Before this year, Andrew Garfield was known mostly as “that guy from the Facebook movie.”
Come summertime, he’s going to be known as the new Spider-Man.
The rest of the year will bring lots more sequels and franchise installments, some highly anticipated (“The Dark Knight Rises”), and some highly questionable (“Taken 2” – really?).
Here are some of this year’s most-anticipated films (release dates are subject to change):
Based on the book about a young boy who searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Sandra Bullock stars as the boy’s grief-stricken mom.
The first of the films based on the popular (and surprisingly gruesome) books set in a future where a boy and girl are forced to participate in a televised fight to the death, with Jennifer Lawrence (an Oscar nominee for “Winter’s Bone”) starring as the heroine, Katniss Everdeen.
Sci-fi actioner about a Civil War vet sent to Mars who discovers it to be inhabited by 12-foot-tall barbarians (who would’ve thought?) that take him prisoner.
A romantic twist on the Snow White fairy tale following an exiled princess (Lily Collins) who enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her kingdom taken over by an evil queen (Julia Roberts).
Finally, after several superhero films (“Iron Man,” “Captain America,” “Thor,” “The Incredible Hulk”) leading up to this one, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of superhumans to – what else? – save Earth from destruction.
Tim Burton directs this update of the cult TV series centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts.
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origin.
In another take on the fairy tale, the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth of “Thor”) ordered to take Snow White (Kristen Stewart) into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the evil queen (Charlize Theron).
Ridley Scott directs this sci-fi/horror tale (that was rumored to be a prequel to “Alien”) following a team of explorers that discovers a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to a dark planet. Then they are attacked by, well, alien-looking things.
A modern twist on another fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened, as a young farmer (Nicholas Hoult) leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom to rescue a kidnapped princess.
Animated adventure following a princess who defies custom and brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, she must rely on her bravery and archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
The oft-debated reboot of the successful franchise with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, who becomes – well, you know.
The final film in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy picks up eight years after the events of “The Dark Knight,” as terrorist leader Bane (Tom Hardy) creates chaos in Gotham City, forcing former hero Batman (Christian Bale) to resurface.
The next in the rebooted Bond series, as 007 (Daniel Craig) finds his loyalty to M (Judi Dench) tested as her past comes back to haunt her. Maybe she used to go by another letter?
After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. If you understood any of that, then you’ll be seeing this movie.
Sandra Bullock stars as the lone survivor of a space mission to repair the Hubble telescope who desperately tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter. George Clooney also stars.“Les Miserables”
This musical based on the stage version of Victor Hugo’s epic of poverty, class and revenge sports a surprising cast – Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried.
Peter Jackson’s much-delayed labor of love finally hits the screen, following hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who journeys with a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by an evil dragon (is there any other kind?).
Based on the book by Max Brooks, a U.N. representative (Brad Pitt) interviews survivors in the wake of a catastrophic zombie war.
Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge”) returns with this take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, following a Midwesterner (Tobey Maguire) now living on Long Island who finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor (Leonardo DiCaprio).