As we kick off a brand new year in cinema, I thought I’d take time to look beforehand on the films we will be hit with over the route of the year. In this article, I’ll be going over what my 15 most anticipated films are for the year. Now it should be referred to, these are not the movies that I feel can be the first-rate of 2011 always. Rather, they’re those that, as of the time of this writing, I am watching for the maximum. So without further ado, here are my maximum expected movies of 2011.
1. Sucker Punch
Director: Zack Snyder
Writer: Zack Snyder and Steve Shibuya
Stars: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens and Abbie Cornish
Release Date: March 25, 2011
Genre: Action Fantasy Thriller
What is it: A younger female is institutionalized with the aid of her depraved stepfather. Retreating to an opportunity truth as a coping method, she envisions a plan so as to assist her break out from the power.
Why it need to be exact: Really hot and badass chicks carrying schoolgirl outfits and other skimpy clothes, with swords and weapons, coupled with Snyder’s wonderful visible flair? Yea, truely rely me in. The trailer for this issue simply looks completely awesome. From the fashion to the movement, even the story (even as seeming a bit accessible) seems cool. I’m beginning to very well revel in Snyder’s paintings. If The Adjustment Bureau might be this 12 months’s new Inception because of its mindfuck story, then Sucker Punch may want to without a doubt be this yr’s Inception meets The Dark Knight meets 300 meets Inglorious Basterds due to it’s style and epic adventure, yet darkish tone with trade realities. This movie simply oozes style and badass-ness and I definitely can’t look forward to what’s certain to be an definitely entertaining, epic journey.
Why it can suck: Snyder can be a piece off his mark sometimes. While Watchmen turned into enjoyable, it did get a piece boring. And Legend of the Guardians is stated to be afflicted by a few pacing problems as well and has drawn mixed opinions from critics. Though to be honest to Snyder, he wrote neither of these films, however is responsible for the writing (or as a minimum screenplay) of the badass three hundred.
2. Sherlock Holmes 2
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writer: Kieran and Michele Mulroney
Stars: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Stephen Fry
Release Date: December sixteen, 2011
Genre: Action Mystery
What is it: Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and produce down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.
Why it have to be exact: I’m a big Sherlock Holmes fan. The Doyle testimonies still stand as my preferred books nowadays. I love Sherlock. He’s this type of badass. And in the end, a movie seems to have captured that pretty well. The first was one of the better portrayals of Sherlock I had seen. Rather than being portrayed as a snooty, ‘proper’ and complicated Englishman, he become shown with all of the rough edges that Doyle wrote him with. While the movie turned into indeed Hollywood-ized beyond some thing you would locate in the books, it become a a laugh journey and pretty an enjoyable movie. Guy Ritchie is a excellent filmmaker as properly. For those reasons, and my love for Sherlock, I’m very lots eager to peer how Part 2 turns out, specifically as they go head-to-head with Moriarty. Also, I’m eager to look how properly Noomi Rapace (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,and so on) does in her Hollywood debut.
Why it could suck: New writers. The original writers from the primary are not coming returned as an alternative Kieran and Michele Mulroney are taking on the process. So let’s examine how they deal with it. Relatively new to writing, the two formerly wrote Paper Man which didn’t fair so well with critics.
3. Paranormal Activity 3
Director: Tod Williams
Writer: Christopher B. Landon and Michael R. Perry; characters by way of Oren Peli
Stars: Katie Featherston
Release Date: October 21, 2011
What is it: Well, we have no concept what this one is going to be about as nothing has been given. However, the primary movie accompanied a couple that have been being haunted by an evil spirit who possessed Katie. The sequel (which become extra of a prequel) followed Katie’s sister’s own family as that equal spirit haunts them and their child. This all culminates to the 2 tales converging on the cease of Part 2 wherein it gets to the point wherein Part 1 ends and we see what occurs after the entire event. Undoubtedly, Part 3 is about to pick up where Part 2 and 1 left off. What happens from there? Your bet is as properly as mine.
Why it need to be true: The first Paranormal Activity have become something of a cult phenomenon/sensation. Hailed as the scariest movie of the year, people flocked to the film making it a huge fulfillment. And rightly so in my e book. It changed into a minimalistic horror film that took it back to the roots of the style by using the usage of anxiety and suspense to virtually instill worry and terror in the minds of the target market. Part 2, even as a few human beings appeared to not adore it as an awful lot because the first, did extra of the same. I genuinely thought Part 2 changed into pretty an awful lot proper on par with the primary. And the imaginative storytelling that created a parallel prequel to the first became clearly cool. The writer and writers of this franchise have really shown that the horror style can be revived and does not ought to be all approximately gore and such. They’ve completed a great activity with instilling that fear within the target audience as nicely, tapping into that worry, leaving the audience’s creativeness to run wild whilst being completely captivated. I anticipate no less from the 0.33.
Why it may suck: If you feel the second changed into worse than the primary, then you will be in for some disappoint while you find out the same writers and director of the sequel are lower back. However, like with Part 2, Oren Peli (the writer of the franchise) continues to be very much concerned and is serving as producer on this movie.
Director: Greg Mottola
Writer: Nick Frost and Simon Pegg
Stars: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg and Seth Rogen
Release Date: March 18, 2011
Genre: Sci-fi Comedy
What is it: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy journey Paul as sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they by accident meet an alien who brings them on an insane street ride that alters their universe for all time. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by way of Seth Rogen) has been placing out at a pinnacle-secret army base. For reasons unknown, the space-journeying smart ass comes to a decision to break out the compound and hop on the primary car out of metropolis-a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by means of federal retailers and the fanatical father of a young girl that they by chance kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling get away plan to return Paul to his mother deliver. And as two nerds struggle to assist, one little green guy might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.
Why it ought to be precise: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost again collectively again. That should be enough. Seriously. When these two guys get collectively it’s gold, as evidenced through Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. This might be my favored duo round in recent times. They’ll additionally be pairing up to put in writing this that is continually a terrific element as properly (properly, this will be Frost’s first real writing process, but Pegg has been answerable for their first outings together). Now, they might not be reuniting with Edgar Wright for this one, as a substitute they may be teaming with the director of Adventureland andSuperbad, two films which I in reality loved. On top of all of that, they have got comedic celebrity Seth Rogan becoming a member of them. Sounds like quite the group sincerely and I’m alternatively excited for what I’m sure might be a completely humorous movie, and likely turn out to be being the comedy of the year.
Why it can suck: You do should marvel if a number of that magic from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz will be lost as Frost and Pegg keep on with out Wright. I think they’re amazing comedic competencies although and may stand on their own. And the somewhat all-superstar get-collectively need to compensate.
5. The Adjustment Bureau
Director: George Nolfi
Writer: George Nolfi; Based on Short Story by Philip K. Dick
Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Terence Stamp
Release Date: March four, 2011
What is it: Just as he is on the brink of prevailing a senate seat, politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets a ballerina named Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). Though David is smitten, mysterious men conspire to keep him far from the stunning dancer. David learns he’s up in opposition to the powerful marketers of Fate itself, and, glimpsing the future laid out earlier than him, need to both be given a predetermined course that doesn’t encompass Elise, or defy Fate to be with her.
Why it have to be suitable: Honestly, this sounds like it may be this 12 months’s Inception. With plenty of mindfucks happening, it’s a mystery involving unique stages of truth and mysterious forces. Matt Damon sincerely has a tendency to polish in these styles of films. The trailer has me instead intrigued and looks as if it may provide quite an spell binding adventure. While this is Nolfi’s directorial debut, he did write The Bourne Ultimatum, for that reason might be teaming up with Damon all over again. The film is primarily based on a short story with the aid of Philip K. Dick, whose work has been the grounds for such movies asBlade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, Paycheck and A Scanner Darkly. So with probably a few desirable supply fabric, and a writer that could simply do the component (as illustrated with The Bourne Ultimatum) we may be in for a actual deal with.
Why it is able to suck: This is Nolfi’s first time within the director’s seat, so we’ll ought to be patient if he is in over his head. Furthermore, it is being billed as something of a romance mystery. So permit’s hope they don’t pass overboard with the romance element and make it a few sappy romance movie for which they sacrifice some of the plot to attention on the romance.
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Director: Rob Marshall
Writer: Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane
Release Date: May 20, 2011
Genre: Fantasy Action-Adventure
What is it: Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to locate the elusive fountain of teenagers, most effective to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.
Why it have to be top: Some humans have hated them. Some have thought they have gotten worse as they went along. I’ve discovered the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to be a a laugh adventure. Just a a laugh film with plenty of adventure, some cool special effects, and simply top times. And maybe it is my guy-crush I even have on Depp, however I’m truely pleased to peer him back as Jack Sparrow. The character is so much a laugh and continually provides for some leisure. Should be interesting to peer how they pass approximately freshening up the franchise in addition to they get a new solid of characters even as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are out.
Why it can suck: It’s a Hollywood sequel, the ones continually have chances of sucking. Also, the exclusion of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann could put a damper on matters. While there’s a hazard that it may freshen it up, there is just as a whole lot a risk that some of that magic is probably lost as they look to replace the ones characters. Also, while we do get the identical writers again, we’ve got a new director taking in this sequel. Pirates seems to be out of Rob Marshall’s comfort sector (pleasant recognized for Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago) so we will must wait and see how he can manage an movement adventure of this scope.
7. The Hangover 2
Director: Todd Phillips
Writer: Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong and Craig Mazin
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha
Release Date: May 26, 2011
What is it: Not a lot is understood approximately the plot of this sequel. What is known is that the crowd is again to get into extra trouble as they journey to Thailand. And Phillips promise loads of fucked up surprises and hilarity.
Why it must be desirable: The Hangover became hilarious I notion. The solid of the original had excellent chemistry and the writing become hilarious. It supplied for numerous laugh-out-loud moments and was one of the funniest films of the yr (one of the funniest I’ve seen in some time too). Hopefully, getting the gang lower back collectively will offer for more hilarity that the first one brought.
Why it is able to suck: New writers. The writers from the first aren’t coming lower back and had been changed. Instead we get Scot Armstrong and Craig Mazin which have added us such garbage asSemi-Pro, Starsky and Hutch, Scary Movie 4 and Superhero Movie. If their beyond work is any indicator of their expertise, the writers may want to in reality butcher this franchise.
8. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Director: Michael Bay
Writer: Ehren Kruger
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson
Release Date: July 1, 2011
Genre: Sci-fi Action-Adventure
What is it: The Autobots analyze of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race towards the Decepticons to attain it and learn its secrets, that could flip the tide inside the Transformers’ very last warfare.
Why it ought to be precise: I’ve enjoyed the franchise to date. While Part 2, became blasted pretty properly by means of critics, I did not hate it that lots. Granted it wasn’t as proper as the first, however I still observed it pretty entertaining. And the movies are continually a a laugh visual treat. Also, Michael Bay. I nevertheless don’t have any idea why he gets so much crap even as James Cameron is given a skip. Bay is simply as adept a director as Cameron is. Anybody that also likes to inform me there may be a difference among Pearl Harbor and Titanic will kindly get hold of a “fuck off” as you buy into the pretentious drivel. At least Bay knows his area (a senseless movement director who can make pretty films and fun explosions). Whereas Cameron believes his a few gift to cinema which frequently results in his movies being poorly written, but pretentious as hell. Seriously, I’ll take Armageddon, Transformers, The Rock and Bad Boys over Titanic, Avatar, Aliens, and T2 any day of the week. Even even though, sure, I realize so as to enrage many humans and get me flamed for that opinion. Now, this movie (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) without a doubt won’t be a exceptional cinematic piece. But as a senseless “let’s make some cool special effects scenes and also blow a few shit up” form of movie, it must be interesting.
Why it can suck: Well, if I had to choose one film from the franchise that changed into better, it’s virtually the primary. The creator for this 1/3 movie, unluckily, is the identical writer from Part 2 in place of the first. Also, it’s nonetheless Michael Bay. He’s not the greatest of directors.
9. X-Men: First Class
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman, Ashley Miller, Jamie Moss, Josh Schwartz and Zack Stentz; tale by Bryan Singer
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence
Release Date: June three, 2011
Genre: Sci-fi Action
What is it: Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were younger guys coming across their powers for the first time. Before they had been archenemies, they had been closest of pals, working collectively, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest chance the sector has ever known. In the manner, a rift among them opened, which began the everlasting struggle among Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.
Why it should be desirable: A look at whilst Xavier and Magneto have been more youthful. A backstory to in which it all started out. For such a exciting franchise, this can be a nice take on the story and provide pretty a few entertainment and thrills. Plus, having directed films like Kick-Ass andStardust, Matthew Vaughn is, I believe, a lot extra adept at growing a movie like this than say a Jon Favreau or such. Vaughn also has the enjoyable Layer Cake beneath his director’s belt, which very tons suggests off that he found out well generating Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels andSnatch. Furthermore, his friendship and gaining knowledge of beneath the exceptional Guy Ritchie, only further adds cost to his role as a filmmaker. Meanwhile, the writers have introduced us such films as Stardustand Kick-Ass in addition to TV suggests along with Fringe and Chuck. Also, it has a pretty appropriate forged.
Why it is able to suck: Well, those writers did additionally carry us The Sarah Connor Chronicles andAndromeda. Also, prequels sometimes will be inclined to no longer achieve this well. It’s, sometimes, almost as if a prequel is a final hotel whilst the writers have run out of thoughts of wherein the current story can pass, so they decide to move back and cash in at the call once more with the aid of filling in some gaps from the start. I wager simplest time will tell if this will become a Batman Begins (ie a excellent prequel movie that did very well to reboot the franchise) or it falls extra consistent with The Scorpion King (ie a complete waste of my time that likely shouldn’t have even been made).
10. Source Code
Director: Duncan Jones
Writer: Ben Ripley
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga
Release Date: April 1, 2011
What is it: An movement thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the frame of an unknown man and discovers he is part of a venture to locate the bomber of a Chicago commuter teach.
Why it have to be desirable: The trailer just makes this like it can be a groovy innovative tale that offers for an wonderful mystery that would preserve you on the brink of your seat. This is Duncan Jones sophomore release, after 2009′s extraordinarily acclaimed Moon. So, if he offers once more, we ought to have a pleasing deal with on our fingers and he should solidify his region as a talented filmmaker. I additionally without a doubt enjoy Jake Gyllenhaal. I assume he is a splendid actor and should do nice in main this film. Vera Farmiga is also a truly gifted actress and one I without a doubt don’t mind seeing. Meanwhile, Michelle Monaghan isn’t always too horrific either.
Why it can suck: This is coming from an unproven creator. And at the same time as Duncan Jones’ Moon became well-acquired, it’s not rare that a filmmaker comes in to end up something of a one hit marvel. Let’s simply wish Jones can deliver a worthwhile follow-up.
Eleven. Battle: Los Angeles
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writer: Christopher Bertolini
Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan
Release Date: March 11, 2011
Genre: Sci-fi Action
What is it: A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.
Why it have to be appropriate: The official trailer makes it look so damn bad-ass. Maybe it’s in element because of the extraordinary tune choice for the trailer, however it looks just completely exciting. It looks to be a sci-fi motion movie that surely has some intensity too. It kind of rings a bell in my memory of Independence Day however with the seriousness, intensity and emotional-center of a few sort of exact put up-9/11 movie. It’s like we may sooner or later get a virtually exact sci-fi film with the coronary heart of the pleasant battle movies, coupled with the brilliant actual and visual treats of some of the first-class sci-fi/alien movies. Eckhart is a good actor that have to do properly on this film as properly. Also, the author’s simplest past characteristic movie paintings changed into The General’s Daughter which I thoroughly enjoyed. So if it’s any indication of the type of writing we will get for Battle LA then we need to definitely have a compelling story to go along with the visual flare of it all. Likewise, Jonathan Liebesman has introduced us The Killing Room which I felt turned into a reasonably enjoyable suspense/mystery movie.
Why it is able to suck: Liebesman also introduced us Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginningwhich became rubbish. On top of that, movies like this will often take themselves too critically and frequently instances end up pretentious and/or preachy and simply plain unimaginative and not using a actual heart to the movie (I’m looking at you War of the Worlds). Let’s hope they keep away from that here.
12. Cowboys and Aliens
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof; based at the comic book by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde
Release Date: July 29, 2011
Genre: Sci-fi Action-Thriller
What is it: A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West place. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their manner.
Why it need to be right: It just appears fun. It’s like Indiana Jones meets Men in Black with a terrific western sense to it. This also comes from the writers that delivered us such films as Transformersand Star Trek, and such TV indicates as Alias, Fringe and Lost (though in my ebook “Lost” is probably a awful instance, though others seemed to experience it). Also, there may be a very good cast (Craig, Ford and Wilde), coupled with a nice supporting cast which includes Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano. At the quit of the day, it is able to become being a mindless movement film, however nevertheless looks to be amusing.
Why it is able to suck: Jon Favreau. I’m sorry, but the guy hasn’t sold me. People appear to love him, however I’m no longer absolutely positive why. The man hasn’t introduced any truely fantastic movies. And just a few respectable ones. Well, Elf I idea turned into surely humorous. Both Iron Man movies had been truly nothing to put in writing domestic approximately even though. Both have been enjoyable, but they without a doubt weren’t spotlights of their style. And the second one was panned pretty a chunk (even though I loved each, however the second changed into a piece missing). And it’s in reality the handiest movies (Iron Man) that he is achieved on this genre/realm. So that doesn’t supply me a large vote of confidence in the man. His different movies: Zathura was crap andMade became first rate. Nothing else to note virtually. On pinnacle of that, the writers did also deliver usRevenge of the Fallen, which I loved well sufficient, however wasn’t on par with the first Transformersmovie. And they may be also accountable for things like The Island and Legend of Zorro.
13. Apollo 18
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego
Writer: Brian Miller and Cory Goodman
Stars: None Given
Release Date: April 22, 2011
Genre: Sci-fi Horror-Thriller
What is it: Apollo 18 is a determined-footage film that says to be “a movie about the real mission to space in the 1970′s that became canceled by NASA.” With the tagline “There’s a cause we’ve got in no way long past lower back to the moon”, whilst implying a government cover-up of monsters existing at the moon.
Why it have to be accurate: With these observed-pictures movies, they tend to head terribly incorrect or be very unique. This one is looking to cross the way of the latter. It’s giving a fresh take at the growing sub-style and taking us to an interesting vicinity. Furthermore, it is basing itself on a few actual actual activities, hence adding some greater layer to it. The viral marketing in this film is going along nicely and the movie has end up something of a hot price ticket. Gonzalo is a Spanish-born director who has had multiple severely-acclaimed movies in the past as properly.
Why it can suck: It’s kind of the character of the style. If they don’t hit they mark, then they generally tend to really suck. Couple that with a couple of brand-new writers, and there aren’t any ensures for this film. I’m getting a sense although that this will end up being up there with Paranormal Activity.
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer: Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cromwell; primarily based on the unconventional by Didier Van Cauwelaert
Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger and January Jones
Release Date: February 18, 2011
Genre: Drama Mystery Thriller
What is it: A man awakens from a coma, handiest to discover that someone has taken on his identification and that nobody, (no longer even his spouse), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he units out to prove who he’s.
Why it need to be suitable: Liam Neeson is a bad-ass. Watching the trailer, I’m reminded of Neeson’s past movieTaken. Seems to be that comparable thriller movement thriller type movie. And I sincerely loved that movie. Neeson made it a excellent movie displaying off his awful-assness in it. If Unknown seems to be as desirable as Takenwe’ll have a totally interesting movie on our hands. Didier Van Cauwelaert, whose novel the film is based totally on, is an award-triumphing creator with a couple of great-promoting novels. The novel this movie is based on has met masses of praise. So, we’re positive to find that the story/supply material is ideal.
Why it could suck: Two genuinely unproven writers. While the source fabric may be good, they could mess it up and adapt a awful screenplay. On pinnacle of that, the director is accountable for such things as Orphan and House of Wax, neither of which had been that correct.
15. Red State
Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Stars: Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Michael Angarano
Release Date: TBA (Screening at Sundance 2011)
Genre: Horror Thriller
What is it: A horror film in which a group of misfits come across fundamentalism long gone to the extreme in Middle America.
Why it must be right: Kevin Smith. Smith is one of my favorite directors around. While closing 12 months’s Cop Out was as an alternative bland, this yr he returns to writing his very own material with Red State. Furthermore, he will be treading into a brand new style together with his first horror film. I love Kevin Smith as a writer/director and were fond of quite plenty all of his paintings. From Clerks to Mallrats to Clerks II to Jay and Silent Bob, everything Smith has sincerely wrote and directed, I’ve loved in reality. Couple that with the enjoyable John Goodman and the “fresh off an Oscar-worth performance” Melissa Leo, and we should be in for a actual deal with.