Terrence Malick's new coming-of-age drama 'The Tree of Life' and Zack Snyder's fantasy battle 'Sucker Punch' are some films which make the list of potential hits this year.
A new year means new things to come and movie industry takes part in this, too. Since successful flicks like "Avatar" and "Inception" have set the bar higher last year, people can expect more developed films, both in stories and technology, for their entertainment in 2011.
While Michael Bay combines the action-packed signature with 3-D in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon", Terrence Malick pitches a fresh story for "The Tree of Life" that presents drama in a more twisting way. Other films that have become talks of the town during 2010 and will potentially become box office hits are sorted in this list of The 10 Most Anticipated Movies in 2011 by AceShowbiz.
A number of movies which stories originate from other works, however, do not make it into this list for AceShowbiz has discussed them in a previously released article under the title Must See Movie Adaptations in 2011.
Battle: Los AngelesRelease Date: March 11
An alien invasion movie is not something new. But in "Battle: Los Angeles", director Jonathan Liebesman wants to expose the Armageddon from the point of view of the Marines. The war against the aliens will be felt close to audience's perspective since the film has a documentary vibe. With the extraterrestrial creatures portrayed like an army too, the human platoon faces tough enemies that are organized and having unusual figures.
Red Riding HoodRelease Date: March 11
Catherine Hardwicke made her success with the first "Twilight" movie and after parting ways with the franchise she takes on famous tale "Red Riding Hood". Her version will not be kids friendly for David Johnson's script is written with the touch of Gothic and Amanda Seyfried's Valerie is "a bit naughty" girl who is entangled in a love triangle while facing off a werewolf that threatens her village. This modernized story will make you think that you've never heard one like this before.
Sucker PunchRelease Date: March 25
Bored of seeing a band of big guys kicking some ass, "Sucker Punch" will present tough chicks in tight leather outfits loading their weapons in a beyond-imagination battle. Zack Snyder's dark take makes sure this will not be a girlie movie despite the fact that it relies on sweet young actresses like Emily Browning and Vanessa Hudgens as lead stars. The psychological issue faced by main character Babydoll will add the twist as audience will be teased to define which one is her reality and which one is the fantasy.
Scream 4Release Date: April 15
One of the most successful horror film franchises returns after ten years. Still with Wes Craven serving behind the lens, "Scream 4" will resurrect the terror that haunts Woodsboro and beloved character Sydney Prescott. Original actors Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette reunite to aid fans' longing, while Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere are added to the cast ensemble to attract younger audiences. Famous cameo of Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin is another thing that will keep you from blinking when watching the movie.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesRelease Date: May 20
Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow's drunken speech and tricky traps are always number one attractions in "Pirates of the Caribbean" films and he does not lose his charms though he will not be supported by Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley anymore in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides". He finds love interest as well as "equal adversary" in Penelope Cruz's Angelica who will distract his journey in seeking the Fountain of Youth that can be seen as real as possible with 3-D treatment.
The Hangover 2Release Date: May 26
Get ready to be shocked for Todd Phillips teases there will be some "f**ked-up surprises" in "The Hangover 2". Learning from the flop of another comedy franchise which just makes use of the previous film's popularity, the helmer aims high for "The Hangover" sequel. Main actors consisting of hilarious Zach Galifianakis and gorgeous Bradley Cooper return, still joined by Ken Jeong who undoubtedly could be raunchy and funny at the same time. Though they will only be brief ones, cameo appearances of Oscar winner Liam Neeson and former president Bill Clinton should not be missed.
Kung Fu Panda 2Release Date: May 27
After successfully becoming a kung fu master, Po's new challenge will require him to trace back his past. A follow-up to one of DreamWorks' best animations, "Kung Fu Panda 2" will still feature the loveable Panda alongside his friends, with original stars including Jack Black, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen and Angelina Jolie returning to voice these characters. A mix of detailed pictures and 3-D technology will surely create a great visual entertainment for the whole family members.
The Tree of LifeRelease Date: May 27
Oscar-nominated Terrence Malick, who has some of his only few feature films considered masterpieces, is back with "The Tree of Life". Pitched since 2005, the drama is promoted to present incredible effects shots and a concept that have never been seen before. From the trailer, it seems that the movie will tell a fresh "impressionistic" story in a poetic way with beautiful sceneries as the backdrops. Two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominee Brad Pitt take the key roles, giving a promise that they will bring the characters to life convincingly.
Transformers: Dark of the MoonRelease Date: July 1
Michael Bay admits "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" was full of flaws and he promises to do his best for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon", bringing the core mythology from the Autobots and Decepticons' history. Sexy Megan Fox is not joining this full-of-explosions movie, but disappointed not for Sam Witwicky's new girl is portrayed by Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. And if the swirling words are indeed true, this third "Transformers" film will mark the end of the trilogy and thus you have no reason to miss it.
Final Destination 5Release Date: August 26
For years, "Final Destination" franchise has successfully attracted moviegoers who love films that can pump up their adrenalines. In upcoming "Final Destination 5", death chases another group of youngsters with a new set of unanticipated accidents, including a stunt set on a suspension bridge. Steven Quale, fresh from serving as the second unit director on James Cameron's "Avatar", is hired as a helmer and it is expected that he will bring something fresh to the next installment and handle the 3-D scenes better than "The Final Destination" director did.