I’m Still Here (9/10)
So what happened to Joaquin Phoenix after he retired from the world of acting? Casey Affleck has been documenting Phoenix’ road from retired actor to aspiring rapper. Sounds ridiculous? I’m still unsure if the whole thing is real or not, but nonetheless, I’m looking forward to this.
Never Let Me Go (9/17)
Where do I start? One of my favorite young actresses, Carey Mulligan, stars alongside the beautiful Keira Knightley and the upcoming young actor, Andrew Garfield, in this highly anticipated adaptation. When three childhood friends grow into young adults they test their love for each other while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. I’m not exactly sure what the vague synopsis means since I’ve never read the novel. But there is a darkness and mystery that surrounds this film that makes it very intriguing.
The Town (9/17)
Could they have made a better trailer for this film? I doubt it. With stars like Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, and Jon Hamm in a mystery/thriller, I am completely invested. Affleck follows up his acclaimed directorial debut (Gone Baby Gone) with another Boston-based crime thriller. Let’s hope he’s just not a one-trick pony.
I’ve been telling myself for the past several years to stop getting excited for anything by M. Night Shyamalan. But in Devil, he’s merely an in-story writer/producer. Drew and John Erick Dowdle are directing this supernatural thriller about people trapped in an elevator. The potential in this movie is high. I hope it delivers.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (9/24)
Oliver Stone returns to Wall Street with this anticipated sequel. Michael Douglas is back with a young Wall Street trader played by Shia Labeouf. I’ve never been one to get too hyped up about sequels, but I am still very eager to catch this film in the theaters.
Ryan Reynolds stars in this claustrophobic race against time when he wakes up buried alive in a coffin with only a lighter and a cell phone. Directed by Rodrigo Cortes, this film has created quite a bit of buzz from movie festivals. Can Reynolds really handle his own for the length of the movie? How is this movie going to look? How much of the movie is going to take place in the casket? So many questions, I cannot wait for the answers!
The Social Network (10/1)
Known as “The Facebook Movie,” it surely looks a hell of a lot more than just that. Directed by the incredible David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, the film tells the story of Harvard undergraduate, Mark Zuckerberg, and his journey to the top of the world. It has already been heard that the executives at Facebook did not approve of the film… that’s got to be a plus, right? Also, buzz is spreading that Justin Timberlake gives an outstanding performance.
Let Me In (10/1)
There is no way that Let the Right One In needed to be remade since the Swedish original was so stellar (and because it was released only three years ago). But regardless, I’m intrigued to see how Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) can adapt the highly acclaimed vampire-drama to English.
Clint Eastwood may not act again, but he’s still comfortable behind the camera. His new film is a supernatural thriller (what?) starring Matt Damon and written by Peter Morgan (The Queen). Is it possible not to expect some Oscar buzz with that group?
Due Date (11/5)
The comedy tandem of Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis has incredible potential. The trailer for the film is hilarious and Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is directing. There is no reason why this road trip, buddy flick shouldn’t be a lot of fun.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (11/19)
The first part to the final chapter of the Harry Potter Saga hits theaters right before Thanksgiving. The film will use the same director, David Yates, as the last Potter film. One thing, I can’t believe that the Harry Potter movie franchise is actually coming to an end very soon, but on the other hand this two-parter idea just seems like Warner Brothers is trying to milk every last cent from our pockets. And it’s also in 3-D!
Love and Other Drugs (11/24)
This seems like it’ll be a big hit or miss. Right smack in the middle of awards season, Jake Gyllenhaal stars alongside Anne Hathaway in a moving romantic comedy (when has Gyllenhaal done a comedy?). Edward Zwick directs (when has Zwick done a comedy?) and he’s always been known for his cast receiving Oscar noms.
Black Swan (12/3)
This one is definitely one of my most anticipated films of the year. Directed by Darren Aronofsk and starring the beautiful duo of Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, this “ballet-thriller” has potential of being as twisted as Requiem for a Dream. While this film looks like it’ll be too weird for Oscar voters to take notice, it could very well become Aronofsky’s next cult-classic.
How Do You Know (12/17)
Just another love-triangle film? Starring Reese Witherspoon (where has she been lately?), Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson, but the additional plus to this solid cast is the director/writer James L. Brooks. Will this be as good like As Good As It Gets, or something like Spanglish? I hope it’s something like the former.
True Grit (12/25)
You think Leo DiCaprio is having quite a year starring in films directed by Scorcese and Nolan? Howabout Matt Damon starring in an Eastwood and a Coen Brothers film? And what better way to celebrate Christmas than the new project from the Coen Brothers? This film stars Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon in a Western similar to John Wayne’s. Do the Coens make a movie every year? It seems like it.
Blue Valentine (12/31)
Without any specifics, the film is a gritty look at a troubled couple as they try to keep their marriage alive. Starring the very talented two-some of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, this film has already garnered an incredible reaction from those who have seen it at Sundance.