Coming to the marquee

While there aren't any new movies opening today, the new year will bring a new slate of films in the coming weeks. Here's what's in store:

Mainstream releases

Jan. 8

"Daybreakers" — Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe star in this futuristic thriller set in 2019 (not really that far ahead in the future, guys), when a plague has transformed most every human into a vampire. It's always something! Faced with a dwindling blood supply, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps to save humankind.

"Leap Year" — The first rom-com of the year stars Amy Adams ("Julie and Julia") and Mathew Goode ("Watchmen") in this tale of a woman who wants to follow an Irish tradition and propose to her boyfriend on Feb. 29 in Dublin, but mishaps threaten to jeopardize her plans. Love ensues, probably.

"Youth in Revolt" — Michael Cera ("Superbad") stars in this adaptation of the cult novel about a teen who assumes an alter ego and sets his sights on the girl of his dreams, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity. That wimpy mustache he dons probably won't help.

Jan. 15

"The Book of Eli" — Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman star in this postapocalyptic tale (kicking off the new year with a positive note) of a man fighting his way across America to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. Maybe he should tell those vampires in "Daybreakers" and save everyone a whole lot of time.

"The Lovely Bones" — Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) directs this adaptation of the book about a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family — and her killer — from a purgatory state. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

"The Spy Next Door" — Jackie Chan returns as a former CIA spy (why are there never current CIA spies?) who doesn't exactly get along with his girlfriend's three kids. Trying to bond, he watches after them one night and everything seems fine until one of the kids downloads top-secret information (because all the cool kids are doing it), causing a Russian terrorist to track them down, and Chan to do a lot of cool stunts.

Jan. 22

"Legion" — What is it with all these apocalyptic movies ringing in the new year? Anyway, God has tired of humankind and sends his legion of archangels to bring about the world's demise. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner who discover that a young waitress could be pregnant with the messiah.

"Tooth Fairy" — Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars as an insensitive minor-league hockey player who must pay for his bad deeds by serving one week as a real-life tooth fairy. Those who still believe in the tooth fairy might find this enjoyable.

Jan. 29

"Edge of Darkness" — Mel Gibson stars as a homicide detective who investigates the death of his activist daughter, uncovering not only her secret life, but a corporate and government conspiracy.

Alternative releases

Louise C. Murdock Theatre

The 20th Century Center's theater at 536 N. Broadway continues its theme of French films this month.

Today —"Betty Blue." A handyman working in France lives a quiet and peaceful life until a free-spirited woman comes into his life.

Jan. 8 —"Children of Paradise" centers on the ill-fated love between a theater mime and an actress, and the people who love them.

Jan. 15 —"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg." A teen girl and her 20-year-old boyfriend want to marry at the behest of her mother.

Jan. 22 —"City of Lost Children." A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that will slow his aging process.

Jan. 29 —"Triplets of Belleville." When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, a woman and her dog team up with an aging song-and-dance team of sisters to rescue him.

Orpheum Theatre

Jan. 21 —"The Wiz," adaptation of the Broadway musical based on "The Wizard of Oz" starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Nipsey Russell.