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You Have Been Warned

January 20, 2002

HIGH ANTICIPATION

Insomnia. Director Christopher Nolan follows his acclaimed "Memento" with a cat-and-mouse game between detective Al Pacino and murder suspect Robin Williams. (Warner Bros.) (May 24)

Minority Report. Steven Spielberg directs Tom Cruise as the head of a police unit in the not-too-distant future that apprehends murderers before they commit crimes. Based on a Philip K. Dick story. (Fox/DreamWorks) (June 28)

Panic Room. David Fincher directs Jodie Foster (who took over for an injured Nicole Kidman) as a woman hiding with her daughter from three invaders in their New York brownstone. (Columbia) (March 8)

Queen of the Damned. It's the second movie but the third book of Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles." Here, Lestat (Stuart Townsend) becomes a rock star whose music summons forth the mother of all vampires (the late Aaliyah). Directed by Michael Rymer. (Warner Bros.) (Feb. 22)

Signs. M. Night Shyamalan follows "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" with the tale of a massive design mysteriously carved into Mel Gibson's crops. Also stars Joaquin Phoenix. (Touchstone) (Aug. 2)

The Time Machine. In the latest telling of the H.G. Wells classic, Guy Pearce hurtles 800,000 years into the future, where he meets pop singer Samantha Mumba. Directed by Simon Wells. (DreamWorks) (March 8)

The Truth About Charlie. Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton star in Jonathan Demme's remake of "Charade." (Universal) (Fall)

CURIOSITY FACTOR

The Bourne Identity. Matt Damon plays the amnesiac title character in an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's 1980 novel. Directed by Doug Liman. (Universal) (June 14)

Equilibrium. A totalitarian regime keeps a tight lid on human emotions in a futuristic tale starring Christian Bale and Emily Watson. Written and directed by Kurt Wimmer. (Dimension) (Spring)

High Crimes. Attorney Ashley Judd gets help from Morgan Freeman when she defends her husband in a top-secret military court. Directed by Carl Franklin. (Fox) (April 5)

The Mothman Prophecies. Richard Gere investigates his wife's mysterious death in this eerie supernatural story. Directed by Mark Pellington. (Screen Gems) (Friday)

Murder by Numbers. Barbet Schroeder directs Sandra Bullock and Ben Chaplin as detectives on the trail of clever killers. (Warner Bros.) (April 12)

Phone Booth. Joel Schumacher directs Colin Farrell as a man pinned to a pay phone by a caller who threatens to shoot him if he hangs up. (Fox) (Release TBA)

Ring. "Mulholland Dr.'s" Naomi Watts in a remake of "Ringu," a 1998 Japanese thriller about a lethal videotape. Directed by Gore Verbinski. (DreamWorks) (Aug. 9)

The Salton Sea. Val Kilmer drifts with unsavory types in the Southern California desert after his wife is murdered. Directed by D.J. Caruso. (Warner Bros.) (April 19)

FUN TO CONTEMPLATE

Eight Legged Freaks. Chemical spill in a mining town makes spiders grow. Large. Directed by Ellory Elkayem. (Warner Bros.) (Aug. 30)

51st State. Hong Kong action director Ronny Yu dispatches chemist Samuel L. Jackson to England, where he is greeted by a series of double crosses. (Screen Gems) (Aug. 23)

Ghostship. A salvage team discovers a long-lost passenger liner and lives (many of them briefly) to regret it. Directed by Steve Beck. (Warner Bros.) (Oct. 25)

In the Winter Dark. A rash of animal killings in an Australian valley triggers deep-seated fears among the locals. Directed by James Bogle. (Cowboy Pictures) (TBA)

Reign of Fire. Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey take on flame-throwing beasts that have devastated the world. Directed by Rob Bowman. (Buena Vista) (July 12)

24 Hours. Stuart Townsend, Charlize Theron, Kevin Bacon and Courtney Love get mixed up in a kidnapping plot. Directed by Luis Mandoki. (Columbia) (Aug. 23)

Wendigo. A little boy and his family struggle with nightmarish events in another revisionist horror film from Larry Fessenden, director of the cult classic "Habit." (Magnolia) (Feb. 22)

THE FAMILIAR ZONE

Abandon. Just what stressed student Katie Holmes needs: detective Benjamin Bratt investigating her boyfriend's 2-year-old disappearance. Written and directed by Stephen Gaghan. (Paramount) (TBA)

Below. Bizarre and frightening things occur aboard a U.S. submarine following the murder of its captain and the arrival of three battle survivors. Co-written by Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream"), Lucas Sussman and director David Twohy ("Pitch Black"). (Dimension) (TBA)

Blade 2. Wesley Snipes returns as the man-pire, confronting a force evil enough to get him to join forces with the vampires. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. (New Line) (March 29)

Blood Work. Producer-director Clint Eastwood also stars as a retired FBI profiler pressed back into service. (Warner Bros.) (Aug. 9)

Changing Lanes. Road rage takes over after Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson connect on a New York highway. Directed by Roger Michell. (Paramount) (April)

Dark Blue. Ron Shelton directs Kurt Russell and Scott Speedman as L.A. cops investigating a homicide on the eve of the 1992 riots. (United Artists) (Sept. 27)

Enough. Jennifer Lopez strikes back after taking her fill of husband Billy Campbell's abuse. Michael Apted directed. (Columbia) (May 24)

Halloween: Homecoming. Busta Rhymes joins the cast and Jamie Lee Curtis returns in the latest entry in the slasher series. (Dimension) (Summer)

The Hunted. Tracker Tommy Lee Jones and FBI agent Connie Nielsen pursue wily assassin Benicio Del Toro. Directed by William Friedkin. (Paramount) (Fourth quarter)

Jason X. The 10th "Friday the 13th" is set on environmentally ravaged Earth of 2455. (New Line) (TBA)

Perfect Stranger. Philip Kaufman directs Julia Roberts as an investigative reporter tracking a missing friend. (Columbia) (December)

Unfaithful. Adrian Lyne ("Fatal Attraction") revisits a theme in an erotic thriller about an adulterous wife. With Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez. (Fox) (May 10)

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