2010 Movies Guide

2010 Movies List - Best New Movies In 2010The new movies of 2010. It doesn’t sound like a real year does it? 2010. More like something that appears on a title card at the beginning of a movie. It sounds like the future. It sounds like you need a crazy, wild-eyed old man and a flux capacitor to get there, but you don’t, all you need is patience.

Unfortunately, we at Movie Moron are impatient as all get out. Screw patience. We’re already looking ahead to 2010 and its silver screen offerings, and we’d like you to join us. We’ll be your crazy, wild-eyed old man. Below is a list of our 20 most anticipated movies, 2010. Pay attention, Marty…

20. Cop Out

Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott, Adam Brody, Jason Lee

Director: Kevin Smith

Release Date: 26th February 2010

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Cop Out is the first movie from Kevin Smith that he hasn’t written himself. It’ll be interesting to see how he takes on someone else’s material while no doubt retaining his distinctive voice. The concept appears to be a straightforward buddy comedy about a couple of cops but Smith should be able to elevate the familiar ground he has to cover. Maybe elevate isn’t the right word, more like bring it down to his level. Whatever he does, we can’t wait to see it and that’s why Cop Out makes the list.

19. Looper

Starring: N/A

Director: Rian Johnson

Release Date: TBC 2010

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This movie is a bit of an enigma. Still in the very early stages of development, little is known about the project plot-wise, and there are no stars attached. In fact, it’s the only film on the list with no actors on board, so the fact that it even makes the list says a lot. It says we love Brick, we really like The Brothers Bloom, and we are super-stoked to see Rian Johnson tackle an ultraviolent time-travel movie. Rian Johnson builds worlds, he takes ordinary surroundings and injects them with the uncanny, and he does this in high school movies and con-men movies. What is he going to do with a sci-fi movie, a genre where such mish-mashing and world-building is de rigueur?

18. The Last Airbender

Starring: Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz

Director: M Night Shyamalan

Release Date: 2nd July 2010

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Possibly the most divisive movie on the list. Shyamalan is loved by some and loathed by others, but there’s no denying that The Happening was an all-time low, resulting in some declaring The Last Airbender a flop before hearing a single line of dialogue. But it’s not just the Shyamalan apologists that are praying for this movie to be good, it’s fans of the source material. Avatar: The Last Airbender was one of Nick’s most popular shows, a well animated, action-packed, humorous and intelligent piece of television with a mythos to rival Star Wars and an appeal well beyond its target demographic.

Many still struggle to cast aside fury at the thought of the controversial casting, but with teaser trailers and teaser images cropping up, anticipation is building.

17. The Book of Eli

Starring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis

Directors: Albert & Allen Hughes

Release Date: 15th January 2010

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You didn’t know you wanted a post-apocalyptic showdown between Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, but the guys that made Menace II Society did, so they went ahead and made The Book of Eli for you. It’s about, naturally, the titular book, a tome that may be the key to man’s salvation. Denzel defends the book, Oldman does the opposite. Comic Book artist Chris Weston did design work for the film, and says on his blog that ‘you’ll get to see Denzel Washington kick serious arse in this film… ‘Man on Fire’ is a mere taster compared to the righteous vengeance he rains down on the scum in this film’. We recommend ‘rains down on the scum’ become a phrase that you use regularly, not only because you’ll sound epic, but to familiarise yourself with the concept so as to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed when you witness Mr Washington in all his arse-kicking glory.

16. Paul

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen

Director: Greg Mottola

Release Date: TBC 2010

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Brit Comic Book Geeks travelling across the US with an alien in tow. Meh. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost? Not so meh. The talented duo reunite for another comic caper, this time sans director Edgar Wright, who just found out there’s a whole guild of other screen actors out there. It’ll be nice to see Pegg back with Frost after cavorting around in space and sucking up to Megan Fox – and now they’ve added Seth Rogen to the crew! Or he’s added them to his, we’re not sure. Rogen will be voicing the alien known as Paul, and he has a pretty weird voice anyway, right? So that should work nicely. Knowing Frost and Pegg this will be a crowd pleaser and a nerd-pleaser at the same time, and there aren’t many films out there that manage to do both. Plus, it’s another offering from the director of Superbad.

15. The Cabin in the Woods

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Amy Acker

Director: Drew Goddard

Release Date: UPDATE: Pushed back to 2011

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Whedonites are legion. So having Joss Whedon onboard to co-write this script is a good thing in terms of drumming up hype. And this film promises a new take on a played out horror movie trope – the cabin in the woods. Coming from Drew Goddard, one of the men behind Cloverfield, and starring Chris Hemsworth, the man who will be Thor.

14. Piranha 3D

Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames

Director: Alexandre Aja

Release Date: 27th August 2010

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Richard Dreyfuss thinks it’s safe to go back in the water – you think he’d know better. You know the deal: Remake. 3D. Sex, violence, comedy. Prehistoric piranhas tear to shreds every living thing in their path, mostly hot, young dumb actors, a couple of porn stars, and a couple of old intelligent actors for good measure. This isn’t high-brow, this is pure popcorn entertainment (although judging by the set pics, most of that popcorn will be regurgitated before you leave the theatre). Carnage!

13. The A-Team

Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper

Director: Joe Carnahan

Release Date: 11th June 2010

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Smoking Aces was insane. In. Sane. And while it wasn’t spectacular successful, it is proof positive that Joe Carnahan may be able to breathe some life into The A-Team. As evidenced by this years Star Trek, well-known television characters in a high-octane cinematic adaptation can be a very, very good thing.

Carnahan has lined up a couple of cast members already, namely Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper. Neeson will be taking on the role of Hannibal, and although it’s been argued that his on screen persona differs considerably from that of previous Hannibal, George Peppard, Taken proved he can do action, and how many other actors have trained Obi-Wan Kenobi and Batman? Man of the moment Bradley Cooper will play Face, a role originated by Dirk Benedict (the lesser of two Starbucks). If you’re looking at the picture above and wondering why Quinton Jackson is there as B A Baracus when nobody has been cast as B A Baracus, it’s because the other candidates are so ridiculous that we’ll continue to pretend Quinton Jackson has been cast until our dreams of perfect casting are crushed by an official announcement.

12. The Green Hornet

Starring: Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward Furlong

Director: Michel Gondry

Release Date: 22nd December 2010

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The second nerd-friendly Seth Rogen entry on the list, but this one’s different. This is superhero Seth Rogen. The last time we saw Rogen kicking ass and taking names he wasn’t wearing a mask, he was high, and he was riding shotgun with Harry Osborn. Now he’s the one with the sidekick, and if what has been said up until now is true, The Green Hornet may be more lighthearted than some superhero fare, but it won’t be an out-and-out comedy.

The second nerd-friendly Seth Rogen entry on the list, but this one’s different. This is superhero Seth Rogen. The last time we saw Rogen kicking ass and taking names he wasn’t wearing a mask, he was high, and he was riding shotgun with Harry Osborn. Now he’s the one with the sidekick, and if what has been said up until now is true, The Green Hornet may be more lighthearted than some superhero fare, but it won’t be an out-and-out comedy.

A big part of whether or not this movie works hinges on us believing that the slob from Knocked Up is a crime-fighter, and Seth Rogen’s so damn likeable rather than laugh him to scorn we all cross our fingers and hope he can do it. Not to mention Michel Gondry’s directing the whole affair now that Stephen Chow has bowed out, and his zany indie sensibilities will be a sight to behold when thrown over the superhero framework.

11. Alice In Wonderland

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Director: Tim Burton

Release Date: 5th March 2010

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As per usual, the visuals of the latest Tim Burton project, Alice In Wonderland, look stunning. Newcomer Mia Wasikowskia plays Alice in the loose adaptation of Carroll’s treasured novel, alongside Burton mainstays Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. The only troubling aspect of this is the ‘loose’ part of the loose adaptation; unlike the previous adaptations Burton has made (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, etc.) this film will take more liberties with the source material. It features a considerably older Alice returning to Wonderland. That sounds a bit like Hook. But we’re confident it won’t be met with the same lukewarm reception, and that Burton thrills us with a wild and wacky world as he has in the past.

10. A Nightmare On Elm Street

Starring: Jackie Earle Haley

Director: Samuel Bayer

Release Date: 16th April 2010

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Freddy Krueger, the dream-world dwelling killer first brought to cinema screens in 1984, is back. But this time Robert Englund is going to be watching it in the cinema with the rest of us. Exec-producer Michael Bay is hitting the Batman Begins/Casino Royale/Star Trek reboot button in an effort to kick start the franchise ala Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There’s only one reason this has ranked so highly on our list – the casting of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy.

9. Clash Of The Titans

Starring: Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

Director: Louis Letterier

Release Date: 2nd April 2010

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The highest remake on the list, Clash of the Titans takes the most fondly remembered sword and sandal classic to showcase Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion creatures and re-imagines it for the CGI generation. Director Louis Letterier should be somewhat familiar with intense action and CG smackdowns thanks to his prior work on The Incredible Hulk and The Transporter franchises. Up and coming actors Sam Worthington (Terminator: Salvation, Avatar) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia) take on the roles of Perseus and Io, whilst veterans Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes take on the roles of Zeus and Hades. It will be interesting to see how the Olympian elements of the story are handled, as the gods have been notably absent from most recent sword and sandal flicks like Troy.

8. Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood

Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett

Director: Ridley Scott

Release Date: 14th May 2010

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Ridley Scott is a living legend. The mastermind behind Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator returns to roughly the period of time in which his criminally underrated Crusades movie Kingdom of Heaven took place and reunites with frequent collaborator Russell Crowe. So he should be in his comfort zone and ready to deliver a memorable take on the oft filmed Robin Hood legend, presumably without incongruous accents, talking foxes or men in tights. We really could do with seeing a new promo image now though…

7. Arrested Development

Starring: Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, David Cross, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi

Director: Mitchell Hurwitz

Release Date: TBC 2010

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The best TV shows get cancelled. Frequently. Sometimes the fanbase is so vocal about the injustice that the property is given a new lease of life – Family Guy, Futurama and Joss Whedon’s Firefly were all brought back from the dead. And currently slated for a 2010 release is the critically acclaimed comedy Arrested Development. This movie has been rumoured for a very long time, but clearly, what with it being so high on the list, hope has not been lost, anticipation has not been lessened. Stuff White People Like explains the Arrested Development phenom thusly:

Even though most white people prefer to say that they don’t watch television, one thing they agree on is that Arrested Development was the best show on TV. They love it so much! The love it for a number of reasons. Firstly, since the show was cancelled before it jumped the shark, it’s effectively like a rocker that dies at 27. Also, the show got terrible ratings, meaning that it wasn’t ‘mainstream,’ which makes white people love it unilaterally. Other examples of shows like this are Twin Peaks and The Ben Stiller Show. They also love it because there are a few references to white popular culture, and if there is one thing that white people love, it’s cultural references that they understand (see Garden State, The Onion, and Juno for examples). If you are ever a white person’s house, and you see an orange box in their DVD collection, you should say “oh, you have Arrested Development, I love that show!” To which you will be offered a glass of wine, and perhaps an invitation to 80s night. Also of note: the hip hop group Arrested Development is also loved by white people.

We’ve seen Arrested Development alumni go on to make their mark in cinema, but they are allegedly all locked to return to their TV characters, and we couldn’t be more excited by the prospect. Hopefully it’ll be a success.

6. The Expendables

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Release Date: 23rd April 2010

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Sly Stallone wants to go out in a blaze of gory. Sorry, typo, blaze of glory. Actually, they’re both right. The Expendables could well be the throwback action movie that dreams are made of. With a cast list that reads like someone just reading names off of their action movie DVD collection, fans of the genre are getting spoilt rotten.

5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin

Director: Edgar Wright

Release Date: TBC 2010

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One of the greatest indie comic books in recent history, Scott Pilgrim, created by writer-artist Bryan Lee O’Malley, is an epic love story, a teen comedy and a bizarre action piece set in Canada. Influenced by music, video games, manga and real life it really is like nothing else. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out.

Edgar Wright’s film adaptation stars Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, lead singer of crappy, unsigned band Sex Bob-Omb (that’s a Super Mario reference, n00bs), and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers, the girl of Scott’s dreams. Literally. He dreams about her, and then she shows up. In pursuit of her he has to fight her seven evil ex-boyfriends, evade his jilted ex Knives Chau, and put up with Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin), the gay roommate that he sleeps with (but not in a gay way). Made of win.

4. Tron Legacy

Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Release Date: 17th December 2010

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Tron was ahead of its time. Now is that time. While the first film amazed with its vision and FX, it still managed to bore with its pace, but on the basis of this concept trailer, the sequel has managed to get the balance just right. The plot sees Flynn’s son enter Tron to find out what happened to his father (Jeff Bridges) all those years ago. Looks spectacular.

3. Toy Story 3

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

Director: Lee Unkrich

Release Date: 18th June 2010

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Pixar: the most dependable movie studio around. Coming off of Wall-E and Up, they’re returning to their roots, the movie that made their name, Toy Story. Ordinarily, threequels are something to dread, and unnecessary sequels to animated movies often feel every bit as superfluous as they actually are (yes, you, Shrek). But Pixar can (virtually) do no wrong at this point, and the first two Toy Story movies are such bona fide modern classics that you can’t help but be excited about the further misadventures of Woody and Buzz.

2. Iron Man 2

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson

Director: Jon Favreau

Release Date: 7th May 2010

movies for 2010 ‘I am Iron Man.’ How could you not be desperate to see a sequel after Robert Downey Jr delivered that line at a press conference in the final scene of Iron Man? Like Tony Stark, director Jon Favreau has tinkered with his machine, upgraded it, and is ready to show the world Iron Man Mark II. In the superhero sequel tradition, it promises to be bigger and better, with the new friends, new foes and heightened fanboy expectations. Scarlett Johansson is Natasha Romanov – Tony Stark’s replacement red-head assistant now that Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts has been promoted – she’s also secretly Russian superspy Black Widow. Mickey Rourke plays fellow Russian Whiplash, Iron Man’s nemesis along with Sam Rockwell’s Justin hammer. It appears as though The Iron Man armour has kick-started a new Cold War…

Terrence Howard is probably (like the rest of us) still in shock after getting Cheadled, and Olga Kurylenko can’t believe she didn’t get Johansson’s part. She refuses to take the costume off, it’s kind of embarrassing…

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1. Inception

Starring: Leonardo Dicaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe

Director: Christopher Nolan

Release Date: 16th July 2010

Nothing else could have been number one, not after 2008, not after The Dark Knight. It. Was. Awesome. Due in no small part to the genius of Christopher Nolan, a director with an enviable track record, who now turns his attentions to the sci-fi genre with Inception, a movie shrouded in Cloverfield-levels of mystery.

We know Ken Watanabe is blackmailing Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s married to Marion Cotillard and works with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page, but that’s it. Oh, and, it’s set within ‘the architecture of the mind’, which could mean anything at this point. Inception makes number one sheerly on the basis of the talent involved, the mega cast, the phenomenal director, and, again, because of 2008, which as our top two shows, was quite a good year for movies.