Even in lieu of the writers strike, I see quite a few movies I'm dying to see this year. How about you guys?
Quantum of Solace - After missing the incredible Casino Royale at theaters, I'll be there in theaters day one for 22. November is a crazy-long time away, though. -_-;
The Dark Knight - I'm hoping that the unfortunate passing of Ledger won't cast a dark veil over the movie's success, because it looks like Nolan and Goyer have gathered all the right ingredients for another excellent Batman flick. I'm particularly interested in hearing what Zimmer and Howard will come up with for the score; even Zimmer admits that the thematic score for Begins was a tad barebones, and he promises further maturation and development of the music for the new movie.
Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - After viewing the likes of Stallone's Rocky and Rambo, it should be interesting to see if Ford and gang can similarily pull together both character and franchise out of retirement of twenty years. In any case, this one's been a long time in coming; it'll do well at the box office, I'm sure, but let's hope we get a film that matches up to the original trilogy. (Well, Ark and Crusade, at the very least.) Also..... new John Williams score! Yes!!
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince - Arguably the best book in the series, like Solace, this one's gonna be hell to wait out for. Yates proved with Order of the Phoenix that he's got the directing chops to pull off a good movie adaptation, so I'm confident that Half-Blood will turn out just as well. Too bad Hallows is only getting the two-part movie treatment; I'd love for them to stretch out Half-Blood too, if it'd make for a more complete and effective film. I'm on the fence with Nicholas Hooper at the composer wheel, though. Gosh, was Phoenix a dull score.
WALL-E - It's Pixar, so this is obviously a no-brainer for me. I'm sure it's going to be at least moderately good -- it's not a Bird or Lasseter project -- but Stanton had a good handle on things with Finding Nemo. (A film which is decidedly lower on my list of Pixar faves.) Plus, Wall-E himself is kinda cute. ;)
Others films of interest, though perhaps not day one (or even week one) caliber include: Iron Man, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Lovely Bones, and Star Trek.