It’s a new year and Hollywood has lined up a new batch of movies for us to consume. There are a few highly anticipated flicks, particularly the final chapters of the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises, but there are also a few duds in the batch that shouldn’t be on anyone’s must-watch list.
Let’s start with the good news:
- Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 — Opens July 15th
The end begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts to locate then destroy the final horcruxes, but when Voldermort discovers their plan, the biggest (and bloodiest) battle in the series begins and life for the young wizards will never be the same.
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson / Directed by: David Yates
- The Hangover 2 — Opens May 26th
A follow-up to the highly successful “move that could.” Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug head to Thailand for Stu’s wedding and the boys are embroiled in an epic adventure.
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifanakis, Justin Bartha / Directed by: Todd Phillips
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Opens May 20th
Captain Jack Sparrow finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).
Stars: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Geoffrey Rush / Directed by: Rob Marshall
- Cowboys & Aliens – Opens July 29th
A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force.
Stars: Daniel Craig, Olivia Wildes, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano / Directed by: Jon Favreau
- Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Opens July 1st
Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) taking his first tenuous steps into adulthood while remaining a reluctant human ally of Optimus Prime. The film centers around the space race between the U.S.S.R. and the USA, suggesting there was a hidden Transformers role in it all that remains one of the planet’s most dangerous secrets. The villain of the third film will be Shockwave.
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Ken Jeong / Directed by: Michael Bay
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 — Opens November 8th
The first installment of the final chapter of this highly successful saga finds Bella and Edward married and expecting their hybrid baby while forces around them gather for an epic confrontation and battle.
- Season of the Witch
Let’s face it, Nicholas Cage hasn’t made a good movie since….well, it’s been so long I can’t recall what was the last good movie he made. In this lackluster offering, Cage stars as a 14th century knight who helps transport a witch to a monastery where the monks blame her for creating the black plague.
- Just Go With It
Adam Sandler seems to be suffering from the ‘Nic Cage’ syndrome (see above). In this romantic comedy, he’s unrealistically matched with Jennifer Aniston (close to catching the same syndrome) and Brooklyn Decker.
- Fast Five
Do we really need a fifth installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise? It’s bad enough that they keep making these movies to give Paul Walker and Vin Diesel something to do, but did they have to drag Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson into the whole mess?
- No Strings Attached
Romantic comedy about two friends who date other people just to find out they love one another. Predictable and falls under the category: seen it. Stars: Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher (I find his Tweets more entertaining than his movie roles).
- Friends with Benefits
Formulaic and predictable. Same plot as “No Strings Attached” (see above). Stars: Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. Both of these stars have promising careers based on their previous films and it’s disappointing to see them settle for a movie like this.
- The Apparition
“A couple is haunted by a supernatural presence that is released during a college experiment.” StarringAshley Green (‘Twilight’), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy from ‘Harry Potter’), and Sabastian Stan (‘Gossip Girl’). The only promising about this film seems to be the opportunity to view Tom Felton without his trademark blonde hair and whether he can lead a film after playing second fiddle to ‘Harry Potter’ all these years.
- Real Steel
In attempt to profit from the ‘Transformers’ franchise, someone thought it would be a good idea to do a big screen version of the “Rock’em Sock’em Robots” game. Stars Hugh Jackman.
Do you have a favorite or least favorite that we didn’t include on the list? Leave us a suggestion in the comment section below.