The New Year is upon us, and while resolutions and wishes are abound, we’re wondering what’s brewing in the world of cinema. Anticipation is already sky-high for the third film of The Twilight Saga and the first half of the final film of the Harry Potter series, but what else is waiting in the wings? We’ve got Angelina Jolie in a wig, Megan Fox in a corset, and an uber buff Jake Gyllenhaal.
Here are 10 movies worth your $12.50 + popcorn in 2010.
The Wolfman: February 12th
Benicio Del Toro has been holding out on us! Typically attracted to critic-friendly films (Traffic, Things We Lost in the Fire, Che), Del Toro gets horrific for Valentine’s Day weekend in The Wolfman, starring as the legendary moon-hatin’ monster. Critics’ Choice-nominated Emily Blunt plays his fur-lovin’ love interest and always-great Anthony Hopkins co-stars as Del Toro’s father.
Alice in Wonderland: March 5th
Tim Burton + Johnny Depp. Do we really need to say more? Previous collaborations of the eccentric duo include Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This fantastical gothic version of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale is sure to be visually stunning and over-the-top. Naturally Johnny Depp is The Mad Hatter, while Australian actress Mia Wasikowska snagged the role as Alice. Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter plays the part of The Red Queen with Anne Hathaway as The White Queen. Other highlights include Alan Rickman as The Caterpillar and Michael Sheen as The White Rabbit. Can you feel our excitement?
Eight more movies to see after the jump!
Iron Man 2: May 7th
Few actors today are as naturally charismatic as Robert Downey, Jr.. Hot off the heels of three box office hits – 2008’s Iron Man and Tropic Thunder and 2009’s Sherlock Holmes – it seems Junior can do no wrong. He returns as billionaire superhero Tony Stark this spring. Joining Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow in the sequel are Scarlett Johansson as The Black Widow and Mickey Rourke as Whiplash. See pics of Scarlett in her skintight leather getup.
Sex and the City 2: May 28th
The fabulous foursome returns to the silver screen this Memorial Day with more Manolos, babies…and camels? Looks like the writers were stretched thin for the somewhat-forced sequel, but we’ll still be there opening night, along with millions of other women with their girlfriends.
Prince of Persia: May 28th
Move over Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Vin Diesel; a new muscled action hero is in town! And dare we say one with real acting chops? Jake Gyllenhaal draws our attention away from his baby blues as Prince Dastan in Hollywood’s latest video game adaptation, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
The A-Team: June 11th
The Hangover‘s heartthrob Bradley Cooper leads a group of Iraq War vets defending their glory after they’re framed for a crime in this sure-to-be summer blockbuster. Jessica Biel provides some eye candy, while Liam Neeson ups the badass factor.
Jonah Hex: June 18th
Sex pot Megan Fox stars as a prostitute donning a waist-shrinking corset opposite Josh Brolin in this comic book thriller. Brolin plays a gun-fighting bounty hunter in the wild west with outstanding warrants o’plenty. The U.S. military offers to waive those warrants if he’ll track down a notorious terrorist, played by John Malkovich.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: June 30th
Twi-hards have their Edward panties in a bunch awaiting The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, wherein Bella must choose between warm Jacob and icy Edward, all the while running from vengeful vamp Victoria. After New Moon shattered box office records last fall, we have no doubt Eclipse will – ahem – eclipse those stats as well.
Salt: July 23rd
Missing from the silver screen in 2009, mother of six Angelina Jolie returns to theaters this summer as a CIA officer who may or may not be a Russian spy. The Salt trailer promises plenty of action, plus a special orgasmic treat around 1:45.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: November 19th
The Hogwarts gang is back for the first half of their final hurrah. In Part I of the Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron, and Hermione attempt to defeat the Dark Lord once and for all. Just as Voldemort’s strength grows, as does the adolescent sexual tension between the lead characters played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.
Did we miss a movie you’re dying to see in the New Year? Leave your most-anticipated flicks in the comments.