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ONE MISSED CALL -- (Warner Bros.) People start receiving voice mails from their future selves and the messages include the date, time and some of the details of their deaths. A remake of the Japanese horror film Chakushin Ari.

Jan. 11

27 DRESSES -- (20th Century Fox) The life of a veteran bridesmaid (Katherine Heigl) is shaken up when her sister plans to marry the man of her dreams. With James Marsden and Edward Burns.

THE BUCKET LIST -- (Warner Bros.) While sharing a hospital room, a billionaire (Jack Nicholson) and an auto mechanic (Morgan Freeman) discover they both have a list of things they want to do before they die, so they head out on a road trip to check them all off.

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY -- (Miramax) Director Julian Schnabel - who won the best director prize at Cannes for the film - dramatizes the true story of a man whose perfectly functioning brain is trapped in a paralyzed body. With Mathieu Amalric.

FIRST SUNDAY -- (Screen Gems) Two petty criminals (Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan) experience some divine intervention when they rob their neighborhood church in a desperate bid to pay a debt.

THE PIRATES WHO DON'T DO ANYTHING -- (Universal Pictures) A trio of misfit vegetables travel back in time and become swashbucklers in this feature-length The Veggie Tales film.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD -- (Paramount Vantage) Daniel Day-Lewis stars as a Texas prospector who stakes his claim in the burgeoning petroleum industry of turn-of-the-century California. Paul Thomas Anderson directs.

Jan. 18

CASSANDRA'S DREAM -- (Weinstein Co.) Woody Allen returns to the dramatic territory of Match Point with this London-set story about two brothers (Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell) whose financial and romantic troubles spiral out of control.

CLOVERFIELD -- (Paramount Pictures) Five young New Yorkers capture their struggle to survive on video after a monster the size of a skyscraper attacks Manhattan. From Lost creator J.J. Abrams.

MAD MONEY -- (Overture Films) A trio of Federal Reserve workers hatch a plot to steal old money that is about to be destroyed. With Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes.

YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH -- (Sony Pictures Classics) Francis Ford Coppola's first film in a decade is the tale of a college professor who undergoes a mysterious transformation in the days before World War II. Based on a novella by Romanian comparative religion scholar Mircea Eliade.

Jan. 23

U2:3D -- (National Geographic) A 3-D presentation of the band's global Vertigo tour. Shot at seven shows, this production is said to employ the most 3-D cameras ever used for a single project.

Jan. 25

BE KIND REWIND -- (New Line Cinema) Two friends (Jack Black and Mos Def) set out to remake classic films like Back to the Future and The Lion King after one of them accidentally wipes out the entire catalog of a video store. With Mia Farrow.

MEET THE SPARTANS -- (20th Century Fox) The creators of the Scary Movie franchise churn out another free-for-all parody movie somewhat inspired by 300. With Carmen Electra and Kevin Sorbo.

RAMBO -- (Lionsgate) After a 20-year hiatus, Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as John Rambo as he assembles a band of mercenaries to rescue a group of Christian aid workers.

UNTRACEABLE -- (Screen Gems) An FBI agent (Diane Lane) must hunt down a seemingly untraceable serial killer who posts live videos of his victims on the Internet. With Colin Hanks and Mary Beth Hurt.

Feb. 1

THE EYE -- (Lionsgate) In a remake of the Hong Kong film Jian Gui, a woman (Jessica Alba) begins to see into the supernatural world after she receives an eye transplant. With Parker Posey.

OVER HER DEAD BODY -- (New Line Cinema) A romantic comedy about a ghost (Eva Longoria Parker) who tries to sabotage her former boyfriend's current relationship with a psychic. With Paul Rudd and Lake Bell.

STRANGE WILDERNESS -- (Paramount Pictures) Two nature show hosts (Steve Zahn and Allen Covert) go searching for Bigfoot in the Andes in a desperate bid to save their ratings-challenged show. With Jonah Hill and Justin Long.

Feb. 8

POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES -- (MGM) Police raid an abandoned house outside New York City and discover hundreds of videotapes showing torture, murder and dismemberment. But even with the huge cache of evidence, detectives still struggle to find the killer.

WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS -- A successful talk show host (Martin Lawrence) leaves Los Angeles to attend his parents' 50th wedding anniversary in the Deep South. With Michael Clarke Duncan and James Earl Jones.

Feb. 14

DEFINITELY, MAYBE -- (Universal Pictures) A political consultant (Ryan Reynolds) tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter. With Abigail Breslin and Rachel Weisz.

JUMPER -- (20th Century Fox) Hayden Christensen stars as a man who can teleport himself anywhere, but soon discovers his gift also makes him a target. With Samuel L. Jackson and Diane Lane.

STEP UP 2 THE STREETS -- (Touchstone Pictures) A sequel to the Baltimore-set Step Up, the film follows the romance of two dance students at the Maryland School for the Arts.

Feb. 15

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES -- (Paramount Pictures) Twin brothers and their sister find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of fairies and other creatures when they move into a run-down estate. With Freddie Highmore and David Strathairn.

Feb. 22

CHARLIE BARTLETT -- (Sidney Kimmel Entertainment/MGM) A rich kid (Anton Yelchin) becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school. With Robert Downey Jr. and Hope Davis.

POSSESSION -- (Yari Film Group) A freak car accident sends two brothers into comas. But things get weirder when one wakes up thinking he's the other. With Sarah Michelle Gellar and Lee Pace.

THE SIGNAL -- (Magnolia Pictures) A mysterious transmission infiltrates a city's cell phones and radios and turns its inhabitants into killers.

VANTAGE POINT -- (Columbia Pictures) With a Rashomon narrative style, the attempted assassination of the president is told from five different perspectives.

WITLESS PROTECTION -- (Lionsgate) Believing that he has witnessed a kidnapping, a bumbling small-town sheriff (Larry the Cable Guy) rushes to rescue a woman (Jenny McCarthy).

Feb. 29

THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL -- (Columbia Pictures) Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII. With Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana.

PENELOPE -- (Summit Entertainment) Cursed with a pig face, a young woman (Christina Ricci) is locked away with little hope of reversing the spell until a shady gambler (James McAvoy) comes into her life. With Reese Witherspoon and Catherine O'Hara.

SEMI-PRO -- (New Line Cinema) Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell), the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true. With Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin.

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