10. Shutter Island – February 19

Based on screenings that have already taken place, the word on this Martin Scorcese-directed, Leonardo DiCaprio-starring mystery is that it is quite excellent. I’m a big fan of both of these gentlemen and although this isn’t “blockbuster-y” it makes the list.

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9. Predators – July 7

After the debacles that were the two Aliens vs Predators movies, I was more than a bit leery about another Predators film. However with Robert Rodriguez producing, a plot that is reminiscent of the original but taking place on the Predator home world and actors like Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne signed up for the movie – I’m starting to thing this has a chance at being decent.

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8. Clash of The Titans – March 26

Up and comer Sam Worthington takes over for Harry Hamlin in this uber-effects laden update of the classic film which featured stop motion animation by the venerable Ray Harryhausen. Based on the trailer it looks pretty impressive and may actually put the original to shame.

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7. Tron Legacy – December 17

It’s looking like this 28 years later sequel is sparing no expense and is pulling out all the stops to live up to the reputation of the original, including bringing back Jeff Bridges to reprise his role. It looks gorgeous, but director Joseph Kosinski is unproven. On the bright side, the studio knows it has a lot to live up to, so we’ll see how this turns out.

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6. Toy Story 3 – June 18

Pixar + another Toy Story movie = high on the anticipation list. We’ll see if they can recapture the magic of the first two films (Who am I kidding? Of course they will).

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5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I – November 19

I’m not a huge Harry Potter fan (only ever read the first book), but I like the movies all right. I watch them once and then forget about them because frankly they all kind of run together for me. Having said that I think the most recent one is probably my favorite due to the characters maturing and the way they interacted with each other after such long friendships, and this penultimate film is the beginning of the end – should be good.

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4. The Expendables – August 13

Considering the fantastic job Sylvestor Stallone did with both the recent Rocky and Rambo movies, the hope is that this throwback to 80s action films gives fans some testosterone-laced nostalgia. With a line up that includes Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Bruce Willis and even Arnold Schwarzenneger this has GOT to be a wild ride.

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3. Inception – July 16

Fresh off of a little film called The Dark Knight, director Chris Nolan brings us what seems to be a sci-fi mystery movie starring Leo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine and a slew of other big name actors. So far the marketing for this has been very mysterious, and much like Avatar in early 2009, people are looking forward to this even without really knowing what it will be about.

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2. Kick-Ass – April 16

Much like 2009’s Watchmen, Kick-Ass is sure to be one of the most controversial movies of 2010. An R-rated (quasi) superhero movie in which one of the protagonists is a young girl who doesn’t hesitate to maim and mutilate the bad guys with both blade and gun, all the while mouthing off foul language that would make her at home with any platoon of Marines. Reaction has been crazy-positive on this among the fanboy crowds so it remains to be seen if this will have widespread popularity or will open big and quickly fizzle.

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1. Iron Man 2 – May 7

And here we are at what without a doubt is the most highly anticipated movie of 2010. After the wild success of the first Iron Man film (considering the character was not nearly as well known as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, etc.), audiences have been eagerly awaiting the follow-up from Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. If the first trailer is any indication, Iron Man 2 may enter that short list of sequels that turn out better then the original.

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So there’s our list – I’d say about half of them are pretty much a lock to be great and the jury is out on the other half. Some honorable mentions that we’re also looking forward to include Red Dawn, The Losers, Solomon Kane, Jonah Hex, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Legion.

What movies are you looking forward to in 2010? And what do you think of our list?

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