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Projecting the year at the movies

Sneaks `05

For A Fresh Slate Of Films, The Axiom Holds True: Most Everything Sounds Promising In January.

January 16, 2005|Capsules compiled by Kevin Crust and Kinsey Lowe

Alone in the Dark. A paranormal-phenomena investigator (Christian Slater) returns to the orphanage where he was raised to solve the mystery of 19 former orphans who have disappeared. Tara Reid and Stephen Dorff also star. Directed by Uwe Boll ("House of the Dead"). Lions Gate Films, Jan 28.

The Amityville Horror. A family moves into its Long Island dream house -- the site of six grisly murders one year earlier. Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George star. Directed by Andrew Douglas ("Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus"). MGM, April 15.

Boogeyman. Barry Watson plays a young man who returns home to face the demons that have stalked him since childhood. Directed by Stephen Kay (the 2000 "Get Carter" remake). Screen Gems, Feb. 4.

The Cave. A group of American cave explorers finds more than it bargained for in the dark caverns hidden below a 13th century Romanian abbey. Cole Hauser, Morris Chestnut, Piper Perabo and Eddie Cibrian star. Directed by Bruce Hunt. Screen Gems, April 8.

Cursed. "Scream" writer Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven spin a contemporary tale of werewolves in Los Angeles. Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg and Joshua Jackson star. Dimension Films, Feb. 25.

Dark Water. Jennifer Connelly stars as a mother driven to extreme measures to protect her daughter when their new apartment takes on a life of its own in this remake of a popular Japanese film. John C. Reilly, Tim Roth and Pete Postlethwaite also star. Directed by Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries"). Touchstone Pictures, TBA.

Devil's Rejects. Rob Zombie continues the "House of 1000 Corpses" saga with a western motif involving a vigilante sheriff. William Forsythe, Sid Haig and Sheri Moon Zombie star. Lions Gate Films, Aug. 12.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Laura Linney plays an attorney defending priest Tom Wilkinson in the death of a young girl officially recognized by the Catholic Church as being possessed. Campbell Scott and Shohreh Aghdashloo co-star. Directed by Scott Derrickson. Screen Gems, Sept. 9.

The Fog. Strange happenings off the Northern California coast recall a dense fog that caused a deadly shipwreck exactly 100 years earlier in this remake of the 1980 John Carpenter chiller. Columbia Pictures, Oct. 14.

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead. The veteran horrormeister returns with this tale of a modern-day society in which the walking dead inhabit a wasteland outside the walls of the fortified city that houses the living. Asia Argento, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper star. Universal Pictures, Oct. 21.

Hellbent. A gay slasher film set on Halloween night in the middle of West Hollywood's outrageous street celebration. Written and directed by Paul Etheredge-Ouzts. With Dylan Fergus, Bryan Kirkwood and Hank Harris. here!/Regent Releasing, June 17.

High Tension. The quiet weekend of studying planned by two French college students is disrupted by a late-night visitor with a knife. Cecile De France, Maiwenn (above) and Philippe Nahon star. Directed by Alexandre Aja. Lions Gate Films, June 3.

House of Wax. Terror strikes a group of friends as they pass through a small town on their way to a college football game. Elisha Cuthbert and Chad Michael Murray star. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Warner Bros., June 3.

Saw 2. Writer-director James Wan and writer-actor Leigh Whannell devise a follow-up to last fall's hit about a serial killer. Lions Gate Films, Oct. 28.

Undead. Meteorites rain on a sleepy fishing village, triggering a zombie feeding frenzy. Felicity Mason and Mungo McKay star. Directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig. Lions Gate Films, July 1.

Underworld: Evolution. Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman return for director Len Wiseman's sequel in which the battle between the aristocratic death dealers and the barbaric Lycans continues. Screen Gems, Dec. 9.

The Woods. Agnes Bruckner plays a lonely teenager dumped by her parents at a creepy boarding school where she begins to have gruesome visions. Patricia Clarkson and Bruce Campbell co-star. Directed by Lucky McKee ("May"). United Artists, Sept. 2.

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Documentary

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt. The late, highly influential Texas singer-songwriter is profiled by filmmaker Margaret Brown. Willie Nelson, Steve Earle and Guy Clark are featured. Palm Pictures, summer.

Blossoms of Fire. Maureen Gosling's film illuminates the colorful culture of Mexico's Isthmus Zapotecs, known for their work ethic and powerful matriarchy. New Yorker Films, TBA.

Born Into Brothels. New York photographer Zana Briski gives cameras to children in Calcutta's red-light district and teaches them to see the world in a new way. Directed by Ross Kauffman and Briski. ThinkFilm, Jan. 28.

Deep Blue. Michael Gambon narrates this natural history of the oceans that was culled from the BBC documentary series "The Blue Planet." Directed by Andy Byatt, Alistair Fothergill. Miramax Films, April.

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