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Movies to keep your eye on for 2011

Winter may be upon us, but at least there’s warmth in the cinematic fire that’s stirring in 2011.

Winter may be upon us, but at least there’s warmth in the cinematic fire that’s stirring in 2011. With the new year kicking off everything from dramatic festival favorites (Biutiful, February 11) to Roman epic adventures (The Eagle, February 11), multiplexes will be warming up in 2011. Here’s Metro’s look at the most promising movies to hibernate with through the chilly season:

January

It all begins with Gwyneth Paltrow crooning away as a washed-up western singer in the redemptive drama Country Strong (01/07) and filmmaker Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) observing the lonelier side of being an A-list celebrity in Somewhere (01/07).

However the action heats up when Seth Rogen debuts his masked crimefighter The Green Hornet (01/14) in a 3D adaptation of the 1960s TV show. If critical darlings are your thing, Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling quarrel as volatile lovers in Blue Valentine (01/07) while Incendies, Canada’s submission to the Oscars, is a time-shifting drama that’s racking up acclaim just in time for its January 21st release.

And where would January be without a silly rom-com? Worry not: Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman are platonic friends trying to maintain an aloof sexual arrangement in No Strings Attached (01/21). Didn’t Seinfeld test this premise 20 years ago?

February

If you haven’t seen enough of Stratford’s biggest pop star yet, now you can catch Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (02/11) in 3D. Also in the third-dimension: the animated garden gnome comedy Gnomeo and Juliet (02/11) and Drive Angry (02/25) featuring Nicholas Cage as a very vengeful father.

Meanwhile, Adam Sandler convinces Jennifer Aniston to help him score in Just Go With It (02/11) while bored hubby Owen Wilson gets a Hall Pass (02/25) from his wife to have an affair.

But February is mostly defined by suspense with films like the college-themed horror flick The Roomate (02/04), sci-fi blockbuster I Am Number Four (02/18), Liam Neeson’s mistaken identity thriller Unknown (02/18) and the James Cameron-produced underwater nailbiter Sanctum (02/04).

March

Johnny Depp begins March voicing a gunslinging chameleon in the quirky animated comedy Rango (03/04) while other (partly) animated adventures include friendly alien encounters in Mars Needs Moms (03/11) and Paul (03/18).

Serious literature gets the big-screen treatment with another cinematic makeover of Charlotte Brontë’s classic Jane Eyre (03/11) and novelist Michael Connelly’s adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer (03/18). Meanwhile, Amanda Seyfried stars as the amped-up fairytale heroine Red Riding Hood (03/11).

Expect even more fantastical treats such as Beastly (03/18), a modern take on Beauty and the Beast, the dystopian thriller Battle: Los Angeles (03/11) and Watchmen-director Zack Snyder’s multi-dimensional action-flick Sucker Punch (03/25) all aiming to ignite the springtime.


Other Notable Titles:

Season of the Witch (01/07)
The Dilemma (01/14)
Another Year (01/14)
The Company Men (01/21)
Casino Jack (01/28)
The Rite (01/28)
The Mechanic (01/28)
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (02/18)
The Adjustment Bureau (03/04)
Take Me Home Tonight (03/04)

 
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