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A year's worth of stars and stories

January 11, 2009



An Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver. Written and directed by James Cameron. Also in Imax 3-D. 20th Century Fox, Dec. 18.


An autistic girl learns martial arts from watching Tony Jaa and Bruce Lee films so as to exact revenge on those who bankrupted her mother. Starring Jeeja Vismistananda. Written by Chukiat Sakveerakul and Nepalee Sakweerakul. Directed by Prachya Pinkaew. Magnet Releasing, Feb. 6.

Crank: High Voltage

A hit man launches himself on a chase through Los Angeles in pursuit of the Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart. Starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam, Efren Ramirez, Clifton Collins Jr. and Bai Ling. Written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Lionsgate, April 17.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 28 words Type of Material: Correction
'Fragments': In a list of upcoming movies in Sunday's Calendar section, the writing credit for "Fragments" was given to director Rowan Woods. It was written by Roy Freirich.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, March 01, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
'Crossing Over': A Guide listing for the movie "Crossing Over" in today's Calendar section listed Sean Penn as among the cast members. Penn's scenes were cut, so the actor no longer appears in the film.

The Dark Knight

A rerelease of the 2008 summer blockbuster. Batman returns in his crusade to clean up Gotham City but faces a new challenge: the Joker. With Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan with Jonathan Nolan. Also in Imax. Warner Bros., Jan. 23.

Fast & Furious

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam in this sequel when a crime brings the ex-con and FBI agent back to L.A., forcing them to confront a shared enemy. Directed by Justin Lin. Written by Chris Morgan. Universal, April 3.


A small-town boy forms a partnership with a New York City scam artist and becomes a star street-fighter. With Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard. Directed and co-written by Dito Montiel with Robert Munich. Rogue Pictures, April 24.

Free Style

Corbin Bleu stars in this story about a young man determined to win a coveted spot on the Grand National motocross racing team. With Penelope Ann Miller. Directed by William Dear. Written by Jeffrey Nicholson & Joshua Leibner. Samuel Goldwyn Films, February.

G. I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra

The G.I. Joe team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid. Screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett. Directed by Stephen Sommers. Paramount Pictures, Aug. 7.


A recently orphaned young man becomes a reluctant superhero after saving a woman from a trio of thugs. With Marko Zaror. Written and directed by Ernesto Diaz Espinoza. Magnet Releasing, TBA.

Ninja Assassin

A young assassin on the run from the clan that trained him must team with a Europol agent to save both their lives. With Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles and Rick Yune. Screenplay by Matthew Sand and J. Michael Straczynski. Directed by James McTeigue. Warner Bros. Pictures, TBA.

Public Enemies

Johnny Depp stars as legendary Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger, who became the No. 1 target of J. Edgar Hoover's fledgling FBI and a folk hero to much of the downtrodden public. With Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Giovanni Ribisi, Billy Crudup. Directed by Michael Mann. Written by Mann, Ronan Bennett, Ann Biderman and Mark St. Germain. Universal, July 1.

Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie directs the newest portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Dr. Watson. With Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams. Screenplay by Ritchie, Mike Johnson, Anthony Peckham. Warner Bros. Pictures, Nov. 20.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Devastated by the kidnapping of her father, a girl takes to the streets of Hong Kong, embarking on an epic quest for justice. With Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough. Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. Screenplay by Justin Marks. 20th Century Fox, Feb. 27.


Liam Neeson stars as an ex-government operative with less than four days to find his daughter, who has been kidnapped while on vacation in Paris. With Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen. Written by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen. Directed by Pierre Morel. 20th Century Fox, Jan. 30.

The Taking of Pelham 123

Denzel Washington stars in this remake of the hijacking of a New York City subway train. With John Travolta, John Turturro and James Gandolfini. Directed by Tony Scott. Screenplay by Brian Helgeland. Columbia Pictures, July 31.

Terminator Salvation

Set in post-apocalyptic 2018 with John Connor ready to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. With Christian Bale, Sam Worthington and Common. Written by Michael Ferris & John Brancato, Paul Haggis, Jonathan Nolan, Shaun Ryan and Anthony Zuiker. Directed by McG. Warner Bros. Pictures, May 22.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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