Preview of films to hit the box office in the new year

With movies like The Dark Knight, Twilight and Iron Man, 2008 was a year for the record books for the Hollywood industry. The start of the new year also promises movie-goers a reason to visit the theater.

Movies like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Transformers Revenge of the Fallen will build on the stories set by previous entries into their respective stories. Listed below is a 2009 movie-viewing guide, including films expected to be box-office hits with a short preview of what makes each significant and view worthy.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The previous X-Men disappointed critics, but 20th Century Fox has promised that this installment into the X-Men universe will not have the same reputation. X-Men Origins: Wolverine gives viewers a chance to look into the background of one of the most popular characters in the comic book and superhero world. This film deserves a chance after the X-Men resume was tainted by The Last Stand.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Shia Labeouf returns to his role as Sam Witwicky in the new sequel to 2007 summer blockbuster, Transformers. Director Michael Bay has kept plot information on lock-down, but with the first movie being such a hit, viewers can expect the sequel to be just as action packed and full of visual eye-candy.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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The new addition to the Harry Potter saga is expected to be the best in the series thus far. Fans of the novels know what to look forward to in the story of Harry Potter and his epic struggle between being a teenager and a hero. Harry’s showdown with “he who must not be named” may not necessarily go great for him this time around.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel

Who doesn’t love singing chipmunks? This movie will be great for kids and anyone who liked the first film.

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Year One

Michael Cera and Jack Black team up in this “prehistoric” comedy. They play two hunter-gatherers in a primitive tribe, and are banished, leaving them to explore an earlier version of the world than what we recognize. The comedy duo of Cera and Black is sure to be hilarious.

New Moon

Teenage girls, begin screaming now. The Twilight series is back with sequel New Moon in which an accident leaves Edward separated from Bella and the rest of his vampire family. Although mostly intended for teens, the first film was stunning, and the sequel, hopefully, will be just as impressive.

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The last film of the late Heath Ledger looks interesting to say the least. After Ledger’s  death, Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell joined the cast, each sharing the role of Tony with Ledger. Proceeds of the film are expected to be donated to Ledger’s daughter.

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