We've already given you five films to look out for in 2011. Now for the rest...
It’s a mark of Disney/Pixar’s incredible contribution to cinema and our all-consuming love for the people who gave us Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. that even though their next movie is a sequel to one of their lesser films, we’re still deliriously excited about it. The follow-up to the 2006 automotive animation finds hothead racing star Lightning McQueen and pick-up truck buddy Mater heading for the international circuit and embarking on an adventure involving espionage, intrigue and shiny machines… Released July 22.
Captain America: The First Avenger
It’s all been building up to 2012’s The Avengers and we’ve only got two more major characters to introduce before the roster is complete. We’ve already met Iron Man, Black Widow and The Incredible Hulk and April 29 will see the big-screen bow of Norse thunder god Thor, but it’s Captain America’s origin story that we’re really excited about. The action takes place during the Second World War and we’ll be shown how Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) morphed from sickly weakling to muscle-bound icon (thanks to a super-soldier serum), fought the evil Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) and found himself awoken from suspended animation in the modern day to lead Marvel’s band of superheroes… Released July 29.
Cowboys & Aliens
Not since Snakes On A Plane has a title alone got us so excited about a movie. Of course, SOAP turned out to be rubbish but we really don’t think the same will be said about this tale of gunslingers and extraterrestrials, starring as it does the godlike Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde and directed as it is by venerable Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau. Really, there’s nothing more we need to be told, we’ll be the first in the queue… Released August 12.
Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn
Steven Spielberg directs, Peter Jackson produces, Hergé inspires. That’s right folks; everybody’s favourite be-quiffed boy reporter is making his big-screen debut thanks to an all-star cast (including the likes of Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg) and some innovative motion-capture technology. The first in a mooted trilogy, you can fully expect Tintin to be a major part of your Christmas celebrations for the foreseeable future… Released October 26.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Also known as Mission: Impossible 4, soon to be known as Tom Cruise’s final outing as Ethan Hunt. It turns out that the secret agent with the killer smile is hanging up his utility belt and handing over the IMF mantle to Jeremy Renner, but not before one last adventure involving spy antics, big special effects and a world-threatening macguffin (plot details are thin on the ground at this point). Expect the Cruiser to go out with a bang… Released December 16.
Sherlock Holmes 2
Nobody was more surprised than us when director Guy Ritchie’s take on the World’s Greatest Detective turned out to be one of the real gems of 2009. In pumping up the action and adventure and introducing some amusing homoerotic overtones, Ritchie’s take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation was a breath of fresh air. So we’re particularly keen on checking out part two, coming as it does with the return of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, the introduction of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace and the possible unveiling of Professor Moriarty… Released December 16.