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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 21, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Looking ahead to 2011

The old year wraps up at my desk this week — I’m reviewing the last few movies of 2010 (The King’s Speech, Rabbit Hole, Made in Dagenham), finishing my yearend poem, picking my top 10, and noting with some envy that some people have nothing to do at work this week. But, in between getting all of that done and reading reports about “Spider-Man” on Broadway (really, could the news on this show be worse?), I’m thinking a bit about next year’s movies. Here are six 2011 releases I’m dying to see:
— “Jane Eyre” (March 11). Why another “Jane Eyre,” you say? Because the trailer looks delicious, because Mia Wasikowska can do no wrong these days (did you know she was Australian? I didn’t), because it’s one of my favorite books ever, and because I haven’t seen a perfect “Jane Eyre” on screen yet (though the 2006 BBC/PBS miniseries version, starring Ruth Wilson, is pretty close).
— “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Dec. 21). Admit it; you’re dying to see this one too, just to see what David Fincher makes of the material. I saw “Zodiac” again recently, and it reminded me that Fincher should be just right for this project. We’ll see.
— “The Ides of March” (2011 tbd). A political-campaign drama, directed by George Clooney, based on a play and starring Ryan Gosling, Clooney, and Marisa Tomei. Don’t know much more than that, but I’m intrigued.
— “One Day” (2011 tbd). Directed by Lone Scherfig (“An Education”) and based on a wonderful novel by David Nicholls, this romantic comedy/drama stars Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, and the great Patricia Clarkson.
— “Water for Elephants” (April 2011). Haven’t read the book, but I know people who swear by it, and the trailer looks lovely. And Reese Witherspoon has to pick a good screenplay one of these days, doesn’t she?
— “The Tree of Life” (May 2011). Because a Terrence Malick movie is always an event.
And what about you? Any movies you’ve got an eye on?

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