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USA Today's "8 Awaited Movies for 2008"

Movies preview: 8 awaited titles for the 2008 viewing season
By Scott Bowles, Susan Wloszczyna and Mike Clark, USA TODAY

Judging from movies that have opened in 2008, you might fear that the year will be riddled with shaky-cam monsters, bridezilla enablers and silly spoofs. Relax. The multiplexes soon will be stuffed with remakes, sequels, comic-book heroes and big-screen versions of TV shows. It all sounds very been there, watched that. Yet Hollywood's motto has always been, if at first you succeed, then try, try again. Can the familiar feel fresh again? USA TODAY asks the creative minds behind eight titles for '08 how they plan to tempt seen-it-all audiences.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
May 16


The bait: Pumped-up battle action. Added computer generated creatures. More human actors of legal age. A few extra teen girls may be tempted to go this time, just to watch tall, dark and armored newcomer Ben Barnes swing his sword as Caspian. 

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
May 22


The bait: A blend of old and new. We'll see new faces, namely Shia Lebouf as Indy's sidekick. But what has always lured audiences to an Indiana Jones film, star Harrison Ford says, "It is a pure entertainment. Unjustified. Unencumbered. We have a tradition of presenting ripping good yarns."

Sex and the City: The Movie
May 30


The bait: "The show was about the search for love. This film is more about what happens after you find it,"
says Michael Patrick King, the main creative force behind the series who wrote and directed the film.

The Dark Knight
July 18


The bait: Ledger.
Before the actor died, director Christopher Nolan said he wanted Knight to be darker than his first installment and to make "The Joker" as iconic as Batman. 

Mamma Mia! 
July 18


The bait: "The music was always the star of the show,"
says Judy Craymer, creator of the Broadway musical and a producer of the film. "Now, we have a real star." That would be Meryl Streep, who gets a chance to flex her vocal cords as Donna.

X-Files
July 25


The bait: Mulder and Scully.
X-fIles brings back David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as a believer-and-skeptic team, a couple that Carter says still resonates. "When we first got on set and I saw them together, I got chills," he says. "They've always had a chemistry that's rare in television. It was like having the familiy back together." 

Quantum of Solace
November 7


The bait: This outing takes its cues from its predecessor by offering a vulnerable Bond. The emphasis is once again on grit, not gimmickry. 

Star Trek
December 25


The bait: JJ Abrams. The creator of Lost and Cloverfield is one of the few filmmakers who can draw an audience with his name and unconventional take on conventional themes.

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2008-01-31-eight-for-08_N.htm 

So, which 2008 films are you anticipating the most?
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