11 Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2011

Since it’s 2011, you’ll be seeing lots of “Top 11” lists, so let me get in on the action right away, with the movies I am most looking forward to seeing this year. I know not every one will live up to expectations (Honestly, is they any way that Sucker Punch can be even half as fantastic as it looks?), but it’s the ones that do excel that make movie-going worth it. So here are my top 11:

1. Sucker Punch
2. Cowboys & Aliens
3. Thor
4. Captain America: The First Avenger
5. The Hangover Part II
6. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
7. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
9. X-Men: First Class
10. Green Lantern
11. Super 8

Sucker Punch, directed by 300 and Watchmen auteur Zack Snyder, has been described as a twisted take on Alice in Wonderland, featuring Emily Browning as a girl who fantasizes a dreamworld to escape the horrors of being committed to an asylum. It looks absolutely amazing!

Cowboys & Aliens looks to have a lot of potential, and how far wrong can you go with a cast that includes Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde? Also, there’s that Snakes on a Plane simplicity to title and concept.

Thor

I’m giving the nod to Thor over Captain America because… well, that’s just how I’m feeling this week. I think both movies have got the costumes right, but especially Cap’s. And a trust director Kenneth Branagh just a little bit more than Cap’s Joe Johnston.

I laughed my ass off over The Hangover, so the guys have earned my business on the opening weekend of the sequel.

The real attraction in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies is Johnny Depp’s Capt. Jack Sparrow, and since he’s back, so am I. Keira Knightley will be sorely missed, but I could care less about Orlando Bloom.

Even though I was disappointed in the book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I am curious to see what Hollywood will do with it. Can it top the Swedish version? (I doubt it…)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 just about bored me to tears, but I have to see how the story ends…

X-Men: First Class has me thinking that maybe Brett Ratner didn’t kill the golden goose after all. A great director and interesting cast could bring the franchise back.

Green Lantern has done everything wrong so far, from the craptastic costume to the characterization of Hal Jordan – instead of a fearless test pilot, now he’s a ‘fraidy cat who has to overcome his fears to become a Green Lantern? Puh-leese! – to a teaser trailer that makes me not want to see the flick, so I have to see if it’s a big a trainwreck as it appears to be.

Super 8 is one of those “tease” films, like Cloverfield; but will it pay off? I have to know…

I’d also like to know which films you are looking forward to — any that are not on my list?

Oh, yeah? Sez you!

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