These days, there are nearly endless options for personal entertainment. Much of this is thanks to the expansion of the Internet and the ability to have access to it at all times through smart phones and other mobile devices. Now, if you have some time to simply entertain yourself, or you get bored or have a break, you can easily pull up a gaming app, or even watch an episode of your favorite TV show on a device small enough to fit in your pocket! However, despite all of these advances in entertainment convenience, there is still no substitute for the enjoyment of seeing a great film at the cinema – and the second half of 2012 is looking like a great time for film. Here are a few specific films to keep your eye out for.
• The Master – Already generating a great deal of buzz for the major awards of the year, The Master tells a dramatic story of a World War 2 veteran who decides to create his own religion after the way. Philip Seymour Hoffman will play the role of “The Master,” heading up a cast that also includes Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix in what is sure to be a brilliantly acted film.
• Cloud Atlas – The latest effort from Matrix creators the Wachowski brothers will be a sprawling drama that deals with how decisions and events affect the lives of other people in the past, present and future. Specifically, the film will center on a former killer who is transformed into a hero by the events that surround him. Cloud Atlas stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, and Susan Sarandon, among others.
• Lincoln – Though the film is perhaps more relevant to American audiences, it is sure to be a very engaging picture regardless. Directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Acadamy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln, this has the ingredients to be one of the most powerful historical biopics in recent memory.
• Skyfall – The 23rd James Bond film is finally almost here, and will feature Daniel Craig in his 3rd turn as the tougher, more brooding Bond character debuted in Casino Royale. In this installment, Bond must choose between his allegiance to M (Judi Dench once again) and MI6 itself.
• The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – The majority of the world of entertainment mourned the end of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, as it was seen as one of the most stunning achievements in modern film. This is why fans are extremely excited for Peter Jackson’s return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world. “The Hobbit,” the adventurous prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been developed into its own film trilogy, and this first new film ought to be the most significant remaining cinema event of 2012.