The Hunger Games (March 23): Pegged as the next big franchise, The Hunger Games, starring Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence, is already breaking pre-salerecords. Set in a dystopian society, the film follows a group of teens who are forced to fight one another til the death on live TV. Talk about teen angst.
The Avengers: (May 4) Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson, the film crams several superheros into one film! While, it's every teenage boy's fantasy, chances are the film will be a worthy trip to the theater.
Rock of Ages (June 15): Who can resist an 80's musical based on a hit Broadway production? With a cast that includes, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, we're already marking our calenders for this highly anticipated comedy. Warning: most songs from the film will likely be stuck in your head for days.
Battleship (May 25th): Okay, we're a little apprehensive about a well known game being given a story-line but if the film lives up to even half of what the trailer delivers, all will be well in action blockbuster land. Oh yeah and it's an Alien invasion movie on water starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Neeson, and Rihanna. We're totally in!
The Dark Knight Rises (July 20): Since director Christopher Nolan rarely gets it wrong (Memento and Inception comes to mind) his third Batman adaptation seems like a surefire hit! Not only does it have an incredible cast, including Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Marion Cotillard, it features a scene in which earthquake like explosion occurs on a football field! What more could action movie fans ask for?
The Amazing Spiderman (June 26): Sure we saw this movie back in 2003 when it starred Toby Maguire but another round of Spidey flicks won't hurt anyone. Besides, British actor Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go, The Social Network) has proven to be one of Hollywood's most exciting new talents.
Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1): From the trailer, it seems the film is like 300 but with strong female leads instead of half-naked/chiseled men (well Chis Hemsworth is in the film but he definitely keeps his armor on). Charlize Theron stars as the evil Queen who is determined to see Snow White (Kristen Stewart) killed. Yet what she doesn't know is that the fair beauty survives and is trained to obtain revenge. Bound to achieve summer blockbuster status, it's hard to imagine anyone not shelling out dough to see this flick.
American Reunion (April 6): Those who harbor a wish to return to the late 90's will find that this American Pie movie is a great remedy for nostalgia. The original film opened the door for inappropriate R-rated comedies and several scenes are now a part of pop culture history (this of course includes a scene in which a pie is violated). Most of the original cast returns for the forth film in the franchise and from the trailer it seems that much of the initial film's humor lives on.
Freinds With Kids (April TBD): Sure there are no actions sequences and the only thing that explodes are cultural norms (not exactly a theme that attracts a mass audience) but a cast that includes Maya Rudolf, Kristen Wiig, and Jon Hamm equals an immensely watchable film. The story, written by and starring Ham's partner, Jennifer Westfeldt centers on three married couples and two friends who feel left out of family life. They decide to have a child together and remain friends. Of course life becomes increasing complicated after that!
The Hobbit (December 14): An Unexpected Treasure: A prequel to the hit Lord of the Rings trilogy, the film focuses on Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, who travels with a group of dwarves to reclaim a stolen treasure. Oscar winning director Peter Jackson, who directed the other three films, rarely disappoints (even though The Lovely Bones was a letdown, it's visual elements were stunning). After years of studio disputes and production delays, fans are counting the days until the film's release.