An evil queen, scared by the threat of Snow White becoming the fairest one of all, recruits a huntsman to track her into the forest and kill her.

Why we can't wait: Even if you're not a big Kristen Stewart fan, the trailers make it clear that this is Charlize Theron’s film. As the queen, Theron looks like she's cornered the market on chilly scene chewing (which leaves poor Julia Roberts -- starring as the queen in "Mirror Mirror," out on March 30 -- on the losing end of this year's Snow White showdown).

Prometheus (June 8)

While investigating an advanced alien race, the crew of the Prometheus make a discovery that could provide the answers to humanity's origins.

Why we can't wait: Ridley Scott returns to sci-fi with a film that, while not technically a prequel to his 1979 "Alien," is set in the same universe and has some direct ties to that movie.

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