The end is near — the end of the month, anyway.
And while January was littered with doom-and-gloom sci-fi movies about postapocalyptic survival ("The Book of Eli," "Daybreakers," "Legion"), the rest of the year holds more promise.
Here's a glimpse of some of the notable films coming our way in 2010 (release dates are subject to change):
"Edge of Darkness" — In his first major acting role since 2003's "The Singing Detective" (and who wants that as a last credit?), Mel Gibson returns to the action genre as a homicide detective investigating the death of his activist daughter.
"Valentine's Day" — The ensemble cast is star-studded (Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Patrick Dempsey, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Taylor Lautner, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner) in a story that follows pretty people in Los Angeles. Like that's unusual.
"Shutter Island" — Martin Scorsese's mystery drama is set in 1954, as a U.S. Marshal (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
"The Wolfman" — After bumped release dates and extensive reshoots, Benicio Del Toro finally stars as a man who returns to his ancestral homeland only to be bitten — and cursed — by a werewolf. Hairiness ensues.
"From Paris With Love" — Action flick with Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors") as a young employee in the office of the U.S. ambassador in Paris who teams with an American spy (a boldly bald John Travolta) to stop a terrorist attack on the Eiffel Tower.
"Alice in Wonderland" — Wonderfully wacky Tim Burton reimagines the classic tale with a vibrant Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Can't wait.
"Green Zone" — Matt Damon reteams with "Bourne" series director Paul Greengrass to play an Army officer who goes rogue in the chaotic early days of the Iraqi War.
"Greenberg" — Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") directs a serious Ben Stiller in this drama about a New Yorker who moves to Los Angeles to figure out his life while he house-sits for his brother.
"Clash of the Titans" — No more jerky Ray Harryhausen special effects, as this 1981 film gets remade for the digital age. It's the story of Zeus, the mortal son of a god, who battles evil. Papa would be proud.
"A Nightmare on Elm Street" — Remake of the Wes Craven original with Jackie Earle Haley ("Watchmen") continuing his remarkable teen career comeback by donning the razor blade claws as Freddy Krueger, who kills people in their dreams.
"Death at a Funeral" — Chris Rock produced and stars in this remake of the 2007 British film of the same name with an all-black cast, about a funeral ceremony that turns into a debacle of exposed family secrets and misplaced bodies.
"Repo Men" — Jude Law and Forest Whitaker star in this tale set in the future, about a man who struggles to make payments on a heart he has purchased with credit. Maybe he should stick to layaway.
"Date Night" — Steve Carell and Tina Fey star as a bored New York City couple whose attempt at a romantic evening turns into a case of mistaken identity and chaos.
"Iron Man 2" — Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire inventor Tony Stark, and with the world now aware of his dual life as Iron Man, he faces pressure to share his technology. Don't we all.
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" — Third outing in the series with young Lucy and Edmund Pevensie returning to the magical land of Narnia, where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea.
"Robin Hood" — Director Ridley Scott reteams with his "Gladiator" star Russell Crowe (sporting the same haircut) in a retelling of the classic story. I'll bet this Robin Hood doesn't wear tights.
"Shrek Forever After" — It's being billed as "the final chapter," but probably not if the green guy makes more green dough.
"Sex and the City 2" — The further adventures of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her gal pals, who do stuff, go shopping and talk about it — a lot.
"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" — Jake Gyllenhaal goes for action star status in this Disney-produced version of the video game, which follows an adventurous prince who tries to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world — and potential sequels.
"Toy Story 3" — The whole gang is back, led by the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz Lightyear. This time around, the toys get left behind when their owner, Andy, departs for college.
"Jonah Hex" — Based on the DC comics set in the Old West, Josh Brolin stars as the scarred bounty hunter who tracks down a voodoo practitioner bent on liberating the South by raising an army of the undead.
"Footloose" — Chace Crawford of TV's "Gossip Girl" steps into the role that Zac Efron passed on, in a remake of the Kevin Bacon '80s flick about a high school boy who moves to a small town where dancing is illegal. So are original ideas.
"The Karate Kid" — Speaking of '80s remakes, this re-envisioning finds Jaden Smith (Will's son) taking over the Ralph Macchio role, and the story set in China, where a single mother moves with her young son. The kid soon embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master (the appropriately cast Jackie Chan).
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" — This third outing in the teen vamp/werewolf romance story is directed by David Slade, who helmed the vampire flick "30 Days of Night." Maybe that means this "Twilight" will have some bite, as love-struck Bella must decide between team Edward or team Jacob.
"The Last Airbender" — M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense") returns with this live-action adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated TV series about a young savior with the power to end warfare among four nations.
"Inception" — Christopher Nolan writes and directs his follow-up to "The Dark Knight" with this psychological thriller about a man (Leonardo DiCaprio) who tries to steal the power to enter dreams.
"Meet the Parents sequel" — Probably all you need to know right there — except the real title, whenever they come up with one (apparently "Little Fockers" was ditched).
"Knight & Day"— Formerly titled "Wichita," with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz as a fugitive couple on a jet-setting adventure around the globe.
"The Other Guys" — Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star in this action comedy as mismatched New York City detectives who seize an opportunity to become the cops they idolize.
"Eat, Pray, Love" — Written and directed by Ryan Murphy, the creative force behind "Nip/Tuck" and "Glee," this adaptation of the book follows a happily married woman who realizes her life needs to go in a different direction. Starring Julia Roberts, James Franco and Javier Bardem.
"Priest" — Based on the graphic novel. Paul Bettany stars as a holy man who disobeys church law to track down vampires that have kidnapped his niece.
"The American" — George Clooney stars as an assassin who hides out in Italy for one last assignment.
"Flipped" — Written and directed by Rob Reiner, this comedy follows two eighth-graders who start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites.
"Let Me In" — Director Matt Reeves follows up "Cloverfield" with this remake of the haunting and stylish Swedish thriller "Let the Right One In," about a young boy who befriends a girl who may be a vampire.
"Red" — Based on the DC Comic about a former CIA agent (Bruce Willis) now living a quiet life in retirement until a high-tech assassin shows up to kill him. Why does no one want to leave Willis alone?
"The Social Network" — Director David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") tells the tale of the founders of the social-networking Web site Facebook.
"Due Date" — Robert Downey Jr. stars as a high-strung father-to-be who is forced to hitch a ride with a college slacker ("The Hangover's" schlubby Zach Galifianakis) on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" — Now with Dumbledore gone and Lord Voldemort taking over, things get dangerous for Harry and his friends.
"Red Dawn" — Remake of the 1984 action film, as a group of teenagers try to save their town from an invasion of Chinese and Russian soldiers.
"Rapunzel" — Animated version of the classic tale about a long-haired princess who has spent her entire life in a tower.
"Burlesque" — Cher returns to the big screen in Christina Aguilera's debut as a small-town girl who ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.
"The Green Hornet" — Visually inventive director Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") tackles the big-screen adaptation of the comic book about a newspaper publisher (Seth Rogen) who fights crime as a masked superhero with his martial arts expert sidekick, Kato (Jay Chou).
"Tron Legacy" — Sequel to the 1982 Disney film, with Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) playing the now-adult son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), who investigates his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same virtual computer world and its games.
"Gulliver's Travels" — Big-budget re-envisioning of the classic tale, about a travel writer (Jack Black) who gets lost on a journey and ends up on an island with tiny people.