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Smack in the Thick of It

January 20, 2002

High Anticipation

Spider-Man. Sam Raimi directs Tobey Maguire as the web-slinger, with Willem Dafoe as his nemesis, the Green Goblin. (Columbia) (May 3)

Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams. Writer-director Robert Rodriguez and his principal cast return in a sequel to the clever family hit. (Dimension) (Aug. 7)

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Set a decade after "The Phantom Menace," this one has Obi-Wan and Anakin protecting Princess Amidala from political separatists. (Lucasfilm/Fox) (May 16)

The Sum of All Fears. Ben Affleck (moving into the Jack Ryan role for Harrison Ford) is a CIA man who stands between the world and nuclear war in this adaptation of Tom Clancy's espionage tale directed by Phil Alden Robinson. (Paramount) (Summer)

Curiosity Factor

Clockstoppers. Jonathan Frakes ("Star Trek's" Commander Riker) directs this sci-fi adventure about a watch that can make time stand still. (Paramount) (March 15)

Shanghai Knights. Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson take their "Shanghai Noon" act to London. (Buena Vista) (Fall)

Untitled Surf Girls Project. Romantic adventures of a girl who lives to surf. With Katie Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis, and world-class surfers in front of and behind the camera. (Universal) (Summer)

Untitled Action Adventure Project. Extreme athletes stumble on wilderness-dwelling war criminal and ski for their lives. With Devon Sawa, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Rupert Graves. Directed by Christian Duguay. (Paramount) (Release TBA)

The Familiar Zone

Bond 20. That's the working title for the 20th James Bond episode, with Pierce Brosnan returning as Agent 007, directed by Lee Tamahori. (MGM) (Nov. 22)

Collateral Damage. Respectfully delayed because of Sept. 11, vengeful firefighter Arnold Schwarzenegger pursues a terrorist to his Colombian lair. Directed by Andrew Davis. (Warner Bros.) (Feb. 8)

Daredevil. Ben Affleck plays the justice-seeking Marvel Comics superhero. (Fox) (TBA)

The Farm. That's the CIA training camp where Al Pacino puts recruit Colin Farrell through his paces--and into a treacherous assignment. Directed by Roger Donaldson. (Touchstone) (Fall)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Star Antonio Banderas and writer-director Robert Rodriguez conclude the "El Mariachi" trilogy. With Salma Hayek, Mickey Rourke, Ruben Blades. (Columbia) (Fall)

Rollerball. Chris Klein and teammates find that their dangerous sport is becoming downright lethal. Directed by John McTiernan. (MGM) (Feb. 8)

Star Trek: Nemesis. Patrick Stewart and crew undertake a diplomatic mission to make peace with the Romulans. Right. (Paramount) (November-December)

Fun to Contemplate

The Accidental Spy. Chen (Teddy) directs Chan (Jackie) in a big-budget adventure that stops in, among other places, Korea and Turkey. (Dimension) (Spring)

Bulletproof Monk. Chow Yun-Fat stars in an adaptation of the adventure comic book about the struggle to gain control of an ancient scroll. Directed by Paul Hunter. (MGM) (Fourth quarter)

The Core. Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank head the cast as a team of scientists goes underground to reactivate the Earth's mysteriously stilled inner core with a nuclear device. Directed by Jon Amiel. (Paramount) (TBA)

Ecks vs. Sever. Retired FBI man-hunter Antonio Banderas is blackmailed into tracking wily kidnapper Lucy Liu. Directed by Kaos. (Warner Bros.) (Nov. 1)

Gangster #1. Malcolm McDowell stars in the chronicle of the rise and fall of a ruthless English crime lord. (IFC Films) (April 12)

Resident Evil. Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez as video game heroines out to suppress a nasty virus. (Screen Gems) (March 15)

Super Troopers. Five patrolmen raise hell on the highways of Vermont. (Fox Searchlight) (Feb. 15)

The Tuxedo. Chauffeur Jackie Chan slips into the boss' tux and complications ensue. Jennifer Love Hewitt co-stars. (DreamWorks) (June 7)

Muscular

Half Past Dead. Morris Chestnut, Steven Seagal and rap stars Ja Rule and Kurupt mix it up in a scheme to access a death row inmate who knows the whereabouts of some major loot. (Screen Gems) (April 26)

The Scorpion King. Produced by wrestling impresario Vince McMahon, this "Mummy" spinoff stars World Wrestling Federation hero the Rock as the title character. (Universal) (April 19)

Triple X. Daredevil athlete Vin Diesel is recruited as an undercover agent in this reteaming with "The Fast and the Furious" director Rob Cohen. (Columbia) (Aug. 2)

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