Movies We Can’t Wait To See This Year

Black Swan (January 20)

I’ve raved about Black Swan already and if this is any indication of the quality of movies coming out this year, we’re in for a treat. This glimpse into the dark underworld of ballet set against a ballerina fighting her personal demons is utterly captivating. Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel.

True Grit (January 26)

Having had a sneak peak last week I can tell you this latest Coen brothers venture is a film of epic proportion that stays with you for hours afterwards. Beautifully filmed and acted – how good is Jeff Bridges! It’s a Western that even the chicks will love.

The Fighter (January 26)

I never expected to love The Wrestler (also by Darren Aronofsky, director of Black Swan) but it was definitely an eye-opener. And The Fighter looks to follow suit, with hunky Mark Wahlberg playing American boxer Mickey Ward, a middling fighter who retired and then came back to win in 2000.

No Strings Attached (February)

Now this looks like a fun chick flick! Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher play friends with benefits…with Ashton saying this could be a great film to empower women! OK you’ve sold us. They look like a really cute on-screen couple too.

127 Hours (February 10)

Hmm, this is going to be a hard one to watch. But reports coming out from the US say James Franco is amazing in the true story of Aaron Ralston, a mountain climber who finds himself trapped under a boulder and must cut his own arm off to escape. It’s by Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire fame.

Rabbit Hole (February 17)

We haven’t seen Nicole in anything for a while (especially anything that’s any good) but she’s been getting a lot of attention for her role in Rabbit Hole. She plays a grieving mother trying to deal with the death of her son. Pack some tissues.

Mad Bastards (May 5)

Always love to support Australia movies. This gritty indigenous drama uses a completely amateur cast, and has even won an entry into the Sundance Film Festival. Let’s hear it for local filmmakers!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 19)

Johnny Depp! Orlando Bloom! That’s enough reason to pencil May 19 into our diaries. But this fourth instalment of the Pirates franchise also stars Penelope Cruz in Captain Jack Sparrow’s search for the fountain of youth, and she’s also great to watch.

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (July 14)

It’s hard to believe Harry Potter is coming to an end, with this eighth and final adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s much-loved books. Look out for the 3D version in selected cinemas which should be really blow the fans away!

The Tree of Life (November)

This sounds intriguing. It stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and is set in the 1950s about a family with three sons. But it’s classified as fantasy? Hmm. Brad Pitt is being very selective with the roles he chooses lately so this is one to look out for.

What are you looking forward to seeing at the movies this year?