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Ten Films for 2011

  • Ryan Duncan Editor
  • 2011 11 Jan
Ten Films for 2011


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.

4.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Release Date: May 20, 2011
Genres: Comedy - Action
After two lackluster sequels, most people would think it's time the Pirates franchise set sail for good, but Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides looks like it could win back some of the series' disgruntled mutineers. The new film follows Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his search for the Fountain of Youth. Both Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann have been given the old heave-ho, and some new blood has come forward to stir the waters (both physically and metaphorically). Penelope Cruz will be introduced as a devious flame from Jack's past, and veteran actor Ian McShane is taking the helm as the dread pirate Blackbeard. Overall, the new movie looks like it may have some of that swashbuckling savvy we've all come to know and love.       

5.) Thor
Release Date: May 20, 2011
Genre: Action - Fantasy
There are certainly plenty of superhero movies coming out in 2011. Ryan Reynolds will light up the screen as DC comic's Green Lantern, while a fresh, young cast of mutants has already been assembled for X-men: First Class. But the hero currently attracting the most buzz is Marvel's Thor. After being banished from Asgard by his Father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must learn what it means to be a true hero before sinister forces destroy both worlds. Helping him along the way is scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who becomes the Norse God's love interest. Lot's of fighting? Check. Cool effects? Check. Possible cameos by other superheroes? Check. What's not to like?              


Super 8
Release Date: June 8, 2011
Genre: Suspense - Science Fiction
The enigmatic Super 8 has been tantalizing Sci-fi geeks for almost a year now. Nothing is known about the film, save that it is set in 1979. Writer/director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg have been notoriously tight lipped about their project, and the film's trailer, which depicts only a chaotic series of images, has been no more revealing. It's quite the nail-biter, one that will keep us guessing till early June.               




7.) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Release Date: July 15, 2011
Genre: Adventure - Drama
Was there ever any doubt? The final installment of the Harry Potter series has been eagerly awaited by fans, and when the movie finally premiers in theaters mid July, it'll probably have more spectators than the Quidditch World Cup! Following the events of the previous film, Harry, Ron, and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson) will continue their hunt for Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. What's to be expected? An escape from a goblin bank, a battle for Hogwarts, and the final showdown between the Dark Lord and the Boy who Lived.       



8.) Horrible Bosses 
Release Date: July 29, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Plenty of people hate their jobs, and it's a safe bet that plenty of people hate their bosses too. So what happens when three friends decide it's time to promote their employers into the afterlife? After years of working under their horrible bosses, three friends, played by Jason Bateman (Arrested development), Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Jason Sudeikis (SNL), decide that a little murder is the only way to make the daily grind more bearable. It doesn't take long for chaos, and hilarity, to ensue as their plan unravels. This movie is carrying some serious comedy cred, and word is the film has landed Modern Family's Julie Bowen as well. The laugh factor on this film just keeps on growing.    


9.) Footloose
Release Date: October 14, 2011
Genre: Musical
Kevin Bacon's 1980 classic is getting a musical reboot courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Like the original film, the plot surrounds a city kid named Ren McCormack (played here by Kenny Wormald) who moves to a rural, Tennessee community where dancing and rock music are banned. Dennis Quaid has been cast as the Rev. Shaw Moore, with Julianne Hough stepping in to play his daughter Ariel. Also, rumor has it that director Craig Brewer may be injecting a little modern song and dance into the new film. Fans of the classic should certainly keep their ears to the ground for more info.


10.) The Three Musketeers
Release Date: October 14, 2011
Genre: Action - Adventure
After the disaster that was Peter Hyams' The Musketeer, it's about time Alexandre Dumas' classic novel got a proper remake. This time Logan Lerman (Gamer, My One and Only) is set to play D'Artagnan, a hot-headed youth who must unite with three legendary musketeers to stop a villainous cardinal from seizing the French throne. The film also has Orlando Bloom scheduled to appear as the Duke of Buckingham, and Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil series) is taking a brake from killing zombies to play the role of Milady de Winter. Our hopes are high for this one, and well be keeping our fingers crossed until in appears in theaters October 14, 2011.

*This Review First Published 1/13/2011