The Man with the Iron Fists: Wu-Tang Clan member RZA makes his directorial debut with this martial arts adventure (co-written by Hostel’s Eli Roth) about a blacksmith (Russell Crowe) who must help defend his small village from attackers in feudal China. Kanye West and The Black Keys contributed to the soundtrack, and Quentin Tarantino served as a consultant. Oh, and it’s also in 3D. How’s that for eclectic?
This Must Be the Place: After the death of his father, a retired rock star (Sean Penn) living in Dublin returns to the United States to track down the Nazi war criminal his dad was chasing down.
Wreck-It Ralph: The villain (voiced by John C. Reilly) of an old-school 1980s arcade video game (think Donkey Kong, only not exactly) tires of always being the bad guy and starts to sneak into other video games to play the hero. Judging by the trailer, this one is going to be huge.
Skyfall: Expectations are high for the 23rd installment in the James Bond series, with Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney joining the returning Daniel “007” Craig for director Sam Mendes ( American Beauty), who is trying his hand at action for the first time.
Lincoln: Director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner adapt Doris Kearns Goodwin’s critically acclaimed book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as the 16th president during his final months in office. Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Tommy Lee Jones round out the supporting cast. Can you say “Oscars all over the place?”
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2: How is the vampire Bella (Kristen Stewart) adapting to motherhood and marriage to her longtime beau Edward (Robert Pattinson)? Why is the werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) so fascinated by their infant daughter? And what will happen when the legion of elder vampires known as the Voltari come to claim the couple’s baby? Bill Condon, who directed the previous film, returns for the final installment in the record-setting franchise.
Holy Motors: Madman Leos Carax ( The Lovers on the Bridge) wrote and directed this surreal fantasy about a man who assumes various identities, from father to monster, over the course of a single night. The crowds at Cannes loved it.
Life of Pi: Ang Lee ( Brokeback Mountain) adapts Yann Martel’s best-selling novel about the son of an Indian zookeeper who is stranded on a lifeboat with an assortment of wild animals, including a 450-pound Bengal tiger. The trailer is astonishing.
Red Dawn: Long-delayed remake of the 1980s staple about a group of teens defending the United States from a foreign invasion. Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson and Josh Peck are among the young soldiers on the front line. Instead of Russia, the enemy is now North Korea.
Rise of the Guardians: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and other legendary titans must join forces to fight off an evil spirit that threatens to spoil the innocence of children the world over. Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Jude Law provide the voices.
Silver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell ( The Fighter, Three Kings) directs this drama about a former schoolteacher (Bradley Cooper) who tries to move on with his life after a stint in a mental institution. Robert De Niro plays his dad, Julia Stiles is his ex-wife and Jennifer Lawrence is a mysterious girl who changes everything.