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Avatar: The long-gestating James Cameron fantasy arrives in 3-D. Will it be a whopping hit like "Titanic" or a whopping "eh" like "The Abyss"? We will know in the fullness of time.
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2012: (PG-13) Roland Emmerich's latest end-of-the-world spectacle concerns the confluence of disasters that some folks figure accompany the expiration date on the ancient Mayan calendar.
Amelia: (PG) This biography of aviation legend Amelia Earhart stars Hilary Swank.
Armored: (PG-13) An armored car robbery goes seriously wrong in this film directed by Nimrod Antal (of the horror motel entry "Vacancy") and starring Co-lumbus Short, Laurence Fishburne and Matt Dillon.
Astro Boy: (PG) This Japanese TV series from the 1960s earns a big-screen outing, with the voices of Nicolas Cage, Eugene Levy and Freddie Highmore as the robot, Astro Boy.
Brothers: (R) When a soldier (Tobey Maguire) is reported missing in action in Afghanistan, his ne'er-do-well brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) straightens up to look after his distraught sister-in-law (Natalie Portman) and the kids.
Couples Retreat: (PG-13) Four couples are trapped in a resort where they're forced to fix their relationships.
Disney's A Christmas Carol: (PG) Robert Zemeckis made this motion-capture version of the Dickens holiday classic with digital versions of Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn, Colin Firth and Jim Carrey, who plays several roles, including Scrooge.
Everybody's Fine: (PG-13) Robert De Niro is a widower who embarks on an impromptu trip to visit each of his four children.
Fantastic Mr. Fox: (PG) An animated Wes Anderson film based on a Roald Dahl story about farm folk who tire of the wily fox in their midst (voiced by George Clooney) and resolve to wipe out him and his kind.
G-Force: (PG) An elite team of guinea pigs tries to stop an evil billionaire from world domination.
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.
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.
Ninja Assassin: (R) An Interpol researcher in Berlin stumbles upon evidence that a ninja assassin ring is behind a series of recent assassinations.
Old Dogs: (PG-13) Business partners John Travolta and Robin Williams are saddled with 6-year-old twins.
Planet 51: An American astronaut finds little green men living a suburban dream when he lands on an alien planet in this animated film.
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire: (R) Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry have thrown their clout behind this Sundance hit about an obese, pregnant and illiterate teen who tries to turn her life around in a Harlem school.
Saw VI: (R) The slasher series that will never die until you people stop buying tickets makes its annual Halloween season return.
Shorts: (PG) This family-friendly movie follows a small town going bananas over a magic rock.
Stepfather: (PG-13) Michael becomes increasingly suspicious of the new man, David, in his mother's life.
The Blind Side: (PG-13) A pampered suburban mom (Sandra Bullock) adopts a hulking, homeless African-American teen (Quinton Aaron) and turns his life around with a lot of love and bit of football.
The Boondock Saints 2: (R) The MacManus brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus) return to Boston to avenge the murder of their priest.
The Box: (PG-13) A dark fantasy about a family (Cameron Diaz, James Marsden) who receive a magical box, an offer of $1 million - and the promise that pushing a button to get the $1 million will kill someone they do not know.
The Fourth Kind: (PG-13) As in "Close Encounters," Milla Jovovich stars in this thriller about a therapist who notices startling similarities among victims of alleged alien abductions.
The Time Traveler's Wife: (PG-13) Based on the best-selling novel, Eric Bana stars as a librarian whose calendar hopping complicates his relationship with Rachel McAdams.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon: (PG-13) Obscure silent film from Sweden about the existentialism of man - na, just kidding! Sullen Bella (Kristen Stewart) is torn between the vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and her American Indian pal Jacob (Taylor Lautner) who, it turns out, is a werewolf. Maybe it's about existentialism after all.
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.
Zombieland: (R) Jesse Eisenberg plays a meek chap who tries to find refuge in a world overrun by zombies. Woody Harrelson also stars.
- Compiled from Staff and Wire Reports