I think most people could agree that 2010 was a tough year for movies. Sure, Inception was great; and yes, family films scored major points on movies like Tangled and How to Train Your Dragon, but overall, nothing really had us on the edge of our theater seats.  Luckily, with the New Year comes new possibilities; and 2011 has more than a few promising candidates lined up. Here are ten upcoming movies to get excited for.       

1.) I Am Number 4
Release Date: February 18, 2011
Genre: Action- Science Fiction
The first movie to kick off our list is I am Number 4, a sci-fi thriller based on a novel of the same name. John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is a young teenager who, despite all appearances, is an alien. In fact, he is one of nine alien children who fled to earth after savage invaders destroyed their home planet. In an attempt to hide from pursuers, the children enacted a special charm that protects them unless they are killed in a 1 to 9 sequence. As the title suggests, John learns that the first three children have been very unsuccessful, and now his head is on the chopping block. The trailer promises plenty of cool effects and sci-fi action, plus Glee's Dianna Agron will co-star as John's romantic interest. With so much potential, I am Number 4 is certainly a movie to keep an eye on. 

Release Date: March 18, 2011
Genre: Drama-Thriller
It has been said that humans only use about twenty percent of their brains, so what would happen if they managed to harness the other eighty? When Eddie (Bradley Cooper), a starving writer, stumbles onto a top secret smart pill his life is utterly transformed. Suddenly, the whole world is at his fingertips. He finishes writing his book, learns to speak several languages, and easily predicts the stock market while living life the way most people only dream. Not everyone is pleased with Eddie's turn of fortune however, the most notable being shady businessman Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro), and Eddie quickly learns that all good things have their price. It's an interesting concept, and may be worth a view for those who prefer more thought-provoking films


3.) Water for Elephants
Release Date: April 22, 2011
Genre: Drama 
Couples hoping for some new romantic material need look no further. After veterinary student Jacob Jankowski, played by Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Series) stumbles onto a traveling circus, he meets and falls in love with Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), the show's equestrian star. Set in the midst of the Great Depression, the circus becomes both a shelter and a prison for the two lovers, and their fragile bond is soon tested against the struggles of the bygone era. The movie promises to be visually stunning, and carries quite the talent in terms of casting. At the very least, young girls will be delighted for another opportunity to drool over Pattinson, and parents will be relieved they can finally take their daughters to a movie that doesn't involve a lot of angst-ridden blood-sucking.