Superheroes, sci-fi and sequels dominate the 2011 movie landscape. Plus we'll bid farewell to Harry Potter and see the beginning of the end for Twilight. Click through to view all of the biggest movies hitting the screen this year!
Nic Cage (and yet another wack hair-do) star in this supernatural thriller set during the time of the Crusades. Upon returning to his plague-stricken home after years of fighting, Cage and pal Ron Perlman are tasked with doing their stoic best to deliver a girl accused of being a witch to monks who'll presumably "cure" her.
We're not sure what business Seth Rogen has being in a superhero movie, let alone playing one, but we're curious to find out what he and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michael Gondry have cooked up in this 'slacker as superhero' action comedy.
Vince Vaughn (Ronny) and pal Kevin James (Nick) partner up in The Dilemma. The two play a pair of close friends and business partners ready to take their business to the next level. When Ronny discovers that Nick's wife (Wynona Ryder) is cheating on his best friend, the story takes a few unexpected twists.
Natalie Portman's first attempt at a romantic comedy has her hooking up with a pal (Ashton Kutcher), minus the relationship hoopla she can't handle. Sounds like a great idea for the two photogenic friends, but over time, those inevitable lovey-dovey feelings begin to surface.
If you prefer your action with a straight face, then Jason Statham and Ben Foster as assassin and student make for a lean, mean, combination fighting machine. This one's a remake of the early '70s gem starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent.
Think you have an annoying roommate who doesn't wash dishes, messes up the bathroom and eats your clearly-marked food in the fridge? Psh! That's nothing compared to this emotionally unstable freshman (Leighton Meester) who stalks her unsuspecting roommate, scares away her friends and watches her as she sleeps.
Just as obsessed as he was with underwater stories such as The Abyss or the Titanic documentaries he made, James Cameron is behind this film as one of its executive producers. The story centers on an underwater cave diving team who become trapped in the least accessible cave system in the world.
Adam Sandler stars as a playboy who snags the ladies by pretending he's married. The woman he falls for believes his ruse, and he ends up recruiting his co-worker (Jennifer Aniston) to play his fake wife...so he can get a fake divorce.
The handsome Channing Tatum takes the lead in The Eagle, an epic adventure based on the classic novel, set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. Tatum plays a young centurion who decides to travel to the uncharted highlands of Caledonia to confront savage tribes in order to restore his father's rep.
Gnomeo, O Gnomeo! Wherefore art though Gnomeo? Expect Shakespeare's classic tragedy to be CG-ed and 3D-ed in this animated re-telling of two star-crossed lawn ornaments who are sure to end up happily ever after. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt lend their voice talents.
Alex Pettyfer energizes the screen in I Am Number Four, directed by D.J Caruso. The sci-fi actioner explores the life of an extraterrestrial teen (John Smith a.k.a Number Four) who is on the run from enemies, hides out in a small town, meets his first love and encounters the powerful Number Six.
A couple of years ago, Liam Neeson proved that he was not a man to be messed with in the efficient and brutal Taken. In this flick, he's a guy who wakes up from a coma and discovers that his whole identity has been taken away – not even his wife will give him the time of day. All we can say is, look out for Liam!
In his second supernatural outing of the season, Nic Cage shifts gears from the medieval era to '70s-styled muscle car action. Banished to hell for his misdeeds, Cage's criminal felon aptly named Milton escapes from Satan's fiery grip to return to the living and try to save his infant granddaughter from occultists.
Owen Wilson and SNL's Jason Sudeikis star in this Farrelly brothers comedy about two married guys whose wives (Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate) grant them one week to do whatever they please, no questions asked. They get more than they bargained for when both wives start engaging in extramarital activities as well.
Matt Damon finds out his fate rests in the hands of mysterious men in business suits. When he spontaneously decides to pursue a beautiful dancer (Emily Blunt) he meets by chance, the pair must evade the agents of fate to create their own destiny.
Johnny Depp's no newbie to voice acting, and for this Gore Verbinski-directed film, he's a household pet chameleon who must rise to the challenge of ridding a Western town of its bandits. Abigail Breslin and Isla Fisher are also along for the ride.
Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer star as beauty and the beast (respectively, of course) in this modern-day, live-action tale as old as time. When the witch—er, Goth classmate (Mary-Kate Olsen)-casts an enchantment over the superficial Kyle for snubbing her at a party, his hideous heart is revealed in his appearance.
With a heftier budget than last November's Skyline, this invasion pic takes a grunt's eye view of the battle at ground zero in the City of Angels…and aliens. Hope for the human race is all but lost, but if he and his men are going down, then Staff Sergeant Aaron Eckhart plans to go down with a fight - big time. Michelle Rodriguez co-stars.
Amanda Seyfried dons the scarlet-hooded cloak in this sensual fantasy thriller. Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke turns the widely known tale into an edgy romance of a young woman torn between two men – one of whom could be a werewolf.
No more eating veggies at dinner. No more nagging for a clean room. And no more mom for Milo, a 9-year-old boy (voiced by Seth Green) in this sci-fi adventure. When Martians abduct Milo's mom (voiced by Joan Cusack), Milo stows away on their space ship, meets an earthling Gribble (voiced by Dan Fogler) and recruits him to get his mom back.
Take a pill, and you, too, could be as suave, smart and sophisticated as Bradley Cooper. Or so the future holds, according to this nifty thriller that finds a down-and-out writer turning into a near-superman after taking a miracle drug called NZT. Tycoon Robert De Niro sees dollar signs, as do some dangerous corporate terrorists.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) who takes them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever.
Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) directs this visual stunner about a group of beautiful, bad-ass women played by Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung, all trying to escape from a mental institution.
This crafty thriller finds Jake Gyllenhaal as a special soldier on a unique assignment – in an experiment called the "Source Code," he's able to enter the body of another person in the last 8 minutes of their life. This allows him to re-live the last moments over and over before a bomber destroys a commuter train in downtown Chicago.
Russell Brand takes on the iconic character of the millionaire playboy once played by Dudley Moore who stands to lose his wealthy inheritance when he must choose between an arranged marriage by his family or the only woman he has ever truly loved.
Saoirse Ronan takes a detour from period pieces and moody dramas to take on the role of the young daughter of an ex-CIA agent (Eric Bana), who's raised by dear dad in the wilds of Finland to be an ace killer. When her father sends her out on a dangerous mission across Europe, with enemy operatives in pursuit, things get interesting.
Danny McBride lays down his trademark redneck comedy all over this would-be knight's tale about a couple bros named Thadeous (McBride) and Fabious (James Franco) who embark on a most hilarious and R-rated adventure with Natalie Portman's arrow-slinging warrior to save Fabious' fiancée (Zooey Deschanel) from an evil guy named Leezar.
Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Kate Del Castillo, and Rodrigo Santoro are just a few stars lending their voice for Rio, an animated adventure that follows a domesticated macaw (Blu) from a small town in Minnesota.
Not much is known yet about the plot, but if original director Wes Craven, screenwriter Kevin Williamson and stars Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette are all back for the popular franchise that kickstarted the horror genre back in the '90s, than so are we…bring on Mr. Ghostface! We've got Sidney Prescott's back.
Robert Pattinson takes on a non-sparkly role and joins a traveling circus as its veterinarian. He and the star performer (Reese Witherspoon) fall in love, much to the dismay of her husband (Christoph Waltz), the cruel head animal trainer. Sara Gruen's adapted novel examines the hardships of being in the "most spectacular show on Earth."
The name we're most excited to see up against big Vin is the one and only Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. In the never-ending series of movies about car thieves, loud music and scantily clad actress/models, the matchup of The Diesel vs. The Rock adds some extra fiery fuel to the mix.
Disney's feature film Prom follows several high school students as they prepare for the big dance. Featuring brand new faces, the cast captures all the insecurities, expectations, frustrations and dreams that come with the one night affair.
It's all fun and games until your best gal pal has an affair with your fiancée, right? Even then, at least in the movies, it can still be fun and games…or so we'll hope when Kate Hudson's bff Ginnifer Goodwin makes more than good with Hudson's future hubby John Krasinski. Handling rom com chores here is Girl Next Door director Luke Greenfield.
With the power of Asgard in his hammer, Marvel Comic's latest movie star will likely crush the competition on opening weekend of summer 2011. And with Natalie Portman on hand to coax out his humanity and villains on the way from his homeland, Thor could be an excellent new defender of our planet, and a champion of big-budgeted action.
Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is back with his swagger, this time in search of the Fountain of Youth. The seas are adventurous and a little crowded with a former love (Penelope Cruz), formidable pirate Captain Blackbeard (Ian McShane), and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) all on board for the fun.
The lovable foursome of Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha) are back and this time they're headed to Thailand for Stu's wedding. What possibly could go wrong?!
Jack Black, fresh off the ill-fated Gulliver's Travels, will skadoosh right back into audiences' favor with the latest animated hijinx of everyone's favorite panda bear. In his latest epic, Po and The Furious Five must travel across China to vanquish a new villain who's determined to use a secret weapon to conquer their homeland.
Once upon a time, Professor X and Magneto were allies who combined forces to create the Mutant School for Gifted Youngsters. That tale is writ large in this installment, which covers their early friendship, and the tensions that would lead to their eventual rivalry.
The plot of this sci-fi feature is also under wraps, but given the talent involved, we're extremely intrigued. J.J. Abrams directs, and Steven Spielberg is on board as producer. The story is said to harken back to Spielberg's early films, which combined science fiction, epic filmmaking and childlike wonder in equal measure.
Kaa-chow! Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy are back as Lightning McQueen and Tow-Mater in Pixar's sequel to their 2006 animated hit. This time, the duo travel to the World Grand Prix and end up in the middle of an international espionage plot.
The plot follows a foul-mouthed educator who vies for the attention of a colleague and ends up in a competition with a much-beloved teacher. But really, we're mainly interested to see if real-life ex-loves Cameron Diaz and Jason Timberlake can rekindle that special spark up on the big screen.
Michael Bay returns with the third installment of lucrative CGI-crazy franchise. This time, the Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and learn its secrets, which could turn the tide in the Transformers' final battle.
After a decade-long magical franchise, the war in the wizarding world reaches its epic climax. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) must find and destroy Horcruxes to make the Dark Lord mortal before the final showdown at Hogwarts.
Disney's 51st full-length film takes on the classic A.A. Milne children's books. The stories, "In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One," "In Which Rabbit Has a Busy Day," and "We Learn What Christopher Robin Does in the Mornings" will be featured in the movie.
Chris Evans takes on the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America in the latest superhero adapatation from Marvel Comics. Hugo Weaving plays villain Red Skull while Hayley Atwell plays love interest Peggy Carter.
Daniel Craig plays a stranger with no memory who stumbles into the desert town of Absolution, policed by a hardened Harrison Ford. And then Jon Favreau's western adventure takes a turn for the sci-fi as an alien force attacks! Olivia Wilde co-stars.
The Planet of the Apes franchise gets a reboot with A-list cast members James Franco, Freida Pinto and John Lithgow signing on for an origin story about a team of American, genetic scientists, and the breakthrough that leads to a new race of intelligent, simian life.
Sam Lawton (Nicholas D'Agosto) has a premonition about the bridge he is on collapsing, killing him and many around him. As the vision becomes reality, Sam manages to save himself and a few others... all in glorious 3D!
An adaptation of the 2009 Kathyrn Stockett novel finds Viola Davis as a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children. Emma Stone is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating from college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared.
Colin Farrell stars in Fright Night, a remake of the infamous '80s comedy-horror about a teenager and his vampire neighbor.
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Release Date: 8/19/11
Genre: Family, Action, Fantasy Info. + Tix
The latest entry in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids franchise adds Jessica Alba as a retired spy for the OSS (Organization of Super Spies) which has since become the world's top spy agency and former headquarters of the now-defunct Spy Kids division. When the world is threatened by Jeremy Piven, Alba is called back to lead the OSS and save the world.
The talented Zoe Saldana returns to the big screen in the action-drama Colombiana. Saldana plays a young woman who witnesses her parents' murder in Bogota, and then grows up to be a stone-cold assassin.
An action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors led by Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburn and Marion Cotillard, contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak. Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow co-star.
Screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) relocates with his wife (Kate Bosworth) to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both in this remake of the Sam Peckinpah classic.
Twilight fans get ready because Taylor Lautner is ready to take you all on one crazy psychological journey in Abduction. Lautner plays a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website. Alfred Molina and Sigourney Weaver co-star.
Brad Pitt leads an all-star cast in this sports drama about Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and his attempt to build a team based on a computer-generated roster. Robin Wright Penn, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman co-star.
Hugh Jackman + 2,000 pound boxing robots duel in Shawn Levy's (Date Night, Night at the Museum) sci-fi action flick. Jackman is a struggling promoter who thinks he's found a champion in a discarded robot but during his hopeful rise to the top, he also discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.
Jennifer Aniston re-teams with Objects of My Affection co-star Paul Rudd in this Judd Apatow directed comedy. Aniston and Rudd play a stressed out Manhattan couple who go to a hippie commune, where the cast of characters show them a different way of life.
Release Date: 10/14/11
Genre: Musical, Drama Info. + Tix
In this re-make of the 1984 musical dramaedy, Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald and Dennis Quaid take on the roles made famous by Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer and John Lithgow, respectively. Ready to cut loose?
In what serves as a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 sci-fi horror classic, Mary Elizabeth Winstead of Scott Pilgrim fame and Eric Christian Olsen try to outwit a parasite that can mimic anything it touches.
Hollywood returns to re-tell the story of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis yet again. This time, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson and Matthew Macfayden must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent (Milla Jovovich) and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.
Justin Timberlake stars as a man who has been falsely accused of murder and goes on the run with a beautiful hostage, played by Amanda Seyfried. Olivia Wilde and Alex Pettyfer co-star in Andrew Niccol's sci-fi thriller.
Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller and Casey Affleck are hardworking guys who fall victim to a wealthy businessman's Ponzi scheme. In turn, the three conspire to get even and rob his luxurious residence. Matthew Broderick co-stars.
Warner Bros. gets into the animated sequel game with a follow-up to their 2006 penguin-fest. Elijah Wood and Robin Williams lend their voices in this 3D adventure, which will hope to steal some of Breaking Dawn's thunder.
Bella's (Kristin Stewart) choice to become a vampire and spend eternity with Edward (Robert Pattinson) has some serious repercussions! After planning the most anticipated wedding in all of Forks, the couple has to deal with the Volturi, treaty complications with Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and starting a family of their own.
Kermit reunites with Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal and the gang to save Muppet Studios in Hollywood from an evil Texas oil tycoon (Chris Cooper). With help from their Muppet fans (Jason Segel and Amy Adams), they plan a telethon to raise enough money to keep the venue standing. Funnymen Zach Galifianakis and Jack Black also star.
Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. Chloe Moretz, Jude Law and Emily Mortimer co-star in Martin Scorsese's family mystery.
Seems like every character Jonah Hill plays is always getting into trouble…this time his character is persuaded into babysitting the kids next door...but little does he know the wild night he's about to experience. Sam Rockwell and Ari Graynor join the cast.
In a follow up to Valentine's Day, director Garry Marshall reteams with big-screen charmer Ashton Kutcher for another couples-cross-paths rom com. The star-studded cast includes Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Hilary Swank.
The third installment in the CGI chipmunks franchise finds Alvin and crew on vacation aboard a luxury cruise ship before they become 'chipwrecked' on a desert island. While stranded, they embark on an island adventure with their new friend – a castaway who's more than a match for Alvin and the Chipmunks... and this time, it's all in 3D!
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return as Sherlock and Watson in the sequel that picks up where the 2009 movie left off. The duo must outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. Noomi Rapace co-stars.
Tom Cruise + Jeremy Renner + Simon Pegg and Paula Patton = the fourth installement of the lucrative Impossible series. For this episode, frequent Pixar collaborator Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles)directs, from a story by J.J. Abrams.
Rooney Mara stars as Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood adaptation of the Steig Larsoon novel and Swedish movie starring Noomi Rapace. Directed by David Fincher and co-starring Daniel Craig, it tells the story of a journalist who is searching for a woman who may be missing or dead. He's assisted by a beautiful, punk computer hacker.
Matt Damon and Scarlett Johannson star in the story about a father who moves his family to the English countryside to own and operate a zoo. Directed by Cameron Crowe, Zoo also stars Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Chruch.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Steven Spielberg's other movie that opens on the same day as The Adventures of Tintin follows a young man, Albert, and his horse, Joey, and how the bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry during World War I.