Happy new year, and welcome to the beginning of another twelve months of movies, big and small. Sure, you're still trying to catch up with the late 2010 releases, some of which only opened last week and won't expand to your area for a while. But it is time to start thinking of the 2011 titles, mark your new Betty White wall calendar with what's coming out when, and share your list of most anticipated movies with friends, family and, most importantly, the comments section of this post.
What's in store this year? Well, the most successful franchise of all time comes to an end on July 15, when 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' hits the multiplexes. Meanwhile, other big franchises continue (most in 3-D) with 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' and 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.' And man, there a lot of comic book movies coming out this summer, including 'The Green Lantern,' 'Thor', 'X-Men: First Class' and 'Captain America:The First Avenger.'
2011 is full of sequels, including 'Cars 2,' 'Sherlock Holmes 2,' 'The Hangover 2,' 'Kung-Fu Panda 2' and 'Piranha 3DD.' We also get returns from the Muppets, the Chipmunks, the Planet of the Apes, 'Scream,' 'Mission: Impossible,' Harold and Kumar, the 'Spy Kids,' and 'Winnie the Pooh,' as well as remakes of 'Footloose,' 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' 'Arthur,' 'Fright Night' and 'Straw Dogs.' Maybe the 'Red Dawn' redo will finally come out, too.
Maybe you're most excited for a new franchise to begin (most in 3-D), whether it be Steven Spielberg's 'The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,' David Fincher's adapation of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' or 'Smurfs.' Spielberg is also expected to have a new period-set adventure drama by year's end, with 'War Horse.' Martin Scorsese goes 3-D for the kids with 'Hugo Cabret', while Terrence Malick finally brings us his long-anticipated epic, 'The Tree of Life.'
New movies arrive from Kevin Smith ('Red State'), Zack Snyder ('Sucker Punch'), Steven Soderbergh ('Contagion'), Andrew Niccol ('Now') and J.J. Abrams, whose 'Super 8' is just one of seemingly a thousand movies featuring aliens this year -- the hottest being 'Cowboys and Aliens,' 'Paul' and 'Battle: Los Angeles.'
But you might want to take things slow and first get through your January picks. Anyone else looking forward to 'Season of the Witch' this Friday? How about 'The Green Hornet' next week? Tell us your most anticipated 2011 movie(s) in the comments section below.