Opening this week:
Hot Tub Time Machine: John Cusack, Robb Corddry and the incredible Craig Robinson star in this comedic tale of a group of friends who, after a drunken night in a ski-resort hot tub, find themselves transported back to 1986. You can thank The Hangover for this one, though Robinson is bound to please.
Chloe: A suspicious wife hires a beautiful prostitute to test her husband's fidelity. Nothing could go wrong there, right? Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried star, with indie legend Atom Egoyan directing this sure to be steamy remake of the French thriller, Nathalie.
White Ribbon: Set in WWI, boundary pushing director Michael Haneke unveils this mystery about a series of unexplained accidents that befall the children of a small German village, which might not be accidents at all. Winner of the Palm d'Or at Cannes in 2009.
A Town Called Panic: This bizarre French stop-motion animated surrealist comedy follows the adventures of three toys named Cowboy, Indian and Horse, who share a house in their rural town. There's strange and delightful stuff in the first stop-motion to make it to the Cannes Film Festival. Prediction: You'll remember why you stopped taking acid.
Avatar: James Cameron's mega-budget, sci-fi, action blockbuster blasts into 3-D life after more than a decade in the making. Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver star as space marines on a mission to Pandora, an alien planet that holds dark secrets.
Bounty Hunter: This sadly Dog-free action comedy finds Gerard Butler as an out-of-work bounty hunter who gets the job of tracking down his bond jumping ex-wife, Jennifer Anniston.
Brooklyn's Finest: The lives of three NY cops are thrown into upheaval as their involvement in a massive drug sting peels back the layers of corruption. Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Don Cheadle and Welsey Snipes star, with Antoine Fuqua behind the camera.
Cop Out: Kevin Smith directs for the first time from a script he didn't write in this buddy-cop comedy. Bruce Willis stars as a cop whose daughter's wedding has him searching for a lost collectable he needs to pay for the nuptials. Tracy Morgan co-stars as his annoying partner.
The Crazies: Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell star in the remake of the seminal George Romero film about what happens in a small town when a toxic water supply sends its denizens into a murderous rage. Breck Eisner directs.
Dear John: Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried star in this tale of love and strife between a career soldier and a young college student. Based on the (presumably) tear-jerking novel by Nicholas Sparks and directed by Lasse Hallstrom (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?).
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Based on the best selling graphic novel no one's heard of, a cast of people, who no one's ever heard of, bring to life the story of Greg Heffley, a jokester middle school student as he navigates the treacherous waters of adolescence.
Prediction: It disappears from theaters before you read this.
Green Zone: Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass re-team after the excellent Bourne films for this tense tale set in the early days of the Iraq invasion. Soldiers sent to find weapons of mass destruction instead stumble on a cover-up. Gregg Kinnear co-stars.
Our Family Wedding: Comedy void Carlos Mencia stars with Forest Whitaker in this seeming re-tread of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, when two alpha dads do their best to screw up their kids' wedding plans with hackneyed racial humor, while Mencia laughs at his own jokes, profusely. (Just a guess.)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: Director Chris Columbus channels his time on Harry Potter into this adaptation of Rick Riordan's series of popular fantasy adventure novels. Percy Jackson discovers he is the progeny of a Greek God and has angered Zeus, who believes that Percy has stolen his lightning bolts. Logan Lerman stars as the titular hero.
Remember Me: Robert Pattinson plays a brooding, rebellious human in this story of a New York kid who thinks nobody understands him until he meets a hottie (Emilie de Ravin) who completes him, and inspires jealous hatred in the Legion of Team Edward. Chris Cooper and Peirce Brosnan co-star.
Repo Men: This seeming rip off of Repo! The Genetic Opera finds Jude Law as a futuristic repo man, taking back internal organ replacements from people who can't make their payments. The trailer gives too much away. Liev Schreiber and RZA co-star.
Sherlock Holmes: Director Guy Ritchie breathes life back into the oft-told tales of Detective Holmes and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law play the iconic duo. It can't not be fun.
She's Out of My League: Jay Baruchel stars in this comedy as an average guy with a dead-end job who can't believe it when he lands a successful and ridiculously hot girlfriend. Suspension of disbelief is presumably tested. Jim Field Smith directs, if that means anything to you.
Shutter Island: Director Martin Scorsese returns to suspense territory with his adaptation of Denis Lehane's novel about a police investigation of the mysterious disappearance of a patient from escape proof insane asylum. Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo star.
Tooth Fairy: Dwayne Johnson continues to abdicate his rightful throne as an uber-violent action star in this kid comedy. He plays a hockey star nicknamed the "Tooth Fairy" who, after destroying a kid's hopes, is sentenced to become a real Tooth Fairy. Wow. Ashley Judd and Julie Andrews also star.
Valentine's Day: Love, Actually for Americans? So it would seem in director Garry Marshall's interweaving of the stories of a L.A. ensemble as they find love and loss over the course of Valentine's Day. The huge cast includes Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher, Anne Hathaway, and Taylor Swift, among many others.
The Wolfman: The period re-telling of the classic Universal monster film with updated visuals, tells the story of the cursed Lawrence Talbot, a nobleman who becomes a lycanthrope after being bitten by a wolf. Genre fans can rejoice at the return of FX guru Rick Baker for the make-up, at least. Benicio Del Toro stars.
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