Plus the return of David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton and Tron
A Mad Hatter, a Fashionista, and an Iron Man
The quality of films in 2009 may have been hampered a bit by the writer's work stoppage two years ago, but 2010 is looking like an impressive rebound for the creative side of Hollywood. The most prominent evidence of the increase in quality are the films that didn't make the top 20 most anticipated list. How about "Clash of the Titans," "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "Area 51," "MacGruber," "The Last Airbender," "The American," "Shrek Forever After," "The Green Hornet" and "The Runaways"? Just to name a few mind you (and we haven't even hit Sundance yet).
More intriguing are the number of actors who are doing double duty on this round up. Robert Downey, Jr., Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Portman and Andrew Garfield (you probably don't know him now, but you soon will), all have two major pictures hitting the multiplex from the 20. And here everyone thought Samuel L. Jackson was the hardest working man in show business. Well, not this go around.
Review our choices and share your own thoughts below. One thing everyone can agree upon is that it's going to be an intense and challenging 12 months of moviegoing. And, obviously, we can't wait.
- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny