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Top 10: Most Anticipated Films of 2011

These films were chosen based mainly on the strength of their directors. That's why the 2 Marvel superhero films didn't make the cut. Don't trust the people in charge.


10. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
- This is the one director on the list who I haven't heard of, but he's working with Guillermo Del Toro who co-wrote the script and is producing. Also, I love scary movies and this looks to be one of the scariest films of the upcoming year. Word on the street is it received an R rating not for language or sex, but for being so terrifying.
Release Date: Feb. 24th
Trailer


Don't Be Afraid of the Dark


9. Green Lantern - Martin Campbell hasn't been completely reliable in the past, but he was in charge of 2 of the best Bond Films in recent history (Goldeneye and Casino Royale). And from set reports and released designs it looks like they're really pushing the intergalactic and fantastic portion of Green Lantern's mythology.
Release Date: Jun. 17th
Trailer

Green Lantern

Green Lantern Design

Green Lantern Design

8. Super 8 - Not a whole lot is known about this flick other than JJ Abrams is directing and Spielberg is producing. Abrams has been a rock solid 2 for 2 so far, lets just hope Spielberg doesn't interfere too much.
Release Date: Jun. 10th
Teaser


Super 8


7. The Tree of Life - I'm not as crazy a fan of Terrence Malick as a lot of other film people - sometimes they can be a little slow for my liking, but I agree that at least they all look beautiful. Here he's got Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and I remember early reports talking about Dinosaurs somehow being in the mix. All bonuses.
Release Date: May. 27th
Trailer

The Tree of Life


6. X-Men: First Class - I wasn't excited at all about this film until I heard Matthew Vaughn was in charge. Fox really messed up the series with part 3, but I don't think Vaughn would've signed up for this if they didn't give him major creative freedom - He originally signed up to direct X-Men 3, but quickly dropped out when he correctly realized it was a losing effort. Also, Brian Singer, the Director in charge of the first 2 good X-Men films, is onboard as producer.
Release Date: Jun. 3rd

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class


5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - This epic franchise is finally coming to an end. I wasn't a fan of the very first 2 films, but since then I'm loving it. And I like that they're getting darker and more serious as the series goes along. Also, I've never read the books so I don't know how this is going to end.
Release Date: July. 15th
Behind the Scenes

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part II - The Story
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2


4. Immortals - Tarsem's first 2 films were visually amazing. Unfortunately his first one had a weak script and J. Lo, but it felt like he figured things out the 2nd time around. Working with a less famous, more talented cast and an infinitely better script. It sounds like this film will be a bigger story - some crazy Greek mythology badassery.
Release Date: Nov. 11th

Immortals

Immortals


3. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - The Mission Impossible films are the rare franchise that seems to be getting better as they go. The main reason I'm excited about this one though is because Brad Bird is in charge. Everything he's made so far has been certified classic, only they've all been animated. This'll be the test to see how his skills cross over to the real world where he doesn't have the full control that making an animation affords.
Release Date: Dec. 16th

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocal

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocal


2. The Muppets - I've been a massive fan since I was roughly 3 years old and all signs point to this taking it back to classic muppets quality. Jason Segel is writing and starring and it seems to be a major passion project for him. He also wrote Forgetting Sarah Marshall and that was one of my favorite comedies in years, plus all the vampire puppet sequences in it that were amazing.
Release Date: Nov. 23rd

The Muppets

The Muppets with Amy Adams


1. The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo - Read series of books and was pretty under whelmed with the Big Screen adaptations that were produced in Europe. This time around David Fincher is running things and since he's already starting with an amazing story as a base, I can guarantee quality. I'm loving Fincher's new work ethic. He's been kicking out almost a film a year since Zodiac while still managing to keep the quality top notch.
Release Date: Dec. 21st

The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo

The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo


Honourable mentions - Hobo With a Shotgun, Footloose, Your Highness, A Dangerous Method, The Green Hornet, Red State, Paul, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Thing, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Somewhere (Sofia Coppola), Battle: Los Angeles, Fright Night, Cowboys and Aliens.
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