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SNEAKS '06 | Thriller

A first run at the year's movies

Sent With Hope Into The World, Each Is A Potential Hit -- But Filmgoers Always Have The Final Say.

January 15, 2006

Awake Hayden Christensen plays a man who experiences "anesthetic awareness" during surgery -- he remains conscious but paralyzed -- while his new wife (Jessica Alba) suffers psychological problems of her own. With Lena Olin, Terrence Howard and Sam Robards. Directed by Joby Harold. The Weinstein Co., TBA

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Basic Instinct 2 Sharon Stone reprises her role as the seductive Catherine Tramell, now a crime novelist in London, who once again becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. David Morrissey, Charlotte Rampling and David Thewlis costar. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones ("Scandal"). MGM/Columbia Pictures, March 31

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The Black Dahlia Josh Hartnett, right, and Aaron Eckhart play cops investigating the grisly 1947 killing of Betty Short in this adaptation of James Ellroy's novel. Hilary Swank, left, Scarlett Johansson and Mia Kirshner also star. Directed by Brian De Palma. Universal Pictures, TBA

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Cautiva An Argentine teenager learns that she is actually the daughter of political dissidents who "disappeared" in the 1980s. With Barbara Lombardo, Mercedes Funes, Susana Campos, Hugo Arana, Osvaldo Santoro, Silvia Bayle and Lidia Catalano. Directed by Gaston Biraben. Laemmle Zeller, March

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Children of Men In a London of the near future when an infertility defect threatens humankind's survival, a disenchanted official becomes an unlikely militant. Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Charlie Hunnam, Michael Caine and Chiwetel Ejiofor star. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Universal Pictures, Sept. 29

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The Da Vinci Code Director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman bring Dan Brown's mega-seller about a murder at the Louvre and a 2,000-year-old religious intrigue to the big screen. Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Paul Bettany, Jurgen Prochnow and Jean Reno star. Columbia Pictures, May 19

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Dead Man's Shoes Director Shane Meadows collaborated with actor Paddy Considine on the screenplay for this film about a British veteran out for revenge against the thugs who attacked his mentally challenged brother. With Toby Kebbell, Gary Stretch, Stuart Wolfenden and Neil Bell. Magnolia Pictures, TBA

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Fragile Calista Flockhart stars as an American nurse working at a decrepit British children's hospital haunted by a former patient. Directed by Jaume Balaguero ("Darkness"). Bauer Martinez, July 21

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The Good German In post-World War II Berlin, a U.S. Army war correspondent (George Clooney) gets mixed up with an ex-lover's attempt to outrun her past. Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire costar. Written by Paul Attanasio, based on the novel by Joseph Kanon. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Warner Bros., TBA

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Grindhouse Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino team up for a high-powered homage to the exploitation film. Dimension Films, Sept. 22

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Hard Candy A teenage girl turns the tables on the thirtysomething fashion photographer she met on the Internet. Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh and Jennifer Holmes star. Directed by David Slade. Lionsgate, April 14

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Hellion Desperate to start a new life, a felon (Josh Holloway) gets involved in the kidnapping of a wealthy woman's son, and the events take an eerie turn. With Sarah Wayne Callies, Blake Woodruff, Joel Edgerton, John Kapelos, Dule Hill and Michael Rooker. Directed by Stewart Hendler. Universal Pictures, TBA

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Hotstuff Derek Luke plays an apolitical South African oil worker and soccer player who is radicalized into fighting apartheid after a brutal attack by government terror squads. Tim Robbins and Bonnie Mbuli also star. Directed by Philip Noyce. Focus Features, TBA

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House of Adam The murder of a small-town gay recluse by religious fanatics forces his lover, a closeted detective, to come to terms with his loss and prove their guilt. With John Shaw, Alexis Karriker, Reeve Howard, Tiffany McFarland and Thomas Michael Kappler. Written and directed by Jorge Ameer. Hollywood Independents, April

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In My Father's Den Returning to his small New Zealand hometown, a war photographer befriends the daughter of his first girlfriend only to become a suspect when she goes missing. With Matthew MacFadyen, Emily Barclay, Miranda Otto and Colin Moy. Written and directed by Brad McGann. Tartan Pictures USA, March

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Lucky Number Slevin Misfortune and mistaken identity land a young man (Josh Hartnett) in the midst of an underworld battle between two New York crime bosses (Ben Kingsley and Morgan Freeman). With Stanley Tucci, Bruce Willis and Lucy Liu. Directed by Paul McGuigan ("Wicker Park"). The Weinstein Co., March 31

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The Night Listener Robin Williams stars as a late-night radio host whose on-air relationship with his biggest fan, a troubled boy, raises questions in this adaptation of Armistead Maupin's bestseller. Toni Collette, Bobby Cannavale, Sandra Oh, Joe Morton and Rory Culkin also star. Directed by Patrick Stettner ("The Business of Strangers"). IFC Films, TBA

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