21. HUGO CABRET - Martin Scorsese - 12/9/11
The Hubbub: It's a family-friendly, holiday season movie directed by Martin Scorsese, which is peculiar, but interesting.
Word of Caution: Small chance, but SHUTTER ISLAND could be the beginning of declining quality in Scorsese's films.
22. SHERLOCK HOLMES 2 (not official title) - Guy Ritchie - 12/16/11
The Hubbub: The first film was pretty darn fun, but all indications point to the sequel surpassing it. SHERLOCK HOLMES was merely a lead in to this film, where the titular detective will go head-to-head with his greatest and most formidable nemesis, Dr. Moriarty, to be played by the excellent Jared Harris (of "Mad Men" and "Fringe" fame).
Word of Caution: The introduction of new characters including Sherlock's brother, and a gypsy sharpshooter named Sim could throw off the Holmes/Watson dynamic that Law/Downey Jr. cultivated. Also, Sim is being played by Noomi Rapace, who is decent enough, but is currently being vastly over-hyped.
23. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO - David Fincher - 12/21/11
The Hubbub: Fincher is a shoe-in to win Best Director and Best Picture at the Oscar's this year and DRAGON TATTOO will be his follow-up to that. The film also returns to familiar themes that Fincher has explored successfully in ZODIAC and SEVEN.
Word of Caution: Scandinavia isn't the United States. Just because a film was a phenom over there doesn't mean it will do the same kind of business over here. The original film, starring the above-mentioned Rapace, contains some glaring flaws that are often ignored by critics. Let's just hope Fincher can make the improvements where they're needed. Frankly, if it weren't for his involvement, this film would have never made the list.
24. THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN
The Hubbub: Will feature some top-notch animation and a talented cast. Also, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Steven Moffat ("Doctor Who") and Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD).
Word of Caution: Isn't Tintin a French cartoon? Sure, I like it, but will it be accessible to a mass audience?
25. A DANGEROUS METHOD - David Cronenberg - TBA
The Hubbub: Cronenberg has been on a role lately with A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and EASTERN PROMISES. This film about the intense relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung features Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender respectively, as well as Vincent Cassel and Keira Knightley.
Word of Caution: Don't really have one. I guess Cronenberg's short run of mainstream success could come to an end, but I doubt it.