My Most Anticipated Movies of 2011

As we kick off a new year in cinema, I notion I’d take time to look beforehand on the films we will be hit with over the direction of the year. In this article, I’ll be going over what my 15 maximum expected films are for the year. Now it ought to be stated, these aren’t the films that I sense might be the best of 2011 always. Rather, they’re the ones that, as of the time of this writing, I am awaiting the most. So without in addition ado, here are my most expected movies of 2011 Online .

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 young woman is institutionalized by using her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an opportunity fact as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan so as to help her escape from the ability.

Why it ought to be proper: Really hot and badass chicks wearing schoolgirl outfits and different skimpy garments, with swords and weapons, coupled with Snyder’s first rate visible aptitude? Yea, truely depend me in. The trailer for this thing simply looks completely great. From the style to the action, even the story (at the same time as seeming a chunk accessible) appears cool. I’m beginning to very well enjoy Snyder’s paintings. If The Adjustment Bureau can be this yr’s new Inception because of its mindfuck tale, then Sucker Punch may want to virtually be this year’s Inception meets The Dark Knight meets 300 meets Inglorious Basterds due to it is style and epic adventure, but dark tone with exchange realities. This film just oozes fashion and badass-ness and I honestly cannot wait for what is positive to be an genuinely enjoyable, epic journey.

Why it may suck: Snyder can be a piece off his mark once in a while. While Watchmen changed into fun, it did get a chunk uninteresting. And Legend of the Guardians is stated to suffer from a few pacing troubles as nicely and has drawn blended evaluations from critics. Though to be honest to Snyder, he wrote neither of those films, but is accountable 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 be a part of forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Why it should be true: I’m a large Sherlock Holmes fan. The Doyle stories still stand as my preferred books these days. I love Sherlock. He’s this type of badass. And sooner or later, a movie seems to have captured that pretty properly. The first became one of the better portrayals of Sherlock I had visible. Rather than being portrayed as a snooty, ‘proper’ and complicated Englishman, he changed into shown with all of the difficult edges that Doyle wrote him with. While the movie became indeed Hollywood-ized past something you’d locate in the books, it changed into a fun adventure and pretty an exciting movie. Guy Ritchie is a superb filmmaker as properly. For those motives, and my love for Sherlock, I’m very lots eager to see how Part 2 seems, 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 many others) does in her Hollywood debut.

Why it can suck: New writers. The unique writers from the primary are not coming returned instead Kieran and Michele Mulroney are taking up the task. So let’s examine how they deal with it. Relatively new to writing, the 2 formerly wrote Paper Man which didn’t fair so well with critics.

Three. Paranormal Activity 3

Director: Tod Williams

Writer: Christopher B. Landon and Michael R. Perry; characters by means of Oren Peli

Stars: Katie Featherston

Release Date: October 21, 2011

Genre: Horror

What is it: Well, we have no concept what this one is going to be approximately as not anything has been given. However, the primary film accompanied a pair that had been being haunted by using an evil spirit who possessed Katie. The sequel (which became greater of a prequel) followed Katie’s sister’s family as that equal spirit haunts them and their baby. This all culminates to the two memories converging on the end of Part 2 in which it receives to the factor where Part 1 ends and we see what takes place after the whole occasion. Undoubtedly, Part three is set to pick up in which Part 2 and 1 left off. What happens from there? Your wager is as properly as mine.

Why it have to be good: The first Paranormal Activity became something of a cult phenomenon/sensation. Hailed as the scariest film of the 12 months, human beings flocked to the film making it a big achievement. And rightly so in my e-book. It was a minimalistic horror movie that took it again to the roots of the genre by the usage of tension and suspense to in reality instill fear and terror in the minds of the audience. Part 2, while a few people appeared to not like it as a good deal as the first, did extra of the same. I really concept Part 2 was pretty a good deal right on par with the first. And the inventive storytelling that created a parallel prequel to the primary changed into sincerely cool. The creator and writers of this franchise have actually shown that the horror genre can be revived and does not should be all about gore and such. They’ve finished an excellent process with instilling that fear inside the target market as well, tapping into that worry, leaving the audience’s creativeness to run wild whilst being completely captivated. I assume no much less from the 1/3.

Why it could suck: If you feel the second one changed into worse than the primary, then you’ll be in for some disappoint when you discover the equal writers and director of the sequel are lower back. However, like with Part 2, Oren Peli (the creator of the franchise) continues to be very a good deal involved and is serving as manufacturer in this film.

Four. Paul

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 two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they by chance meet an alien who brings them on an insane street experience that alters their universe for all time. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced through Seth Rogen) has been placing out at a top-secret navy base. For motives unknown, the distance-travelling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town-a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased through federal sellers and the fanatical father of a younger lady that they by chance kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling break out plan to go back Paul to his mom ship. And as nerds warfare to help, one little green man may simply take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Why it have to be right: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost back together once more. That should be sufficient. Seriously. When those two men get collectively it’s gold, as evidenced via Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. This is probably my favourite duo around in recent times. They’ll also be pairing up to write this that’s usually a terrific element as well (nicely, this may be Frost’s first actual writing activity, but Pegg has been answerable for their first outings together). Now, they won’t be reuniting with Edgar Wright for this one, rather they’ll be teaming with the director of Adventureland andSuperbad, two movies which I definitely loved. On pinnacle of all of that, they have comedic megastar Seth Rogan becoming a member of them. Sounds like pretty the team surely and I’m as an alternative excited for what I’m certain might be a very funny movie, and likely end up being the comedy of the year.

Why it may suck: You do ought to surprise if some of that magic from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz will be misplaced as Frost and Pegg keep on without Wright. I think they may be notable comedic talents even though and might stand on their own. And the extremely all-superstar get-collectively need to compensate.

5. The Adjustment Bureau

Director: George Nolfi

Writer: George Nolfi; Based on Short Story through Philip K. Dick

Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Terence Stamp

Release Date: March four, 2011

Genre: Thriller

What is it: Just as he’s on the point of triumphing a senate seat, politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets a ballerina named Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). Though David is smitten, mysterious men conspire to hold him away from the beautiful dancer. David learns he’s up against the effective marketers of Fate itself, and, glimpsing the destiny laid out earlier than him, ought to both take delivery of a predetermined path that does not include Elise, or defy Fate to be with her.

Why it should be precise: Honestly, this feels like it could be this 12 months’s Inception. With plenty of mindfucks occurring, it is a thriller regarding special degrees of reality and mysterious forces. Matt Damon surely has a tendency to shine in those sorts of films. The trailer has me rather intrigued and seems like it may provide pretty an enthralling 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 based on a short tale through Philip K. Dick, whose work has been the grounds for such films asBlade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, Paycheck and A Scanner Darkly. So with probably some precise supply material, and a creator which can actually do the component (as illustrated with The Bourne Ultimatum) we may be in for a real treat.

Why it can suck: This is Nolfi’s first time within the director’s seat, so we will must be patient if he is in over his head. Furthermore, it is being billed as some thing of a romance mystery. So allow’s desire they do not go overboard with the romance component and make it some sappy romance movie for which they sacrifice some of the plot to consciousness at 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 discover the elusive fountain of children, handiest to find out that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

Why it should be precise: Some people have hated them. Some have notion they have gotten worse as they went along. I’ve found the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to be a fun adventure. Just a amusing movie with lots of journey, a few cool special effects, and simply excellent times. And maybe it is my guy-overwhelm I even have on Depp, however I’m simply pleased to see him again as Jack Sparrow. The individual is a lot fun and always provides for some entertainment. Should be interesting to see how they pass approximately freshening up the franchise as well as they get a brand new forged of characters even as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are out.

Why it could suck: It’s a Hollywood sequel, the ones continually have probabilities of sucking. Also, the exclusion of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann should positioned a damper on matters. While there may be a threat that it is able to freshen it up, there’s simply as lots a threat that a number of that magic is probably lost as they look to update the ones characters. Also, while we do get the identical writers again, we’ve a new director taking on this sequel. Pirates appears to be out of Rob Marshall’s comfort zone (first-class regarded for Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago) so we’ll should be patient how he can manage an action journey 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

Genre: Comedy

What is it: Not loads is thought approximately the plot of this sequel. What is thought is that the crowd is returned to get into extra hassle as they travel to Thailand. And Phillips promise a whole lot of fucked up surprises and hilarity.

Why it have to be true: The Hangover was hilarious I thought. The solid of the original had right chemistry and the writing was hilarious. It provided for several snigger-out-loud moments and turned into one of the funniest movies of the 12 months (one of the funniest I’ve seen in a while too). Hopefully, getting the group lower back collectively will provide for greater hilarity that the primary one added.

Why it can 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 that have introduced us such garbage asSemi-Pro, Starsky and Hutch, Scary Movie 4 and Superhero Movie. If their past work is any indicator of their talent, the writers could honestly 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 research of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden at the Moon, and race towards the Decepticons to attain it and analyze its secrets, that could flip the tide in the Transformers’ very last warfare.

Why it should be true: I’ve loved the franchise to this point. While Part 2, became blasted pretty properly via critics, I didn’t hate it that an awful lot. Granted it wasn’t as good because the first, however I nevertheless observed it pretty unique. And the movies are usually a a laugh visible treat. Also, Michael Bay. I nevertheless don’t have any concept why he receives a lot crap at the same time as James Cameron is given a pass. Bay is simply as adept a director as Cameron is. Anybody that also likes to inform me there is a distinction between Pearl Harbor and Titanic will kindly acquire a “fuck off” as you buy into the pretentious drivel. At least Bay knows his vicinity (a senseless motion director who could make pretty films and a laugh explosions). Whereas Cameron believes his a few present to cinema which regularly results in his movies being poorly written, yet 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 though, sure, I understand in order to enrage many human beings and get me flamed for that opinion. Now, this movie (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) truely may not be a super cinematic piece. But as a senseless “permit’s make some cool computer graphics scenes and additionally blow a few shit up” type of movie, it need to be enjoyable.

Why it could suck: Well, if I had to pick one movie from the franchise that became higher, it’s actually the primary. The writer for this 0.33 film, sadly, is the equal writer from Part 2 as opposed to the primary. Also, it is nevertheless Michael Bay. He’s not the finest of administrators.

Nine. X-Men: First Class

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Writer: Jane Goldman, Ashley Miller, Jamie Moss, Josh Schwartz and Zack Stentz; tale by way of Bryan Singer

Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence

Release Date: June 3, 2011

Genre: Sci-fi Action

What is it: Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the primary time. Before they had been archenemies, they have been closest of buddies, running together, with other Mutants (a few familiar, some new), to stop the greatest risk the world has ever known. In the process, a rift among them opened, which commenced the everlasting battle among Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN.

Why it should be desirable: A have a look at while Xavier and Magneto had been more youthful. A backstory to where it all commenced. For any such interesting franchise, this may be a pleasant take on the tale and offer pretty a few leisure and thrills. Plus, having directed movies like Kick-Ass andStardust, Matthew Vaughn is, I accept as true with, a good deal extra adept at growing a film like this than say a Jon Favreau or such. Vaughn also has the exciting Layer Cake beneath his director’s belt, which very plenty suggests off that he found out well producing Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels andSnatch. Furthermore, his friendship and learning beneath the first-rate Guy Ritchie, handiest in addition provides cost to his function as a filmmaker. Meanwhile, the writers have delivered us such movies as Stardustand Kick-Ass in addition to TV shows which includes Fringe and Chuck. Also, it has a pretty precise forged.

Why it can suck: Well, those writers did additionally deliver us The Sarah Connor Chronicles andAndromeda. Also, prequels now and again have a tendency to now not accomplish that nicely. It’s, from time to time, nearly as though a prequel is a final hotel while the writers have run out of ideas of in which the current story can cross, in order that they determine to go again and coins in on the name another time by means of filling in a few gaps from the beginning. I guess most effective time will inform if this becomes a Batman Begins (ie a excellent prequel movie that did very well to reboot the franchise) or it falls more in keeping with The Scorpion King (ie a whole waste of my time that probably should not 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

Genre: Action/Sci-fi-Thriller

What is it: An motion mystery targeted on a soldier who wakes up within the body of an unknown man and discovers he is a part of a challenge to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter teach.

Why it must be suitable: The trailer just makes this like it may be a fab creative story that offers for an enjoyable thriller that might maintain you on the edge of your seat. This is Duncan Jones sophomore release, after 2009′s notably acclaimed Moon. So, if he gives you again, we could have a pleasant deal with on our fingers and he could solidify his area as a skilled filmmaker. I also truly revel in Jake Gyllenhaal. I suppose he’s a fantastic actor and should do first-rate in main this film. Vera Farmiga is likewise a honestly talented actress and one I virtually do not mind seeing. Meanwhile, Michelle Monaghan is not too terrible both.

Why it could suck: This is coming from an unproven writer. And whilst Duncan Jones’ Moon turned into properly-obtained, it’s no longer uncommon that a filmmaker is available in to emerge as something of a one hit wonder. Let’s just wish Jones can supply a worthwhile comply with-up.

Eleven. Battle: Los Angeles

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Writer: Christopher Bertolini

Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan

Release Date: March eleven, 2011

Genre: Sci-fi Action

What is it: A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.

Why it ought to be accurate: The authentic trailer makes it look so rattling horrific-ass. Maybe this is in element because of the fantastic track selection for the trailer, however it looks just absolutely exciting. It seems to be a sci-fi motion movie that in reality has a few intensity too. It type of jogs my memory of Independence Day but with the seriousness, depth and emotional-center of some form of correct post-Sept. 11 film. It’s like we might also eventually get a clearly exact sci-fi movie with the coronary heart of the quality war films, coupled with the fantastic real and visible treats of a number of the excellent sci-fi/alien movies. Eckhart is a great actor that need to do nicely in this movie as properly. Also, the author’s handiest past characteristic movie work changed into The General’s Daughter which I very well enjoyed. So if that’s any indication of the kind of writing we’re going to get for Battle LA then we need to surely have a compelling story to go with the visual flare of all of it. Likewise, Jonathan Liebesman has delivered us The Killing Room which I felt was a fairly enjoyable suspense/mystery movie.

Why it may suck: Liebesman also added us Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginningwhich turned into rubbish. On pinnacle of that, films like this could often take themselves too severely and often instances grow to be pretentious and/or preachy and simply undeniable unimaginative with no real heart to the film (I’m looking at you War of the Worlds). Let’s desire they keep away from that right here.

12. Cowboys and Aliens

Director: Jon Favreau

Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof; based totally on the comic e-book with the aid of 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, beginning with the Wild West place. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their manner.

Why it have to be excellent: It just looks amusing. It’s like Indiana Jones meets Men in Black with an awesome western sense to it. This additionally comes from the writers that introduced us such films as Transformersand Star Trek, and such TV shows as Alias, Fringe and Lost (though in my ebook “Lost” might be a awful example, though others appeared to enjoy it). Also, there is a terrific cast (Craig, Ford and Wilde), coupled with a pleasant helping forged which includes Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano. At the give up of the day, it may become being a mindless motion movie, however nevertheless looks to be a laugh.

Why it can suck: Jon Favreau. I’m sorry, but the guy hasn’t bought me. People seem to love him, but I’m now not totally sure why. The guy hasn’t brought any absolutely superb movies. And only some decent ones. Well, Elf I concept turned into without a doubt humorous. Both Iron Man movies have been really not anything to write down home about although. Both were enjoyable, but they certainly weren’t spotlights of their genre. And the second one turned into panned pretty a chunk (although I enjoyed each, however the 2d turned into a chunk missing). And that is virtually the best movies (Iron Man) that he’s finished in this style/realm. So that does not supply me a huge vote of self belief within the guy. His other films: Zathura become crap andMade turned into respectable. Nothing else to note genuinely. On top of that, the writers did additionally provide usRevenge of the Fallen, which I enjoyed properly enough, however wasn’t on par with the primary Transformersmovie. And they’re also responsible 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 observed-footage movie that claims to be “a movie approximately the real assignment to area in the 1970′s that changed into canceled by means of NASA.” With the tagline “There’s a reason we’ve got in no way gone lower back to the moon”, even as implying a government cowl-up of monsters existing on the moon.

Why it ought to be appropriate: With those discovered-pictures movies, they generally tend to move terribly wrong or be very entertaining. This one is seeking to go the way of the latter. It’s giving a sparkling take at the growing sub-genre and taking us to an thrilling region. Furthermore, it is basing itself on a few real real activities, as a consequence adding a few greater layer to it. The viral marketing in this movie is going alongside nicely and the movie has turn out to be some thing of a hot price ticket. Gonzalo is a Spanish-born director who has had a couple of critically-acclaimed films inside the past as properly.

Why it can suck: It’s kind of the nature of the style. If they don’t hit they mark, then they tend to really suck. Couple that with a pair of logo-new writers, and there are no ensures for this movie. I’m getting a feeling although that this could end up being up there with Paranormal Activity.

14. Unknown

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cromwell; based on the unconventional by means of 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 find out that someone has taken on his identification and that no person, (no longer even his spouse), believes him. With the assist of a younger lady, he units out to show who he is.

Why it have to be suitable: Liam Neeson is a awful-ass. Watching the trailer, I’m reminded of Neeson’s beyond movieTaken. Seems to be that similar mystery movement mystery kind film. And I absolutely cherished that movie. Neeson made it a excellent movie showing off his horrific-assness in it. If Unknown turns out to be as good as Takenwe’ll have a totally enjoyable movie on our palms. Didier Van Cauwelaert, whose novel the film is primarily based on, is an award-triumphing writer with a couple of first-rate-selling novels. The novel this film is based on has met plenty of reward. So, we’re certain to locate that the story/source material is good.

Why it may suck: Two definitely unproven writers. While the source cloth can be suitable, they might mess it up and adapt a horrific screenplay. On pinnacle of that, the director is answerable for things like Orphan and House of Wax, neither of which were that true.

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 collection of misfits come upon fundamentalism long past to the acute in Middle America.

Why it need to be suitable: Kevin Smith. Smith is one of my favored administrators round. While ultimate yr’s Cop Out was as an alternative bland, this 12 months he returns to writing his own cloth with Red State. Furthermore, he’s going to be treading into a new genre along with his first horror film. I love Kevin Smith as a author/director and had been keen on pretty lots all of his work. From Clerks to Mallrats to Clerks II to Jay and Silent Bob, everything Smith has surely wrote and directed, I’ve enjoyed without a doubt. Couple that with the exciting John Goodman and the “fresh off an Oscar-worth performance” Melissa Leo, and we should be in for a real deal with.

Why it may suck: As said before, this is Kevin Smith’s first challenge into the horror style. Some writers/directors locate that there are just a few genres that they can not do, at the same time as they may be better proper for some other unique style. We’ll need to wait and see how Kevin Smith’s foray into the horror/mystery style is going.

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