2008 was a great year for movies. Lot of big blockbusters ruled the box office and I really had a great time watching them. 2009 has some much awaited movies lined up, some pretty big names directors like Zack Snyder, Stephen Sommers, Michael Bay, Judd Apatow, and some after a long time like Martin Scorsese, Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, so lets have a look on whats catching my eye, and probably yours too, for this year.
He’s Just Not That into You
This romantic comedy, having an attractive starcast, is about some “romantic misadventures” of some people and how the relationships are.
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Starring: Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly
Release date: February 6, 2009
The Pink Panther 2
Inspector Jacques Clouseau and his french accent is back in the second installment of the Pink Panther. Funny to the bone this should be a helluva laugh ride. Former Miss World and popular Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai also stars in the movie. More in my The Pink Panther 2 Trailer Preview
Directed by: Harald Zwart
Starring: Steve Martin, John Cleese, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Aishwarya Rai, Alfred Molina, Andy García
Release date: February 6, 2009
A comic book adaptation directed by Zack Snyder who really knows how to make movies out of comic books doesnt he? 300 remember? Eagerly awaited provided they sort out the 20th Century Fox lawsuit issue and release it on time.
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matthew Goode, Stephen McHattie and Carla Gugino.
Release date: March 6, 2009
I Love You, Man
A comedy about a guy finding the “best man” for his wedding.
Directed by: John Hamburg
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel
Release date: March 20, 2009
Monsters vs. Aliens
A DreamWorks Animation picture with an interesting name and even interesting storyline. Its about an alien invasion and a trio of odd creatures fighting them off.
Directed by: Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Hugh Laurie, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert and Kiefer Sutherland.
Release date: March 27, 2009
Fast & Furious
The adrealine rush is back with the franchisee, now in its fourth installment, bringing back the original star cast of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. More in my Fast and Furious Trailer Preview.
Directed by: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
Release date: April 3, 2009
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
My most eagerly awaited movie of the year. I’m a huge Wolverine fan and I just can’t get enough dose of some adamantium blade action. The movie is a spinoff from the X-Men series and tell us about Wolverine’s history. More in my X-Men Origins: Wolverine Trailer Preview.
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston
Release Date: May 1, 2009
Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian
Sequel to the Night at the Museum, and Stiller along with Robin Williams back at the crazy museum adventures. The story continues with the museum items being moved as the Museum of Natural History is closed for renovations.
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ben Stiller, Dick Van Dyke, Robin Williams, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Rami Malek, Hank Azaria, Bill Hader, Ricky Gervais, Christopher Guest and Steve Coogan.
Release date: May 22, 2009
The Terminator series gets a reboot. And this time Christian Bale is John Connor, the leader of the human forces. More in my Terminator Salvation Trailer Preview.
Directed by: McG
Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Common, Helena Bonham Carter
Release date: May 22, 2009
An animated film from the Walt Disney Pictures about a 78 years old man who fulfils a dream of flying.
Directed by: Pete Docter and Bob Peterson
Starring: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Jordan Nagai
Release date: May 29, 2009
The Year One
A Judd Apatow production starring Jack Black and Michael Cera set in the ancientest of times, yeah probably ancient to even 10,000 BC. But what the heck its still going to be a nice movie.
Directed by: Harold Ramis
Starring: Jack Black, Michael Cera
Release Date: June 19, 2009
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Probably among the most awaited movie of the year ever since the news of the sequel broke out. The same cast of Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox reprising the roles and Michael Bay once again directing this awesome franchisee and Peter Cullen again providing the voice for Optimus Prime, this promises to be a action packed summer movie.
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Voices: Peter Cullen, Mark Ryan
Release date: June 26, 2009
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Manny, Sid and Diego just cant have enough of the Ice Age and this time its the dinosaurs joining them, so it will be another adventure from Pixar.
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck
Release date: July 1, 2009
A 1930s based American crime drama film directed by Michael Mann starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.
Directed by: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum
Release date: July 1, 2009
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The sixth film in the Harry Potter franchisee, and probably among the most awaited releases, Harry Potter and gang is back. Voldemort and Potter have their final battle and Hogwarts is having more issues to take care of.
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent, Alan Rickman ,Tom Felton, Helen McCrory
Release date: July 17, 2009
Judd Apatow’s third direction after The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, Funny People promises to be just that, funny with funny people! Adam Sandler joins the Apatow gang along with regulars Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and Jonah Hill in this movie about George Simmons (Sandler) a stand-up comedian who has an un-treatable disease and is going to die.
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Kristen Stewart
Release date: July 31, 2009
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
G.I. Joe doesnt need an introduction. The first live adaptation of the famous animated series, The Rise of the Cobra is about the origins of Cobra Organization. Doesn’t have that many well known names, but the director is a very well known figure. The director of The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, Sommers does promise some action and a good direction could make this a good franchisee with more action prospects after this one.
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Channing Tatum, Christopher Eccleston, Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Byung-hun
Release date: August 7, 2009
Tarantino returns with Brad Pitt in the star cast. Based on World War II, the movie is about 2 storylines, the first is about some prisoners, who turn into soldiers and fight a group of Nazis. The other is about a Jewish woman who seeks revenge of her parent’s death by the hands of the Nazis.
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Brühl, B. J. Novak, Til Schweiger, Diane Kruger, August Diehl, Michael Fassbender, Samm Levine, Maggie Cheung, Julie Dreyfus, Mike Myers, Rod Taylor
Release date: August 21, 2009
Based on a novel by Dennis Lehane. Shutter Island reunites Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio after their hugely successful The Departed. Its about a investigation of a disappearing patient.
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo
Release date: October 2, 2009
Robert Downey, Jr. as Sherlock Holmes. Mouthwatering isn’t it? Guy Ritchie directed, Robert Downet as the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Watson.
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
Release date: November 20, 2009
The Lovely Bones
After a 4 year absense, Peter Jackson is back with the film adaptation of the novel by Alice Sebold. Its about a serial killer who kills young girls. And how the vengeance is taken.
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Michalka
Release date: December 11, 2009
James Cameron’s first movie since the ever popular Titanic. Avatar is a 3-D film about a man and a interplanetary war.
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen Lang
Release date: December 18, 2009