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1. Inception

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy

Director: Christopher Nolan

Release Date: 16th July 2010

Nothing else could have been number one, not after 2008, not after The Dark Knight. It. Was. Awesome. Due in no small part to the genius of Christopher Nolan, a director with an enviable track record, who now turns his attentions to the sci-fi genre with Inception, a movie shrouded in Clover field-levels of mystery. We know Ken Watanabe is blackmailing Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s married to Marion Cotillard and works with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page, but that’s it. Oh, and, it’s set within ‘the architecture of the mind’, which could mean anything at this point. Inception is our number one most anticipated on the basis of the acting talent involved, and the phenomenal director.

2. Iron Man 2

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke

Director: Jon Favreau

Release Date: 7th May 2010

In the superhero sequel tradition, this installment promises to be bigger, and has heightened fanboy expectations. Scarlett Johansson is Natasha – Tony Stark’s replacement red-head assistant now that Paltrow’s Pepper Potts has been promoted – she’s also secretly superspy Black Widow. Rourke plays angry Russian ‘Whiplash’, Iron Man’s nemesis along with Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer. Terrence Howard is probably (like the rest of us) still in shock after getting Cheadled, and Olga Kurylenko can’t believe she didn’t get Johansson’s part. She refuses to take the costume off, it’s kind of embarrassing…

3. Toy Story 3

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton

Director: Lee Unkrich

Release Date: 18th June 2010

Pixar: the most dependable movie studio around. Coming off of Wall-E and Up, they are returning to their roots, the movie that made their name, Toy Story. Ordinarily, threequels are something to dread, and unnecessary sequels to animated movies often feel every bit as superfluous as they actually are. But Pixar can do no wrong at this point, and the first two Toy Story movies are such bona fide modern classics that you can’t help but be excited about the further misadventures of Woody and Buzz.

4. Tron Legacy

Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Release Date: 17th Dec 2010

Tron was ahead of its time. Now is that time. While the first film amazed with its vision and FX, it still managed to bore with its pace, but on the basis of this concept trailer, the sequel has managed to get the balance just right.

5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin

Director: Edgar Wright

Release Date: 13th August 2010

One of the greatest indie comic books in recent history, Scott Pilgrim, is an epic love story, a teen comedy and a bizarre action piece set in Canada. Influenced by video games, music, manga and real life it really is like nothing else. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out. Edgar Wright’s film adaptation stars Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, lead singer of crappy, unsigned band Sex Bob-Omb, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona Flowers, the girl of Scott’s dreams. Literally. He dreams about her, and then she shows up. In pursuit of her he has to fight her seven evil ex-boyfriends, evade his jilted ex ‘Knives’ Chau, and put up with Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin), the gay roommate that he sleeps with (but not in a gay way). Made of win.

6. The Expendables

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Release Date: 13th August 2010

Sly Stallone wants to go out in a blaze of gory. Sorry, typo, blaze of glory. Actually, they’re both right. The Expendables could well be the throwback action movie that dreams are made of. With a cast list that reads like someone just reading names off of their action movie DVD collection, fans of the genre are getting spoilt rotten.

7. Alice In Wonderland

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Director: Tim Burton

Release Date: 5th March 2010

As per usual, the visuals of the latest Tim Burton project, Alice in Wonderland, look stunning. Newcomer Mia Wasikowskia plays Alice in the loose adaptation of Carroll’s treasured novel, alongside Burton mainstays Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. The only troubling aspect of this is the ‘loose’ part of the loose adaptation; unlike the previous adaptations Burton has made this film will take more liberties with the source material. It features a considerably older Alice returning to Wonderland. That sounds a bit like Hook. But we’re confident it won’t be met with the same lukewarm reception, and that Burton thrills us with a wild and wacky world as he has in the past.

8. Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood

Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett

Director: Ridley Scott

Release Date: 14th May 2010

Ridley Scott is a living legend. The mastermind behind Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator returns to roughly the period of time in which his criminally underrated Crusades movie Kingdom of Heaven took place and reunites with frequent collaborator Russell Crowe. So he should be in his comfort zone and ready to deliver a memorable take on the oft filmed Robin Hood legend, presumably without incongruous accents, talking foxes or men in tights.

9. Clash of The Titans

Starring: Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes

Director: Louis Letterier

Release Date: 2nd April 2010

The highest remake on the list, Clash of the Titans takes the most fondly remembered sword and sandal classic to showcase Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion creatures and re-imagines it for the CGI generation. Director Louis Letterier should be somewhat familiar with intense action and CG smackdowns thanks to his prior work on The Incredible Hulk and The Transporter franchises. Up and coming actors Sam Worthington (Terminator: Salvation, Avatar) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia) take on the roles of Perseus and Io, whilst veterans Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes take on the roles of Zeus and Hades. It will be interesting to see how the Olympian elements of the story are handled, as the gods have been notably absent from most recent sword and sandal flicks like Troy.

10. A Nightmare On Elm Street

Starring: Jackie Earle Haley

Director: Samuel Bayer

Release Date: 16th April 2010

Freddy Krueger, the dream-dwelling killer first brought to cinema screens in 1984, is back. But this time actor Robert Englund is going to be watching it in the cinema with the rest of us. Exec-producer Michael Bay is hitting the Batman Begins/Star Trek reboot button in an effort to restart the horror franchise as he did with Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There’s only one reason this has ranked so highly on our list – the casting of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy. He was terrific as Rorschach in Watchmen. But can he deliver? Knife-fingers are crossed.

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