30. The Smurfs
Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Paul Reubens, George Lopez, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin, Alan Cumming
Plot: When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours
Why it is where it is: Lots of good voice actors, Pee Wee Herman, NPH. The Smurfs weren't a bad cartoon, I'm way more interested in this than any Chipmunks movie, plus Gargamel is the Simpsons Hank Azaria who might be worth seeing.
Stars: Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy
Plot: The youngest son (Hardy) of an alcoholic former boxer (Nolte) returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament against his brother.
Why it is where it is: I like fighting movies like this with a good story premise(Price of Glory for example). Tom Hardy was good in Inception, it's MMA which I'm not as sold on as say a boxing movie.
28. Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jackie Chan, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Gary Oldman, Lucy Liu
Plot: Po joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon.
Why it is where it is: Look at those voice actors, JCVD, Chan, Oldman. I liked the first one, if it can be as good as the first, it would belong here.
Stars: Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Ralph Fiennes (A, D)
Plot: A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.
Why it is where it is: One of the few Shakespeare plays not made into a movie yet, this one takes place in current time. I don't really like that about it(would be better in shakespearen time), I know too much about the plot, but like Butler in a role like this. Fiennes is acting and directing which don't always work.
26. Drive Angry
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard
Plot: A vengeful father chases after the men who killed his daughter.
Why it is where it is: It sounds so decent until you see the trailer. Not as good as it sounds. 3d though, and of course our hero.
25. Caesar: Rise of the Apes
Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Brian Cox
Plot: An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
Why it is where it is: Smeagol is back in his computer animated form, except this time as an ape, leading Franco against a revolution which is sure to win. I liked the Burton version, if it could be anything similar I would be all aboard.
24. I Am Number Four
Stars: Steven Spielberg (P)
Plot: John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed ... he is Number Four.
Why it is where it is: Some of the teenage vampire actors don't inspire confidence in me. The plot doesn't sound too thrilling either. But when watching the trailer, then end actually looks like it has some decent stuff.
Stars: Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Sigourney Weaver
Plot: Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.
Why it is where it is: Has the Hot Fuzz/Shaun of the dead duo leading an alien voiced by Rogen. It looks like it could keep me entertained, it could be going after that younger audience though.
22. Real Steel
Stars: Steven Spielberg (P), Hugh Jackman
Plot: A boxing drama set in the near-future where 2,000-pound robots that look like humans do battle.
Why it is where it is: Transformers meets Rocky? I hope... probably not... but again may be watchable enough to be entertaining.
21. Conan the Barbarian
Stars: Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan
Plot: The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village.
Why it is where it is: No trailer yet, don't know much about the actor playing Conan, nor have I seen the original movies. But it's got a giant budget and the story line is good enough that this update may be worth a watch.
Stars: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Plot: The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
Why it is where it is: Spending as much time on fantasy baseball formulas might give me some feeling for this movie. Plus Pitt is a good actor.
19. Season of the Witch
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Christopher Lee
Plot: 14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.
Why it is where it is: This is my kind of movie, hate to say that Cage might ruin it. But he doesn't ruin the trailer and that's good enough for me.
18. Tree of Life
Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn
Plot: The story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence.
Why it is where it is: It's taken me awhile, but I'm getting interested in this movie. Hopefully better and uplifing than a typical drama or movie where things don't blow up. Pitt of course is great.
Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger
Plot: A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.
Why it is where it is: The trailer almost gives away the whole movie. It sounded like a good plot, and I'll still see it at some point. But it's more likely going to be the Forgotten opposed to Taken.
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff, John Hurt
Plot: Greek warrior Theseus battles against imprisoned titans.
Why it is where it is: Like the whole greek gods/olympus thing. Track record of these movies isn't good. (Clash of the Titans) Rourke and Doriff have my attention though.
15. Scream 4
Stars: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Hayden Panettiere
Plot: Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.
Why it is where it is: Hasn't been good since the first one, but returning all the cast and adding annoying Panettiere. There at least is some mystery finding out the killer.
14. Super 8
Stars: J.J. Abrams (D), Steven Spielberg (P)
Plot: Some alien is released after a train crash?
Why it is where it is: Again, we know nothing about this, trailer doesn't show much. Could be anywhere from ET, to Signs.
13. The Lincoln Lawyer
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, William Macy, Ryan Phillippe, John Leguizamo
Plot: A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.
Why it is where it is: McConaughey returning as a lawyer like in Time to Kill. Not sure what's up with the car, but hopefully it isn't a dumb gimmick.
12. Sherlock Holmes 2
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
Plot: Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.
Why it is where it is: Liked the first one enough. This one has potential to be just as good, unless they butcher it completely which usually how most sequels go, but Downey is real good these days.
11. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Stars: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg
Plot: 4th movie
Why it is where it is: No plot yet, same returning characters from each. I've like all of them so far, so I'd give it a chance.
10. The Hangover: Part II
Stars: Bill Clinton, Liam Neeson, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms
Plot: Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to Bangkok for Stu's wedding.
Why it is where it is: First one was good, Galifinakis's act hasn't quite gotten old with me yet. Clinton and Neeson should make for good cameos.
9. Battle: Los Angeles
Stars: Bridget Moynahan, Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez
Plot: A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.
Why it is where it is: Could be like Skyline, which I haven't saw but was supposed to be terrible. Could it ever surpass ID4? Probably not, but I'm going to watch it anyway.
8. Cowboys & Aliens
Stars: Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Steven Spielberg (P)
Plot: A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way.
Why it is where it is: I'm all over anything Ford does these days. Has an interesting premise. Craig's character looks intriguing from the trailer.
7. Sucker Punch
Stars: Zack Snyder(D), Vanessa Hudgens
Plot: A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her
escape from the facility.
Why it is where it is: The actors are all foreign to me, same look as Sin City, 300 and Watchmen. Could be that good, could also be the Spirit...
6. The Green Lantern
Stars: Ryan Reynolds
Plot: A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.
Why it is where it is: I honestly don't know much about GL. Reynolds doesn't strike me as a superhero, no matter how much they try to dress him up as one. He is funny though and the trailer does look good.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards
Plot: Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.
Why it is where it is: No Bloom sadly, but no Keira Knightley which is good. Trailer looks funny, has enough potential to be better than the third, as if that would be hard.
Stars: Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo
Plot: The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
Why it is where it is: Trailer looks good, Portman really bugs me at this point though.
3. Captain America: The First Avenger
Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones
Plot: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals.
Why it is where it is: My expectations are below Iron Man, but above Hulk and Thor. Love seeing this avengers movie come together. Hugo Weaving is amazing, and will be as Red Skull. Evans as the Human Torch in the same world as Captain America is perplexing.
2. X-Men: First Class
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt,
Plot: Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time.
Why it is where it is: We really don't know anything about this except it's supposed to be younger versions of the characters. Love everything about the X-Men though so I'm excited to see it. Oh and Kevin Bacon.
1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Bay(D), Hugo Weaving, John Turturro, Steven Spielberg (P)
Plot: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and learn its secrets, which could turn the tide in the Transformers' final battle.
Why it is where it is: I loved the first two, this one is supposed to be darker, no bad Megan Fox acting.