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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.
Memoirs of a Geisha - The film version of Arthur Golden's best-selling novel was originally attached to Steven Spielberg, who brought hundreds of film-industry jobs to a standstill when he pulled out. Rob Marshall ("Chicago") picked up the ball and ran with it. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" goddesses Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh star with Ken Watanabe. PG-13.
Munich - Is this guy eclectic or what? Between "War of the Worlds" and "Indiana Jones 4," Steven Spielberg puts on his historically serious face again with a story about the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. Eric Bana stars. Not yet rated.
The Ringer - For moviegoers who just can't or won't think a serious thought, even in this holiest of seasons, here is Johnny Knoxville flogging a profoundly offensive premise: A guy fakes a mental handicap to compete in the Special Olympics. The Farrelly brothers direct. PG-13.
Hoodwinked - Furry and feathered cops investigate a domestic disturbance at Granny's cottage, involving a girl, a wolf and an axe. The animated film is directed by Cory and Todd Edwards and Tony Leech. PG.
The New World - Q'Orianka Kilcher plays Pocahontas in this epic, directed by the seldom-seen Terrence Malick. Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer and Christian Bale also star. Not yet rated.
The Producers - If a film with a ready-made fan base like this flops, the world has gone entirely off its axis. (Rim shot.) Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick come along from the megahit Broadway musical about singin', dancin' Nazis. Uma Thurman struts her stuff as Ulla. Susan Stroman directs. PG-13.
Rumor Has It - Kevin Costner stars as a guy who - rumor has it - was the inspiration for "The Graduate." Shirley MacLaine and Jennifer Aniston also star. Rob Reiner directs. PG-13.
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Brokeback Mountain - "Home, home on the range. Where the queers and the antelope play ..." Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger star as cowboys who like being alone together on the range. Ang Lee directed this Venice Film Festival winner. R.
Casanova - Lasse Hallström directs Heath Ledger in his second loverboy role of the season. In this one, he plays the legendary heterosexual. Sienna Miller, no stranger to untrustworthy hound dogs, is Casanova's lady-love. R.
Dear Wendy - Thomas Vinterberg directs a stylized fable about youths in love with their guns. Written by Lars von Trier, so don't go expecting subtlety. Jamie Bell and Bill Pullman star. Unrated.
The Matador - Pierce Brosnan's hit man and Greg Kinnear's traveling salesman find common ground. Richard Shepard directs a cast that also includes Philip Baker Hall and Hope Davis. Not yet rated.
Mrs. Henderson Presents - Judi Dench cuts loose with a story about a woman who opens a nude-revue theater in London to boost morale during World War II. The soldiers' morale, that is; to heck with their long-suffering wives. Stephen Frears directs. R.
Transamerica - What if Bill Murray of "Broken Flowers" was a preoperative male-to-female transsexual? That summarizes the plot of this Duncan Tucker film. "Desperate Housewives" standout Felicity Huffman is getting raves for her lead performance. Also starring Elizabeth Peña. R.
Where the Truth Lies - Where the ratings board lies is with an NC-17, so director Atom Egoyan (who created the brilliant "The Sweet Hereafter") told the ratings board to take a hike and will release the movie unrated instead. It centers around a popular comic duo (Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth) that disintegrates in the aftermath of a grisly killing.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times