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When I saw the preview last month (still about 4 months after the US release), I knew this latest Pixar offering should really be seen in 3D for the best effect. However, upon watching, I feel that the best feature of this 5-star film is not really the 3D animation, it is the heart upon which the heartwarming story of Carl and Ellie Frederickson is so firmly based. Read More…

Paranormal Activity

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10 Films to see in 2010

Well seeing as we are now in the backend of 2009 I thought I’d pull together a little list of the top 10 films I’m looking forward to in 2010. As you can probably they are a collection of the higher profile ones but they provide a little food for thought and will no doubt only be the tip of the iceberg for good movies in 2010.

Number 10

Paul

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen
Director: Greg Mottola
Release Date: TBC 2010

Plot: Two British buddies (Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) head out on the road in search of Area 51 after attending a comic convention, only to encounter a cute little alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) along the way in this comedy from Working Title and Universal Pictures. Superbad’s Greg Mottola directs from a script by Pegg and Frost, with Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Jane Lynch heading up the supporting cast.

Links: IMDB Page, Production Blog

Number 9

The A-Team

Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper
Director: Joe Carnahan
Release Date: 30th July 2010

Plot: 1980s TV action gets a reboot with this new version of The A-Team, which shifts the Vietnam vet backstory to a group of Iraq War vets who become mercenaries for hire. Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces) directs from a script by G.I. Joe’s Skip Woods. Liam Neeson heads up the crew as Hannibal, the brains of the operation, with Bradley Cooper as Face, UFC star Quintron ‘Rampage’ Jackson filling in for Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, and District 9′s breakout star Sharlto Copley inheriting the unhinged role of ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock. Jessica Biel co-stars.

Links: IMDB Page

Number 8

The Green Hornet

Starring:Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz
Director: Michel Gondry
Release Date: 17th December 2010

Plot: By day, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is a millionaire publisher and popular media figure, but by night, Reid assumes the identity of fearless crime fighter The Green Hornet and teams with his trusted sidekick, Kato (played by Asian pop star-turned actor/director Jay Chou), to keep the streets safe for average citizens. Producer Neal H. Moritz spearheads this big-screen adaptation of the popular radio serial, comic book, film, and television series originated by Lone Ranger creators Fran Striker and George W. Trendle. Rogen and frequent writing partner Evan Goldberg provide the screenplay, with visionary Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) handling directing duties. Breakout Inglorious Basterds star Christoph Waltz portrays the villain, Chudnofsk

Links: IMDB Page, Official Site

Number 7

Alice In Wonderland

Starring:Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman
Director: Tim Burton
Release Date: 5th March 2010

Plot: Tim Burton takes a stab at Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale of a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) lost within a fantasyland with this 3-D production of Alice in Wonderland. The Lion King’s Linda Woolverton provides the script, with Hollywood heavyweights Richard Zanuck and Joe Roth heading up the production team. Burton veteran collaborator Johnny Depp co-stars as The Mad Hatter in the Walt Disney Productions picture.

Links: IMDB Page

Number 6

Robin Hood

Starring:Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt
Director: Ridley Scott
Release Date: 14th May 2010

Plot: Director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe reunite for their fifth big-screen outing, a retelling of the Robin Hood legend featuring the Gladiator star in the titular role. A bowman in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion, virtuous rogue Robin Hood rises from an unlikely background to become a hero to the impoverished people of Nottingham and lover to the beautiful Maid Marion (Cate Blanchett). Cyrus Voris, Ethan Reiff, and Brian Helgeland collaborate on the screenplay for a costume adventure produced by Brian Grazer (Frost/Nixon, American Gangster).

Links: IMDB Page

Number 5

The Expendables

Starring:Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Director:Sylvester Stallone
Release Date: 20th August 2010

Plot: Sylvester Stallone gears up for a men-on-a-mission film with the Nu Image/Millennium Films war picture The Expendables. Jason Statham and Jet Li co-star alongside the brawny filmmaker as a group of mercenaries who undertake a near-impossible operation to overthrow a dictator in South America. Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Terry Crews, and UFC star Randy Couture co-star in the action-packed production.

Links: IMDB Page

Number 4

Iron Man 2

Starring:Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson
Director:Jon Favreau
Release Date: 7th May 2010

Plot: Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark, the wealthy playboy whose exploits as Iron Man are now public knowledge after his admission at the close of the first film. In the follow-up, Stark is pitted against his Russian arch nemesis, Whiplash (Mickey Rourke), and corporate rival Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). Also making their Marvel debuts are Scarlett Johansson as the sexy Russian spy Black Widow, and Don Cheadle, who takes over the role of Colonel James Rhodes from Terrence Howard.
Links: IMDB Page

Number 3

Tron Legacy

Starring:Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde
Director:Joseph Kosinski
Release Date: 17th December 2010

Plot: The Master Control Program is booted back up in this revamped Tron continuation that sees the return of original star Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, the brilliant computer programmer whose dissapearance leads to his son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), to search for him in and out of the computer world. Original director and co-writer Steven Lisberger produces the new film, which is helmed by commercial director Joseph Kosinski. James Frain, Olivia Wilde, Beau Garrett, and Michael Sheen also star, with Bruce Boxleitner returning as Alan Bradley and Tron, the heroic protagonist of the original film.
Links: IMDB Page

Number 2

Inceptiony

Starring:Leonardo Dicaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Director:Christopher Nolan
Release Date: 16th July 2010

Plot: Warner Bros. presents the new film by The Dark Knight’s Christopher Nolan, this one taking on a sci-fi psychological spin for the serious-minded action auteur, with Leonardo DiCaprio spearheading the cast. Emma Thomas serves as producer, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, and Ellen Page rounding out the supporting roles.
Links: IMDB Page

Number 1

Toy Story 3

Starring:Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
Director:Lee Unkrich
Release Date: 23rd July 2010

Plot: Warner Bros. presents the new film by The Dark Knight’s Christopher Nolan, this one taking on a sci-fi psychological spin for the serious-minded action auteur, with Leonardo DiCaprio spearheading the cast. Emma Thomas serves as producer, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, and Ellen Page rounding out the supporting roles.
Links: IMDB Page

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