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2010 Releases I’m Excited For + A Few I’ve Already Seen & Loved

2010 Releases I'm Excited For + A Few I've Already Seen & Loved

Even though we’ll be spending the next month or so celebrating 2009 with an endless barrage of awards shows, I’m ready to start looking ahead. Besides a good dozen or two titles I’m excited for at Sundance (more on that early next week before I head off to Mormonland myself), it’s pretty easy to come up with a good sixteen films set for release in 2010 that I’m at the very least intensely curious about.

2010 looks to give us a very eclectic mix of new, intriguing works from a wide variety directors that have rarely (if ever) let me down (Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole,” David Gordon Green’s “Your Highness,” Paul Greengrass’s “Green Zone,” and Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere”); Works from directors that do let me down here and again, but have projects that make me suspicious this time that won’t be the case (Michel Gondry’s “The Green Hornet,” Martin Scorsese’s “Shuttler Island,” David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland”); “Toy Story 3,” which makes me greatly anticipated feeling like a 10 year old all over again come June 18th; And, well, “Burlesque,” because I just can’t believe that gaytastic movie is even being made.

I hate to have such an American and male centric crop (Coppola’s the only female director here, and I’ll admit her project – about “a hard-living Hollywood actor re-examines his life after his 11-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit” – makes me nervous), but this is just honestly what struck a chord in my hour or two of internet dilly dallying that brought upon this list. I’m sure in the end, dozens of other worthy films will find their way on to 2010’s schedule. I just don’t know what they are yet.

That said, I should also vouch for 5 films that I’ve already seen that are coming out in 2010, a list that is far from American or male centric: Andrea Arnold’s “Fish Tank” (which comes out today), Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,” Maren Ade’s “Everyone Else,” Luca Guadagnino’s “I Am Love,” and Xavier Dolan’s “I Killed My Mother.”

These five films are very likely contenders for my 2010 top ten list (and feature five performances in Katie Javis, Tahar Rahim, Birgit Minichmayr, Tilda Swinton and Anne Dorval that will be difficult to top). Each film would have made 2009 list, had they been released, and all of them had me floored, for reasons I could ramble on about but its Friday at 7pm and I need to shut this thing off. But please, see all of these films.

And then, perhaps anticipate seeing any of these films along with me…. List after the teasing poster, and the jump…

1. Inception
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo diCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy
Release Date: July 16

2. The Green Hornet
Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward Furlong
Release Date: Dec 22

3. The Tree of Life
Director: Terrance Malick
Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn , Joanna Going, Fiona Shaw, Jessica Chastain
Release Date: TBA

4. Black Swan
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, Sebastian Stan , Barbara Hershey
Release Date: TBA

5. Toy Story 3
Director: Lee Unkrich
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Joan Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg, Bonnie Hunt
Release Date: June 18

6. Rabbit Hole
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Sandra Oh
Release Date: TBA

7. Shuttler Island
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo diCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson
Release Date: February 19

8. The Social Network
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, Joseph Mazzello, Brenda Song
Release Date: October 15

9. Your Highness
Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: James Franco, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman, Justin Theroux
Release Date: October 1

10. Alice in Wonderland
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Stephen Fry
Release Date: March 5

11. Paul
Director: Greg Mottola
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Sigourney Weaver, Jason Bateman, Jane Lynch, Kristin Wiig
Release Date: TBA

12. Green Zone
Director: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ryan
Release Date: March

13. Never Let Me Go
Director: Mark Romanek
Cast: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Charlotte Rampling, Andrew Garfield, Sally Hawkins
Release Date: TBA

14. Cemetery Junction
Director: Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant
Cast: Emily Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode, Ricky Gervais
Release Date: TBA

15. Somewhere
Director: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, Benicio Del Toro
Release Date: TBA

16. Burlesque
Director: Steve Antin
Cast: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming
Release Date: November

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