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Here come the new movies of 2012

Charles Ealy

Enough with all the looking back at 2011. Let's see what's ahead for the movies in 2012.

First of all, get ready for re-releases of past Hollywood hits in 3-D, plus a lot of sequels and reboots.

The first 3-D re-release comes on Jan. 13, with the animated "Beauty and the Beast," followed by the 3-D version of "Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace" on Feb. 10.

But the biggest re-release will probably be the 3-D version of the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic" on April 6.

If that doesn't get you dreaming of popcorn, then Hollywood has a bunch of surprisingly high-profile movies in the first quarter, and many more in the second quarter.

• "The Woman in Black" (Feb. 3), starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young lawyer who discovers a mean ghost in a small village.

• "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" (Feb. 10), with Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine starring in a family action tale about the search for a missing grandfather.

• "Safe House" (Feb. 10), with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds teaming up in a tale about a fugitive and a CIA agent.

• "John Carter" (March 9), a live-action film from director Andrew Stanton, who helmed "Wall-E" and "Finding Nemo," with Taylor Kitsch of "Friday Night Lights" as a Confederate who ends up in another world.

• "21 Jump Street" (March 16), starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube.

• "The Hunger Games" (March 23), possibly one of the biggest hits of early 2012, with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as young people who are forced to fight to the death on live television.

• "Wrath of the Titans" (March 30), starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Rosamund Pike, with Worthington playing Perseus, who goes to the underworld to rescue Zeus (Neeson).

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Here are a few more, listed by opening dates, which are subject to change.

Jan. 13

"Contraband." Mark Wahlberg stars in this thriller about drugs and money in Central America.

"Joyful Noise." Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton team up as two choir members who differ on how to win a national championship.

"The Divide." Survivors of a nuclear attack turn against each other as supplies dwindle, with Lauren German and Michael Biehn in starring roles.

Jan. 20

"Underworld: The Awakening." Kate Becksinsale and Michael Ealy star in this sci-fi sequel.

"Red Tails." Bryan Cranston, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard are featured in this tale about African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program.

"Haywire." Steven Soderbergh directs Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Gina Carano in this tale about a betrayed black ops soldier.

Jan. 27

"One for the Money." Katherine Heigl stars in this comedy as Stephanie Plum, who works at her cousin's bail-bond business and ends up on the trail of a man from her romantic past.

"Man on a Ledge." A police psychologist tries to talk down a man who's threatening to jump from a Manhattan rooftop. Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell star.

"The Grey." Liam Neeson and Dermot Mulroney star in this Alaska-set story about an oil drilling team that tries to survive after a plane crash in the wilderness.

Feb. 3

"W.E." This historical drama about King Edward's involvement with Wallis Simpson has been getting middling reviews. Madonna directs.

"Chronicle." Three high school friends gain superpowers and trouble ensues. With Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly and Dane DeHaan.

"Big Miracle." A reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer try to save the whales in Alaska. With Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski.

Feb. 10

"The Vow." Rachel McAdams loses her memory after a car accident, and husband Channing Tatum struggles to win her back.

Feb. 17

"This Means War." CIA operatives fight for the love of the same woman in this romantic comedy. With Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon.

"Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance." Nicolas Cage hops on his motorcycle and battles the devil.

Feb. 24

"Good Deeds." Director Tyler Perry stars, with Thandie Newton and Gabrielle Union.

"Wanderlust." A down-on-their-luck Manhattan couple, Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, head for a rural free-love commune.

"Gone." Amanda Seyfried and Wes Bentley star in this thriller about kidnappings and serial killers.

March 2

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax." An animated tale about a 12-year-old boy who's trying to win the girl of his dreams.

"Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters." It has been 15 years since poor Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) had that unfortunate incident at their gingerbread house. Now, they're taking vengeance on witches.

March 9

"Think Like a Man." A battle of the sexes, with Gabrielle Union and Chris Brown.

"Playing the Field." Gerard Butler stars as a former professional athlete who coaches his son's soccer team and thinks he can score with some moms.

"Silent House." Elizabeth Olsen starts going mad while trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat.

"The Raven." John Cusack and Alice Eve star in this imaginary account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe.

March 16

"Mirror Mirror." An evil queen battles with an exiled princess, starring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer.

"A Thousand Words." Eddie Murphy learns a lesson after stretching the truth with a spiritual guru.

March 30

"The Pirates! Band of Misfits." Hugh Grant and Salma Hayek lend their voices to this animated tale.

April 6

"American Reunion." This romantic comedy features the stars of "American Pie" — Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Seann William Scott.

"The Cold Light of Day." Thriller. Henry Cavill uncovers a conspiracy while trying to save his kidnapped family. With Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver.

April 13

"Cabin in the Woods." Chris Hemsworth and Richard Jenkins star in this tale about bad things happening in a cabin.

"The Three Stooges." Moe, Larry, and Curly end up on a reality TV show. With Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso.

"Bullet to the Head." Sylvester Stallone tries to make a comeback in this crime thriller with Jason Momoa and Christian Slater.

April 20

"House at the End of the Street." A horror tale about a moving to the wrong town. With Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot.

"The Lucky One." Zac Efron survives three tours in Iraq and returns home to find Taylor Schilling.

"Scary Movie 5." Another spoof. Beware.

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World." A romantic comedy with Keira Knightley, Steve Carell and Connie Britton.

"The Wettest County." Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain live in bootlegging Virginia during the Depression.

April 27

"The Five-Year Engagement." A comedy about reluctant lovers Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.

"Safe." Jason Statham gets mad at the Russian Mafia, corrupt New Yorkers and Chinese Triads. Dude needs to chill.

May 4

"The Avengers." Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans help save Earth from extraterrestrials.

May 11

"What to Expect When You're Expecting." A mother-to-be comedy with Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez.

"Dark Shadows." Johnny Depp goes Goth again, this time as Barnabas Collins of TV fame. Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller and Eva Green co-star.

"The Dictator." Sacha Baron Cohen tries to outrage us again by playing a heroic dictator who battles democracy.

May 18

"Battleship." Peter Berg directs this science-fiction tale starring Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson.

March 25

"Men in Black 3." Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith return to their big-budget franchise.

June 1

"Rock of Ages." In 1987 Los Angeles, people chase their dreams. Lots of big names join the chase, including Tom Cruise, Bryan Cranston, Julianne Hough, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand.

"Snow White and the Huntsman." Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth try to turn the tables on the Evil Queen.

June 8

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted." Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo have another adventure.

"Prometheus." Director Ridley Scott has created a very "Alien" look for this science-fiction tale starring Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace and Patrick Wilson.

June 15

"I Hate You, Dad." Or is it titled "Donny's Boy"? Stay tuned. Things change, but Adam Sandler and James Caan star in this comedy.

"Jack the Giant Killer." The peace between men and giants is threatened in this fantasy. There's a young farmer. There's a kidnapped princess. And there's Ewan McGregor.

June 22

"Brave." Yet another princess learns to be brave in this animated tale that features a beastly curse.

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Yep, you read that right. Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) finds a link between vampires and slave owners and gets mad when they kill his mama.

June 29

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation." Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis show their macho side again.

And for your planning later in the year:

July 3: "The Amazing Spider-Man," with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

July 13: "Ice Age: Continental Drift"; "Ted," starring Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi and Mila Kunis in a tale about a teddy bear that comes to life.

July 20: "The Dark Knight Rises," with Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman.

July 27: "Neighborhood Watch," a comedy with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.

cealy@statesman.com; 445-3931