By ROGER MOORE
Sentinel movie critic
Here's a look at films with scheduled 2009 release dates -- all dates are subject to change without notice.
Coraline (Focus) The latest animation from Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas) concerns a girl who passes into an alternate reality where her parents are actually ghouls who want to trap her in their world.
He's Just Not that Into You (Warner Bros./New Line) Ginnifer Goodwin stars, but Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly and Drew Barrymore are also in the cast of this romantic comedy about people who "misread human behavior," with comic consequences.
Push (Summit Entertainment) Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou and Chris Evans star in this sci-fi thriller about clairvoyants and others with "special talents" on the run from a government agency that wants to use them.
Limited release for Feb. 6
Fanboys (The Weinstein Co.) Jay Baruchel and Kristen Bell are among the stars of this comedy about Star Wars fanatics who sneak onto Skywalker Ranch to steal a copy of The Phantom Menace prior to its 1999 release.
Free Style ( Samuel Goldwyn) Corbin Bleu of High School Musical stars in this family-friendly sports drama about a kid who just wants to race motocross.
Confessions of a Shopaholic (Disney/Touchstone) Isla Fisher stars in this comedy about New York fashion and publishing, based on the books by Sophie Kinsella.
Friday the 13th (Warner Bros./New Line) The long-running slasher series is re-booted, with new teenagers to be slashed.
The International (Columbia) Clive Owen stars as an agent in pursuit of an international arms cartel masquerading as a multi-national bank; Naomi Watts is a DA on the case; Armin Mueller-Stahl has sage advice for the hero.
Limited release for Feb. 13
Gomorra ( IFC) A documentary-like peek into the world of Southern Italian low-rent mobsters and the sorts of things they're mixed up in.
Fired Up (Screen Gems) Two popular guys decide to quit football and take up cheerleading, just to get closer to the hottest girls in high school.
Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail (Lionsgate) The writer, producer, director and cross-dressing star tries to reverse his declining box-office fortunes by putting on the dress, again, for this down-home comedy.
Limited release for Feb. 20
The Velveteen Rabbit (Family1Films) Michael Landon's son, who specializes in Christian family productions, directed this film based on the beloved children's novel.
Youth in Revolt (Dimension/Lionsgate) Michael Cera stars as a teen who dreams of losing his virginity to distract himself from his trailer park divorce family life.
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li (Fox) The Street Fighter video-game turned movie franchise earns a reboot, with Kristin Kreuk as Chun Li.
Limited release for Feb. 27
Assassination of a High School President (Yari Film Group) Mischa Barton is among the stars of this catholic school conspiracy comedy from the bankrupt Bob Yari Film Group.
Crossing Over (The Weinstein Co. ) Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ashley Judd and Ray Liotta star in Wayne Kramer's feature film of his earlier short film about immigrants trying to achieve legal status in Los Angeles.
All About Steve (Fox) Sandra Bullock and Thomas Haden Church star as an "eccentric crosswords puzzle player" and the CNN cameraman she becomes comically obsessed with in this romance from the screenwriter of License to Wed.
Watchmen (Warner Bros.) Allan Moore's darkest-of-the-dark comic book series about a deadly time for superheroes comes to the screen, directed by 300's Zack Snyder.
The Last House on the Left (Rogue) Sara Paxton and Monica Potter star (briefly) in this remake of the 1972 horror classic about murderers who unknowingly take refuge with the family of one of their victims.
Miss March (Fox Atomic) A guy awakes from a four-year coma he fell into on his prom night, only to learn that his once-virginal girlfriend is now a Playboy bunny, a bunny he must win back.
Race to Witch Mountain (Walt Disney) Dwayne Johnson plays a cab driver who picks up kid-aliens who take him for a loooooong ride. AnnaSophia Robb co-stars.
Limited release for March 13
The Horsemen (Lionsgate) A father and daughter try to bond on a road trip through the wilds of Australia. But this being a Lionsgate film, the dad is a serial killer and is leaving bodies at every stop.
I Love You, Man ( DreamWorks) Paul Rudd stars as a newly engaged guy trying to find "the perfect best man" for his wedding. Jon Favreau and Jason Segal also star in this man-crush comedy.
Knowing (Summit) Nicolas Cage stars in yet another predict-the-future thriller, this time playing a teacher who digs up a time capsule and sees events yet to come.
Sunshine Cleaning (Overture) Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin star in this dramedy about a single mom (Adams) who starts a cleaning service that specializes in bloody crime scenes, chemical accidents and all manner of messy tragedies.
This Side of the Truth (Warner Bros.) This Ricky Gervais comedy is about a young American ( Jonah Hill) who craves the approval of his reckless ex-apt dad, now living in Rome.
Limited release for March 20
Hunger (IFC) This acclaimed Irish drama by novice director Steve McQueen (not that Steve) recreates the IRA prison hunger strikes in the 1980s, in graphic detail.
Sin Nombre (Focus) This indie thriller about the faceless, nameless immigrants who cross our border was written and directed by Cary Fukunaga.
The Accidental Husband (Yari Film Group) Uma Thurman is the talk show hostess about to marry Mr. Perfect ( Colin Firth), only to discover that she's married to a fireman ( Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who has it in for her in this much-delayed comedy from Griffin Dunne.
Adventureland (Miramax) Jesse Eisenberg stars in this romantic comedy as a new college grad whose Euro-trip plans fall through, forcing him to take a job at a theme park where the lovely Kristen Stewart awaits.
Janky Promoters (Dimension) Ice Cube and Mike Epps play hustler/promoters who get in over their heads when they try to promote a superstar's show.
Monsters vs. Aliens (DreamWorks) A 3D cartoon comedy about monsters recruited to help fight off an alien invasion.
12 Rounds (Fox) Action director Renny Harlin tries to escape Z-movie exile with this thriller about a cop (John Cena) whose girlfriend (Ashley Scott) is kidnapped by a past nemesis, a villain who forces the hero to face 12 challenges.
Fast & Furious (Universal) Original cast, new stunts, new locations. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return to the scene of the crime.
Limited release for April 3
Alien Trespass (Roadside Attractions) An alien spacecraft crashes in the desert Southwest in 1957; horror and hilarity ensue.
Dragonball: Evolution (Fox) A young warrior sets out on a quest to find seven magic orbs in this martial-arts fantasy from the director of Final Destination.
Limited release for April 8
Lymelife (Screen Media) Alec Baldwin and a bunch of Culkins star in this coming-of-age drama set in 1970s Long Island, where Lyme disease has reared its head.
Hannah Montana: The Movie (Walt Disney) Miley Cyrus brings her Disney Channel "Best of Both Worlds," high school girl with the pop star alter ego, to the big screen.
The Informers (Senator Entertainment) It's back to Less Than Zero land as we revisit the wasted youth of Reagan era America and the messed-up adults ( Kim Basinger, Billy Bob Thornton, Mickey Rourke) who are their role models.
Crank: High Voltage (Lionsgate) Jason Statham returns as a dying tough guy who must track down those who did him in to steal his organs -- and not allow his artificial heart to run out of juice as he does.
State of Play (Universal) Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Robin Penn Wright, Ben Affleck and Jason Bateman star in this thriller, based on a British mini-series, about reporters and a cop looking for the murderer of a politician's mistress.
Earth (Disneynature) James Earl Jones narrates this Disney documentary that follows three animal families as they cope with a changing planet. In the tradition of Disney's Oscar-winning True Life Adventures.
Fighting (Rogue) Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard star in this drama about a ticket scalper lured into the world of underground street fighting.
Vanilla Gorilla (Freestyle Releasing) Pierce Brosnan is the biggest name in the cast of this kids' drama about a girl who befriends an albino gorilla who speaks sign language.
Limited release for April 24
The Mutant Chronicles (Magnolia) Thomas Jane and Ron Perlman star in this post-nationalism sci-fi war film about future soldiers battling "mutants" on behalf of their corporation.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (New Line/Warner Bros.) Matthew McConaughey is haunted by the ghosts of his exes as he attends his younger brother's wedding. Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas and Anne Archer are also in the cast.
My Life in Ruins (Fox Searchlight) Nia Vardalos attempts a big fat Greek comeback in this comedy about a tour guide who rediscovers romance on a trek through Greece. Richard Dreyfuss also stars.
Next Day Air (Summit) Donald Faison, Mos Def and Mike Epps star in this action comedy about a UPS driver who delivers a package of cocaine bricks to the wrong address.
Star Trek (Paramount) J.J. Abrams' updating and re-booting of the franchise with a new cast playing the "young" Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock, Uhura, Sulu (John Cho), who meet for the first time in this adventure that boldly goes where many others have gone before.
Limited release for May 8
Adoration (Sony Classics) Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan's latest is a comment on Net culture as a teen invents a fanciful life for himself and his family on the web causing controversy and consternation.
Limited release for May 15
Lorna's Silence (Sony Classics) This Cannes Film Fest fave is a Belgian drama by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and is about murder, sham marriages and heroin in Liege.
Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian (Fox) Ben Stiller returns as the museum night watchman whose dead exhibits come to life after dark; only now he's trying to rescue exhibits that have been shipped to The Smithsonian. Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais return, and Amy Adams shows up as Amelia Earhart.
Terminator Salvation (Warner Bros.) Sort of a prequel to the many Terminator movies and sequel to the Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series, this picks up the story after Skynet has destroyed most of human civilization and John Connor ( Christian Bale) and others struggle to survive.
Limited release for May 22
Easy Virtue (Sony Classics) Ben Barnes is the young Englishman whose new American wife ( Jessica Biel) shakes up the family ( Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth) in this adaptation of a Noel Coward comedy.
The Brother's Bloom (Summit) Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo star in this dramedy about veteran con men who take "one last job."
Drag Me to Hell (Universal) Alison Lohman stars in this Sam Raimi horror thriller about a young woman cursed by an old woman and forced to live out her revenge. Best title ever!
Limited release for May 29
The Lonely Maiden (Yari Film Group) Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken and Marcia Gay Harden star in this comedy about security guards who try to steal artworks they've become attached to.
Land of the Lost (Universal) Will Ferrell and Danny McBride are the adults in this revival of the 1970s (and '90s) kiddie TV adventure series about folks who stumble into a world of dinosaurs and other menacing creatures.
Limited release for June 5
The Hangover (Warner Bros.) The groomsmen lose the groom after a night of drinking and have to retrace their steps to find the guy in time for his big day in this guy-bonding comedy.
Imagine That (Paramount) Eddie Murphy's latest has him playing a failing financier whose problems are solved when he drops in on his daughter's imaginary world.
The Proposal (Touchstone) Sandra Bullock plays a Canadian who pretends to be engaged to her long-suffering assistant ( Ryan Reynolds) to avoid deportation.
The Taking of Pelham 123 (Sony/Columbia) It's Denzel Washington as the cop vs. John Travolta as the crook in this Tony Scott remake of the classic heist thriller about a hijacked New York subway train.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount) Shia LaBeouf and Co. learn that nothing metal ever "dies." It's just recycled.
My Sister's Keeper (New Line) Nick Cassavetes' latest is a drama about a couple who find themselves facing moral and ethical choices in order to save their child's life, choices that causes their other child to take them to court. Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin and Jason Patric star.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) Those Ice Age mammals confront dinosaurs in this sequel to the popular animated comedies.
Public Enemies (Universal) Michael Mann's 1930s gangster epic about J. Edgar Hoover and Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) going after the likes of Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Babyface Nelson. Johnny Depp (Dillinger), Billy Crudup (as Hoover) and Marion Cotillard also star.
Bruno (Universal) Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat brings his fey Austrian fashionista to this mockumentary designed to make Bruno and the folks who meet him look foolish/homophobic/clueless, etc.
I Love You, Beth Cooper (Fox) A shy valedictorian decides to declare his love for class hottie Hayden Panettiere in this Chris Columbus high-school graduation comedy.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros.) Harry's growing pains continue in his sixth year at Hogwarts, a year of deathly secrets about Lord Voldemort that fall into Harry's hands. This features the same director who did the last Potter picture.
All Good Things (The Weinstein Co.) A missing persons case may cause the downfall of a New York real estate dynasty in this drama starring Ryan Gosling, Frank Langella, Kirsten Dunst and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
G-Force ( Walt Disney Pictures) This 3D comedy adventure from Jerry Bruckheimer features talking government agent guinea pigs. Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Nick Cage and Penelope Cruz have lent their voices to it.
Orphan (Warner Bros.) Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard star in this Supernanny horror tale about a couple who get more than they bargained for when they adopt a child.
500 Days of Summer (Fox Searchlight) Zooey Deschanel is the woman who doesn't believe in love and Joseph Gordon-Levitt just the guy to convince her otherwise in this romantic comedy.
Bandslam (Walden Media) High school kids bond over music when they form a group to try and win the battle of the bands.
Funny People (Universal) Judd Apatow's latest is about a veteran comic ( Adam Sandler) who learns that he is dying and takes a young comic (Seth Rogen) under his wing, all in an effort to form one "genuine" friendship before he dies.
They Came From Upstairs (Fox) Kids try to protect their vacation home from alien invaders in this comedy. Ashley Tisdale, Doris Roberts, Kevin Nealon and Andy Richter are in the cast.
Shorts (Warner Bros.) A Robert Rodriguez child's fantasy about a magic rock that allows a kid to make his world right, until it falls into the hands of evil grownups.
Dance Flick (Paramount/MTV Films) The Wayans family produced and stars in this riff on the current dance musicals craze on film and TV.
District 9 (Screen Gems) One of Peter Jackson's protégés, Neill Blomkamp, directed this secretive sci-fi project.
Post Grad ( Fox Atomic) Alexis Bledel stars in this comedy about a college grad who moves back home to try and figure out what to do with her life.
Limited release for Aug. 14
Taking Woodstock (Focus Features) Ang Lee's comic version of how Woodstock, the seminal concert and cultural happening, was accidentally brought together back in 1969. Funniest casting? Eugene Levy as Yasgur, as in "Yasgur's Farm."
Final Destination: Death Trip 3D (New Line) More teenagers meet their maker when they least expect it and this time they die in 3D.
Max's Mardi Gras (Screen Gems/Sony) Carmen Electra, Danneel Harris and Arielle Kebbel are among the stars in this girls-and-boys-gone wild at Mardi Gras comedy.
Game (Lionsgate) Gerard Butler stars in this sci-fi thriller about a guy who tracks down the man ( Michael C. Hall) who pulls the strings in the popular Slayer game.
Pandorum (Overture) Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster are spacemen who wake up on their ship with no memory of who they are or what their mission might be.
Limited release for Sept. 4
Shanghai (The Weinstein Co.) John Cusack, Gong Li, Chow Yun Fat and Ken Watanabe star in this period piece about an American who returns to Shanghai after the death of a friend on the eve of Pearl Harbor.
9 (Focus) Rag-doll creatures struggle to survive in a post-Apocalyptic world in this sci-fi animation, which features the voices of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly and Christopher Plummer.
Whiteout (Warner Bros.) Kate Beckinsale stars in this Antarctic murder mystery, based on the Greg Rucka graphic novel.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Columbia-Sony Animation) The voices of Anna Faris, Bill Hader, James Caan, Mr. T. and Tracy Morgan star in this comedy about world hunger being solved (sort of) when food begins falling from the sky.
Jennifer's Body (Fox) Megan Fox is a cheerleader possessed and who kills off her male classmates in this horror comedy from the writer of Juno.
The Crazies (Overture) This man-made crazed-killer-virus thriller stars Timothy Olyphant and was directed by Michael Eisner's son.
Fame (MGM) Debbie Allen and a bunch of little-knowns and unknowns turn out for this update-remake of the 1980 film and 1982 TV series about kids at New York's High School for the Performing Arts.
Surrogates (Touchstone) Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell star in this sci-fi thriller as agents who track murders back to a company that makes human-like robots designed to step in for their owners.
Shutter Island (Paramount) Martin Scorsese's adaptation of novelist Dennis Lehane's novel is a 1950s mystery that has Leonardo DiCaprio searching for an escaped mentally ill murderess (Emily Mortimer). Ben Kingsley, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow and Jackie Earle Haley are also in the cast.
Sorority Row (Summit) Briana Evigan and Rumer Willis are among the stars of this horror thriller about sorority girls who try to cover up a death.
Toy Story 3D (Disney/Pixar) Pixar re-issues the film that started the computer animation craze, this time in 3D.
Limited release for Oct. 2
A Serious Man (Focus) The new Coen Brothers dramedy is set on a Minnesota college campus in the 1960s in which a professor seeking tenure faces marital, personal and spiritual crises that he tries to resolve through three different rabbis.
Zombieland (Columbia) Woody Harrelson plays a meek chap who tries to find refuge in a world overrun by zombies. Jesse Eisenberg also stars.
The Stepfather (Screen Gems) This is a remake of the 1987 thriller about the man who tries to kill a family he's married into that isn't working out. Sela Ward and Amber Heard are among the stars.
Astro Boy (Summit) Another animated Japanese TV series from the '60s earns a big screen outing, with the voices of Nicolas Cage, Eugene Levy and Freddie Highmore as the robot, Astro Boy.
Saw VI (Lionsgate) The slasher series that will never die, until YOU people stop buying tickets, makes its annual Halloween Eve return.
The Box (Warner Bros.) A dark fantasy about a family (Cameron Diaz, James Marsden) who receives a magical box, an offer of $1 million, and the promise that pushing the button to ensure that $1 million will kill someone.
Disney's A Christmas Carol (Walt Disney) Robert Zemeckis made this performance-capture (Polar Express) version of the Dickens holiday classic, with digital versions of Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Jim Carrey, who plays several roles.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox) An animated Wes Anderson film based on a Roald Dahl story? We're intrigued. It's about farm folk who tire of the wily fox (the voice of George Clooney) in their midst and resolve to wipe him and his kind out.
2012 (Sony) Roland Emmerich's latest end-of-the-world spectacle concerns the confluence of disasters that some folks figure accompany the expiration date on the ancient Mayan calendar.
Tooth Fairy (Fox) Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays another jock, this time a minor-league hockey player ordered, by a judge, to serve as the local "tooth fairy."
New Moon (Summit) The sequel to Twilight has fetching young Bella recovering from her vampire encounters, and cozying up to the cuter werewolves.
Planet 51 (Sony Animation) Dwayne Johnson voices the astronaut who visits a strange planet that lives in fear of alien invasion in this cartoon,
The Three Stooges (MGM) The Farrelly Brothers come out of the closet as nyuck-nyuck-nyuck fans this Stooges bio-pic/comedy.
Old Dogs (Walt Disney) Robin Williams and John Travolta play kid-averse bachelors charged with caring for 6-year-old twins. The director of Wild Hogs directed this.
Nine (The Weinstein Co.) Rob Marshall's all-star adaptation of the musical based on Fellini's film, 8 1/2, stars Daniel Day-Lewis (can he sing?) as the filmmaker who tries to reconcile his artistic life with his many lady loves.
Limited release for Dec. 4
The Debt (Miramax) Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington star in this John Madden adaptation of an Israeli film about Mossad agents on the trail of a German war criminal.
The Lovely Bones (Dreamworks) Saoirse Ronan plays a young murdered girl who watches over her family (Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg) from heaven, and plots her revenge, in this Peter Jackson horror fantasy.
Avatar (Fox) James Cameron's years-in-the-making motion-capture animated thriller is about humans battling aliens on a distant planet. The film features digital proxies for actors Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver, among others.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel (Fox) More tunes and sight gags from those rockin', rappin' rodents, the Chipmunks.
The Princess and the Frog (Walt Disney) Disney's return to classical (non-computer rendered) animation is an updating of the fable set in 19th century New Orleans. Oprah and John Goodman are among the voice actors.
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