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Movies: What’s Ahead in 2010

posted by Nell Minow

Lots of great stuff to look forward to in 2010. Audiences may be most excited about sequels like “Iron Man 2,” “Toy Story 3,” “Twilight: Eclipse,” and the second-to-last Harry Potter because we already know and love the characters and want to know what happens next (or even if we do know it because we read the book, we want to see how it looks on screen). There are some intriguing remakes on the schedule for 2010, too, and we look forward to seeing how “Tron” will be updated with new technology for special effects and how Robin Hood will be played by Russell Crowe. Wait, it gets better — it is directed by Ridley Scott, has Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, and features two of my favorites, Mark Strong and Oscar Isaac.


We’re also looking forward to some big action movie releases like “Prince of Persia,” starring a very buff Jake Gyllenhaal and “The Last Airbender,” with “Slumdog Millionaire’s” Dev Patel.

Some other 2010 releases I have high hopes for include “Fair Game” with Naomi Watts as Valerie Plame and Sean Penn as her husband in this real-life spy story directed by Doug Liman of the first “Bourne” movie, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine,” which sounds a bit like one of my favorites, “Two for the Road,” because it traces a couple’s relationship over time, and “The Company Men,” with Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, and the wonderful Maria Bello in a story about coping with downsizing in difficult economic times. I am also looking forward to “The Runaways,” about the all-girl rock band of the 1970’s, with a great cast that includes Dakota Fanning and “Twilight’s” Kristen Stewart.


Happy new year!

  • Dave

    Looks like a great year for movies. Iron Man and Toy Story are very exciting, but I’m also looking forward to the movies about the Runaways, as even though I wasn’t ever that familiar with the band, I was a big fan as a kid of Joan Jett and Lita Ford’s solo projects.

  • Janice

    Hi Nell: I was the caller on NPR last week commenting on Christmas favorites and the animated Magoo Christmas Story (my husband’s absolute favorite). Just wanted to say again how much I enjoyed your comments, and to tell you that I succeeded in getting another Magoo DVD (my original was lost). We were able to have our Christmas family tradition, albeit a bit late, and even my 17 year old took a break from his video games to watch with us!
    Happy new year!

  • Nell Minow

    Oh, Janice, thanks for letting me know! I got the hugest kick out of your call and told my family all about it. I’m thrilled that you found another copy of my beloved Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. Hope you find some razzleberry dressing, too! Thanks for a wonderful comment and all best to you and your family for a happy and healthy 2010.

  • Toby Clark

    Two that I’m looking forward to this year are the Red Dawn remake with Chris Hemsworth in the Patrick Swayze role, and an Australian film with a similar plot, Tomorrow When the War Began, based on the book by John Marsden.

  • Nell Minow

    Me, too, Toby! Great additions to the list.

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