Most Anticipated Movies: Second half of 2010

Ten movies I am looking forward to seeing in the second-half of 2010

*US release dates according to IMDB

Dinner for schmucks 7/30

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifinakis

Plot: Tim (Rudd) must recruit the biggest idiot he can find for his bosses’ monthly dinner game.

Why it might be good: This appears to be the most (purposely) annoying film ever created. The only reason I want to see it is Paul Rudd as he’s my current favorite comedic actor. Regardless of the quality of the film, his performances as consistently funny and often memorable.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed 8/6

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan, Martin Compson

Plot: A woman is kidnapped and held by two men for ransom.

Why it might be good: The trailer. It’s seems very intense and claustrophobic.

Buried 8/8

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samantha Mathis, Stephen Tobolowsky

Plot: An US contractor (Reynolds) in Iraq is ambushed and buried alive in a coffin.

Why it might be good: I’m interested to see Ryan Reynolds in a serious, dramatic role. The change is needed, as his comedic ‘charm’ wore off a long time ago. Gimmicky trailer.

Wild Target 8/8

Cast: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Martin Freeman

Plot: When an aging assassin (Nighy) fails to complete a contract on a young woman (Blunt), he in-turn must protect her from replacement assassins.

Why it might be good: It’s basically the same plot as The Replacement Killers (1998), but with more comedy. I’m also a fan of Nighy, Blunt, and Freeman and the trailer is hilarious.

The Expendables 8/13

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, + every other action movie ‘hero’

Plot: Does it really matter?

Why it might be good: This film is gonna be an instant classic due to its cast alone. Simple plot, directed by Stallone, and rated ‘R.’ Hopefully it lives up to its proclaimed title of ‘Manliest’ film ever.

Machete 9/3

Cast: Danny Trejo, other ‘less terrifying’ actors

Plot: Based on the faux-trailer shown during Grindhouse. Machete (Trejo) seeks vengeance on his former employer, presumably with a machete.

Why it might be good: Stars Danny Trejo, best known from children’s nightmares and as the primary cause of ‘pants-shitting’ (technical term). It looks incredibly dumb but insanely awesome at the same time.

Hereafter 10/22

Cast: Matt Damon, Cécile De France

Plot: ???

Why it might be good: It’s a supernatural thriller directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Matt Damon. Don’t know much about this one, no trailer or plot summary, but it has the potential to be one of the years best.

The Fighter 12/10

Cast: Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams

Plot: Story of a boxer’s (Wahlberg) journey to a title with the help of his half-brother (Bale), a former boxer.

Why it might be good: Christian Bale, if he can bring the same intensity from his lesser-known films (Rescue Dawn, The Machinist). However, I’m not a huge fan of Mark Wahlberg, still waiting for him to match (or best) his performance in Boogie Nights.

True Grit 12/25

Cast: Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin

Plot: After her father is murdered, a young girl hires U.S. Marshal ‘Rooster’ Cogburn to find her fathers killer.

Why it might be good: The Coens take on the Duke’s classic. Normally I’m not a fan of remakes, but this one has me immensely intrigued. Curious to see what direction they take the story and how much they borrow from the original.

Autoreiji [Outrage] ???

Cast: Takeshi Kitano

Plot: ??? Pretty sure it has something to do with the Yakuza.

Why it might be good: Although I haven’t seen much of his movies (Sonatine, Violent Cop), I’m a fan of Kitano’s work. His films are always unique, insightful, and entertaining.


About sebastianhaff
I'm Steve. 24 year old recent college grad. My love of films (and sheer boredom) lead me to begin this blog. My taste in movies is eclectic, although I tend to lean toward foreign and non-mainstream cinema. Feel free to contact me at:

5 Responses to Most Anticipated Movies: Second half of 2010

  1. rubybastille says:

    “Wild Target” looks great. I think Bill Nighy is one of the few actors who would get me to see a movie just because he’s in it, and I’m excited to see Rupert Grint try some other roles.

  2. dewardo says:

    “Wild Target” ??

  3. dewardo :

    “Wild Target” ??

    What’s the ‘??’ for?
    I included the trailer & a link to its IMDB page.

  4. Matt Riedl says:

    nice list…very complete.

    I lose interest quick when there are subtitles…but I will try on these. 🙂

  5. Meghan says:

    Hi Steve,

    I read in your post that Paul Rudd is currently your favorite comedic actor and I wanted to let you know that he’ll be on Charlie Rose on Bloomberg Television tonight at 8P/10P to discuss Dinner for Schmucks. Steve Carell and director Jay Roach will be there as well. There’s a clip of tonight’s episode, including the Dinner for Schmucks segment, on Facebook at if you’re interested in checking it out.


    Community Manager
    Bloomberg Television

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