Mean Girls 2 is headed straight for DVD, but I thought I’d share how pathetic it is. Expected U.S. release date: unknown
Just in time for Easter is the animated film, Hop. Here’s the star-studded cast list: Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), late-night host Chelsea Handler, Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and James Marsden (Enchanted). Watch the video if you want to see a bunny play drums. Expected U.S. release date: April 11, 2011
Made in Dagenham tells the true story of a group of women, led by Golden Globe-winner Sally Hawkins, who fight for equal pay. It’s also got Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and 6.9 stars on IMDb.com. In U.S. theaters now.
After the jump, catch trailers featuring Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake, Keira Knightley, Anthony Hopkins, and more.
Word on the street is Halle Berry may be up for another Oscar nod for her role in Frankie and Alice. In the film, she’s a woman with a multiple personality disorder—one of them is a stripper, the other is a white supremacist.
Critics are also saying that Jennifer Lawrence is a strong contender for the Best Actress race come Oscar time. She plays a girl looking for her deadbeat father in Winter’s Bone, which was already released in the U.S. Both Lawrence and the film have just snagged nominations at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards.
Brighton Rock, a UK film, revolves around a teenage boy/murderer’s love affair with a naive girl. Helen Mirren (The Queen) stars in this eerie drama. Expected U.S. release date: unknown
Sucker Punch is Watchmen director, Zack Snyder’s next action film. This time, the heroines are girls trying to escape a mental institution, namely Emily Browning (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Abbie Cornish (A Bright Star), Jena Malone (Stepmom) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical). Expected U.S. release date: March 25, 2011
Cowboys and Aliens—the title says it all. Stars Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), Daniel Craig (Casino Royale), and Olivia Wilde (House). Director: Jon Favreau (Iron Man) Expected U.S. release date: July 29, 2011
The Lincoln Lawyer, based on a Michael Connelly novel, has Matthew McConaughey (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) as a laywer who works at the back of his town car. His co-stars include Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler), William H. Macy (The Cooler), and Ryan Philippe (Cruel Intentions). Expected U.S. release date: March 25, 2011
The comic book streak continues. Green Lantern is up next. There’s surprises in the trailer (especially since the Green Lantern isn’t the most well-known comic). It also has the great Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal) humor, but one of Blake Lively’s (Gossip Girl) lines in the video makes me think the script may not be all that it could be. Expected U.S. release date: June 17, 2011
In the cartoon, Mars Need Moms, Seth Green (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) voices a boy who goes after martians who’ve taken his mom (Joan Cusack, Toy Story). Expected U.S. release date: March 11, 2011
Kung Fu Panda 2 teaser trailer. Expected U.S. release date: May 27, 2011
At first, I thought The Mechanic was just another action movie with Jason Statham (Transporter)—and it is. But, it also features one of my favorite actors, Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma), which instantly gives the film more grit and credibility, so you might find me with a ticket for this one, if not a DVD. Expected U.S. release date: Jan. 28, 2011
It’s back in the day and Nicolas Cage (National Treasure) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) guard an alleged sorceress in the thriller Season of the Witch. Expected U.S. release date: Jan. 7, 2011
The Rite has Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs) back to his thriller roots, but now, he plays the good guy priest. Expected U.S. release date: Jan. 28, 2011
Liam Neeson (Taken) returns as an action star in Unknown. After waking up in a coma, he discovers his wife (January Jones, Mad Men) with a man who claims to be him. Diane Kruger (National Treasure) joins Neeson to find the truth. Expected U.S. release date: Feb. 18, 2011
In The Eagle, we’ll see Channing Tatum (Step Up) and Jamie Bell (Jumper) go in search of an eagle statue, the symbol of Rome. Expected U.S. release date: Feb. 11, 2011
Cars 2, the sequel to the original animated film, sets the characters on an international racing stage this time around. Expected U.S. release date: June 24, 2011
Ah, childhood in the form of a Winnie the Pooh trailer. Expected U.S. release date: July 15, 2011
Jack Black (School of Rock), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), and Amanda Peet (2012) bring Gulliver’s Travels to life. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 22, 2010
Based on a true story, All Good Things is a whodunit murder-mystery centered on a married couple, Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) and Kirsten Dunst (The Virgin Suicides). On IMDb.com, it received 7.1 stars as of this writing. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 3, 2010
London Boulevard pits a gangster (Colin Farrell, Phone Booth) and a movie star (Keira Knightley, Pride and Prejudice) together in this unexpected love story. At the same time, Farrell tries to escape his gang ties and protect his sister (Anna Friel, Pushing Daisies). Expected U.S. release date: unknown
Sanctum is a 3D experience about cave divers who get trapped after a storm floods the site. Their only chance is to swim up the river into the ocean. Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) stars. Expected U.S. release date: Feb. 4, 2011
Since Big Momma 1 and 2 made money at the box office, we’re treated to Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son. Expected U.S. release date: Feb. 18, 2011
To get the girl of his dreams (model Brooklyn Decker), Adam Sandler (Big Daddy) asks his friend, Jennifer Aniston (Friends) and her kids to pretend they’re his family in the comedy, Just Go with It. Expected U.S. release date: Feb. 11, 2011
No Strings Attached pairs up Natalie Portman (Closer) and Ashton Kutcher (Valentine’s Day) as friends with benefits. Expected U.S. release date: March 25, 2011
When I first heard of the Source Code, a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal (Jarhead) as an agent who relives a another man’s last eight minutes on a train set to explode a la Groundhog Day, I was looking forward to it. The trailer was a bit of a let down though. We do find out that Gyllenhaal’s goal is to figure out who instigated the attack…until eventually he falls for a woman on the train (Michelle Monaghan, Eagle Eye) and tries to save her, too. Expected U.S. release date: April 15, 2011
From the first scene in the trailer, Rabbit Hole caught my attention. It presents itself as a deeply moving tale of a couple (Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge and Aaron Eckhart, The Dark Knight) who are grieving the loss of their son. Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Dianne Wiest (I am Sam) co-star. As of this writing, it has 8.6 stars on IMDb.com and OScar buzz surrounds its stars. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 17, 2011 (limited)
From the looks of the trailer, Red Riding Hood is going to be pretty awesome, everything you’d want a fairy tale re-telling to be. It’s dark, it’s got a love triangle, and for the mythical-obsessed generation, wolves. Amanda Seyfried (Letters to Juliet) plays Red Riding Hood with Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) as a co-star and Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown) as the director. Expected U.S. release date: March 11, 2011
On to the lighter stuff. The comedy, Your Highness, is set in medieval times with James Franco (127 Hours) and Danny McBride (Pineapple Express) as princes. Together with Natalie Portman (Closer), they go off to find Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer), Franco’s love interest. And if you’re doing the math, that means Portman is paired up with McBride, an unusual match, to say the least. After Portman’s turn on SNL though, who doesn’t want to see the actress flex her comedic muscles once again? Expected U.S. release date: April 8, 2011
And it wouldn’t be Hollywood if there weren’t movies with similar plotlines. On the surface, Friends with Benefits seems to be a forgettable romantic comedy with Justin Timberlake (The Social Network) and Mila Kunis (That ’70s Show) as, well, friends with benefits. However, as you’ll see, the trailer is well-cut. Also, the casting is quite exceptional for a romcom. It includes Emma Stone (Easy A), Andy Samberg (SNL), Richard Jenkins (Eat, Pray, Love), Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April), and Woody Harrelson (The Messenger). Expected U.S. release date: July 22, 2011
Last but not least, Restless a darling trailer about a boy and a girl who fall in love. There’s a little twist, but it’s more affecting when you watch the video rather than have me tell you. Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant (Milk) directs and Schuyler Fisk (Orange County) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) star. Expected U.S. release date: Jan. 11, 2011