Adventureland (April 3rd) – Not only does this look pretty funny and whimsical (it’s set in the ’80s), it has two of my favorite SNL cast members, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader. I’m also not upset by the fact that the very good-looking Ryan Reynolds is in it.
Observe and Report (April 10th) – This has the potential to be an action-comedy, in the vein of “Hot Fuzz” and “Pineapple Express.” The always hysterical Anna Faris and the likable Seth Rogen will undoubtedly elevate a seemingly boring premise into something more.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May 1st): I really don’t have high hopes for the quality of this film, but it should be fun. Plus, lots of eye candy.
Star Trek (May 8th): A great ensemble cast will be what draws me in to this one. I’ve never seen an episode of “Star Trek,” but because this is more of an “origins” story, I don’t foresee this being a problem.
The Brothers Bloom (May 15th): A quirky-looking comedy with an interesting cast featuring Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, and Adrien Brody. Director Rian Johnson’s last film, “Brick,” was quite the genre bender, so I have high hopes for this one.
Up (May 29th): This doesn’t look like the most exciting of Pixar films, but that’s what I said about “Wall-E,” and it ended up being my favorite film of 2008. I’m thoroughly convinced that Pixar can do anything, including making a crotchety old man and a chubby Boy Scout into heroes.
Land of the Lost (June 5th): Will Ferrell’s latest should be goofy, campy fun, just like the old TV show it’s based on/mocking.
Away We Go (June 5th): Director Sam Mendes has proven that he gets human relationships. This road-trip movie about a couple (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) looking for a place to settle down, was penned by real-life couple Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, both of whom have a few books under their belts. Hopefully all these great elements will come together to make a great film.
The Hangover (June 5th): The trailer is filled with goofy laughs (Mike Tyson playing air drums to Phil Collins? Gold), and the presence of my favorite comedian, Zach Galifianakis, is definitely a plus.
Year One (June 19th): Another goofy comedy, but with a twist: it’s set in the Stone Age. Directed by the creator of “Ghostbusters,” Harold Ramis, and starring Michael Cera and Jack Black.
Whatever Works (June 19th): The ever neurotic Woody Allen directs the equally neurotic Larry David in a film about a May-December romance.
Public Enemies (July 1st): Christian Bale and Johnny Depp star in a movie about gangsters like John Dillinger, and the cops on their tails.
Bruno (July 10th): Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow-up to “Borat,” “Bruno” promises to make the audience laugh while exposing real-life homophobia. Outlandish situations ensue.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17th): Warner Brothers, you’ve kept me waiting long enough! This film better be good enough to justify that wait. I’m desperate for some Harry.
(500) Days of Summer (July 17th): Up-and-comer Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a man in love with a woman (Zooey Deschanel) who doesn’t believe in love. Both are proving themselves to be promising performers, and the story looks both touching and quirky.
Funny People (July 31st): Judd Apatow directs a whole host of funny people like Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Seth Rogen, and Adam Sandler. With it’s main character contracting a deadly disease, it’s likely that this will be less light-hearted than Apatow’s previous works.
Adam (July 29th): Hugh Dancy plays a man with Aspberger’s Syndrome who falls in love with his new upstairs neighbor, a writer played by Rose Byrne. A romance with an interesting twist, and the very handsome Dancy.