I’m going with movies that actually have a wide release date attached, so as not to get my hopes up like last year (DORIAN GRAY and NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU , I’m looking at you!). These are listed in order of release date.
I’m a sucker for large ensemble romantic comedies, OK? I loved last year’s HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, and I expect to love this year’s entry into the genre as well.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Tim Burton films are always must-see for me these days. So are Johnny Depp films. And to finish out the triad of reasons why this is must-see, it’s Disney, too.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
One of the people behind this film is Chris Sanders, who brought the world LILO & STITCH, which currently holds the title of My Second Favorite Disney Movie Ever. I’ve been waiting for quite a while to see what he’d do next after being, ahem, let go from the cookie cutter animated film BOLT. Apparently his vision for it was too quirky and too dark, which is exactly what makes me a fan of his work.
DisneyNature’s first entry, EARTH, was gorgeous but suffered a bit from its narrative presentation. That being said, it was still a pretty amazing documentary film. If OCEANS lives up to EARTH, it’ll be great. If they can provide a better narrative, it’ll be awesome.
SEX AND THE CITY 2
Having taken in the entire series and movie last year, I’m now quite a fan of SEX & THE CITY. I certainly wouldn’t call myself rabid, but I’ll still be there opening weekend to see the second film.
KNIGHT AND DAY
I’m a bit surprised to find myself spotlighting this, to be honest, since action isn’t generally my thing, but the trailer completely won me over. The fact that this is an action comedy, and maybe even an action romantic comedy (which is apparently the new black), certainly ups the Anticipation Factor. It looks like it’s going to give Tom Cruise the opportunity to play the sort of morally gray, slick, quick-talking character I think he does best.
EAT, PRAY, LOVE
Loved the book. Love Julia Roberts. Not sure how they’ve made it cinematic, but I’ll definitely be seeing it to find out.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1
Do I really need to explain this one?
Disney’s next animated offering presents a new watercolor-esque CGI. Doesn’t it look pretty? I think it looks pretty. Bonus: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi are voicing the leads.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER
This one gets three pics because it’s the one I’m most excited about. After the disappointing (but still profitable!) performance of PRINCE CASPIAN at the box office due to poor timing of the release (the film itself was actually an improvement over THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE), it looked for a while like the Narnia franchise was in trouble. Luckily, 20th Century Fox swooped in and saved the day. DAWN TREADER is many people’s favorite in the series. A roving adventure story set on the high seas of the Narnian world, it has potential to be the most visually stunning and narratively exciting film in the series so far.
Those are the mainstream films I’m most looking forward to in 2010. What are you anticipating this year?