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SNEAKS 2008 : Suspense

Looking ahead, categorically

Laughs, chills, animation, musicals. There's plenty of action, high adventure, romance. Let the previews begin.

January 13, 2008

The Bank Job

In 1971 London, thieves steal millions of pounds' worth of jewelry in a case with links to murder, corruption, a sex scandal and the royal family. Inspired by true events. Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows star. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. Lionsgate, March 7.

Boarding Gate

Asia Argento stars as a former prostitute who becomes involved in a complex relationship with a young couple. Written and directed by Olivier Assayas. Michael Madsen, Carl Loong Ng and Kelly Lin also star. Magnet Releasing, March.

Cloverfield

A going-away party becomes a survival test for a group of friends when a giant monster descends on New York. J.J. Abrams produced. With Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas and T.J. Miller. Written by Drew Goddard. Directed by Matt Reeves. Paramount Pictures, Friday.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly star in a "reinvention" of the 1951 classic about the global impact of an enigmatic alien's arrival. Directed by Scott Derrickson. Screenplay by David Scarpa. 20th Century Fox, Dec. 12.

Doomsday

A team of specialists enters a city that has been quarantined for 30 years to find a cure to the quickly spreading virus. With Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester, Alexander Siddig and Malcolm McDowell. Written and directed by Neil Marshall. Rogue Pictures, March 14.

Eagle Eye

Two Americans are unwittingly involved in an assassination plot by a mysterious woman. With Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Billy Bob Thornton. Screenplay by Travis Wright and John Glenn, and Hillary Seitz; story by Dan McDermott. Directed by D.J. Caruso. DreamWorks, distributed by Paramount Pictures, Aug. 8.

88 Minutes

Al Pacino plays a college professor and FBI forensics expert who has less than an hour and a half to determine the source of a death threat against him. Written by Gary Scott Thompson. Directed by Jon Avnet. TriStar Pictures, April 18.

Flawless

A diamond executive and a janitor plot a revenge caper. Starring Demi Moore and Michael Caine. Written by Edward Anderson. Directed by Michael Radford ("Il Postino"). Magnolia Pictures, March 28.

Funny Games

Writer-director Michael Haneke does an English-language makeover on his disturbing 1997 film about a vacationing family tormented by two unbalanced young men. Naomi Watts and Tim Roth star. Warner Independent Pictures, March 14.

Game

Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall star in a chiller set in a dystopian future in which players can control other humans in an elaborate online competition. Written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Lionsgate, fall.

The Happening

Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel play a couple on the run in writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's apocalyptic tale. With John Leguizamo. 20th Century Fox, June 13.

The International

An Interpol agent and a Manhattan prosecutor embark on a dangerous, globe-trotting crusade to bring justice to a powerful multinational bank. Clive Owen and Naomi Watts star. Written by Eric Singer. Directed by Tom Tykwer. Columbia Pictures, Aug. 15.

Lakeview Terrace

A young interracial couple move into their California dream house and are harassed by their new neighbor, an LAPD officer. Patrick Wilson, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson star. Directed by Neil LaBute. Written by David Loughery and Howard Korder. Screen Gems, September.

The Night Watchman

A veteran LAPD officer struggles with the death of his wife and an investigation into his involvement in the killing of a fellow cop. With Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker and Hugh Laurie. Written by James Elroy and David Ayer. Directed by Ayer. Fox Searchlight, TBA.

Passengers

Anne Hathaway stars as a young therapist assigned to counsel five survivors of a plane crash, but their accounts don't match with the airline's version and they begin to disappear. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Written by Ronnie Christensen. Columbia Pictures, TBA.

Possession

A freak accident leaves two brothers in a coma, but when one awakens he thinks he's the other. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Landes and Lee Pace star. Directed by Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist. Based on a 2002 Korean film. Yari Film Group Releasing, Feb. 29.

Quid Pro Quo

Writer-director Carlos Brooks' psychological tale about a public radio reporter drawn into sinister happenings at a hospital. Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga star. Magnolia Pictures, May 9.

The Repossession Mambo

In the future, synthetic organs are the new upgradeable commodities, but failure to pay will bring a visit from two hard-working repo men (Forest Whitaker and Jude Law). Directed by Miguel Sapochnik. Written by Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner based on Garcia's novel. Universal Pictures, TBA.

Righteous Kill

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