A first run at the year's movies

Accepted After being rejected by every college he applied to, a high school grad (Justin Long) and his misfit friends start their own fake university. Blake Lively and Lewis Black. Directed by Steve Pink. Universal Pictures, April 21

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Adam & Steve Craig Chester and Malcolm Gets star as two gay men who begin a relationship oblivious of the fact that they previously had one disastrous date in 1987. With Parker Posey, Chris Kattan, Julie Hagerty, Sally Kirkland and Jackie Beat. TLA Releasing, March 31

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The Amateurs Jeff Bridges stars as a man in midlife crisis who gathers his friends and associates to make an adult movie. With Ted Danson, William Fichtner, Patrick Fugit, Lauren Graham, Tim Blake Nelson, Joe Pantoliano and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Written and directed by Michael Traeger. Bauer Martinez, March 17

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American Dreamz The president of the United States becomes a celebrity judge on an idol-making TV talent show in writer-director Paul Weitz's satire of U.S. culture and politics. Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Klein, Jennifer Coolidge, Seth Meyers, John Cho, Judy Greer, Sam Golzari and Willem Dafoe star. Universal Pictures, April 14

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Another Gay Movie Director Todd Stephens' ("Gypsy 83") sex romp spoofs the feel-good coming-of-age film with this outrageous tale of four high school grads who make a daring pact. With Michael Carbonaro, Jonathan Chase, Jonah Blechman, Mitch Morris and Scott Thompson. TLA Releasing, July

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Aquamarine Following a storm, two teenage girls discover a vivacious mermaid who then falls for a local lifeguard. Emma Roberts, Joanna "JoJo" Levesque, Sara Paxton and Jake McDorman star. Directed by Elizabeth Allen. 20th Century Fox, March 3

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Art School Confidential Comic book artist Daniel Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff ("Ghost World") reteam for this story of a freshman with big aspirations at a prestigious East Coast college. Max Minghella, Sophia Myles, Matt Keeslar, John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent and Anjelica Huston star. Sony Pictures Classics/United Artists, April 28

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As You Like It Director Kenneth Branagh returns to Shakespeare with Rosalind and Orlando's celebrated courtship in the Forest of Arden. Kevin Kline, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrian Lester, David Oyelowo, Alfred Molina, Janet McTeer and Romola Garai star. Picturehouse, fall

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The Benchwarmers Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Lovitz play middle-aged men who attempt to compensate for their unathletic childhoods by forming a three-man baseball team. With Jon Heder. Directed by Dennis Dugan ("National Security"). Columbia/Revolution, April 7

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Big Momma's House 2 Martin Lawrence goes undercover as the plus-size housekeeper for the dysfunctional family of a suspect in a national-security case. With Nia Long, Emily Procter, Zachary Levi and Mark Moses. Directed by John Whitesell ("Malibu's Most Wanted"). 20th Century Fox, Jan. 27

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The Cleaner A janitor with amnesia (Cedric the Entertainer) is duped into thinking that he's a secret agent mixed up with international arms dealers. Lucy Liu and Nicollette Sheridan star. Directed by Les Mayfield ("The Man"). New Line Cinema, TBA

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Click Adam Sandler, right, stars as an overworked architect who buys a magical remote control that begins to take over his life. With Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, left, David Hasselhoff, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner and Sean Astin. Directed by Frank Coraci ("Around the World in 80 Days"). Columbia/Revolution, June 23

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Confetti British mockumentary about three couples competing for most original wedding of the year in a bridal magazine contest. With Martin Freeman, Jessica Stevenson, Stephen Mangan, Felicity Montagu, Jimmy Carr and Alison Steadman. Directed by Debbie Isitt. Fox Searchlight, May 26

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Date Movie Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Tony Cox, Fred Willard and Eddie Griffin star in this spoof of romantic comedies. Directed by Aaron Seltzer. Written by Jason Friedberg and Seltzer ("Scary Movie 1-3"). 20th Century Fox, Feb. 17

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The Devil Wears Prada Meryl Streep, above, stars as a high-maintenance fashion magazine editor, with Anne Hathaway as her put-upon assistant in this adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's novel. Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker and Adrien Grenier also star. Directed by David Frankel ("Miami Rhapsody"). 20th Century Fox, June 30

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Dr. Dolittle 3 The good doctor's youngest daughter (Kyla Pratt) has inherited his gift for animal gab and puts it to use at summer camp. With Kristen Wilson, Walker Howard and John Amos. Directed by Rich Thorne. 20th Century Fox, Feb. 17

Duck Season Two Mexico City 14-year-olds find ways to kill a Sunday afternoon while entertaining a 16-year-old neighbor girl and the pizza guy. Enrique Arreola, Daniel Miranda, Diego Catano and Danny Perea star. Directed by Fernando Eimbcke. Warner Independent Pictures, March 10

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East of A The ups and downs of a trio of East Village roommates (Patrick Breen, Scott Kraft and Nadine van der Velde) between 1985 and 1995 play out to the tunes of the era. With Adam Arkin, Glen Chin, David Alan Grier, Rashida Jones, Camryn Manheim, Melanie Mayron, Mary McCormack, Dina Spybey and Kathleen Wilhoite. Directed by Amy Goldstein. Cinema Libre, February

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Failure to Launch The desperate parents of an uber-slacker (Matthew McConaughey) hire the girl of his dreams to get him to finally leave home. With Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Terry Bradshaw and Kathy Bates. Directed by Tom Dey ("Shanghai Noon"). Paramount Pictures, March 10

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Fast Track Zach Braff and Amanda Peet star as a New York couple adjusting to their new home in Madison, Wis., where he goes to work with his father-in-law at an ad agency and she becomes a stay-at-home mom after being a high-powered attorney. With Jason Bateman and Donal Logue. Directed by Jesse Peretz ("The Chateau"). The Weinstein Co., TBA

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For Your Consideration Writer-director Christopher Guest, co-writer Eugene Levy and the rest of their wacky ensemble ("A Mighty Wind") turn their satiric attention to Hollywood's award season. With Bob Balaban, Ricky Gervais, John Michael Higgins, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Harry Shearer and Fred Willard. Warner Independent Pictures, Sept. 22

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Freshman Orientation To insinuate himself into a beautiful sorority woman's life, a first-year student feigns a gay identity and lands himself at the center of campus advocacy. With Sam Huntington, Marla Sokoloff, Mike Erwin, Heather Matarazzo and John Goodman. Directed by Ryan Shiraki. Regent Releasing, May

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Friends With Money The lives and loves of three married women and their lone single friend are the subject for writer-director Nicole Holofcener ("Lovely & Amazing"). Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, Scott Caan, Jason Isaacs, Greg Germann and Simon McBurney star. Sony Pictures Classics, April 7

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Garfield's A Tail of Two Kitties The big orange fur ball visits England with Jon (Breckin Meyer) in this twist on "The Prince and the Pauper." Jennifer Love Hewitt co-stars. Directed by Tim Hill ("Muppets From Space"). 20th Century Fox, June 23

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A Good Woman The arrival of a penniless seductress begins a roundelay of flirtations and affairs amid the vacationing aristocrats on the coat of Amalfi. Based on Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan." Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson and Stephen Campbell Moore star. Directed by Mike Barker ("Best Laid Plans"). Lionsgate, Feb. 3

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The Groomsmen Writer-director-star Ed Burns, playing a man facing marriage, joins his attendants -- played by John Leguizamo, Jay Mohr, Matthew Lillard and Donal Logue -- a week before the ceremony to hash out life's big questions. Brittany Murphy co-stars. Bauer Martinez, Aug. 4

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Guys & Balls A soccer-playing German bakery worker gets tossed off his local team because he's gay. Maximilian Bruckner stars. Directed by Sherry Horman. Regent Releasing, April

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I Could Never Be Your Woman Michelle Pfeiffer stars as a mother who falls for a younger man (Paul Rudd), while her daughter (Saoirse Ronan) experiences love for the first time. Tracey Ullman co-stars. Written and directed by Amy Heckerling. Bauer Martinez, Sept. 15

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Imagine Me & You Piper Perabo play a young bride who falls in love with someone other than her betrothed on her wedding day, causing all manner of misunderstanding and complication. With Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie and Anthony Head. Written and directed by Ol Parker. Fox Searchlight, Jan. 27

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In the Land of Women Jonathan Kasdan follows his father, Lawrence, and brother Jake into the director's chair with his debut about a heartbroken young L.A. man (Adam Brody) who flees to Michigan to care for his grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) and becomes involved with a family of females across the street. With Kristen Stewart, Makenzie Vega, Clark Gregg, Carol Kane, Elena Anaya and Meg Ryan. Warner Independent Pictures, May 5

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John Tucker Must Die Three girls conspire against the high school Romeo who has been three-timing them. With Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti Douglas, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel and Jenny McCarthy. Directed by Betty Thomas. 20th Century Fox, TBA

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Just My Luck Lindsay Lohan plays a recent college graduate whose charmed life quickly turns sour after she kisses a stranger at a masquerade ball. Chris Pine, Faizon Love, Missi Pyle, McFly, Samaire Armstrong co-star. Directed by Donald Petrie ("Miss Congeniality"). 20th Century Fox, May 12

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Kinky Boots Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a female impersonator who turns a failing English shoe factory upside down. With Joel Edgerton and Suzanne Mackie. Directed by Julian Jarrold. Miramax Films, April 14

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The Last Kiss Zach Braff, right, stars as a man on the brink of 30 in this remake of Gabriele Muccino's Italian film "L'Ultimo Baccio." Rachel Bilson, left, Jacinda Barrett, Casey Affleck, Michael Weston, Eric Christian Olsen, Blythe Danner, Tom Wilkinson, Lauren Lee Smith and Marley Shelton also star. Written by Paul Haggis. Directed by Tony Goldwyn. DreamWorks Pictures, fall

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Lies and Alibis Steve Coogan plays a man who runs a business providing alibis to philandering husbands. With Rebecca Romijn, Selma Blair, James Brolin, Sam Elliott, Jaime King, John Leguizamo and James Marsden. Directed by Matt Checkowski and Kurt Mattila. Destination Films/Samuel Goldwyn Films, June

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Little Man A Wayans family affair with Shawn playing a man so desperate to be a father that he mistakes a child-like fugitive (Marlon Wayans) for his newly adopted son. With Kerry Washington and Tracy Morgan. Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Columbia/Revolution, May 26

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Lonesome Jim Casey Affleck plays a young man who returns to his Indiana hometown after failing to make it in New York and is quickly reminded why he left in the first place. Liv Tyler, Mary Kay Place, Seymour Cassel and Kevin Corrigan also star. Directed by Steve Buscemi. IFC Films, March 31

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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Albert Brooks is hired by the U.S. government post-Sept. 11 to tour India and Pakistan to discover what makes Islam laugh. Written and directed by Albert Brooks. With Sheetal Sheth, John Carroll Lynch, Jon Tenney and Fred Dalton Thompson. Warner Independent Pictures, Friday

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Madea's Family Reunion Tyler Perry's Southern matriarch wields her considerable influence over her wayward relatives. Cicely Tyson, left, Maya Angelou, right, Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Boris Kodjoe, Jenifer Lewis and Keke Palmer star. Directed by Perry. Lionsgate, Feb. 24

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Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School Robert Carlyle plays a widower who carries out a dying man's wish by meeting the man's childhood sweetheart at the place they had first met as kids. With Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen, Danny DeVito, Sean Astin, Donnie Wahlberg. Written and directed by Randall Miller. Samuel Goldwyn Films, March 24

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Martian Child John Cusack stars as a recently widowed sci-fi writer whose adopted son claims to be from Mars. Based on a short story by David Gerrold. Directed by Menno Meyjes ("Max"). Amanda Peet and Joan Cusack co-star. New Line Cinema, TBA

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The Motel A 13-year-old Chinese American boy whose family runs a cut-rate motor inn on a highway learns questionable life lessons from a long-term tenant. Jeffrey Chyau, Sung Kang, Jade Wu, Samantha Futerman. Directed by Michael Kang. Palm Pictures, June

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend A man (Luke Wilson) dumps his significant other (Uma Thurman) only to find out she's really a superhero, and a scorned superhero does not go quietly into the night. With Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson and Eddie Izzard. Directed by Ivan Reitman. 20th Century Fox, July 14

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Nacho Libre Director Jared Hess and co-writer Jerusha Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite") team with writer Mike White and star Jack Black, above, in this tale of a Mexican priest who moonlights as a masked wrestler to save his orphanage. With Ana de la Reguera, Hector Jimenez, and Peter Stormare. Paramount Pictures, June 2

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Nancy Meyers Untitled Holiday Project Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet star in this romantic comedy from the writer-director of "Something's Gotta Give." With Jude Law, Jack Black and Eli Wallach. Written and directed by Meyers. Columbia Pictures, TBA

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Nanny McPhee Emma Thompson stars in and wrote the screenplay for this film about a governess whose effect on a widower and his seven children is otherworldly. Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury and Thomas Sangster also star. Directed by Kirk Jones ("Waking Ned Devine"). Universal Pictures, Jan. 27

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Only Human Meeting the family of his Jewish fiancee for the first time, a Palestinian man drops a frozen soup out a seventh-floor window, killing a pedestrian and making an odd evening even stranger. With Guillermo Toledo, Norma Aleandro, Maria Botto, Marian Aguilera. Written and directed by Dominic Harari, Teresa de Pelegri. Magnolia Pictures, TBA

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Passion of the Clerks Kevin Smith revisits his convenience store heroes Dante (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) a decade later. With Jason Mewes and Smith as Silent Bob. The Weinstein Co., August

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Phat Girlz Mo'Nique stars as a sassy fashion designer looking for love in the land of the thin. With Jimmy Jean-Louis, Godfrey, Joyful Drake, Eric Roberts, Jack Noseworthy and Kendra C. Johnson. Written and directed by Nnegest Likke. Fox Searchlight, April 7

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The Pink Panther Steve Martin stars as the buffoonish French detective Inspector Clousseau in pursuit of a famed missing diamond belonging to a murdered soccer coach. Kevin Kline, Beyonce Knowles, Emily Mortimer, Henry Czerny and Jean Reno. Directed by Shawn Levy ("Cheaper by the Dozen"). MGM/Columbia Pictures, Feb. 10

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A Prairie Home Companion Director Robert Altman brings to the screen a fictionalized version of Garrison Keillor's longtime public radio show. With Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Keillor, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin. Picturehouse, June 9

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PU-239 A worker at a Russian nuclear power plant tries to sell stolen plutonium on the black market. With Paddy Considine, Oscar Isaac, Jordan Long and Radha Mitchell. Written and directed by Scott Z. Burns. Picturehouse, TBA

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Queens Five strong-willed mothers fret and fuss over their sons' impending marriages at Spain's first mass gay wedding. With Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura and Veronica Forque. Directed by Manuel Gomez Pereira. Regent Releasing, September

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RV Robin Williams plays a burned-out executive who persuades his family to take a cross-country trip rather than go to Hawaii. With Jeff Daniels, Cheryl Hines and Kristin Chenoweth. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Columbia Pictures, April 28

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Say Uncle Kathy Najimy plays an overprotective mother who misinterprets a gay man (Peter Paige) and his interest in caring for children. With Gabrielle Union, Anthony Clark, Lisa Edelstein and Melanie Lynskey. Directed by Paige. TBA Releasing, April 28

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Scary Movie 4 Director David Zucker has a new batch of horror films to parody ("The Grudge," "Saw") and branches out to award-winners "Million Dollar Baby" and "Sideways." Anna Faris stars; above, Shaquille O'Neal, left, and Dr. Phil McGraw. Dimension Films, April 14

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School for Scoundrels Jon Heder plays a depressed cop, Billy Bob Thornton his instructor in the art of confidence-building who puts the moves on his dream girl. Based on the 1960 British movie. With Jacinda Barrett, Sarah Silverman, Horatio Sanz and David Cross. Todd Phillips ("Old School") directed. Dimension Films, July 14

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Shaggy Dog Tim Allen stars in this remake about a distracted deputy D.A. transformed into a furry canine. With Kristin Davis, Robert Downey Jr., Danny Glover, Zena Grey, Spencer Breslin and Philip Baker Hall. Directed by Brian Robbins. Walt Disney Pictures, March 10

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Something New A successful career woman (Sanaa Lathan) isn't thrilled when friends set her up with a landscaper (Simon Baker, above with Lathan), but then again he does seem to be handy around the house. With Mike Epps, Donald Faison and Blair Underwood. Directed by Sanaa Hamri. Focus Features, Feb. 3

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Starter for Ten A working-class British student struggles to succeed at a first-rate university while striving to appear on the TV game show "University Challenge" and impress a girl. With James McAvoy, Rebecca Hall and Alice Eve. Directed by Tom Vaughan. Picturehouse, TBA

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Stranger Than Fiction Will Ferrell plays an IRS auditor plagued by a voice only he can hear narrating every detail of his life. Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman and Queen Latifah also star. Directed by Marc Forster ("Finding Neverland"). Columbia Pictures, Nov. 10

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Thank You for Smoking Aaron Eckhart plays the aggressive spokesman for the Big Tobacco lobby who, good as he is, comes to question how his young son may view his vocation. Robert Duvall, above, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, David Koechner, Rob Lowe, William H. Macy and J.K. Simmons star. Written and directed by Jason Reitman. Fox Searchlight, March 24

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The Tiger and the Snow Roberto Benigni directed and stars in this fable about an Italian poet who travels to Iraq at the beginning of the war in an attempt to rescue his love. With Jean Reno and Nicoletta Braschi. Bauer Martinez, TBA

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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story A film within a film is made of the bawdy proto-novel by Laurence Sterne. With Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Gillian Anderson. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Picturehouse, Jan. 27

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Trust the Man The romantic escapades of four New Yorkers -- an actress, her stay-at-home husband, her slacker brother and his aspiring novelist girlfriend -- play out against the hectic background of modern life. With Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Eva Mendes, Ellen Barkin, James LeGros and Garry Shandling. Directed by Bart Freundlich. Fox Searchlight, TBA

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Unconscious Barcelona in the early 20th century is the setting for this humorous mystery involving a brother and sister-in-law and their search for her missing husband. With Leonor Watling, Luis Tosar and Alex Brendemuhl. Regent Releasing, July

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The Untitled History Boys Project Playwright Alan Bennett's West End success about a group of boisterous British students prepping for the university admissions utilizes the same cast who appeared on stage. With Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances de la Tour and Stephen Campbell Moore. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Fox Searchlight, TBA

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Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Will Ferrell, left, is a stock car driver whose circuit supremacy is challenged by an uppity French Formula One racer. With John C. Reilly, right, Gary Cole, Michael Clarke Duncan and Sacha Baron Cohen ("Ali G"). Directed by Adam McKay ("Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy"). Columbia Pictures, Aug. 4

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Van Wilder II: Rise of the Taj Kal Penn's character Taj Mahal steps into the leading role and heads to Oxford to teach the starched shirts there how to party. Directed by Mort Nathan ("Boat Trip"). Bauer Martinez, Aug. 25

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When Do We Eat? An extended family of a tough Jewish patriarch (Michael Lerner) celebrates Passover by slipping the old man some Ecstacy while Mom (Lesley Ann Warren) picks up a handsome stranger. With Jack Klugman, Ben Feldman, Shiri Appleby and Cynda Williams. Written by Nina Davidovich and Salvador Litvak and directed by Litvak. ThinkFilm, April 7

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When the Sea Rises Yolande Moreau stars as a middle-aged performance artist who has an ill-fated affair with a puppeteer (Wim Willaert). Written and directed by Gilles Porte and Moreau. New Yorker Films, TBA

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You, Me and Dupree A newlywed (Matt Dillon, right) lets his unemployed pal (Owen Wilson) crash on his couch but the temporary arrangement seems to be turning permanent. With Kate Hudson, left, and Michael Douglas, center. Directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo ("Welcome to Collinwood"). Universal Pictures, July 14

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Zoom Tim Allen plays an out-of-shape former superhero who must train the next generation to save the world. With Courteney Cox Arquette, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin and Rip Torn. Directed by Peter Hewitt ("Garfield"). Columbia/Revolution, Aug. 11

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