The End of ’10 Cinema Line-Up

Highly Anticipated End-of-the-Year Films: 5 Left Worth Seeing
The year 2010 has brought some cinematic failures. With high expectations as I enter any theater, my hopes and dreams for silver screen brilliance have been dashed in the recent flops of sheer sadness. Yet, there remains a glimmer of optimism in my need for a film adventure. Movie-goers want passion; we want to be swept away. So, here’s what I’m looking forward to in the last upcoming two months of 2010:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (November 19, 2010): It is no lie that any child of the 80s is highly anticipating the release of this film. When Harry was 11, we, too, were 11 (or close to it). This makes our 12 year journey with the novels, our nine year journey with the films, and our bittersweet end to childhood, all the more powerful for this generation. Confident that David Yates will bring his best editing yet, and eager to hear Alexandre Desplat’s (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) haunting musical genius brought to Harry’s final end, I have a feeling this is going to be “the” film of 2010. And,yes, I will be at the midnight showing.
  2. Black Swan (December 3, 2010): Finally, a dance film with talented actors. Natalie Portman leads the cast with Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, and Winona Ryder, all following her lead. No stranger to the dance world, I am excited to see Portman’s training in ballet come to the screen. Taking on one of the most beloved ballets of all time, Swan Lake, we can be sure to see some mesmerizing choreography rehearsed to perfection; after all, perfection is a dancer’s vice, and Natalie Portman wears it well. A deeply dark and twisted plot, this story looks to be an exposé on the cut-throat and short-lived journey of a dancer. Keep this one on the calendar for December.
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (December 10, 2010): Do not be fooled by the movie-snobs who turn their noses towards the sky for Disney films. With a change in studios, a beloved classic novel and an increasingly improving cast, this Narnia adventure could be one of the best yet. Backed by a powerful and epic composer, David Arnold (Casino RoyaleIndependence Day), the Narnia kids may start to blossom in their confidence on screen. Nevertheless, I will be looking to this film with an open heart; it is definitely worth seeing.
  4. Tron: Legacy (December 17, 2010): I am my father’s daughter; so, yes, I am excited for a sci-fi film. It has to be said: did you not get chills when seeing the first trailer for this movie in theaters? When Jeff Bridges called out to Sam from the light as the music slammed techno beats that made you want to punch someone in the face, did you not light up with anticipation for the return of a beloved adventure? The inner-nerd inside of me is screaming with delight for this video game, visually stunning, 3D, re-worked storyline.
  5. True Grit (December 22, 2010): Keeping with my Jeff Bridges kick, I am no stranger to the Coen brothers’ craft. A little apprehensive of remaking this John Wayne classic, I still can’t seem to pass up the need to see a well-done throw-back to the western genre. Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon lead the cast, but newcomer Hailee Steinfield is showing signs of grace and maturity on the screen. I am looking forward to seeing this classic through the eyes of the Coen brothers.

Sure, there are a few other movies that I will, of course, still view and review; however, these are my heavy hitters for the wrap-up of 2010. Which one are you most looking forward to for the holiday season? Post your thoughts, and be sure to check back for more updates on my reviewing schedule. Look out for spoilers on November 19, 2010, around 3:00 am though. Until then…be entertained.