2010 Movie Preview: Part One – From ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ to ‘Iron Man 2’

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I was trying to figure out a way to do a 2010 Preview that wouldn’t simply be an overwhelming list of films that you would have to tirelessly slog through day-after-day so I sat down with a list of every single film set to be released in 2010 and trimmed it down to 50 total films. I think this list offers up a good mix of films from a couple of horror films, plenty of drama, some blockbusters and a selection of indies.

As a result some films had to be cut from the proceedings and hopefully some you may not have expected will be introduced. Today I give you the first 24 films of the preview and they are listed in alphabetical order with cast and director information, a look at the synopsis and a quick comment or two from yours truly. Tomorrow I will be here with another 26 (accidentally forgot to add one to this list), but for now get started and be sure to speak up in the comments if you see anything you like.

The Adjustment Bureau
TBA 2010
Matt Damon films scenes for The Adjustment Bureau with co-star John Slattery in lower Manhattan.
Photo: Zimbio
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Daniel Dae Kim, John Slattery, Michael Kelly
Director: George Nolfi

QUICK THOUGHTS: George Nolfi co-wrote The Bourne Ultimatum and this will serve as his directorial debut. That fact along with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt as his headliners is more than enough to get me excited for this film. I just wonder what the “strange circumstances” in the plotline are, but considering it’s an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story I doubt my simple brain can guesstimate at what’s going on.

SYNOPSIS: A contemporary love story with sci-fi overtones. Damon will play a charismatic congressman who seems destined for national political stardom. He meets a beautiful ballet dancer (Blunt), only to find strange circumstances keeping their sparks from catching fire.

Agora
TBA 2010
Rachel Weisz in Agora
Photo: Newmarket Films
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale, Rupert Evans, Homayoun Ershadi, Oscar Isaac, Oshri Cohen
Director: Alejandro Amenbar

QUICK THOUGHTS: My anticipation for this one has lessened slightly due to muted buzz out of film festivals last year, but I still can’t help but be excited for a new film from Alejandro Amenbar (The Others and The Sea Inside).

SYNOPSIS: Set in Roman Egypt in the fourth century, Agora tells the story of the legendary astronomer Hypatia (Weisz), trapped in the legendary Library of Alexandria, and her fight to save the old world’s wisdom from the religious riots sweeping the streets of Alexandria. Her slave Davus (Minghella) wrestles with his yearning for freedom and his professed love for his mistress.

Alice in Wonderland
March 5, 2010
Stephen Fry voices the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas, Johnny Depp, Michael Sheen, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry, Marton Csokas, Tim Pigott-Smith, Lindsay Duncan, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall
Director: Tim Burton

QUICK THOUGHTS: I am simply hoping this will not end up like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was all Burton and very little else. I enjoy Tim Burton’s visual style, but sometimes he lets it takeover the story. I hope that doesn’t happen here.

SYNOPSIS: From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The all-star cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover.

The American
September 1, 2010
George Clooney in The American
Photo: Focus Features
Starring: George Clooney, Bruce Altman, Paolo Bonacelli, Thekla Reuten, Violante Placido
Director: Anton Corbijn

QUICK THOUGHTS: Back in June of 2009 I saw Anton Corbijn’s Control for the first time, which prompted me to write this editorial. I hope this movie moves me just as much. The story seems extremely intimate and intense and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. The film is an adaptation of a Martin Booth novel written by Rowan Joffe who co-wrote 28 Weeks Later.

SYNOPSIS: Alone among assassins, Jack (Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows to his contact Larry (Bruce Altman) that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. The assignment, as specified by a Belgian woman, Mathilde (Thekla Reuten), is in the offing as a weapon is constructed. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli) and pursues romance with local woman Clara (Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.

Area 51
TBA 2010
Starring: Reid Warner, Darrin Bragg, Ben Rovne
Director: Oren Peli

QUICK THOUGHTS: As any regular reader knows I loved Paranormal Activity so my anticipation of this one is simply based on that fact as I am curious to see of Oren Peli can do it again. Admittedly I get a bit worried he will do it again, but it will be done exactly the same way and loose any sense of originality.

SYNOPSIS: Area 51, like director Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity, will take advantage of the “found footage” narrative strategy centering around three teenagers whose curiosity leads them to the legendary and mysterious Area 51 Air Force base deep in the Nevada desert.

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