Will the world really end in 2012, as the Maya predicted? Or will it end Nov. 13, when Roland Emmerich's movie 201 2 opens?
Will The Vatican survive the Da Vinci Code sequel, Angels & Demons (May 15)? Will a rebooted Star Trek (May 8) still show its middle-age spread?
Will everyone confuse the titles 9 with Nine and District 9?
Welcome to 2009 at the movies, with Ben Stiller in a bigger museum (May 22), Sacha Baron Cohen morphing from Borat into Bruno (July 10), the Terminator (May 22) and the Transformers (June 26) returning and The Rock becoming the Tooth Fairy (Nov. 13).
It's a year of Wolverine (May 1), Watchmen, The Wolfman (Nov. 6) and wild things, as in Where the Wild Things Are (Oct. 16). And speaking of wild things and fangs, those vampires of Twilight will be back (New Moon, Nov. 20).
Sequels, remakes, low comedies, high dramas and animation of every sort -- this year holds out that annual Hollywood promise, "There's something for everyone." That's a good thing, too. Release dates change, this truism doesn't: When times are tough, the tough go to the movies.
Reasons to set aside a little recession cash to go to the cinema this year? There are plenty. Here are 12.
*Watchmen (March 6): This was such a hot comic-book adaptation that two studios fought over it in court. A superhero is murdered, and the investigation into the killing leads other retirees with special powers to an ugly conclusion. Jackie Earle Haley, Carla Gugino, Matthew Goode, Malin Akerman and Billy Crudup are among the stars of this film from the director of 300.
*Drag Me to Hell (May 29): Sam Raimi leaves Spider-Man behind and returns to his horror roots in this tale of a young woman (Alison Lohman) cursed to live out an old crone's life of vengeance. A major director doing a horror movie? Shocking!
*Away We Go (June 5): Chances are director Sam Mendes filmed a snippet of this high-mileage road comedy in your home state. A yuppie couple ( John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) set out to find the "perfect" community to raise a family in this satire.
*Public Enemies (July 1): It's Hoover (Billy Crudup) and the FBI vs. Dillinger ( Johnny Depp) and Pretty Boy Floyd and the Golden Age of Gangsters in this Michael Mann mashup of action and history.
*Julie & Julia (Aug. 7): The very idea of a Meryl Streep action bio-comedy about the "real" Julia Child, a secret agent turned cook and PBS bon vivant, just screams "Zut alors!"
*Jennifer's Body (Sept. 18): Her hotcha-ness Megan Fox is the center of this farce, playing a cheerleader "possessed" and now murdering male students at her school. It was written by Juno's screenwriter, Diablo Cody.
*Shutter Island (Oct. 2): Scorsese and DiCaprio and Kingsley and Emily Mortimer in a Dennis Lehane (Mystic River) murder mystery set in the 1950s on an island with a mental hospital and an escaped murderess on it.
*Disney's A Christmas Carol ( Nov. 6): The Mouse hired Robert (The Polar Express) Zemeckis to do a motion-capture animation for the holidays, with Jim Carrey, Colin Firth and Robin Wright Penn animated for this one.
*Sherlock Holmes (Nov. 20): Robert Downey Jr. is Holmes and Jude Law is Watson in a Guy Ritchie version of a dark and edgy Holmes graphic novel. Elementary?
*Nine (Nov. 25): People will remember what a crooning, simmering heartthrob Antonio Banderas is in this Rob Marshall version of the hit musical based on Fellini's film (8 1/2 ) of a filmmaker and lover in midlife crisis.
*Avatar (Dec. 18): James Cameron made a fortune from Titanic and has been fussing over what to do "next" almost ever since. This motion-capture animated sci-fi combat film (shades of Aliens) is what he settled on, with actors such as Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Sam Worthington "captured" for the animation.
*The Princess and the Frog (Dec. 25): Disney's return to 2-D "traditional" animation re-imagines the classic fairy tale among people of color in old New Orleans. Pity it's up against an Alvin and the Chipmunks "squeakwuel."
You want more? We've got 135 more! Read up on 147 movies scheduled for 2009 -- all the ones with release dates -- at Orlando Sentinel.com/movies.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun