Finally, some movies I actually want to see!

The year in movies has thus far been rather disappointing. Apart from a trio of solid comic book movies (The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises) and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, I hadn’t had a really memorable experience at the movies through the first nine months of 2012.

But I’m hopeful that things are about to change.

Last weekend I saw Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest, The Master (more below), and it was preceded by seven trailers — yes, seven! — all of which were at least mildly promising. I can’t remember the last time that happened.

Here are the eleven upcoming movies I’m most anticipating (in order of my excitement):

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Song of the Day #759: ‘On My Own’ – Frances Ruffelle

Les Miserables was the first musical cast recording I ever owned. The soundtrack was given to me by my girlfriend in our senior year of high school. She was a musical theater type herself — the lead actress in all of our school plays — and I suppose she wanted me to better appreciate her world.

I never became much of a drama kid — backstage work and a bit part in The Man Who Came to Dinner pretty much covered it — but I did wear out my cassette of Les Miserables (recorded by the London cast, a very important distinction according to my girlfriend).

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