By Lindsay Toler
By Chad Garrison
By Brett Koshkin
By RFT Staff
By Lindsay Toler
By Riverfront Times
By Danny Wicentowski
By Pete Kotz
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written by: David Goyer (Blade)
What it's about: This relaunching of the moribund franchise tells how Bruce Wayne (Bale) became the Dark Knight after seeing his parents executed in a Gotham City alley. In this version, Bruce heads to the Himalayas to train (with Neeson, shades of The Phantom Menace) and returns to Gotham to find a bad city run by a good cop, Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), and overrun with creepy villains, chief among them The Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy).
Why it will be dreadful: Because origin stories are boring, and because the idea of sitting through one more Liam Neeson "training session" is about as appealing as sliding down the Batpole naked.
What it's about: A working-class Yorkshire girl (Press) befriends a rich girl (Blunt). Lesbian hijinks ensue. Considine is a born-again ex-con who comes between them.
Why it will be fabulous:That one shot in the trailer of the two leads in wet underwear. Yeow!
Why it will be dreadful: It's called My Summer of Love.
Directed by: Mark Rosman (A Cinderella Story)
Written by:Gina Wendkos (Jersey Girl)
What it's about: A teenage girl (Duff) and her best friend try to invent the perfect man for Mom (Locklear) by using the best friend's uncle (Noth) as a prototype.
Why it will be fabulous: Styx lead singer Dennis De Young plays a Dennis De Young impersonator. Props for that, at least.
Why it will be dreadful: Hilary Duff and good movies simply don't interact.
Written and directed by:Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally)
What it's about:A spin-off of the sitcom: A TV producer revives the classic show and inadvertently casts a real witch in the title role. Enter Kidman.
Why it will be fabulous:If the acidic journalist and fictioneer Ephron has put some punch into it, this could prove to be dark fun. The cast is certainly high-octane, and the plot-tinkering sounds interesting.
Why it will be dreadful:The reason this was canceled is that the one-joke premise grew stale. It's no fresher today.
HERBIE: FULLY LOADED
Directed by: Angela Robinson
What it's about: Maggie Peyton (Lohan) is the latest owner of the possessed Volkswagen Beetle, which first appeared in 1968's The Love Bug. With her old man (Keaton) cheering her on, and with the competition (Dillon) doing everything he can to sabotage the antique, Maggie enters Herbie in a NASCAR race against the likes of Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gee, wonder who wins.
Why it will be fabulous: It's written by Lennon and Garrant, creators of Reno 911!, and Gough and Millar, responsible for Smallvilleand Spider-Man 2 story.
Why it will be dreadful: Written by Lennon and Garrant, who penned The Pacifierand Taxi, and Gough and Millar, responsible for Lethal Weapon 4and Showtime.
Written and directed by: George Romero
What it's about: The creator of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Deadfinally gets to make a new big-budget zombie movie, after the mediocre Dawnremake made a pretty penny. Continuing the Romero Dead saga, the film envisions a post-apocalyptic world in which humans live in fortified cities while trying to ignore the fact that every place outside their walls is inhabited by flesh-hungry zombies.
Why it will be fabulous: It's a sequel that's been requested for 20 years -- almost as long as Revenge of the Sith. And Romero is not the kind of director who will go soft.
Why it will be dreadful: John Leguizamo? Why?
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS Directed by: Luc Jacquet
Written by:Jacquet and Michel Fessler
What it's about: Documentary that follows a year in the life of a flock of emperor penguins at the North Pole.
Why it will be fabulous: Penguins are well-liked birds, and some of the footage looks amazing.
Why it will be dreadful: Giving them French voices sounds like a bad idea...let's hope it's done sparingly and tastefully.
Written and directed by: Miranda July
What it's about: An uptight single father (Hawkes) freaks out when he meets a wild and spontaneous woman (July). Meanwhile, his seven-year-old son is having an Internet romance with a stranger, and his fourteen-year-old son has problems of his own.
Why it will be fabulous:Uhhhhh...
Why it will be dreadful: When a little-known actress makes her directorial debut and casts herself as the spontaneous free spirit, watch out. Sounds an awful lot like ego gratification.