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Screen Cap | Upcoming movie releases of 2011

There’s always something new to look forward to at the movies, and this year is no exception. ActuallyMAG picks out some titles that we can’t wait to watch on the big screen, from your token Hollywood blockbuster to enigmatic film noir.

 

IN TIME

 

In a future where time is literally money and aging stops at 25, the only way to survive is to earn, steal, or inherit more time. Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) lives minute-to-minute, until an unexpected windfall of time forces him to team up with beautiful heiress Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried) and go on the run from a corrupt system named the Timekeepers.

 

Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, who previously wrote the play for existentialist satirical film The Truman Show (1998), one can only hope he has applied the same measure of intelligence and wit to his new film. While bound to attain a certain level of box-office success due to the fame of the lead actors, it sounds like this movie has the potential to be either really good, or really bad. It’ll be interesting to see how this one would fare with the critics.

 

 

MELANCHOLIA

 

Danish director Lars Von Trier, perhaps most well known for previous works such as Dogtooth and Antichrist, is introducing his new sci-fi apocalyptic drama film, about how the collision of a rogue planet with Earth alters the lives of two sisters, played by Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

 

In a combination of domestic elements as well as unearthly ones, Von Trier’s main motivation behind the film was actually the bouts of depressive episodes he used to suffer, which led to the insight that depressives remain calm in stressful situations. The film premiered at the 64th Cannes Film Festival and has already earned Dunst a Best Actress accolade. As a fan of Von Trier, I’m pretty confident this film will be able to exceed expectations.

 

 

DRIVE

 

Perhaps the most highly-anticipated movie of this year, Drive, staring Ryan Gosling and Carrey Mulligan, is a return to the highly stylized B-movies of the 1960s and 70s. A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver discovers that a contract has been pulled on him after a heist goes wrong. Reminiscent in many ways of classic getaway car chase films, everything about this film is polished and intense, paring just the right amount of violence and excitement with moments of slower introspection.

 

Another draw for this movie is its soundtrack, featuring a range of electronic artists. The opening credits are accompanied by the eerily stunning ‘Nightcall’ by Kavinsky, and composer Cliff Martinez, who contributes to the bulk of the soundtrack, creates a kind of retro, synthesizer europop vibe that goes perfectly with the mood of the film. In order to truly appreciate this movie, one should definitely be listening as hard as they are watching.

 

– Yishu

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