Compiled from staff and wire reports
OPENING OCT. 16
Law Abiding Citizen: (R) Gerard Butler stars in this thriller about a man whose family was murdered. He takes the law into his own hands when the justice system fails him.
Where the Wild Things Are: (PG) The Spike Jonze version of Maurice Sendak's classic children's fantasy book stars Forest Whitaker, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo and Catherine O'Hara.
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9: Rag-doll creatures struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world in this sci-fi animated movie, which features the voices of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly and Christopher Plummer.
All About Steve: (PG-13) Sandra Bullock stars as an "eccentric crosswords puzzle player" who becomes comically obsessed with a CNN cameraman in this romance from the screenwriter of "License to Wed."
Bright Star: (PG) Aussie director Jane Campion's latest period piece is about the 18-year-old (Abbie Cornish) who inspired her neighbor, John Keats (Ben Whishaw), to write the love poem, "Bright Star."
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: (PG) Phil Lord directs (with Chris Miller) this animated adaptation of the children's book about a town where food rains from the sky.
Fame: Alan Parker's influential 1980 musical about students at New York City's High School of Performing Arts gets a "reimagining."
Final Destination Death Trip 3D: (R) This fourth installment of the profitable horror franchise about teens who get Death all riled up when they don't die like they're supposed to is getting released in 3D.
G-Force: (PG) An elite team of guinea pigs tries to stop an evil billionaire from world domination.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: (PG-13) Based on the action figure. Installment one explains how the series' evil-military machine came to be.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: (PG) In this adaptation of the sixth "Harry Potter" book, we learn more about how Tom Riddle turned into He Who Shall Not Be Named.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: (PG) Manny the mammoth and his pals deal with dinosaurs and parenthood.
Inglourious Basterds: (R) A group of Jewish soldiers, led by Brad Pitt, take on a gang of Nazis.
Jennifer's Body: (R) A high-school cheerleader (Megan Fox) becomes possessed by a demon and starts offing her male classmates.
Julie & Julia: (PG-13) An intertwined adaptation of two books: the autobiography of chef and television personality Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and the journal of a 20-something blogger (Amy Adams) trying to commune with the legend.
Love Happens: (PG-13) A widower (Aaron Eckhart) becomes a self-help guru after he writes a book about mourning. But when he falls for one of his readers (Jennifer Aniston), he starts to wonder if he has properly finished grieving.
Pandorum: Astronauts (Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster) awaken from cryogenic sleep aboard a spaceship and can't remember who they are or what their mission is.
Sorority Row: (R) Briana Evigan and Rumer Willis are among the celebrity offspring starring in this horror thriller about sorority girls who try to cover up a death.
Surrogates: (R) In the near future, FBI agents (Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell) investigate a murder involving artificial "surrogates," robotic aliases used by recluses to represent them in the outside world.
The Hangover: (R) Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms must re-trace their wild night in Vegas to find a groom-to-be.
The Informant!: (R) A corporate whistleblower (Matt Damon) working with the FBI to expose a price-fixing conspiracy keeps changing his story until the feds start to wonder if he's not just making everything up.
The Invention of Lying: (PG-13) In a world where the concept of not telling the truth does not exist, a man (Ricky Gervais) discovers that dishonesty can make someone rich.
The Proposal: (PG-13) Ryan Reynolds' Canadian boss (Sandra Bullock) forces him to marry her so she can avoid visa problems.
Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself: (PG-13) Taraji P. Henson stars, Gladys Knight sings and Tyler Perry dons the Madea dress for his latest sermon with a silly edge.
Toy Story 3-D: (PG) Pixar re-issues a double-feature of the two films, "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2," that started the computer animation craze. This time the movies are in 3-D.
Up: (PG) A cranky old man plans the trip of a lifetime, but he unwittingly brings along a young passenger.
Whip It (PG-13) Ellen Page, Juliette Lewis and Kristen Wiig join star and director Drew Barrymore for this lady-roller-derby dramedy.
Zombieland: (R) Jesse Eisenberg plays a meek chap who tries to find refuge in a world overrun by zombies. Woody Harrelson also stars.