April 22, 2024


Mariana C. Morales

The new year is here and we are all celebrating. There are positive expectations and there are negative ones. Apparently the world is going to end but that seems to be the case every year. While we wait for doomsday, we can sit down and watch some movies.

Films entertain us, educate us, and even inspire us with stories we can relate to. 2011 had many releases that people were waiting for such as Captain America, Transformers, Thor, Pirates of the Caribbean and the final Harry Potter. This year brings more eagerly anticipated movies we really want to see.

The Dark Knight Rises by director Christopher Nolan is one of them. Its predecessor The Dark Knight, was an amazing movie and even won AFI Movie of the Year in the United States. Heath Ledger was my favourite as the Joker and won an Oscar posthumously at the Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. The Dark Knight Rises is set eight years after the events of the previous movie, and features the villain Bain as he forces Batman to come out while he terrorizes Gotham City. The movie comes out in July.

“Keep it secret, keep it safe.”  Lord of the Rings fans would know Gandalf said those words. The trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey went viral in December and thrilled many followers everywhere. I am excited about this movie. It follows Bilbo Baggins on his journeys to the Lonely Mountain and features characters famous to the series. However, we have a long wait for this one, unfortunately. It comes out in December this year —if we are still alive that is.

From the Marvel universe, the long awaited Avengers also releases this year in May. I’m curious to see how this movie will play out since it has so many popular actors and characters in it, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Chris Evans as Captain America. It is a league of superheroes taking on the villains. I hope they don’t disappoint us. I loved how each movie tied into the other in the Marvel universe. This is one movie you don’t want to miss.

There are so many other movies releasing this year that I could fill this entire page. Other notables include The Amazing Spider-Man and Skyfall (the next James Bond). Whatever you choose to watch, it should be worth your time. You’ll be entertained and inspired and taken to worlds where anything is possible.