*Some of the most anticipated films are set to roll out in theaters near you this year starring some of your favorite folks. High on the list is the film about the Tuskegee Airmen, “Red Tails,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, David Oyelow and Method Man and makes it bow, January 20. Of course “Men in Black” is back with its 3rd installment on May 25, with Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Emma Thompson and Josh Brolin.
Not to be outdone by those upholding the law and keeping the human race safe, the “Avengers” have enlisted a host of heroes and characters—Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson to carry on the tradition, May 4. Helping to keep the fires burning on June 8, in “Prometheus” are Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Wilson and Charlize Theron. Christian Bale’s astute and erudite assistant, Morgan Freeman, is once again joined by Gary Oldman and this time around, Tom Hardy on July 20, for “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Then there’s the February 10th charged “Safe House” that stars Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga and Sam Shepard. And if “The Woman in Black” with Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Shaun Dooley and Janet McTeer is anything like its predecessor, it will forever have audiences fearful of all things that go bump in the night, February 3.
The following is a lineup that may whet moviegoers’ appetites until the summer:
January 20, “Underworld Awakening,” Michael Early, Kate Beckinsale, India Eisley, Charles Dance. “Coriolanus,” John Kani, Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastin.
January 27, “One for the Money,” Sherri Shepherd, John Leguizamo, Katherine Heigl, Debbie Reynolds. “Man On a Ledge,” Anthony Mackie, Sam Worthington, Afton Williamson, Jamie Bell.
February 3, “Chronicle,” Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Dane DeHaan, Anna Wood.
February 10, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” Dwayne Johnson, Michael Beasley, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens. “The Vow,” Kim Roberts, Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange.
February 17, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” Idris Elba, Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Anthony Head. “This Means War,” Angela Bassett, Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine.
February 24, “Good Deeds,” Thandie Newton, Tyler Perry, Gabrielle Union, Rebecca Romijn.
March 2, “Project X,” Kevin Dunigan, Thomas Mann, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Oliver Cooper. “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” Rae Dawn Chong, Ernest James, Deneen Tyler, Jason Segel. “Being Flynn,” Robert DeNiro, Chris Chalk, Samira Wiley, Julianne Moore.
March 9, “Think Like a Man,” Taraji P. Henson, Morris Chestnut, Jenifer Lewis, Michael Ealy. “Playing the Field,” Nicky Buggs, James Paul, Aisha Kabia, Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel.
March 16, “21 Street,” Ice Cube, DeRay Davis, Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum. “Seeking Justice,” Harold Perrineau, IronE Singleton, Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce.
March 23, “A Thousand Words,” Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Terence Bernie Hines. Cliff Curtis. “The Hunger Games,” Lenny Kravitz, Amanda Stenberg, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth.
March 30, “Wrath of the Titans,” Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy.
April 13, “The Cabin in the Woods,” Jesse Williams, Brian White, Adrian Holmes, Chris Hemsworth.
April 20, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” Derek Luke, Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton. “The Lucky One,” Robert Hayes, Dorian Davis, Zac Efron, Blythe Danner.
April 27, “The Five-Year Engagement,” Kevin Hart, Krishawn Peace, Pennie-Marie Hawkins, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel. “Safe,” Brian Anthony Wilson, Jason Statham, Anson Mount, Chris Sarandon.
May 11, “The Dictator,” J.B. Smoove, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox.
May 18, “Battle Ship,” Stephen Bishop, Rihanna, Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard.