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2011 Release Schedule – Remaining Highlights

2011 Movie Releases - New Releases List (& Complete 2011) Which are the remaining movie releases in 2011 worth getting excited about? Summer is now slowly ebbing away, like any faith that Michael Cera will one day prove a genuine box office draw, but though this year’s days may be numbered, there are still significant filmic treats lying in-store.

These are the ten movies released before the end of 2011 that we’re particularly looking forward to:

– 9 September 2011 –
(U.S. Release Dates)

  • Contagion
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    Screening out of competition at the Venice Film Festival, this is the first all-star virus thriller since Wolfgang Petersen’s Outbreak a decade-and-a-half ago. There’s a hint of the Irwin Allen extravaganzas of yesteryear about it too, with even some of the big names biting the dust (Paltrow cops it in the trailer). The script by Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Burns is apparently terrific, and Soderbergh has past form, thanks to Traffic, of holding this kind of globe-spanning drama together.

  • Warrior
  • Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star

    – 16 September 2011 –

  • Drive
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    Now this is how an automotive action-thriller should be handled. Slick, fun and stylish, but with enough idiosyncratic flourishes from director Nicolas Winding Refn as to identify it as several significant cuts above Gone in 60 Seconds, say. Ryan Gosling is the stunt-cum-getaway driver, Carey Mulligan the sweet neighbour he falls for, but the movie is stolen by Bryan Cranston as Gosling’s gnarled boss, and Ron Perlman and Albert Brooks as pair of small-time gangsters.

  • Straw Dogs
  • I Don’t Know How She Does It
  • The Lion King (3D)

    – 23 September 2011 –

  • Moneyball
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    Yeah, so the trailers released to-date for this real-life sports drama have perhaps gone overboard on the little-guy-against-the-world clichés. But with Brad Pitt bringing his star wattage to the role of Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane (happy with that casting, Billy?), and a screenplay co-penned by Aaron Sorkin, hopes remain high that Bennett Miller’s first movie since his Oscar-winner Capote can deliver a similar blend of humour and pertinence to that which made The Social Network such a blast.

  • Killer Elite
  • Abduction
  • Dolphin Tale
  • Machine Gun Preacher

    – 30 September 2011 –

  • 50/50
  • Courageous
  • Dream House
  • What’s Your Number?

    – 7 October 2011 –

  • Real Steel
  • The Ides of March
  • Wanderlust

    – 14 October 2011 –

  • The Thing
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    A divisive one, certainly, given that for some the mere idea of revisiting what is perhaps John Carpenter’s most-loved film is nigh-on heretical. We’re in prequel territory this time round, with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen amongst the unfortunates who encounter the shape-shifting extraterrestrial prior to it goes on to bug MacReady et al in JC’s flick. Here’s hoping that the memory of Rob Bottin’s staggering creature effects won’t be soiled by an over-reliance on CGI this time round.

  • The Big Year
  • Footloose

    – 19 October 2011 –

  • Red State

    – 21 October 2011 –

  • Paranormal Activity 3
  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Mighty Macs

    – 28 October 2011 –

  • Anonymous
  • In Time
  • Johnny English Reborn
  • The Rum Diary
  • Safe

    – 4 November 2011 –

  • Tower Heist
  • A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
  • Puss in Boots

    – 11 November 2011 –

  • Immortals
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    Formerly known as War of the Gods, this myth-based actioner is facing its own conflict – to prove to the cinema-going public that it’s not merely reheated 300 or rehashed Clash of the Titans, the latter being a movie that hardly garnered much love anyhow. Known for his visual flair, if not his fidelity to narrative, director Tarsem should ensure it all looks spectacular, while there’ll be interest in how Henry Cavill does in his lead role as Theseus, given that he’ll be seen as Superman in less than two years time.

  • Jack and Jill

    – 18 November 2011 –

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
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    Spies, spying, sporks – two of these things are integral to this new movie from Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson, based on a classic espionage novel of the same name from John le Carré. Set in the ’70s, when men were men and Red was the colour of evil, Gary Oldman’s intelligence man George Smiley finds there’s a communist traitor in his espionage network, and he needs Tom Hardy’s Ricki Tarr to help him out of the soup. With a spork (that last part is not true).

  • Happy Feet Two
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part One)

    – 23 November 2011 –

  • Hugo
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    When it was announced that Martin Scorsese, after 40 years of making movies, many of them renowned for copious amounts of foul language and/or blood-letting, was directing his first kids’ movie, it was very hard to know what to expect. Since then, there have been rumours of production difficulties, particularly in regard to the use of 3D, and a bit of a stinker of a first trailer. However it’s still going to be hard to entirely resist a Scorsese take on steampunk automatons, while it will be interesting to see how this most rabid of cinephiles makes use of real-life film pioneer George Méliès (played by Ben Kingsley), who is a character in the period story.

  • The Descendants
  • The Muppets
  • Piranha 3DD
  • Arthur Christmas (in 3D)

    – 2 December 2011 –

  • Coriolanus

    – 9 December 2011 –

  • The Sitter
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Young Adult

    – 16 December 2011 –

  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • The Iron Lady
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Carnage

    – 21 December 2011 –

  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
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    Hmm, maybe hard to get too excited about a fourth instalment of any film franchise, given that the chances of being on the receiving end of any genuine cinematic surprises seem as minimal as Tom Cruise’s grasp on reality as you, I and everyone we know understand it. What is genuinely enticing, however, about Ghost Protocol is the presence of Brad Bird in the director’s chair; his Incredibles was a super-powered 007 homage, and now he gets to helm an espionage adventure for real. Can he deliver something distinctive? Or will he get mangled and vomited out by the unfeeling studio machine? Book now to find out!

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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    And having mentioned 007, here’s a movie which might also be called ‘Daniel Craig’s last chance after Cowboys & Aliens to prove he can carry a movie in which he doesn’t play a guy whose name rhymes with Bames Jond’. Factually correct, although it might look a bit daft on the poster. David Fincher is directing Craig and his Social Network actress Rooney Mara in what will be the first instalment of a movie trilogy, barring utter box office disaster (what’s that Craig? The Golden Compass? Never heard of it, mate). Hopefully the Finch will fashion a crime saga to match his Zodiac, rather than a literary adaptation as bobbins as his Benjamin Button.

    – 23 December 2011 –

  • The Adventures of Tintin
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    Surprising how little buzz there’s been about this? Or is that a result of audiences being both tired of the substandard 21st century output so far of Steven Spielberg and still suspicious of the kind of motion-capture movies peddled to so little avail by his big buddy, Robert Zemeckis? Whatever the truth, the word on the Tintin mo-capping from Comic-Con was that it looked better than expected (although the positive reports may not have been entirely unconnected to the fact that both Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson were present at the preview), and the movie looks more fun at least than Spielberg’s awards-beg War Horse which is released almost simultaneously.

  • We Bought a Zoo
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

    – 25 December 2011 –

  • The Darkest Hour

    – 28 December 2011 –

  • War Horse
  • Which movies are you looking forward to most? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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    • Thom said

      Not much top look forward too really 🙁

      My most anticipated are;
      » Drive
      » Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
      » The Muppets
      » Immortals
      » Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
      » Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked 😉

      I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about the British film “Kill List” that has just come out in the UK (not sure if that has a US release date) so I’ll add that to my list as well

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      • Sheridan Passell said
        Sheridan Passell

        I believe Kill List has a US distributor but they haven’t announced a release date yet. It’s been getting great reviews in the UK as a claustrophobic, paranoid, genuinely scary low budget hitman thriller.

        Besides from the titles mentioned I’m strangely excited to see The Iron Lady.

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    • HoboWithAShotgun said

      1. Sherlock Holmes 2
      2. Harold & Kumar Christmas
      3. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
      4. Tower Heist
      5. The Rum Diary

      Not too certain on the rest. Alot doesnt appeal to me and some seems like something I might rent. The Thing looks like its going to be a cliched pile of crap and Immortals and Hugo dont look like they’ll be that good either.

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    • Adrienne Jenkins said

      Weren’t you surprised about this week’s box office? Especially the success of family friendly movies like Dolphin Tale & Courageous. I would have thought Dream House with Daniel Craig would have done much better.

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