Here is my take on movies I am looking forward to seeing in 2011, in no particular order. You are welcome to comment and make suggestions!
Looks like a great indie movie with one of my favourite and one of the most underrated of actors in it, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Brick, 500 Days...) who plays a pot-smoking metal-head.
There is no trailer to the movie, it's only got a clip on the homepage, but it sure sounds great. Oh, and Natalie Portman is in it, and it was directed by Spencer Susser (short film I Love Sarah Jane).
Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides
Yeah, I know, from indie to...
But the first three movies have been great fun, and you just gotta love Cap'n Jack Sparrow. Trailer looks awesome (might it be for the "addition-by-subtraction" of the-other-two-main-characters-whose-names-I-forget? - Anyway, Penelope Cruz is a surefire upgrade over Keira K.),
Same combination (Gore Verbinski + Jonny Depp) in anime, fun, and the West. Looks really fun,
especially considering that this is Jonny Depp acting for real, not smart-ass animation technology,
I didn't like Danny Boyle's last film, this bestselling pseudo-Indian fairy-tale with the bonbon-sweet ending (despite featuring Freida Pinto aka the most beautiful face in recent film history). But this one here looks like an engaging story coupled with an academy-ripe performance by James Franco. The trailer features one of the very best rock songs recently written, Band of Horses' The Funeral, and perhaps that was the last tiny detail that got me totally enamoured with this movie. Gotta watch it!
The annual dose of Wild Wild West. The real reason to look forward to this one, however, is its being directed by the Coen brothers. With Jeff Bridges and Määäätt Dääääimon. Trailer does not show that much yet, but it's supported by Jonny Cash, raising coolness levels by 200%.
Simon Clegg and Nick Frost, need I say more? This is going to be hilarious British humour by the Superbad-director. About an alien and lots of geek-stuff. Trailer.
The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick, Brad Pitt, and Sean Penn. Looks highly artistic, symbolic, and meaningful, might be heavy... Trailer
Battle: Los Angeles
Alien: Invasion. Unoriginal story, but looks like it is finally possible to combine explosive action with decent scripting, something like Transformers without Tourette and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Twilight - Breaking Dawn
Just kidding. Although it is good we have those kinds of movies, so we can read entertaining reviews.
Two major reasons: Javier Bardem and Barcelona, Trailer. I'll just quote imdb: This is the story of Uxbal (Javier Bardem). Devoted father. Tormented lover. Mystified son. Underground businessman. Friend of the disposed. Ghost seeker. Spiritual sensitive. A survivor at the invisible margins in today's Barcelona ... Uxbal's story is simple: just one of the complex realities that we all live in today.
Something for the scientist of religion in me. "A group of misfits encounter fundamentalism gone to the extreme in Middle America."
The Way Back
imdb again: "A young military officer (Sturgess) leads an escape from a hellish gulag in Soviet-occupied Poland during WWII. Making a pact with six companions, the group embarks on a daring mission across Asia to hopeful safety in India." With Colin Farrell (whom I consider an actor since Bruges).
Vincent Gallo as an escaped prisoner in hostile environment, his usual enigmatic self. I don't especially like the movie's name, though.