Movie Feature

Eleven to watch in 2011

By Shu ChiangMovies - 31 December 2010 10:00 AM

Eleven to watch in 2011

Some would say that 2010 hasn’t been a particularly good year for movies.

Sure, there were films that had everyone talking about them, such as Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, Toy Story 3, Inception, Wall Street 2, The Social Network and the first of the two-part finale to the Harry Potter franchise.

But in terms of truly memorable, top-notch films, there seemed a paucity compared to years past. Regardless, we’ve already rounded up some of the best films to have graced our screens, and also some of the worst.

Now we look into the crystal ball – actually the advance release schedules of Singapore film distributors – to give you an idea of what’s to come in 2011, apart from anticipated conclusions (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), new graphic-novel adaptations (Thor, The Green Lantern, Captain America), the big-screen treatment of a classic TV show (The Green Hornet), as well as the latest installments of several franchises, new and old (Pirates of the Carribean, The Twilight Saga, Saw, The Fast and the Furious, The Hangover, Paranormal Activity, and Scream, etc.).

Below are the 11 films I am most looking forward to – fingers crossed that they get released – in 2011 (not including Never Let Me Go, a film that I’ve been looking forward to since last December):

1. Winter’s Bone – An indie favourite with a star-making turn for young Jennifer Lawrence.

2. The Kids Are All Right – Julianne Moore and Annette Bening play same-sex parents.

3. True Grit – A Coen Brothers western with 2010 Best Actor Oscar winner Jeff Bridges.



True Grit


Red Riding Hood


Black Swan


4. Space Battleship Yamato – A live-action film version of a sci-fi anime with Takuya Kimura.

5. Red Riding HoodTwilight director Catherine Hardwicke helms; Amanda Seyfried stars.

6. Black Swan – Natalie Portman is an ambitious ballerina in Darren Aronofsky’s thriller.

7. Mary and Max – A claymation feature from Oscar-winning Australian director Adam Elliot.

8. The King’s Speech – Colin Firth is a British monarch who needs help with his stammer.



The King’s Speech


Super 8


Sucker Punch


9. Super 8 – J.J. Abrams’ secretive new sci-fi thriller is thought to involve aliens and Area 51.

10. Cowboys and Aliens – Speaking of aliens, this is War of the Worlds in the wild, wild west.

11. Sucker Punch“Alice in Wonderland with machine guns” says 300 director Zach Snyder.

Other films on my radar: Paul, The Adjustment Bureau, Source Code, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, Smurfs, and Somewhere.