50 Movies We're Super-Psyched to See in 2011

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Movies: There are just so darn many of them. Usually this is a great thing, but with 2011 now upon us, it can seem overwhelming. After all, a new year means a whole new slate of hundreds of movies, ranging from awesome to terribad. Who has the time to sort through them all? 

Well, we do. 

So don’t worry, your number one internet friend has carefully reviewed every single one of the movies coming out over the next year so that you don't have to. We've gone through the scripts, talked to the actors and poured over the trailers, frame by frame, all in order to determine which films are your best bets over the next 12 months. Here are our top 50.  

'The Green Hornet'

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Release Date: Jan. 14

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz

The Scoop: Once upon a time, The Green Hornet was one of the most popular and well known superheroes in America, with his own radio and television shows. 

Now Seth Rogen looks to update the legend for a new generation with a post-modern, ironic take on the whole superhero concept: this time around, it's his faithful sidekick, Kato (Jay Chou), who does the actual butt-kicking. And since "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" director Michael Gondry is behind the camera, we're guessing this version has a pretty good chance at sticking. Watch the trailer 

'The Roommate'

Release Date: Feb. 4

Starring: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet

The Scoop: Colleges are pretty scary places. Besides all that mandatory learning nonsense, you've got your parties and your school loans and your peer-induced social anxiety. But the scariest part of going away to college? Getting stuck with a random roommate. That's pretty much the entire premise behind "The Roommate," which stars Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly as co-eds who are assigned the same room -- and, as it happens, the same nightmares thanks to a personal relationship that gets way, way too personal (think "Single White Female: The College Years"). It's every student's worst nightmare come true.

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'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never'

Release Date: Feb. 11

Starring: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Jaden Smith

The Scoop: If you love the Biebs, you've watched the YouTube videos, you've downloaded the iTunes tracks, you've even probably had his face tattooed somewhere on your lower extremities -- and now, it's finally time for the movie experience, as "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" explodes in theaters. Featuring a mix of live concert performances, behind-the-scenes documentary footage and rare clips from Justin's formative years, "Never Say Never" gives Bieberphiles everything they could ever hope for, with one exception: No matter how many times you see this movie, you still won't be able to copy his perfect hair. Hey, the kid is a star for a reason. | Watch the trailer 

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'I Am Number Four'

Release Date: Feb. 18

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron

The Scoop: With both "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" nearing their ends, both the movie and book industries are scrambling to find -- or create -- the next big thing. Their first attempt at genetically engineering a blockbuster franchise, Franksenstein style? "I Am Number Four," which was simultaneously developed as a book and movie series by writer James Frey and producers Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg. Up-and-coming buzz magnet Alex Petteyfer plays an alien kid marooned on Earth; when the evil galactic overlords who destroyed his home planet come to destroy his new home, he has to harness his new superpowers in order to save the world. And hopefully the film and book industries to boot. | Watch the trailer 

'The Adjustment Bureau'

Release Date: March 4

Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp

The Scoop: Legendary sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick has had so many movies based on his works you'd think by now Hollywood would be reduced to adapting his grocery lists. Luckily for Tinseltown, however, Dick was renowned for his Speed-induced ability to churn out an incredible volume of work -- including the latest project of his to see the silver screen, "The Adjustment Bureau." In typical Dick fashion, this story almost defies a simple description, but here's our try: Matt Damon plays a politician whose life takes a turn for the weird when he meets a mysterious ballerina whose secrets could unravel a vast conspiracy. Looks like "1/2 Gallon of Milk and a Dozen Eggs" will have to wait a little longer. | Watch the trailer 


Release Date: March 4

Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant

The Scoop: Over the course of his long career, Johnny Depp has often been compared to a chameleon thanks to his ability to immerse himself in any role. Well, that should come in handy with "Rango," since he is literally playing a chameleon: Rango is a lizard who, through a series of incredible circumstances, ends up becoming the sheriff of an Old West town. This animated feature reunites Depp with Gore Verbisnki, who famously directed the star in the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. If their past collaborations are any indication, this should be a fun ride. | Watch the trailer 

'Red Riding Hood'

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Release Date: March 11

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman

The Scoop: Hey guys, remember Catherine Hardwicke? Back in the day (that is to say, 2008), she was on top of the world, having set the record for the highest grossing film ever directed by a woman, a little something called "Twilight." And then, she kinda got dumped by the studio. Well, now she's back with an edgy, goth-modern take on the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. 

This time around, though, Red ain't so little; instead, she's played by Amada Seyfried as a hot young woman whose snowbound medieval village is under attack by a werewolf. If living well truly is the best revenge, we think Hardwicke is about get her payback in spades. | Watch the trailer 


Release Date: March 18

Starring: Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, Kristen Wiig, Nick Frost

The Scoop: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have made a career lampooning Hollywood genres, from horror ("Shawn of the Dead") to action ("Hot Fuzz"). Now they take on -- or take down -- sci-fi with "Paul." The premise is pretty simple: Pegg and Frost play two dorks who, while on a trip to see Area 51, pick up an alien hitchhiker by the name of Paul (animated through CGI with voicework from Seth Rogen). Paul, it turns out, is just as big a loser as they are, which leads to hilarity on all sides, especially when you throw in the always fantastic Kristen Wiig. Heck yeah. | Watch the trailer 

'Sucker Punch'

Release Date: March 25

Starring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish

The Scoop: Critics of Zack Snyder have claimed that his movies fetishize their subjects: from the oiled bare chests of "300" to the spandex sex of "Watchmen," his stylish and lovingly lavish fight scenes combine romance and violence in ways that many critics don't like. Well, we have a suggestion for those folks: Don't go see "Sucker Punch," because seriously, things are about to be taken to a whole new level. That's because "Punch" features a slew of hot chicks trying to escape from a mental institution via the use of machine guns, grenades and dragons -- all while rocking school-girl outfits and samurai swords. Freud would be so proud. | Watch the trailer 

'The Beaver'

Release Date: April 8

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin

The Scoop: Imagine if Mel Gibson ran the Muppets? The mere thought is probably like a punch to your brain, but as crazy as it sounds, that's pretty much the idea behind "The Beaver." Follow along: Mel Gibson plays a down-on-his-luck loser whose life takes a sudden and bizarre turn when he wakes up one day to find a beaver puppet on his hand. At first it's a godsend, as the beaver's confident personality cleans up Gibson's life. But when the beaver refuses to give up control, Gibson has to fight to save his family from the dark menace on the end of his arm. Jodie Foster directs and co-stars, so now you know the answer to this future trivia question: What the hell happened to Jodie Foster? | Watch the trailer 


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Release Date: April 8

Starring: Russell Brand, Greta Gerwig, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner

The Scoop: Once upon a time, there was a slovenly rogue of a Brit by the name of Dudley Moore who charmed audiences with his patented combination of humor and off-color antics. 

Moore, sadly, is no longer with us, but his legacy now lives on in Russell Brand, who gamely steps into Moore's shoes in this remake of Moore's most famous film, "Arthur." Dame Helen Mirren gives the whole proceeding a much needed air of respectability in the role of Arthur's nanny, while rising star Greta Gerwig supplies the hots as his object d' affection. This should be something to see. 

'Your Highness'

Release Date: April 8

Starring: Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel, James Franco, Natalie Portman

The Scoop: We love "Harry Potter" and "The Lord of the Rings" as much as the next guys, but sometimes even we have to admit all that self-serious fantasy stuff can start to get just a wee bit ridiculous at times. Luckily, Danny McBride exists for just this reason. The divine plot of "Your Highness:" James Franco (seriously, is there anything he can't do?) is a prince who has to go on one of those typical fantasy quests to save his true love -- only instead of Aragorn or Hermione helping him, his posse consists of his dumbass brother Thad (McBride, of course). This may be the first Medieval stoner comedy. | Watch the trailer 

'Scream 4'

Release Date: April 15

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette

The Scoop: Yes, that's right: The horror movie you thought you would never see is finally here. And "Scream 4" carries with it not only the baggage of fan expectations, but also an entirely different kind of baggage: stars Courteney Cox and David Arquette, who met on the set of the original "Scream" and later married, announced their divorce right after filming ended on this one. Youch. We're not sure how the murder mystery is going to unfold this time around (there's also a new class of cast members, including Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettierre), but we're pretty sure of one thing -- the onscreen chemistry between the cast members is likely to be as sharp as Ghostface's knife. | Watch the trailer 

'Water for Elephants'

Release Date: April 22

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz

The Scoop: Move over, Dumbo, because there's a new elephant movie in Hollywood these days and if the legion of Twi-Hards have anything to say about it, "Water for Elephants" is about to become the new gold standard in pachyderm cinema. That, of course, is because the lead role is being played by that brooding hair factory Robert Pattinson, whose famous locks are on full display in this period piece about a guy who joins a circus only to fall in love with the ringleader's wife (Reese Witherspoon in her first cougariffic role). The ringleader, though, is "Inglourious Basterds" bastard Christoph Waltz, so RPattz just may be screwing around with the wrong guy. You know what they say: hair today, gone tomorrow. And yes, it's okay to hate us just a little for that one. | Watch the trailer 

'Fast Five'

Release Date: April 29

Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson

The Scoop: Just how many times can the cast and crew of "Fast and the Furious" replay their tried-and-true formula of hot girls, car chases and gunplay? We're not sure, but the answer is "at least five." This time around, though, "Fast Five" adds a couple of wrinkles to the proceedings in the form of a new, menacing foe (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the role of a government agent) and a great new locale (the maze-like slums of Rio de Janeiro). If they keep coming up with cool twists like these, we're looking forward to seeing the next five films in the series. | Watch the trailer 

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Release Date: May 6

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman

The Scoop: Geeks and pundits alike have been debating "Thor" almost from the moment it was announced: Can Marvel catch lightning in a bottle a second time and turn a relatively unknown superhero into a blockbuster franchise like they did with "Iron Man?" Or is this going to be another "Watchmen"-style flop? Well, one thing we've learned over the years is that the best way to end a debate is with a giant hammer right to the face. That's pretty much what Marvel is giving fans with this high-octane thriller. And while star Chris Hemsworth doesn't have quite the same Q Rating as Robert Downey Jr., director Kenneth Branagh is wisely hedging his bets with big names in key supporting roles -- namely crowd pleasers Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. So we just have to say it: May 6 is indeed Hammer Time. | Watch the trailer 

'Something Borrowed'

Release Date: May 6

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield

The Scoop: "Big Love's" Ginnifer Goodwin is set to hit the big time when "Something Borrowed" comes out this May. That's because she seems to have the perfect setup to finally launch an A-list movie career: a popular co-star (Kate Hudson) and a winning premise (she plays a woman who falls in love with her best friend's fiancé). Sure, it's hard to come up with something new in the always crowded world of Hollywood romantic comedies, but we think that Goodwin is just the right person to break the rom-com mold -- because in the world of cinema, she's truly "something new." 

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'

Release Date: May 20

Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane

The Scoop: Keira Knightley? Gone. Orlando Bloom? Gone. And Johnny Depp? Well, he's still here, which pretty much ensures that we'll be here as well when "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" opens. Because, honestly, let's face it: As much as we love Knightley and Bloom, it's Captain Jack Sparrow that puts butts in the seats. And this time around he has some new faces (Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane) and new places (London, Florida) up his sleeves when this story about the search for the Fountain of Youth arrives. Yo ho ho indeed. | Watch the trailer 

'The Hangover Part II'

Release Date: May 26

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms

The Scoop: One of the best things about the surprise smash hit "Hangover' was just that -- it was a surprise. So will the sequel be as funny now that everyone knows what the schtick is? Well, consider this: Former president Bill Clinton appears in the film. And consider this: Mel Gibson doesn't, after the cast refused to let him rehab his image at their expense. Sure, that last part doesn't necessarily sound funny, but it proves that this time, the gang from "Hangover" knows exactly what it's doing. And that's a pretty scary -- and pretty funny -- concept. 

'X-Men: First Class'

Release Date: June 3

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

The Scoop: As much as we all swooned over Hugh Jackman's hairy avenger Wolverine, the true heart of the original "X-Men" trilogy was the ideological struggle between Professor Charles Xavier and his more militant opposite, Magneto. "X-Men: First Class," which turns back the clock to the days when the two were best buddies, aims to explain how their paths diverged, while also giving Hollywood the chance to reboot the franchise without having to pay A-listers like Jackman and Ian McKellen. Hey, if it means more chance of more movies with more mutants, then we're all for it. 

'Super 8'

Release Date: June 10

Starring: Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler

The Scoop: Remember back when "Cloverfield" took the country by storm, thanks in large part to its super-secret viral campaign that left pretty much everything -- including the premise -- up to the imagination? Well, it's time for round two, because once again J.J. Abrams is back with a movie so secret only his hair stylist knows for sure what it's about. We gathered this much from the creepy trailer, though: It has to do with some kind of alien (probably) escaping from the government (maybe) and it's executive produced by Steven Spielberg (definitely). Let the buzz commence. 

'Bad Teacher'

Release Date: June 17

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel

The Scoop: Fresh off his almost-Oscar worthy hype from "The Social Network," Justin Timberlake is back and this time he's getting funny. Yes, the man behind SNL's "Dick in a Box" is taking his first stab at big screen comedy (we refuse to count "The Love Guru"), this time opposite Cameron Diaz rather than his own entombed junk. Diaz and Lucy Punch play two teachers who both make a romantic play for the same guy -- J.T. -- who also happens to be one of their co-workers. A healthy workplace environment? No. A healthy comedy environment? Heck yeah. We can't wait to see what Timberlake pulls out of his box this time. 

'Green Lantern'

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Release Date: June 17

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard

The Scoop: DC Comics and Warner Bros. look to copy Marvel's "Iron Man" success by unveiling their own second banana franchise, "Green Lantern." The latest superhero gig for Ryan Reynolds ("Blade: Trinity," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine) find his abs decked out in emerald when a dying alien cop appoints him the new sheriff of the solar system. 

Unfortunately, Peter Sarsgaard's evil mastermind, Hector Hammond, has different ideas, which happens when your brain mutates to gigantic proportions. Will fans flock to see the throwdown? Or should DC stick to Batman and Superman and leave the rest of the Superfriends to the cartoons? One of the biggest questions of the year can only be answered one way: by your wallet.

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'Cars 2'

Release Date: June 24

Starring: Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton, Michael Caine

The Scoop: Can Pixar do anything wrong? If the evidence of the past 15-plus years means anything, the answer is no, which is itself reason enough to be psyched about "Cars 2." Other good reasons to get excited: "Toy Story 3" proved that sequels can be even better than the original, and this time around Michael Caine joins the cast as a debonair British spy car. Not to mention Michael Keaton is also on board, as are returning cast members Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy. Which leaves us with just one question: Why haven't we just gone ahead and elected Pixar president already? If anyone could straighten out this crazy world, it's those guys. | Watch the trailer 

'Larry Crowne'

Release Date: July 1

Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston

The Scoop: Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts are pretty much the dream team of American film royalty, which is why it was so surprising when their first film together, "Charlie Wilson's War," turned into a box office dud despite critical acclaim. So will audiences be more interested in "Larry Crowne's" less political story (co-written by Hanks and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Nia Vardalos) about an unemployed, middle-aged guy (Hanks) who returns to college only to find unexpected romance with his professor (Roberts)? Well, you know what they say: Second time's the charm. 

'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'

Release Date: July 1

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson

The Scoop: "Transformers 2" was one of the highest grossing films of all time, but it wasn't exactly popular with everyone; even the movie's own stars took turns bashing it in the media. As a result, super-hot film accessory Megan Fox was sent packing, replaced by supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, while director Michael Bay unveiled a sleek new trailer for "Dark of the Moon" that promises to add new depth to the tale of a bunch of alien robots beating everything they see into a pulp. We know it's going to be one of the biggest films of the year, but could it also be one of the best? Now that would truly be an epic transformation.

Watch the trailer 

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'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2'

Release Date: July 15

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes

The Scoop: We're pretty sure you're familiar with this one, but just in case, here's a rundown: After a decade worth of films and over 15 years of worldwide hype, excitement and fan frenzy, Pottermania finally comes to its climax when "Deathly Hallows Part 2" arrives this summer. Chances are you've probably already read the book, but the fun here is seeing how Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint bring those pages to life as they conclude a journey that they have been on for over half of their own lives. Bring your Kleenex, because this is going to be an emotional ending for everyone. 

'Winnie the Pooh'

Release Date: July 15

Starring: Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, John Cleese

The Scoop: America's favorite fat little bear returns more than 30 years after his last feature film and this time he's got one thing on his mind: hunny. OK, so things haven't changed a whole lot in the world of "Winnie the Pooh," but really, why would we want them to? One of the final Disney films to be animated using traditional techniques rather than computers, "Pooh" is a collection of shorts, just as the 1977 hit "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" was. Like Winnie the Pooh himself, some things are just timeless.

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'Captain America: The First Avenger'

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Release Date: July 22

Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson

The Scoop: The Sentinel of Liberty makes his long-awaited film debut (we're going to pretend that low-budget joke from the '80s never happened) as "Captain America: The First Avenger" brings Marvel's star-spangled superhero to life. And coming just two months after the studio's other big release of the year, "Thor," "Captain America" has a lot riding on the line -- not the least of which is the future of 2012's "The Avengers," which is not-so-subtly teased in this one's title. Will audiences buy Chris Evans as yet another superhero (following "The Fantastic Four," "The Losers," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," hell, he was even in "TMNT")? It's your patriotic duty to find out. | View the photos 

'Friends With Benefits'

Release Date: July 22

Starring: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Patricia Clarkson

The Scoop: "Black Swan's" Mila Kunis stars opposite JT in a film about two friends who start having casual sex with each other -- and then things stop being quite so casual. If this sounds familiar, it might be because "Black Swan's" Natalie Portman is also starring in a movie (opposite Ashton Kutcher) this year (called "No Strings Attached") about two friends with the same exact dilemma. So how can you tell them apart? Well, January's "No Strings Attached" didn't make our cut for the 50 films to be included on this list and July's "Friends With Benefits" did, so that pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the potential of the two movies. Hey, we're not just making s**t up here, guys. | Watch the trailer 

'Cowboys and Aliens'

Release Date: July 29

Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde

The Scoop: The premise is so simple and elegant you likely did a massive facepalm as soon as you heard the title. "Cowboys and Aliens." Why the hell hasn't anyone come up with this before? In fact, it's so genius we really don't even need to tell you what the movie is about because, honestly, it's "Cowboys and Aliens." So here's what we can add to the conversation: "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau is behind the camera and international superstars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford are in front of it. Ticket, you have just been sold. Watch the trailer 

'The Smurfs'

Release Date: Aug. 3

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Sofia Vergara

The Scoop: You know what this world desperately needs? A live action movie about The Smurfs. And that's just what the world is going to get come August, to which we say, it's about time. OK, so not all of it is live action; the smurfs themselves are, of course, animated. They're also being voiced by a who's who of talent including Katy Perry, Fred Armisen and the legendary Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf. Add in Hank Azaria as the ultimate embodiment of evil, Sauron Gargamel, and there's just one thing left to say: "The Smurfs" is going to be smurfing smurfy. | Watch the trailer 

'The Help'

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Release Date: Aug. 12

Starring: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer

The Scoop: Fans getting worn out by the non-stop parade of high-octane blockbusters and 3-D summer tentpoles finally have another option in August when "The Help" arrives. Based on the popular period novel by Kathryn Stockett, "The Help" stars the always-awesome Emma Stone as a young girl learning the strange realities of adulthood in the Deep South of the early 1960s. She's joined by a terrific ensemble cast that includes Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Cicely Tyson. Don't be surprised if you hear more about "The Help" when award season rolls around. 

'Fright Night'

Release Date: Aug. 19

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

The Scoop: We could not possibly be more stoked for this remake of the 1984 vampire cult classic "Fright Night." Sure, we don't normally get all gooey over remakes -- the originals are usually classics for a reason, you know -- but this time we're making a major exception thanks to the totally rad cast. Anton Yelchin ("Star Trek," "Terminator Salvation") plays a horror buff who, realizing that his neighbor (Colin Farrell!) is a vampire, turns to his friend (Christopher Mintz-Plasse!) and a vampire expert (David Tennant!!!) for help. This a cast we can really sink our teeth into. 


Release Date: September 23

Starring: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Scoop: Fans of baseball are already well familiar with the term "moneyball," but for the rest of the world, here's the scoop: Coined for the book of the same name by author Michael Lewis, "moneyball" refers to a specific style of baseball management that favors a statistical approach to organizing a team, which in turn allows small market franchises to compete with bigger spenders. Sounds f**king boring, right? Well, here's what's not boring: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill. Oh, and it's being directed by Bennett Miller, the guy who did the critically acclaimed "Capote." With a cast like that, even baseball might be fun to watch on the screen for once. 


Release Date: Sept. 23

Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina

The Scoop: This is the moment all Twi-Hards have been waiting for: Taylor Lautner's first real attempt at carrying a movie as leading man. Or, man-child. Whatever you want to call it. Ever since Lautner bulked up for "New Moon," he's been dubbed the next big thing by everyone in Hollywood, already commanding huge paydays for his films even though so far his main success has been in the cocoon of the "Twilight" franchise. In "Abduction," though, the whole thing is on his well-toned shoulders as Lautner plays a kid whose life takes a surreal turn when he sees his own face on a missing persons website. We think by the time "Abduction' is over, Lautner will have found at least one thing: an A-list career. 


Release Date: Sept. 30

Starring: Olivia Wilde, Cillian Murphy, Justin Timberlake, Alex Pettyfer, Amanda Seyfried

The Scoop: Olivia Wilde, Justin Timberlake, Alex Pettyfer -- this movie's cast pretty much reads like a who's who of the hottest young stars in 2011, as each of those big names has multiple big movies coming out this year. The biggest, though, may be "Now," a near-future sci-fi epic where immortality has been attained, but only if you're rich enough to afford it -- and where time, therefore, really is money. When a scruffy dude (Timberlake) comes into a fortune in time/money, though, he ends up on the run from evil a-holes (like Cillian Murphy) looking to poach his future. A future that looks increasingly bright for this amazing cast. 

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'Real Steel'

Release Date: Oct. 7

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand

The Scoop: And then this happened: Hugh Jackman decided to film a movie about robot boxers. Well, why not. After all, when you're Wolverine, you can pretty much do whatever the heck you want, which includes this: "Real Steel" tells the story of a near-future world where boxers have been replaced by robots, who square off in the ring with a savagery their human controllers can't hope to match. It's like "Raging Bull" meets "The Go-Bots." The real reason to tune in, though, may be co-star Kevin Durand, as the menacing character actor gets a chance to renew his battles with both Jackman (he played the Blob in "Wolverine') and Evangeline Lilly (who faced off against Durand on the cult TV hit "Lost"). Either way, this promises to be a rock 'em, sock 'em flick. | Watch the trailer 


Release Date: Oct. 14

Starring: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid

The Scoop: If you like your remakes on the inspiring side, then "Footloose" is the film for you this Oct. 14, as Hollywood attempts to recapture the magic that made the original one of the feel-good hits of the '80s. Kenny Wormald steps into Kevin Bacon's dancing shoes as a kid who moves to a Midwestern town only to discover that the people there are really, really uptight about dancing. Luckily, his infectious spirit energizes everyone and overcomes all odds because, really, who can resist the universal language of dance? Certainly not us; We're already preparing to cut loose. 

'The Thing'

Release Date: Oct. 14

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen

The Scoop: If you like your remakes on the scary side, then "The Thing" is the film for you this Oct. 14, as Hollywood attempts to recapture the terror that made the original one of the most terrifying hits of the 1980s. But these guys are actually doing something pretty smart; aware that fans consider John Carpenter's 1982 version of "The Thing" to be pretty much untouchable, the new edition is less of a remake and more of a prequel, detailing the events that led up to the arctic terror of original. And the fact that it stars "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's" totally awesome scene-stealer Mary Elizabeth Winstead is just icing on the cake. No pun intended. 

'Paranormal Activity 3'

Release Date: Oct. 21

Starring: Katie Featherston

The Scoop: The first one was scary. The second one was really dang scary. And the third one? Well, "Paranormal Activity 3" is so scary, the studio doesn't even want you to know what it's about yet, because you might drop dead of terror before you have the chance to pony up the bucks to see it in the theater. Despite the secrecy surrounding "Part 3," though, we can tell you one thing for sure: The film may have a bigger budget, but like its predecessors, it's still going to stick close to the found footage, pseudo-realism that made the first two such a big hit -- and have now made "Paranormal Activity" an annual event. And that's not so scary after all. 

'Puss in Boots'

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Release Date: Nov. 4

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Zach Galifianakis, Salma Hayek

The Scoop: Just when you were afraid that "Shrek" was finally over forever after, you know, "Shrek Forever After," here comes the first spin-off: "Puss in Boots," which focuses on the swashbuckling feline voiced by Antonio Banderas. The rest of the usual gang is nowhere to be seen this time around, but don't worry, because a couple new additions are sure to spice things up: megastar comedian Zach Galifianakis and frequent Banderas collaborator Salma Hayek. Is another animation franchise about to be born? We sure hope so. After all, we still have room for some more collectible McDonalds character glasses in our cupboard. 

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1'

Release Date: Nov. 18

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

The Scoop: The gang is back for the penultimate entry in the most popular movie series of all time (at least according to its fans). Team Jacob and Team Edward may have had their issues in the past, but now everyone is on the same side: Team Baby, as the whole world decides to gang up on Bella and Edward's newborn and only the combined powers of vampires and love can save her. What happens next? Well, no doubt you already know from reading the novel by Stephenie Meyer a dozen times, but that's fine; the magic is in seeing how they pull it off onscreen. And bonus points this time if they manage to film the birth scene without causing us to pass out. Eleven months and counting… 

'The Muppets'

Release Date: Nov. 23

Starring: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt

The Scoop: Jason Segel aims to restore the Muppets to their rightful place in pop culture with their first big-budget, big-screen appearance in years, "The Muppets." The fresh premise: Segel plays a normal guy whose roommate happens to be, well, a muppet. When Walter (that's the mupet's name) happens to catch "The Muppet Show" one day, he realizes there are others like him out there and sets off on a quest to find his felt kinfolk. Rumor has it that everyone from Lady Gaga and Billy Crystal to Donald Glover and Jean-Claude Van Damme will cameo, which is no surprise -- after all, despite their absence, deep down everyone still love "The Muppets." 

'Hugo Cabret'

Release Date: Dec. 9

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen

The Scoop: Martin Scorsese makes the leap into 3-D with this unusual adventure film starring the mostly unknown Asa Butterfield ("The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," for those of you who were forced to watch that in history class) as an orphan who lives in a train station and discovers a magical world as a result -- though not, as you might expect, via Platform 9 and 3/4. Based on the award-winning novel by Brian Selznick, "Hugo Cabret" is sure to please kids from 9 to 90 -- and that's just the cast, which ranges from the youth of Chloe Moretz to the decided non-youth of the legendary Christopher Lee. And hey, anything from Scorsese is worth a look. 

'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

Release Date: Dec. 16

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg

The Scoop: Since earning a Best Actor nomination for his role in 'The Hurt Locker," Jeremy Renner has quickly become the go-to actor for anyone looking to add some intensity and grit to their film -- see "The Town" and 2012's "The Avengers" for exhibits A and B. Now he's tasked with his most difficult assignment yet: convincing weary audiences that they should take Tom Cruise seriously again. We think "M:I 4" has a good chance of doing just that, though, because besides Renner, the franchise has another secret working in its favor: the last film, "M:I:3," was actually really good. We think that if fans come for the Renner, they'll stay for the Cruise -- and maybe be surprised at how cool the experience actually is. 

'Sherlock Holmes 2'

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Release Date: Dec. 16

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace

The Scoop: What's one of the most hotly anticipated film of the holiday season? Why, the answer is elementary, my dear Watson: It's "Sherlock Holmes 2," which reunites Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as the legendary 19th century detective team. We're totally jazzed to see what Jared Harris (Lane Pryce on "Mad Men"!) does as Sherlock's evil arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty, and we're equally stoked to see Stephen Fry as Sherlock's weird brother Mycroft. So are we going to be first in line to see "Sherlock Holmes 2?' You don't need to be a detective to figure out that one. 

'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

Release Date: Dec. 21

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgard

The Scoop: It's only the first volume of the most popular series of books (for adults) in the entire world, so it's little wonder that Steig Larsson's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is being made into a big-budget Hollywood epic just a couple short years after it was already turned into a big-budget Swedish epic. No, what's surprising is the cast they've assembled: the always intense Daniel Craig takes on the role of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, while the almost unknown Rooney Mara ("The Social Network") steps into the instantly iconic shoes of goth hacker Lisbeth Salander. It's a big gamble, but we wouldn't have it any other way; after all, the film, like the novel, needs to be dangerous. Consider that requirement fulfilled. 

'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn'

Release Date: December 28

Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig

The Scoop: The graphic novels of Belgian children's author Hergé and his lead character Tintin have been beloved around the world for generations -- and have also been defying Hollywood attempts to adapt them for just as long. Enter the unbeatable heavyweight team of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, who have whipped up a motion-capture digital CGI 3-D version that is sure to blow your face clean off. And there's a whole heck of a lot more where this came from; if "Secret of the Unicorn" proves to be a hit, Spielberg and Jackson have a whopping 24 books to pick from for the sequels -- which they are already planning. It looks like the adventure is just beginning for all of us. 

'War Horse'

Release Date: Dec. 28

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston

The Scoop: Horses. There's just something about them that gets boys and girls of all ages all gooey inside, which helps explain why there have been so darn many good horse movies over the years -- from "Black Beauty" and "Black Stallion" to "Seabiscuit" and "National Velvet." Now you can add "War Horse" to that esteemed list, but you might want to grab a box of tissues before you even read the premise: When Joey the horse is shipped off to the front lines during World War I, young Albert (Jeremy Irvine) follows him into the trenches to try and save his beloved best friend. And did we mention that Steven Spielberg directed it? It's a good thing computer screens are resistant to tears, otherwise this page would be too smudged for you to read.

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