We’re past halfway through 2011, and so far, we’ve had Thor and the last HP installment among the more successful releases. Transformer may be a commercial behemoth but that doesn’t make it a success in my book.

I digress. We still have a long way to go for 2011. And if the past is any indication, Hollywood still has a few games up its sleeves. So here’s a lineup of what I will be looking forward to in theaters these coming months:

CaptainAmericaCaptain America: The First Avenger
Release: July 27th
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The Plot: Sickly Steve Rogers after being deemed unfit for military service, volunteers for a top secret research project. The experiment, which enhances the peak of human perfection, aims to aid the US war efforts in the 40s. The result is Captain America, dedicated to defending America’s ideals.

Chris Evans, who you might remember as Johnny Storm/Human Torch from the Fantastic Four franchise, plays the lead role of Steve Rogers/Captain America. He does look the part and from the trailers, I think he might just be a good choice after all, regardless of the confusion playing two characters in the Marvel universe creates.

It looks like the main villain here is Johann Schmidth/Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving. Supporting characters are Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Iron-Man’s father Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) and of course, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

On a side note, the merchandise tie-up for this movie is already in full swing. From fast food to novelty items, you’ll see Evans’ mug as Captain A. at every turn. Collectibles maker Hot Toys already had preorders open for the official 1/6th figure.

All that remains to be seen now is how good the movie is.


Change-UpThe Change-Up
Release: August 5th
Genre: Comedy

Plot: A married guy (Bateman) switches body with his best friend (Reynolds) in the hopes of wooing his co-worker.

Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern was a let-down. But that’s due mainly to a craptastic movie plot to begin with made worse by less than decent film effects, namely, awful CG animation. Jason Bateman you’ll remember is the guy who helps out Will Smith in Hancock.

I’m putting this here because it’s a comedy. I’m hoping a good comedy movie. One that ACTUALLY makes the audience laugh.





PussInBootsPuss In Boots
Release: November 4th
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

The Plot: The movie follows Puss and his adventures as a back story before he meets the guys from Shrek.

Antonio Banderas reprises his role as Puss. Trailers for the film are already being played in theaters, but it’s still a long way to go before the release. November 4th is the US release date, so expect a few weeks delay before it hits local theaters. I couldn’t find specific dates for its Philippine release.







Release: November 11th
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy

The Plot: Greek warrior Theseus battles it out against power-mad King Hyperion who is bent on freeing the imprisoned Titans to reign chaos and destruction on both the Olympians and the entire humanity.

Henry Cavill plays the hero Theseus in this epic movie. If you don’t know who Cavill is, you might be interested to know that he’s the guy pegged to play Clark Kent/Superman in Man of Steel, set for release in 2013. Does he have what it takes? Still have my fingers crossed.

Mickey Rourke (Iron-Man’s Whiplash) plays the villainous Hyperion.





SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadowsSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Release: December 16th
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

The Plot: London Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson combine wits to take down their fiercest of adversaries, Professor Moriarty.

Speaking of Iron-Man, Robert Downey, Jr. is back to portraying the detective with Jude Law reprising his role as his aid Dr. Watson.

Holmes’ former adversary Irene Adler is once again played by Rachel McAdams, while Jared Harris plays Holmes’ equally-intelligent foe Prof. Moriarty.






Other movies worth a look:

Alvin&TheChipmunksChipwreckedAlvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked
Release: December 16th
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Family, Musical






Real Steel
Release: October 7th
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Plot: A story set in the near future where humanoid robot boxing is a popular sport. It follows a struggling promoter who, with his newly-discovered 11-year old son who wants to know his father, may have found a champion in a seemingly unlikely robot.

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