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1. 'Pacific Rim'
In theaters: Friday, July 12
Director: Guillermo Del Toro
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins Jr.
Why we're excited: Del Toro's been preparing for this film his entire career, and if he pulls it off, we're looking at a genre all-timer. In addition to the "giant monsters versus giant robots" action side of things, there's an alternate dimension full of evil things, there's a world defined by wartime propaganda, there's a story about trust and love that defines the fight for ownership of the world, all of it played at an opera pitch on a stage that could only have been designed by Del Toro, dreaming big and off the leash for the first time ever. Look for Charlie Day's performance as a scientist who specializes in the study of the kaiju and Ron Perlman chewing scenery as a black marketeer who specializes in black market body parts from fallen monsters.
- Drew McWeeny