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    Let’s face it: 2010 was a pretty dismal year for movies. It didn’t matter if you went to Stonybrook/RAVE, Baxter, or Dixie Dozen: all the theatres served mediocre fare. “Toy Story 3” was a great end to a franchise, kids learned “How to Train Your Dragon,” Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler cashed paychecks with “The Bounty Hunter,” I still have no clue why anyone would like “Splice,” and Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” was the smartest blockbuster in a long time and the brightest star on the cinematic horizon. But what does 2011 hold for the Louisvillian movie-goer? Here’s a look:

    “The Green Hornet” – Seth Rogen and Jay Chou star as the dynamic duo of crime fighters who use an indestructible car and some karate moves. Opens January 14, 2011

    “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son” – Martin Lawrence goes in drag and drags his 17-year-old nephew in to help solve a murder at an all-girls school. Opens February 18, 2011

    “Paul” – Acting buds Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are buddies heading to Area 51 to check it out when they meet/befriend and actual E.T. named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen). Opens March 18, 2011

    “Madea’s Big Happy” – Tyler Perry’s 11th entry into the series. Opens April 22, 2011

    “Fast Five” – Paul Walker and Vin Diesel return to their high-octane roots (and really, the only acting jobs they can get) in this, the fifth of the series. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joins the mix. Opens April 29, 2011

    “Thor” – Period-piece director Kenneth Branagh goes Marvel-piece with this story of the son of a God sent to Earth to do some time with the locals. Chris Hemsworth plays the titular character and Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings and Anthony Hopkins fill out the rest of the cast. Opens May 6, 2011

    “Pirates of the Caribeean: On Stranger Tides” – The franchise that just keeps giving finds Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) caught between a woman looking for the Fountain of Youth (Penelope Cruz) and legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Wonder if Disney will let McShane go “Deadwood”-explicit? Opens May 20, 2011

    “Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom” – Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and company return to voice the trials and tribulations of a panda who now must face an enemy that not only knows kung fu, but can stop it. Opens May 26, 2011

    “X-Men: First Class” – Director Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass,” “Stardust”) digs into the origin story of Magneto and Professor X. Opens June 3, 2011

    “Green Lantern” – Ryan Reynolds plays the main character, a man who finds a glowing green ring and is inducted into the Green Lantern Corps, a group of warriors keeping intergalactic peace. Also stars Blake Lively. Opens June 17, 2011

    “Cars 2” – Pixar animated cars return for an international racing adventure, this time mixing spies and intrigue into the mix. Opens June 24, 2011

    “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” – Maybe Roger Waters would’ve sued Michael Bay for using “Side” in the title. Anyway, Shia returns for the third in the series of movies about “robots in disguise.” This time around the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and the Space Race which both the Autobots and Decepticons have stake in. Opens July 1, 2011

    “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part Two” – Second half of the movie released in 2010 which happens to be based on the last of the “HP” series. Opens July 15, 2011

    “Winnie the Pooh” – Disney’s first big-screen adaptation of the bear in 35 years. Voices include Craig Ferguson and Jim Cummings. Opens July 15, 2011

    “Captain America: the First Avenger” – The onslaught of superhero films is confirmed with America’s own defender of justice, good ole Captain America (played by Chris Evans, who played Johnny Storm in the “Fantastic Four” movies). Also starring Hugo Weaving and Tommy Lee Jones. Opens July 22, 2011

    “Cowboys and Aliens” – Forget cowboys and Indians –it’s cowboys and Indians versus aliens in 1800’s Arizona. Stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, and Olivia Wilde. Opens July 29, 2011

    “The Smurfs” – La, La, la la la la… Papa, Brainy, Smurfette and the rest in their first CG/live-action venture. Pop singer Katy Perry does the voice for Smurfette. Opens August 3, 2011

    “Scream 4” – Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette return for the fourth in the franchise which finds new ways of setting up rules to survive horror films. Opens August 15, 2011

    “Happy Feet 2” – Dancing. Mainly dancing penguins, sir. Opens November 18, 2011

    “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn –Part 1” – The end is almost friggin’ nigh… the “tween” chick lit series comes to an (almost) end with this installment based on the final book in the series. Opens November 18, 2011

    “The Muppets” – Jason Segel got his Muppet movie. Opens November 23, 2011

    “Mission: Impossible 4” – Tom Cruise returns for the fourth in a series of movies that just keep getting more… impossible. Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner are also in on this one. No details save for the fact it’s slated to open December 16, 2011

    “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Universe” – Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson team-up to bring to CG the adventures of a junior reporter who knows how to find stories as well as he can find trouble. Opens December 23, 2011

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    Indicative of Louisville? I'd say so. Good food and great atmosphere on Sunday nights with the live music.

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