Article by Cameron Spink
Please Note: I am not endorsing any of these movies yet. You will have to wait until I have seen them and reviewed them before you gain my opinion. These are merely the movies that I am anticipating will be some of the stand-outs next year.
10. Priest/The Rite/Red State
I have put these three together because all three concern themselves with Christianity/Catholicism. While they promise to be entertaining they should be approached with caution because of the skewed way they may look at Christ (particularly Red State). Having said that these movies do allow us to view secular perceptions and are worth noting.
9. Cars 2
Expected mid-year this is the sequel to the hugely popular 2006 movie. With a large amount of the cast and crew reappearing as well as a few newbie's to the Cars-universe (Jason Issacs, Thomas Kretschmann and Michael Caine) this movie should be very popular with the kids.
8. Green Lantern
At his best Ryan Reynolds is a Hollywood A-list actor. However, he doesn't always get to peak. As he is the image of the Green Lantern movie coming out next year a lot will depend on his acting abilities. Fortunately Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro, Casino Royale) is directing and this movie should be a strong adaption.
This movie features the comedy due of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in a science fiction movie about an alien landing on earth. While it is best to be wary as Frost-Pegg productions can be moderately crude, this movie promises to be one of the best comedies of next year. Comes out in March.
While this movie promises to be violent it also looks very promising in terms of character-development. The premise is that a young girl is trained to be an assassin by her father (Eric Bana) and is pursued by an intelligence operative (Cate Blanchett) on her quest. Director Joe Wright brings us many left-field productions and this one looks the goods. Check it out in April.
5. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Tom Cruise is back for the fourth instalment of Mission: Impossible. New cast worth mentioning include Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town) and Simon Pegg. With a budget of $140 million and Brad Bird (The Incredibles) directing this movie has no excuse not to succeed.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
The Pirates series got a bit off-course by the third instalment so it is hoped that new director Rob Marshall will be able to turn the ship around. Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush return as well as a host of other Hollywood A-listers. This movie will either sink or swim. I'm hoping it swims.
3. The Three Musketeers
This movie has been done and redone and if you thought the cast was impressive in 1993 check out this cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich, Christoph Waltz, Orlando Bloom and upcomer Logan Lerman. Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson it will be interesting to see what direction this movie takes. Expected in October.
2. Captain America: The First Avenger
While I'm always sceptical of comic book movies the Batman and Iron Man franchise have certainly changed the equation. Captain America has an all-star cast of Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones. Due mid-2011 this movie promises to be the best of the 2011 comic adaptions.
1. The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
What more could you ask for than a film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson. Such a combination is backed by the vocal talents of Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg and Daniel Craig. This motion capture movie is a sure-hit. Look for it in December 2011.
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