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Most Wanted Movies of 2009


This list is posted late March like every year due to a hangover after the Oscars the month before and a resting period of writing reviews for movies I have no interest in seeing or writing reviews about cruddy movies for the early months of the year not many will see or read. Once again, there wasn't really a single movie that was enticing to see right away in the theaters during late winter which is early ‘09. So it's best to save the most wanted for a little later in the year, but not too late. Let's face it… the year is divided in thirds. January to April is mostly junk, May to August is full of blockbusters and sequels, and September to December is usually where the Oscar contenders are as well as holiday season movies. On a positive note, I started compiling movies for this 2009 list all the way back in early 2008 and I already had over 30 films by the middle of last year, though some of them moved to the year after or later. I have never really started compiling the most wanted lists that early before. These movies are the most anticipated this year glorified by great casts, popular sequels, or continuations of old franchises. As usual, if any of the movies get pushed back into next year since release dates change often, they'll be removed and likely to be replaced by a new film out in the year. Update: August, 2009 - Shutter Island, as the original #2 most wanted, moved from October of 2009 to February of 2010. October 2009 - List was reduced from the original 30 due to postponements.
I will see all of these movies and review them if they are released this year nationwide.

{26 of 26 Reviewed}

1. Terminator Salvation (McG: Christian Bale, Anton Yelchin, Helena Bonham Carter, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard)  {REVIEWED}

2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Michael Bay: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson) {REVIEWED}

3. Angels & Demons (Ron Howard: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgĺrd)  {REVIEWED}

4. Public Enemies (Michael Mann: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Channing Tatum, Leelee Sobieski)  {REVIEWED}

5. Star Trek (J.J. Abrams: Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Winona Ryder, Simon Pegg)  {REVIEWED}

6. Nine (Rob Marshall: Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench, Stacy Ferguson)  {REVIEWED}

7. The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci)  {REVIEWED}

8. Taking Woodstock (Ang Lee: Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsch, Paul Dano, Eugene Levy, Liev Schreiber)  {REVIEWED}

9. The Final Destination (David R. Ellis: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Haley Webb, Nick Zano)  {REVIEWED}

10. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Stephen Sommers: Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Quaid, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Marlon Wayans)  {REVIEWED}

11. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Gavin Hood: Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber)  {REVIEWED}

12. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Shawn Levy: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson)  {REVIEWED}

13. Year One (Harold Ramis: Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Hank Azaria)  {REVIEWED}

14. Funny People (Judd Apatow: Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Leslie Mann, Jason Schwartzman)  {REVIEWED}

15. Land of the Lost (Brad Silberling: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel)  {REVIEWED}

16. Up (Pixar Animation by Bob Peterson)  {REVIEWED}

17. Julie & Julia (Nora Ephron: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci)  {REVIEWED}

18. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Mike Myers)  {REVIEWED}

19. Invictus (Clint Eastwood: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon)  {REVIEWED}

20. The Informant! (Steven Soderbergh: Matt Damon, Frank Welker, Thomas F. Wilson)  {REVIEWED}

21. The Time Traveler's Wife (Robert Schwentke: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams)  {REVIEWED}

22. Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie: Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams, Jude Law)  {REVIEWED}

23. A Christmas Carol (Robert Zemeckis: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn)  {REVIEWED}

24. Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen)  {REVIEWED}

25. Avatar (James Cameron: Sam Worthington, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi)  {REVIEWED}

26. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Chris Weitz: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning)  {REVIEWED}



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