2010 was an amazing year for movies that any guy could love, but after taking a gander at the lineup for the new year, it looks like 2011 could be even better. From Potter to Pirates, dudes worldwide need to gear up for one of the most explosive years the film industry has ever seen.
10. Transformers: Dark of the Moon - July 1
Source: Paramount Pictures
People will still be lining up to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon on July 1. The Michael Bay-directed sequel starts out in 1969 when the Apollo 11 moon landing mission ventured onto the far side of the moon for a top-secret mission. The astronauts eventually stumble upon the wreck of a Cybertronian spacecraft with no survivors, proving that mankind is not alone in the universe. Transformers: Dark of the Moon looks to once again hand fans a serious dose of insane action, eye-popping special effects, and a slew of outer space robots that are even more than meets the eye. I also seriously can't wait to see Rosie Huntington-Whiteley running around on the big screen. Joy!
9. Super 8 - June 10
Source: Paramount Pictures
For those of you that don’t know, Super 8 is the highly-anticipated sci-fi film written and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg and Bryan Burk. The plot takes place in 1979 when a train carrying important cargo from Area 51 is destroyed, causing its contents to be unleashed upon the world.
From Lost to Star Trek, Abrams has yet to let us down and Super 8 should be no different. The addition of Spielberg as producer not only gave Super 8 a solid budget to play around with, it's also allowed Abrams to get access to everything Amblin Entertainment has to offer. This could be the sleeper of the year.
8. Real Steel - October 7
Source: Touchstone Pictures
Adapted from Richard Matheson's short story Steel, Real Steel takes place in the very near future where real robots have become the new warriors of the fight game. Hugh Jackman stars as Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a boxing title and now throws together beat-up robot fighters from scrap metal. Jackman eventually teams up with his estranged son Max to build and train a championship contender.
I wasn’t all too jazzed about this film until I saw the first official trailer. I was gonna write this off as another mind-numbing action flick, but after witnessing the film’s insanely realistic effects and brilliant storyline, I knew Real Steel was going be one of the most badass films of 2011. If this can even remotely live up to the original Twilight Zone episode, we’re in serious business, y’all.
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - May 20
Source: Walt Disney Pictures
The fourth film in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sees Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) returning to the high seas to embark on a quest to find the elusive Fountain of Youth, only to find that Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and his crew are already in hot pursuit of the legendary spring. Keith Richards is back up in the mix as Sparrow’s pirate homie Captain Teague, and Penelope Cruz has also been added to the cast for an extra side of sexy.
The only thing different in this new installment is the departure of Gore Verbinski from the series. Chicago director Rob Marshall has filled his spot and looks to reinvigorate the franchise with his unique style of filmmaking. Die-hards of the series might be a little nervous about the change, but Johnny Depp is sure to keep things epic on every level from start to finish.
6. Thor - May 6
Source: Paramount Pictures
I know I’m not alone when I say how excited I was when I first saw the trailer for Thor. Not only is the all-star ensemble cast off the charts, it’s directed by the multi-talented Kenneth Branagh. In the film, Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast down to Earth by his father (Anthony Hopkins) and forced to live among humans as punishment after recklessly reigniting an ancient war. Once on Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero and helps fight off the darkest forces of Asgard. How in the hell can this be bad?
5. Scre4m/Scream 4 - April 15
Source: Dimension Films
It’s almost here, people. Wes Craven has finally returned with his fourth installment of the insanely popular Scream series. Some early reviews have come in from a few bloggers lucky enough to get a sneak peak at Scre4m and their reports have actually been really positive. Word on the Internets is that the opening sequence is the best of the series and the ensemble cast once again brings their best horror work to the table. There hasn’t been a lot of information about what the actual plot is for this one, but based on the trailer, a lot of sexy chicks get terrorized by the Ghostface killer in classic Craven fashion. As usual, David Arquette, Neve Campbell, and Courteney Cox star. Can’t. Wait.
4. Cowboys & Aliens - July 29
Source: Universal Studios
Based on our interview with Jon Favreau at Comic-Con 2010, Cowboys & Aliens could go on to become the best sci-fi western ever made. From the graphic novel of the same name and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, and Sam Rockwell, Cowboys & Aliens takes place in the year 1873 where a stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution and is forced to set his differences aside in order to fight off an alien spaceship that crash lands in the middle of the city. This is like a John Ford film with an insane action budget. It should also not be taken lightly. Not only has Favreau gotten better as a director with each and every film he’s directed, the guy also has a serious knack for making insanely great movies based on comic books.
3. The Hangover: Part II - May 26
Source: Warner Bros.
Not a lot of info about this film has been released, but it’s damn obvious that Todd Phillips probably won’t let any of us down in the sequel to the 2009 comedy fiesta The Hangover. All that’s really known about the plot up to this point is that Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), and Doug (Justin Bartha) all travel to Bangkok for Stu’s wedding. Every classic character from the first installment is sure to make an appearance and the cast and crew probably have a few wild tricks up their sleeves as well. Who knows what kind of crazy s**t these dudes are gonna get into in Thailand?
2. Captain America: The First Avenger - July 22
Source: Paramount Pictures
Fans around the world have been getting sneak peaks at the upcoming Captain America feature film starring Chris Evans since the second they started shooting. Needless to say, it looks hella sweet. First off, the casting of Chris Evans as legendary hero Steve Rogers is nothing short of perfect. Evans was easily the best thing in the Fantastic Four series and hopefully for us all, he’ll be bringing his A-game to this Joe Johnston-directed action bonanza. Having Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith) play Red Skull should also be a reason to be pumped for Captain America: The First Avenger.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - July 15
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
The second installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is easily the most anticipated film of 2011. Ending a series as popular and successful as the Harry Potter franchise will not only be the biggest news on the face of the entertainment planet, it’s also going to instantly depress die-hard wizards-in-training obsessed with the world J. K. Rowling created with the flick of her wand.
The final film of the now-classic series that everyone has come to adore will show Harry, Ron, and Hermione on their mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortality. Part 1 of the series has already taken in over $900 million worldwide and I wouldn’t be surprised if Part 2 goes on to become the highest grossing film of 2011.
The other amazing thing about this release is that we all know it’s going to be unbelievable from start to finish.