Let’s start off the New Year right with a look at some of the most exciting movies being released this year… now, of course there’s going to be plenty of great movies coming in the next twelve months– some of which we probably know nothing about yet– but here’s our picks for the ten movies we are most EAGERLY anticipating!
A smart, original science fiction story about the perils and paradoxes of time travel, Looper stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Bruce Willis, and advanced word is saying nothing but positive things for this action packed, time-twister. The third film from director Rian Johnson, Looper will follow up his previous movies Brick and The Brother Bloom, which, if you haven’t seen are VERY worth checking out!
Opens September 28th
9. The Dark Knight Rises
While nothing I’ve seen so far has really lit my fires, I’m still very intrigued to see how the current Batman trilogy comes to a close. Director Chris Nolan has made an outstanding pair of films with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, so here is hoping he can stick the landing and bring his gritty, real-world take on the Dark Knight to a satisfying conclusion.
Opens July 20th
The latest soon-to-be classic from Pixar (Toy Story, Finding Nemo) is the first of their films to feature a female lead, and looks a bit more intense than what we’ve seen thus far from the greatest movie studio of all time. The animated feature about a young aspiring warrior (and princess) named Merida who defies her kingdom’s customs and must break a terrible curse, looks like a true fantasy epic in the making.
Opens June 22nd
7. G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation
I didn’t expect much from the sequel to GI Joe, but the crazy energy in the first trailer made this look like one of the most exciting and action-packed movies of the Summer! The addition of the incredibly charismatic The Rock made Fast Five one of the best popcorn movies of 2011, and it looks like lightning may strike twice for GI Joe: Retaliation!
Opens June 29th
6. Moonrise Kingdom
The new movie from Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Fantastic Mr. Fox) deserves a place on this list just because it’s him– but considering he has assembled a stellar cast including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand– this could be a really special film.
The story, about a young couple who elope from their small town, leaving the rest of the locals to form a search party to “rescue” them, has received tons of praise, and sounds perfect for Anderson’s brand of left-of-center filmmaking.
Opens May 25th
5. Cabin In The Woods
The buzz has been circulating for over two years now that Cabin In The Woods is incredible– a horror movie that follows all the rules of the genre while also breaking them in the craziest ways… There’s been a lot of comparisons to the first Scream movie, saying Cabin really turns the whole horror movie genre on its ear, and the result promises to be one of the freshest and most entertaining movies on the big screen next year!
Opens April 13th
4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
It’s been over ten years since The Lord of The Rings series, and since then, much of Peter Jackson’s work has seemed a bit sub-par, so my expectations weren’t too high when it was announced the director was hesitantly returning to the series to tell the tale of The Hobbit.
But when the trailer was released a few weeks ago, the warmth and energy won me over instantly– it was like seeing an old friend you haven’t caught up with in years– and all of the sudden I’m dusting off my LOTR DVD’s and counting the days until next December!
Opens December 14th
3. The Avengers
The most exciting super hero movie next Summer is without a doubt The Avengers. Part of Marvel’s grand experiment, The Avengers will be our first ever big-screen super hero team up movie, featuring Iron-Man, Thor, Captain America and The Hulk along with supporting heroes Black Widow, Nick Fury and Hawkeye. It’s taken five movies’s worth of world-building and getting to know these iconic characters, and The Avengers will be the big payoff, when we finally get to see them assembled!
Opens May 4th
2. Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino is one of those people you just love or hate, but I have been an unapologetic supporter since Reservoir Dogs. His latest movie comes out next Winter, and the Western of a slave-turned bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) on the trail of his wicked former master (Leonardo DiCaprio) promises to continue to winning streak of the cinema-obsessed director after Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds.
There is no movie I’m more intrigued by next year than Prometheus. After months of wondering, director Ridley Scott released the first trailer confirming that, among other things, Prometheus will be a prequel to his classic Alien. This is exciting, because Alien is an amazing movie, but buzz about Prometheus hints it’s far bigger and more ambitious than a mere prequel movie… while no one knows exactly what this movie is about yet, it has the potential to be the biggest scale original sci-fi film since Avatar… and hopefully it will be lots better.
Opens June 8th