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Oh, the places we'll go

Including remakes and originals, sequels and prequels, plus several Episodes 3 of three, almost 300 titles represent more than most people can see. Organized roughly by genre, movies of 2003 are dominated by drama, but comedy and action have traction; so do documentaries, horror and thrillers and "Bears." Oh my.

January 19, 2003|Richard Cromelin and Kevin Crust

The Alamo. Small band of Texans led by William Travis, Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie defend San Antonio mission against Mexican army forces numbering in the thousands. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Touchstone, Holiday

Bad Boys II. Detectives Will Smith and Martin Lawrence battle ambitious drug kingpin Jordi Molla. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay also return for the sequel. Columbia, July 18

Biker Boyz. Laurence Fishburne rules in the world of underground motorcycle clubs, but he's challenged by brash newcomer Derek Luke ("Antwone Fisher"). Directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood. DreamWorks, Jan. 31

Bulletproof Monk. He's busy protecting a sacred scroll from evildoers, with the unlikely help of a streetwise youth and a sexy bad girl. With Chow Yun-Fat, Seann William Scott, Jaime King. MGM, April 16

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and director McG reunite to save the endangered witness protection program. Bill Murray is out as Bosley; Bernie Mac fills the bill as Bosley's brother. Columbia, June 27

Cradle 2 the Grave. Bad guy DMX teams with lawman Jet Li to rescue the former's kidnapped daughter. Warner Bros., Feb. 28

The Fast and the Furious 2. John Singleton takes over as director in the sequel to the street-racing hit. Paul Walker returns, singer Tyrese and rapper Ludacris act (Vin Diesel has moved on), but the cars are the stars. Universal, June 6

Fulltime Killer. Hong Kong pop star Andy Lau stars in directors Johnnie To and Wai Ka Fai's tale of competitive assassins, one of whom is obsessed with his cleaning woman while the other covets his No. 1 position. Palm Pictures, April

The Great Raid. The true story of a battalion's daring attempt to free 500 prisoners from a Japanese camp during World War II. Benjamin Bratt commands the troops for director John Dahl. Miramax, TBA

Hero. The story of China's first emperor. Jet Li, Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung star for director Zhang Yimou ("Raise the Red Lantern").

Miramax, TBA

Highbinders. Hong Kong cop Jackie Chan is transformed into a superhuman warrior -- as well as the target of others seeking his mysterious medallion. Directed by Gordon Chan. Screen Gems, Oct. 17

Hollywood Homicide. Ron Shelton co-wrote and directs Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett as a pair of unconventional cops investigating a rap group's murder. Columbia/Revolution,

June 13

The Hunted. Director William Friedkin orchestrates the chase as FBI agent Connie Nielsen and tracker Tommy Lee Jones pursue assassin Benicio Del Toro. Paramount, March 14

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Angelina Jolie returns as the action archeologist jet-skiing, motorcycling and otherwise propelling around the globe. Jan de Bont directs -- we hope from a better script than the first. Paramount, July 25

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Sean Connery stars as Allan Quatermain, assisted by Capt. Nemo, Dorian Gray and other noted figures in a struggle against a Victorian villain. Directed by Stephen Norrington. Fox, July 11

A Man Apart. DEA agent Vin Diesel joins forces with a jailed cartel head to snare a mysterious new kingpin. Directed by F. Gary Gray. New Line, April 4

The Matrix Reloaded. Neo, Trinity and Morpheus battle to save Zion from killer probes. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne return, joined by Jada Pinkett Smith and Monica Bellucci. Hugo Weaving remains unrelenting as Agent Smith. Writer-directors: Andy and Larry Wachowski. Warner Bros., May 15

The Matrix Revolutions. The trilogy concludes. Will humankind prevail? Warner Bros.,

Nov. 7

Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Robert Rodriguez concludes his "El Mariachi" trilogy with the story of a drug kingpin's plan for a coup. Antonio Banderas returns as the guitar-slinging hero. With Salma Hayek, Ruben Blades, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke. Columbia, Sept. 12

Open Range. Kevin Costner directs and stars with Robert Duvall in a story of old-school cattlemen in conflict with corrupt lawman and rancher. Touchstone, May

Samsara. Spiritual-sexual conflicts preoccupy a young monk when he meets a beautiful woman in a Himalayan village. Directed by Pan Nalin. Miramax, July 18

Shaolin Soccer. An adherent of the ancient discipline reunites fallen peers and adapts their skills to the game of soccer. Stephen Chow produced, directed, wrote, edited and stars. Miramax, April 11

S.W.A.T. A new LAPD unit is put to the test when transferring a drug lord to federal custody. Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell star. Directed by Clark Johnson. Columbia, Aug. 8

Tears of the Sun. Bruce Willis as a Navy SEAL commander escorting a missionary (Monica Bellucci) and her refugees through war-torn Nigeria. Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") directs. Columbia, March 7

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back for a third installment, in which the threat from the future comes in the glamorous form of Kristanna Loken. Directed by Jonathan Mostow. Warner Bros., July 2

Timeline. Richard Donner directs an adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel about an archeology professor (Billy Connolly) and a group of students whose excavation literally takes them into medieval France. Paramount, Third quarter

Torque. Biker goes on the lam after being framed for murder. Martin Henderson, Ice Cube and Monet Mazur head the cast. Warner Bros., Fall

Untitled Peter Berg Project. In which he directs the Rock and Seann William Scott as hostile allies aligned against gold-mining mogul Christopher Walken. Universal, Sept. 26

The Warrior. Feudal India is the setting for an adventure about a warrior who tries to leave the employ of a local lord. Writer-director Asif Kapadia. Miramax, May 9

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