Now that we’re almost on the other side of the 2012 calendar, it’s time to start gearing up for some great movies – hopefully. There’s some intriguing ones on the list, they’re all sequels (one’s a remake), but in this case, audiences should expect quality, and most of all, a rollicking time at the theater. These are big budget popcorn movies that should be seen on the big screen first, then later consumed on Blu-ray.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation: The first did well enough to warrant this sequel. Fans of the ’80s cartoon should have something to celebrate with another live action retelling of this patriotic all-American team. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. (March 29)

Iron Man 3: Robert Downey Jr. was born to play billionaire genius and superhero, Tony Stark (AKA Iron Man). The first “Iron Man” brought a sense of fun back to comic book movies, but took the genre in an entirely new direction opening up the real possibility that comic book movies were no longer for comic geeks. (May 3)

Star Trek: Into Darkness: Leave it to J.J. Abrams to make “Star Trek” cool in a kind of “Star Wars” way, though still remaining true to the characters and Gene Roddenberry’s nearly perfect future universe. Because even in a perfectly crafted world, evil still exists. (May 17)

Man of Steel: We haven’t seen a big screen version of the Last Son of Krypton since Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns,” and that could be for the best. As the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Let’s hope people love this interpretation enough to spawn another (good) Superman franchise. (June 14)

The Wolverine: Hugh Jackman’s back, bub. Sharpen your Adamantium claws and prepare for some serious X-Men action. Should be quite a movie, especially if it’s better than “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” (July 26)

Thor: The Dark World: Another Marvel Studios movie. “Thor” did a decent job of setting up the origin story and the world Thor inhabits. With “Thor: The Dark World,” they should be able to get right down to business. (Nov. 8) 

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