Preview: films to look out for in 2011

I readily admit that reviews aren’t my strong point so one of my blogging resolutions is to have a go at writing reviews. I worked out that I saw over 20 films last year so I missed a trick review-wise. From the brilliant Toy Story 3 to the not-quite-so brilliant Valentine’s Day – I thought the great ensemble cast would make for a good movie but there was a bit too much schmultz for my liking – I could have had a lot to say.

I’ve been having a think about what films I want to see in 2011 and somehow I don’t think there will be a shortage of movie reviews on this blog. With a medley including comic book adaptations and a sprinkling of sequels, I can’t wait to start watching.

For my ease, and of course yours, I have decided to compile a list of film’s I want to see plus their releases dates. My top 9 pick of films I’m most looking forward to are up first:

9 Films I Don’t Want To Miss

  • 127 Hours (7th January)
    Dir: Danny Boyle. Starring: James Franco
    The true story of Aron Ralston and the measures he had to take after becoming trapped while canyoneering alone in Utah. James Franco has recieved a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Aron.
  • The King’s Speech (7th January)
    Dir: Tom Hooper. Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
    Leading the Oscar trail with nominations at the Golden Globes plus wins at the Toronto International Film Festival and British Independent Film Awards, this is the story of King George VI and the speech therapist who helped him overcome a stammer.
  • Black Swan (21st January)
    Dir: Darren Aronofsky. Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis
    The highly-anticipated psychological drama, with multiple Golden Globe nominations under its belt, about two ballet dancers and the impact that their production of Swan Lake is having on them.
  • Never Let Me Go (11th February)
    Dir: Mark Romanek. Starring: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield
    Taken from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, the films centres on Kathy, Ruth and Tommy who become entangled in a love triangle and are scientific specimens, created in a laboratory and raised in order to provide their organs to severely ill patients.
  • Red Riding Hood (15th April)
    Dir: Catherine Hardwicke. Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman
    Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter. From the director of Twilight, perhaps this will be another film to make teenage girls go gaga for the Gothic?
  • Thor (29th April)
    Dir: Kenneth Branagh. Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman
    The latest Marvel Comics hero to get their own movie, Thor tells the story of the son of Odin cast out and sent to live among humans on Earth.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (18th May)
    Dir: Rob Marshall. Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane
    Jack Sparrow returns – sans Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann – on a quest to find the fountain of youth. Old favourite Barbossa is back to keep him company though it turns out they’re not the only ones after the fountain: Blackbeard and his daughter are looking for it too.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (29th July)
    Dir: Joe Johnston. Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L Jackson
    Steve Rogers, after being told he is too unfit to enlist in the US Army, volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America.
  • Jane Eyre (September)
    Dir: Cary Fukunaga. Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell
    The latest incarnation of the classic story by Charlotte Brontë this time taking a slightly darker direction. See the trailer in an earlier post here.

The Best of the Rest

  • Morning Glory (21st January)
  • Paul (18th February)
  • Country Strong (25th March)
  • Sucker Punch (1st April)
  • Your Highness (13th May)
  • X-Men: First Class (2nd June)
  • Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon (1st July)
  • Cowboys and Aliens (12th August)
  • Straw Dogs (28th October)
  • Immortals (11th November)
  • Sherlock Holmes 2 (16th December)
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