2009 is almost upon us, and with it comes another year of hopeful movies looking to stretch the box office, entertain audiences and, in most cases, also appeal to critics. Some will exceed expectations, and some will fail miserably. It’s impossible to tell at such an early stage, but here are 25 movies that one must see in 2009. Of course, most of these movies have already released trailers of some form or another – there are plenty more that may be better but have yet to reveal their goodness to us fans.
[UPDATE: If you liked this, see the 25 must-see movies of 2010]
- Star Trek
A few years ago, the Star Trek franchise was nearly obliterated when they decided to release the film right around the time that a small indie flick called The Lord of the Rings was playing. Now, J.J. Abrams, the man behind Alias, Lost and Cloverfield, looks to resurrect the franchise by appealing both to Trekkies and non-fans alike. This movie is risky, as it looks to recreate the universe from the ground up without completely offending fans, but even skeptics are anticipating this action-packed sci-fi epic.
Another sci-fi epic comes to theaters in March (assuming the Fox lawsuit gets settled), marking the first adaptation of what is widely considered the best graphic novel of all time. From the man who brought us the excellent Dawn of the Dead remake and 300, Watchmen involves superheroes, amazing special effects and a dark, apocalyptic story. The trailers have been absolutely phenomenal, and fans are rabid to see this picture. Whether it will appeal to wider audiences is still to be determined, but this one looks like an early blockbuster.
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