A first run at the year's movies

Dreamgirls Bill Condon ("Gods and Monsters," "Chicago") adapts and directs the Broadway hit about the turbulent rise of a 1960s female vocal trio. Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose and Eddie Murphy star. DreamWorks, Dec. 22

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Johanna An operatic reworking of "Jeanne d'Arc" in which a drug addict, on the verge of death after a bus accident, makes a miraculous recovery. With Orsi Toth and Zsolt Trill. Directed by Kornel Mundruczo. Tartan Pictures USA, TBA

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Musica Cubana Fictionalized follow-up to "Buena Vista Social Club" finds maestro Pio Leiva putting together a band of young Cuban musicians. With Barbaro Marin, Mario "Mayito" Rivera and Pedro "El Nene" Lugo Martinez. Directed by German Kral. Cinema Libre, April

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Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny The origins of Jack Black and Kyle Gass' frenetic rockin' duo are finally revealed. Directed by Liam Lynch ("Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic"). New Line Cinema, September

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20 Centimeters Monica Cervera plays a narcoleptic transvestite whose dreams become full-blown musical numbers. With Pablo Puyol, Concha Galan, Lola Duenas, Pilar Bardem and Rossy de Palma. Directed by Ramon Salazar. TLA Releasing, May

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Untitled Julie Taymor Project The director of "Frida," "Titus" and Broadway's "The Lion King" mixes live action and animation to depict a love story set against the tumult of the '60s and the songs of the Beatles. With Evan Rachel Wood. Columbia/Revolution, TBA

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