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The Ice Harvest - Harold Ramis stretches a bit with this comic thriller, in which John Cusack's sleazebag lawyer lusts after Connie Nielsen's strip-club owner. Billy Bob Thornton, so good at playing charming scumbuckets, also stars. R.
In the Mix - A black guy saves a gangster's life, so the gangster makes him his daughter's bodyguard. You know what happens next. Usher Raymond and Emmanuelle Chriqui smooch under the direction of Ron Underwood. PG-13.
Just Friends - This sounds like "Garden State" written to get revenge on high-school bullies: Former high school geek-turned-trendy Los Angeles music executive finds his unapproachable high school crush turning into true love. Anna Faris, Amy Smart and Chris Klein are directed by Roger Kumble. PG-13.
Rent - Chris Columbus goes where few film directors dare to go: He does a film adaptation of a hit stage play, and brings along almost the entire Broadway cast. Husband-and-wife hotties Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel head the cast of this modern-day retelling of Puccini's "La Bohème," with an AIDS theme. PG-13.
Yours, Mine and Ours - Director Raja Gosnell gloms onto the success of "Cheaper by the Dozen" by directing another remake of another movie about another family with a gazillion kids. Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo sit in for Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, stars of the 1968 version. PG.
Aeon Flux - Charlize Theron ditches the serious stuff for a while by donning a spandex jumpsuit to portray a cartoonish post-apocalyptic secret agent. Karen Kusama directs a cast that also includes Frances McDormand and Sophie Okonedo. PG-13.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - It seems impossible, but this is the first feature film based on the classic seven-volume kids' book series. Call it the "Lord of the Rings"/"Harry Potter" ripple effect. Andrew Adamson directs a classy cast including Tilda Swinton, Rupert Everett and Liam Neeson in the story about four kids and the lion messiah in the land of Narnia. Not yet rated.
Syriana - Stephen Gaghan, who wrote "Traffic," directs George Clooney and Matt Damon in a first-person account of the CIA's false confidence concerning the future of the Middle East after the end of the Cold War. Also starring Amanda Peet, Gina Gershon and Chris Cooper. R.
King Kong - You've seen the trailers ... since last year. If you're not bored already, here's the second remake (the first, a laughingstock, starred Jessica Lange) of one of the greatest monster movies of all time. Jack Black, Naomi Watts and a ginormous CGI ape star. Peter Jackson directs. Not yet rated.
The Family Stone - Diane Keaton and Claire Danes star in this story about a family who band together when one of the sons brings his uptight fiancée home for the holidays. Thomas Bezucha directs. PG-13.
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 - There are remakes. There are sequels. Now there are sequels of remakes. Bonnie Hunt and Steve Martin are joined by Eugene Levy in this go-round. Adam Shankman directs. Not yet rated.
Fun With Dick and Jane - Another remake, but one that may be more timely than ever: A couple gets laid off and turns to crime to maintain their upscale lifestyle. Tea Leoni is no Jane Fonda, but George Segal is no Jim Carrey, so maybe it'll balance out. Dean Parisot directs. Not yet rated.
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