It's been a long year, but some of the movies I'm most thrilled about have finally started to arrive. Thor and Kung Fu Panda 2 were a couple of the better recent ones, and though I haven't seen X-Men: First Class yet, I've been hearing great things about it. However they're only the beginning, as there are plenty more films on the way that are looking good.
Green Lantern: Let me get this out of the way. This movie does look a little hokey, but I can handle that. What's really appealing about this movie is the science fiction aspect to it. Take a look at the trailers and you'll see what I mean. Some of the alien designs are top notch! Sure, it will have the usual comic book movie trappings, including a costumed superhero and evil villain, but it will also have an expansive Sci-Fi world right along with it. If that's not a cool combination, I don't know what is!
Captain America: Another comic book movie, this one is set apart because it isn't about someone who suddenly is endowed with superpowers. Rather it's someone who earns this power through a passion and love for his country. That's the whole reason he's selected. It's a story about an underdog who achieves greatness, and those stories are often some of the best.
Winnie the Pooh: Oh that silly old bear has had it rough. I remember seeing those old shorts when I was little, and then watching The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh on TV. Since then there hasn't been much of the bear in sight. However, this new movie will hopefully get back to what made Winnie the Pooh so endearing and nostalgic. If they can get it right, this could be a contender for best animated movie the the year!
Real Steel: It's a movie about robots beating each other up. What's not to like? Seriously though, another well-known robot destruction franchise has a lot of action and little character development, which is why this movie feels like a breath of fresh air. Is it possible to have a good movie about machine? Maybe this movie will tell us.