After Earth: M. Night Shyamalan tries to rebound from the Last Airbender debacle with this sci-fi thriller starring Will and Jaden Smith as father and son who crash land on Earth 1,000 years after it was abandoned by mankind.
Now You See Me: Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco are a team of bank-robbing magicians. Mark Ruffalo is the FBI agent trying to anticipate their next move.
The East: Actress/screenwriter Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij ( Sound of My Voice) reunite for this thriller about an intelligence officer (Marling) trying to infiltrate a group of ecoterrorists (including Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page and Shiloh Fernandez).
Love is All You Need: Pierce Brosnan is a bitter widower whose closed heart is finally opened by a woman (Trine Dyrholm) struggling with cancer. Directed by Susanne Bier, who won an Oscar for 2010’s In a Better World.
The Internship: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson play obsolete salesmen trying to compete in the digital age who take internships at Google and try to outdo their college-age peers.
Before Midnight: Two decades after they first met, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) reunite in Greece. According to the reaction at the Sundance Film Festival, director Richard Linklater has nailed the ending to his romantic trilogy (including Before Sunrise and Before Sunset).
The Purge: Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey are a couple trying to protect their children from intruders during a 12-hour period in which the government has deemed everything legal, including murder.
This is the End: During a giant party at James Franco’s house, Emma Watson, Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna and Jonah Hill (all playing themselves) find out the apocalypse is coming and the world is about to end.
Man of Steel: Now that the Batman franchise has been put in mothballs for a while, Warner Bros. turns to its other iconic superhero — Superman — in director Zack Snyder’s reboot. Henry Cavill wears the cape. Russell Crowe is his father Jor-El, Amy Adams is Lois Lane and Michael Shannon is General Zod, still demanding people kneel before him.
Much Ado About Nothing: Writer-director Joss Whedon rounded up a bunch of his actor friends and shot this modern-day adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy at his house in 12 days, as a way to recover from the making of The Avengers. Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz and Clark Gregg form the cast.
Monsters University: Pixar continues its foray into sequels and prequels with this look back at the college days of monsters Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman), when they were studying how to be scary.
World War Z: Brad Pitt stars in this adaptation of the Max Brooks novel, playing a United Nations official racing around the world to try and stop a zombie pandemic. Directed by Marc Forster ( Quantum of Solace), who clashed with Pitt on the set and was forced to film some extensive reshoots.
The Heat: A cop-buddy comedy, only with women! Sandra Bullock is the by-the-book FBI agent who pairs up with an unpredictable Boston police officer (Melissa McCarthy) to take down a drug kingpin.
White House Down: For the second time this year (the first was Olympus Has Fallen), the White House is taken over by terrorists and a policeman (Channing Tatum) must protect the life of the president (Jamie Foxx). Directed by Roland Emmerich, who famously demolished the White House once before ( Independence Day).