FEBRUARY

"The Guru" stars Jimi Mistry as an Indian dancer who travels from Delhi to New York, where he is mistaken for a spiritual healer by the city's upper crust. With Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei.

"He Loves Me/He Loves Me Not" is a French romantic thriller about a romantic triangle between a young woman, her married lover and his pregnant wife. With Audrey Tautou ("Amelie").

7 -- "Deliver Us From Eva" stars Gabrielle Union as the eponymous character, a meddling sister whose siblings and in-laws pay a man $5,000 to date her and take her off their hands. When he actually falls for her, high jinks ensue. With LL Cool J.

"The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm" is Audrey Brohy's acclaimed video documentary about the 1991 Gulf War, the ensuing embargo against Iraq and the origins and context of the current crisis.

"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" stars Kate Hudson as a writer who agrees to pen an autobiographical story about the things women do to drive men away. Because this is a Hollywood romantic comedy, her guinea pig (Matthew McConaughey) turns out to be someone who just bet his buddies that he could make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. And they're off!

"Ikiru," Akira Kurosawa's classic 1952 movie about a quiet office worker whose reckoning with death changes not only him but those around him, arrives in a brand-new print at the American Film Institute theater.

"Love Liza" features Philip Seymour Hoffman as a man whose wife has died and who is determined to seek oblivion, even as his friends and co-workers desperately try to help him.

"Max" stars John Cusack as the eponymous Max Rothman, a Jewish art dealer who befriends Adolf Hitler (Noah Taylor) just as he is trying to decide whether to be an artist or a politician.

"Quai des Orfevres," Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic 1947 crime drama about an ambitious dance-hall singer, her accompanist husband and the wealthy businessman in whose death they are implicated, opens at AFI.

"The Quiet American," Phillip Noyce's adaptation of the Graham Greene novel, stars Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser as two men caught up in the events of 1950s Vietnam and in a mutual attraction to a beautiful Vietnamese woman.

"Russian Ark" follows a 19th-century French memoirist through the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, where he encounters figures from Russian history. Filmed in one unedited take by Aleksandr Sokurov.

"Shanghai Knights," starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, continues the stars' "Shanghai Noon" franchise as Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon try to track down Jack the Ripper in 19th-century London. From the Charles Dickens novel. (Kidding!)

14 -- "Daredevil" brings yet one more Marvel comic hero to life in Ben Affleck, who plays Matt Murdock (aka the Man Without Fear), mild-mannered attorney by day, spandex-swathed urban vigilante by night. Hey, don't be fooled by all the body-socks he's got -- he's still just Benny from the block. With Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell and Joe Pantoliano (recapitated since his last appearance on "The Sopranos").

"The Jungle Book 2" finds Disney taking yet one more bite out of poor Rudyard Kipling. The studio acquired "The Jungle Book" gratis from the public domain, and it now monopolizes the book through ongoing efforts with Congress to extend copyright. Here, the jungle boy Mowgli decides to live with his animal friends but must contend with a vengeful tiger named Shere Khan. Hope he has a good lobbyist!

"Lockdown" stars Richard T. Jones as a young man who tries to get his life on track by becoming a competitive swimmer in college; his plans are foiled when he and two friends are accused of murder and imprisoned.

"Lost in La Mancha" is Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's documentary about filmmaker Terry Gilliam's efforts to get the movie "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" off the ground. Narrated by Jeff Bridges.

"The Other Network," an omnibus of situation comedy pilots that never made it to air, features such performers as Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Ron Silver and Ray Romano.

21 -- "The Ballad of Bering Strait," a high point of last year's D.C. Film Festival, follows a group of Russian teenagers who come to America to become country music stars. Do svidaniya, y'all!

"Dark Blue" is Ron Shelton's adaptation of a James Ellroy story wherein a veteran police detective (Kurt Russell) schools a newcomer in the ways of the Los Angeles streets while investigating a quadruple homicide. With Scott Speedman and Ving Rhames.

"Gods and Generals," a "prequel" to the 1993 hit "Gettysburg," follows the life and career of Civil War general Stonewall Jackson (Stephen Lang) and the early years of the war, from Manassas to Fredericksburg. With Robert Duvall as Robert E. Lee and Chris Conner as John Wilkes Booth.

"The Life of David Gale" stars Kevin Spacey as an anti-death penalty activist who through a strange twist of fate winds up on death row himself. With three days left until his execution, he grants an interview to a reporter (Kate Winslet), who tries desperately to exonerate him in the time he has left. Directed by Alan Parker.

"Old School" features Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn as three former college buddies who decide to form their own fraternity, which, because they're not students anymore, doesn't have to abide by campus rules.

28 -- "Cradle 2 the Grave" is an urban thriller about a crime boss who, when his daughter is kidnapped, enlists an unlikely ally in a Taiwanese intelligence officer. With DMX and Jet Li.

MARCH

"Dreamcatcher," Lawrence Kasdan's horror movie about four friends who do battle with a psychotic Army colonel and an otherworldly being while on a camping trip in Maine, stars Morgan Freeman, Jason Lee and Tom Sizemore. From Stephen King by way of screenwriter William Goldman, so cautious optimism is warranted.

"Gerry" is Gus Van Sant's improvisational two-man show starring Casey Affleck and Matt Damon as two friends named Gerry who are stranded in a desert.

"House of 1,000 Corpses" is a horror flick about a group of teens who take refuge in a spooky house during a storm. It's directed by a guy named Rob Zombie, and Karen Black plays a character called Mother Firefly. 'Nuff said.

"Marooned in Iraq," from Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi, concerns a group of Kurdish musicians who try to find a legendary singer in northern Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war.

"The Perfect Score" finds a group of teenagers breaking into the Princeton Testing Center, where they intend to steal the answers to the SATs so they can ace their exams. Mischief and life lessons ensue.

"Poolhall Junkies" stars Chazz Palminteri and Gregory "Mars" Martin as two pool players whose father-son relationship is threatened when the younger of the two decides to break away from his mentor. Directed by Martin.

7 -- "Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony" is director Lee Hirsch's documentary about the role music played in bringing down apartheid in South Africa through the 1980s and early 1990s.

"Bringing Down the House" stars Queen Latifah as a prisoner who invades the life of a lonely guy (Steve Martin) and proceeds to get jiggy with it. The high-wattage duo is supported by such comic players as Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright and Betty White.

"The Safety of Objects" tells the overlapping stories of four suburban families, each of which is coping with dire difficulties. Rose Troche directs from stories by A.M. Homes.

"Tears of the Sun" stars Bruce Willis as a Navy SEAL who, while on duty in Africa, must choose between following military orders or ferrying a group of refugees out of harm's way. Brought to the screen by director Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day").

14 -- "Agent Cody Banks" takes a page from "Spy Kids," featuring "Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz as a teenager who's a spy for the CIA. When Cody gets an assignment to cuddle up to a classmate in order to spy on her scientist father, even his coolest gadgets can't get him to first base.

"The Hunted" is a suspense thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones as a tracker who teams up with a female FBI agent (Connie Nielsen) to capture an assassin played by Benicio Del Toro. Female agent? Chasing Benicio Del Toro? Girl, whatever your story is, stick to it. From the maestro of urban cat-and-mouse games, William Friedkin.

"Irreversible" concerns a woman who is raped, and whose husband and friend decide to take justice into their own hands. From French director Gaspar Noe, with Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel.

"Prozac Nation," based on Elizabeth Wurtzel's memoir of the same name, stars Christina Ricci as a young woman who battles depression during her first year at Harvard.

"Spider" tells the story of Dennis "Spider" Cleg, a young man suffering from schizophrenia who lives in a halfway house in London and whose grasp on reality becomes increasingly fragile. David Cronenberg directs from the Patrick McGrath novel, with Ralph Fiennes as Spider and Miranda Richardson as his mother.

"Willard" stars Crispin Glover as a young man who has an unusual psychic bond with rats.

21 -- "Bend It Like Beckham" is Gurinder Chadha's comedy about two Indian girls living in London who long to become soccer stars, against their family's more traditional wishes.

"Boat Trip" stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Horatio Sanz as two lovelorn friends who unwittingly embark on a gay cruise to meet women. With Vivica A. Fox.

"Dysfunktional Family" is George Gallo's documentary about the comedian Eddie Griffin, who attends a family reunion that features one uncle who's a porn director and another who's a former pimp. Funny stuff.

"Identity" features John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes, Alfred Molina and Rebecca De Mornay in a suspense thriller about 10 travelers who are forced by a rainstorm to take refuge in the spookiest motel since the Bates closed. Directed by James Mangold ("Heavy," "Cop Land," "Girl, Interrupted").

"Piglet's Big Movie" is an animated feature about the Winnie the Pooh character Piglet, who must save his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood from extinction with the help of the Books of Memories.

"View From the Top" features Gwyneth Paltrow as a small-town woman who strives to reach her goal of becoming a flight attendant. The romantic comedy features an all-star lineup of supporting players: Mark Ruffalo, Mike Myers, Rob Lowe, Candice Bergen and Christina Applegate, to name a few.

28 -- "All the Real Girls" takes place in a small Southern town where the local Lothario (Paul Schneider) falls in love with his best friend's virginal younger sister (Zooey Deschanel). A recent award-winner at the Sundance Film Festival and directed by David Gordon Green ("George Washington").

"Assassination Tango" stars Robert Duvall as a veteran hit man who discovers the passion of tango dancing while awaiting the arrival of a political target in Argentina. Duvall directs.

"The Core" is a science-fiction thriller concerning a team of scientists sent to bomb the Earth's inner core to ensure that it keeps spinning. (Alternate title: "The Axis of the Eve of Destruction.")

"The Guys" is the adaptation of a play by the same name about a fire captain who must speak at the funerals of eight colleagues who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and the editor who helps him with the eulogies. With Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia.

"Head of State" stars Chris Rock as a Washington alderman who is chosen by the Democratic Party to run for president when the original nominee unexpectedly dies in midcampaign. Rock makes his directorial debut.

"Nowhere in Africa" is the story of a Jewish family that flees Germany shortly before World War II and immigrates to Kenya, where they begin farming and coming to terms with a new life. Directed by Caroline Link.

APRIL

"Malibu's Most Wanted" stars Jamie Kennedy in a comedy about a white guy from Malibu who wants to be a rap star and whose politician father has him kidnapped by two African American Juilliard students impersonating criminals.

"A Mighty Wind" stars Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKeon as the Folksmen, a 1960s folk trio who reunite for a tribute to their former concert promoter. Another comic mockumentary from Guest ("This Is Spinal Tap," "Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show").

"Mondays in the Sun" is Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa's comic drama about a group of unemployed dock workers who now spend their Mondays "in the sun." With Javier Bardem.

"Raising Victor Vargas" is Peter Sollett's drama about a teenager living on New York's Lower East Side trying to make sense of a life dominated by an eccentric grandmother, a troublesome new girlfriend and his younger brother.

"What a Girl Wants" stars Amanda Bynes as a free-spirited 16-year-old who travels to England to find her biological father and discovers he's an aristocratic politician. With Colin Firth and Kelly Preston.

"XX/XY" features Mark Ruffalo in a drama about three friends who embark on a relationship that veers dangerously out of control and comes to haunt them years later.

4 -- "A Man Apart" stars Vin Diesel in an action thriller about a mysterious man who heads a drug cartel after its chief is imprisoned.

"My Baby's Mama" features Eddie Griffin, Anthony Anderson and Michael Imperioli as three young friends who are forced to grow up fast when their girlfriends all become pregnant around the same time. The comedy is directed by Cheryl Dunye.

"Phone Booth" is Joel Schumacher's dramatic thriller starring Colin Farrell as a man trapped in a phone booth by an extortionist armed with a sniper rifle -- or is it an operator demanding an additional 35 cents? With Kiefer Sutherland (don't tell me, he has 24 hours to free Farrell's character) and Forest Whitaker.

11 -- "Anger Management" stars Adam Sandler as a milquetoast who, after a burst of air-rage, is ordered to participate in anger-management sessions with a therapist played by Jack Nicholson. Let's just say that Dr. Phil he ain't.

"Dirty Pretty Things" is Stephen Frears's drama about an illegal Nigerian immigrant who comes to London only to discover the city's less seemly side of life. With Audrey Tautou.

"Down With Love" features Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in a 1960s period piece reminiscent of "Sex and the Single Girl"; Zellweger plays a best-selling advice author who tangles with a playboy journalist (McGregor) when he challenges her views on romance.

"Ghosts of the Abyss" is the nonfiction account of "Titanic" director James Cameron traveling to the wreck of the Titanic with a team of historians and marine experts armed with state-of-the-art photographic equipment. An Imax film, narrated by Bill Paxton.

"Laurel Canyon" stars Frances McDormand as a freewheeling Los Angeles record producer whose lifestyle is at odds with her Harvard Medical School student son (Christian Bale) until he discovers that his fiancee (Kate Beckinsale) finds it appealing.

"Shaolin Soccer" concerns a burned-out soccer player who uses kung fu to reunite with his family and re-energize his commitment to soccer.

"Stevie" is Steve James's documentary about his reunion with the troubled young man he had been a Big Brother to 10 years earlier. Another recent Sundance winner.

16 -- "Bulletproof Monk" is an action thriller starring Chow Yun-Fat as a mysterious monk who must now find a young protege to guard the ancient Scroll of the Ultimate. When he finds the right guy (Seann William Scott), both of them are pursued by a villain (Jaime King) who wants the scroll for herself.

"The Good Thief" is Neil Jordan's crime drama starring Nick Nolte as an aging gambler whose last-ditch attempt to rob a French casino may be foiled by a mysterious tipster.

18 -- "Basic" reunites Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta for the first time since "Pulp Fiction" in a military suspense thriller about a group of elite commandos whose disappearance sparks a controversial investigation and an argument about the proper way to translate "Big Mac" into French.

"Holes" stars Sigourney Weaver as a juvenile detention camp warden who forces her charges to dig holes -- ostensibly to build character but in actuality to find legendary buried treasure. The live-action family film co-stars Jon Voight, Tim Blake Nelson, Patricia Arquette and Shia LaBeouf as the boy who discovers the warden's secret.

25 -- "Against the Ropes" is a fictional drama inspired by real-life female boxing promoter Jackie Kallen, whose life and struggles in a male-dominated sport are dramatized here by Meg Ryan. As a boxing promoter. Really. Directed by Charles S. Dutton.

"Blue Car" stars Agnes Bruckner as a troubled 18-year-old whose life threatens to spin out of control until she comes under the tutelage of a poetry teacher played by David Strathairn.

"City of Ghosts" stars Matt Dillon as a con man who travels to Cambodia to cash in on an insurance scam but discovers more than he's bargained for. Directed by Dillon and co-starring James Caan.

"Confidence" stars Edward Burns as a grifter whose upcoming con job is threatened by past complications with a mob boss (Dustin Hoffman) and his enforcer (Andy Garcia).

"It Runs in the Family" stars Kirk Douglas, his son Michael and real-life relations Cameron and Diana Douglas in a comedy-drama about a middle-aged husband and father who doesn't want to repeat his own father's mistakes. From director Fred Schepisi.

"Levity" stars Billy Bob Thornton as a murderer who, freed from prison after 19 years, seeks redemption in the company of a mysterious minister (Morgan Freeman) and two troubled women (Holly Hunter and Kirsten Dunst).

"People I Know" features Al Pacino as a driven New York publicity agent who must bring all his talents and connections to bear on a scandal involving his biggest client.

30 -- "The Dancer Upstairs" is John Malkovich's first film as a director, attracting early comment for its intensity as it re-creates the hunt by a Peruvian detective for a revolutionary leader. Scenes of (fake) animal cruelty are said to upset some viewers.

MAY

"A Decade Under the Influence" is a documentary looking back on American movies of the '70s, in which filmmakers of that era are interviewed by some current filmmakers.

"Friday Night" is a French erotic thriller from Claire Denis, about a woman struck in a massive traffic jam who meets a man who changes her life.

"From Justin to Kelly" -- Oh please, no, not that, anything but that, as the breakout stars of "American Idol," Justin Whoever and Kelly Whatever, team up in a musical comedy that must have been scripted, produced, edited and released in, what, six months?

"Manic" cuts hard into a troubling issue, the seriously mentally ill teen. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Lyle, just committed to the Northwood Mental Institution, under the supervision of Dr. Monroe (Don Cheadle).

"Spellbound" is the month's second documentary, about six kids working desperately hard to win the 1999 National Spelling Bea -- uh, Bee.

"Sweet Sixteen" hails from the great British film poet Ken Loach. It's about a gutty Scottish teenager dreaming of getting his ma out of jail and escaping the influence of his despicable pa.

2 -- "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," for children, follows Lizzie from grade-school graduation to a trip to Rome, courtesy of the Mouse Factory.

"Only the Strong Survive," a D.A. Pennebaker documentary exploring a generation of soul singers who lasted long enough for Pennebaker to interview them, including Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett and the late Rufus Thomas.

"X2" marks the return of those fabulous X-Men to the screen, with Hugh Jackman's Wolverine leading the fight against Ian McKellen's Magneto; the plot follows our Xers' attempt to halt a mutant assassin.

9 -- "Buffalo Soldiers" features Joaquin Phoenix as a corrupt U.S. soldier stationed in West Germany during the Cold War. When a new sergeant (Scott Glenn) arrives on the base, Phoenix's lucrative black market career threatens either to disappear or to blow up in his face. A screening at Sundance resulted in Anna Paquin's being hit on the head with a water bottle. Make of it what you will.

"Daddy Day Care" tells the story of two laid-off dads, Eddie Murphy and Steve Zahn, who open a day-care facility.

"The Shape of Things" appears to turn Pygmalion on its head, as an art student (Rachel Weisz) remakes her boyfriend's personality; Paul Rudd is her fair lad.

"The Warrior" is said to be nothing less than a Hindu Italian western, about a retired sword stud who, seeking only peace, manages to annoy a warlord. Complications of a violent sort follow; the setting is the mountains of northern India.

15 -- "The Matrix Reloaded" will certainly be the big blast of the spring, with Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne taking on the grim Agents Smith and Jones of the Matrix once again. The directors, those fabulous Wachowski brothers, have even found room for Monica Bellucci in Zion.

16 -- "Hairy Tale" may be the first monkey kung-fu film of all time; the premise has a special-forces officer training chimpanzees for dangerous missions.

"The Man Without a Past" was one of the hot numbers at Cannes last year under its spellcheck- challenged original Finnish title ("Mies vailla menneisyytta"). It tells the story of a man who arrives in Helsinki without a memory.

"Pokemon 5" is just like "Pokemon 4," only more so.

21 -- "In America" is the great Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan's take on the immigrant experience, modern- style, following an Irish family's arrival in and adjustment to New York City.

23 -- "Bruce Almighty" answers a question many have asked: What would happen if Jim Carrey, instead of just thinking himself God, actually became God? With Jennifer Aniston as his girlfriend and Morgan Freeman as the Big Guy himself.

"Chasing Papi" -- And why are three beautiful women chasing Papi? It's because Papi is their boyfriend, and each of the three -- a waitress, a lawyer and an independently wealthy New Yorker -- thinks he's hers exclusively. Run, Papi, run!

"The Wedding Party" chases the complication when mild-mannered foot doc Albert Brooks catches on that his daughter's husband's parents (Michael Douglas and Candice Bergen) may be international smugglers.

30 -- "Finding Nemo" watches as Dad looks for a lost son, Nemo, with the proviso, courtesy of Disney animation, that both Dad and Nemo are blowfish.

"The Italian Job" re-creates a famed '60s comic thriller in Los Angeles, with Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton and Charlize Theron as thieves trying to steal back that which they stole but which was stolen from them.

JUNE

"Le Divorce," the new one by the classic arbiter of good taste James Ivory, going a little younger with Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts as his stars, though older gals Glenn Close and Stockard Channing and even older gal Leslie Caron also appear.

6 -- "2 Fast 2 Furious" follows up on the original hit, "The Fast and the Furious," though this time Vin Diesel isn't involved. Instead, Paul Walker, the No. 2 guy in the first film, puts the pedal to the metal as an undercover cop infiltrating the Miami street-racing circuit.

"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" is the first of the Patrick O'Brian 19th-century naval novels to make it to screen, with a distinguished director and cast: Peter Weir is behind the camera, and in front of it are Russell Crowe as Capt. Jack Aubrey and Paul Bettany -- a clever fellow who played one of Russell Crowe's imaginary friends in "A Beautiful Mind" -- as Dr. Stephen Maturin.

13 -- "Hollywood Homicide" links generations as Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett join forces to solve a murder in an L.A. nightclub. The director is Ron Shelton of "Bull Durham" fame; others in the cast are Keith David, Lena Olin and Master P.

"The Rugrats Meet the Wild Thornberrys" -- The title says it all.

"When Harry Met Lloyd: Dumb and Dumberer" explains how Lloyd (Eric Christian Olsen) and Harry (Derek Richardson) met back in the '80s, and if you remember -- or care -- that Harry and Lloyd were the heroes of the original "Dumb and Dumber," boy, do you need this movie!

20 -- "The Hulk" gives Eric Bana, so cool in "Black Hawk Down," a chance at superhero megastardom; it's also Ang Lee's first film since "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

"Jet Lag" is comedy, French-style, with Jean Reno chasing a woman he thinks he loves and Juliette Binoche fleeing a man she doesn't love anymore; they meet, they greet, they eat, but do they mate or grate?

27 -- "Casa de Los Babies" looks interesting, a film from John Sayles in which six American women (among them Daryl Hannah, Mary Steenburgen, Lili Taylor) head to a South American country to adopt babies but must live there for a period of time to qualify.

"Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" returns our three angels, Liu, Barrymore and Diaz, to action, again under the direction of McG. Among the cast: Matt LeBlanc, Demi Moore, the Olsen twins, Jaclyn Smith and Luke Wilson.

"The Hard Word" is an Aussie thriller about three jailed robbers who figure out a way to rob banks from behind bars. Guy Pearce headlines.

"Sinbad: Legend of Seven Seas" is the season's attempt by the DreamWorks studio to compete with Disney in animation; Brad Pitt's voice backs up the roving pirate's adventures.

Christopher Guest's mockumentary "A Mighty Wind," due in April, centers on the reunion of a 1960s folk trio.

No ordinary documentary: "Russian Ark," opening Friday, takes moviegoers into St. Petersburg's Hermitage museum.Eric Bana, growing into the title role of "The Hulk," due in theaters in June.