Actor Brad Pitt, facing the camera, meets with his crew during the filming of World War Z near George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, on Aug. 17, 2011. (AP)
- Aug 29:
- It's picking time for fall movie season
- Mar 7:
- History's 'Vikings' kick a lot more than footballs
- Mar 3:
- Festivals usher in a season of women - and their allies - rising
- Mar 1:
- 'King Kong' turns 80: Long live the Kong
- Movie review: A lively, detailed 'Jack the Giant Slayer'
- Jan 25:
- JJ Abrams to direct next 'Star Wars' film
- Dec 10:
- Peter Jackson, actores hablan del film 'Hobbit'
- Dec 5:
- 'Hobbit' ushers in a new film technology
- Nov 23:
- Keira Knightley returns to period costume drama in 'Anna Karenina'
- Nov 21:
- Movie review: Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" makes beloved novel big-screen classic
- "Anna Karenina" is more icy jewel than hot romance
- Nov 20:
- Movie review: These animated "Guardians" don't rise to anything
- Nov 16:
- Movie review: Daniel Day-Lewis and Spielberg offer a "Lincoln" both moving and monumental
- Nov 15:
- Movie review: "The Twilight Saga" ends with real bite
- Nov 9:
- James Bond's closet hits a lot of timeless looks
- Nov 8:
- Movie review: "Skyfall" story not as impeccable as Daniel Craig's James Bond
- Oct 1:
- Tim Burton dice se exorcizó con "Frankenweenie"
- Sep 21:
- Movie review: "End of Watch" breathes life into familiar genre
- Sep 14:
- Film: See "Finding Nemo," the lovable clown fish, now in 3D
- Aug 3:
- Movie review: "Total Recall" is too familiar and not because it's a sci-fi reboot
- Jul 18:
- Movie review: 'Dark Knight Rises' a fitting finale
- Jul 13:
- Movie review: 'Ice Age' a franchise that avoids extinction
- Jul 6:
- Movie review: Oliver Stone's drug drama 'Savages' in five lessons
- Jul 3:
- Movie review: New "Spider-Man" film takes fresh look at well-told story
- Jun 22:
- Movie review: Pixars' "Brave" is beautiful, often entertaining but hardly bold
- Jun 4:
- Movie review: "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" delights as furry friends and a frenzied foes return
- Jun 1:
- Movie review: 'For Greater Glory' an epic dramatization
- May 31:
- 'Snow White' is expected to be fairest of them all at box office
- May 27:
- 'Hombres de Negro 3' desbancan a 'Los Vengadores'
- May 24:
- Movie review: 'Men in Black 3' takes a trip back in time
- People: Outraged ex-Bond actor calls switch to beer a "sell-out"
- May 11:
- Movie review: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp go light in "Dark Shadows"
- May 3:
- Movie review: "Marvel's the Avengers" earns a superhero welcome
- Mar 20:
- Movie review: 'Hunger Games' mania starts early, and for good reason
- Mar 16:
- Movie review: "21 Jump Street" movie will have you laughing ... from jump
- Mar 12:
- Luna y García Bernal encabezan sátira en español con Will Ferrell
- Mar 11:
- 'Lorax' trumps 'John Carter' with $39.1M weekend
- Mar 2:
- Movie review: Madonna sweeps a love story off its feet in stylish film "W.E."
- Feb 6:
- A milestone for television's "NCIS" as it hits 200 mark
- Jan 10:
- 2012 film preview: 'Dark Knight,' 'Spidey,' 'Hobbit' lead 2012
- Jan 5:
- Unique films get their moment as Festivus festival marks fifth year
- Un vistazo a las películas del 2012
- Jan 3:
- David Fincher explota su obsesión en 'Dragon Tattoo'
- Dec 28:
- Cine: Padre indocumentado y Miss destacan en 2011
- Dec 23:
- Movie review: "War Horse," is one in a fine herd
- Dec 16:
- Movie review: Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr. hurtle into an action-packed "Sherlock" sequel
- Dec 11:
- Documental mostrará los vínculos de Billy the Kid con hispanos
- Dec 7:
- Video gift guide: Discs are not dead
- Nov 22:
- Movie review: "Breaking Dawn" isn't exactly love at first part
- Nov 17:
- Pixar se forja una nueva princesa con 'Brave'
- Nov 16:
- Pixar forges new princess with 'Brave'
- Oct 28:
- Movie review: "Rum Diary" a portrait of Hunter S. Thompson finding his Gonzo
- Oct 21:
- 'The Way' took the other Sheens on a father-son journey in Spain
- 'El Camino' llevó a los otros Sheens en un viaje de padre e hijo
- Oct 14:
- Movie review: 'Footloose' remake an even bigger kick
- Oct 4:
- Hugh Jackman talks 'Real Steel,' 'Les Mis' and triple threats
- Aug 12:
- Movie review and video: Big-screen Glee is all its believin' fans could ask for
- Aug 9:
- Jurassic Park screening at Red Rocks will keep dino fans satisfied
- Aug 7:
- Versatilidad mantiene a Demián Bichir de 'Better Life' bajo los reflectores
- Aug 6:
- Movie review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes makes for an engaging prequel
- Aug 4:
- Versatility keeps 'Better Life' actor Demian Bichir in the spotlight
- Jul 29:
- Movie review and video: Cowboys & Aliens stirs up smart summer fun
So 2011 fizzled at the movies. Attendance and box office were down by some measures back to 1996 levels.
The familiar franchises did OK, but audiences avoided plenty of good to near-great movies, as well as the weak ones. The mega-hits were few and very far between.
And the holidays were a sobering experience for those banking on brand names like Spielberg ("War Horse," "The Adventures of Tintin") or Matt Damon ("We Bought a Zoo") to pack them in.
The awards contenders may gather some steam as the conversation turns toward Oscar. But right now, they're a pretty anemic looking lot.
The 3-D boom turned bust. So when you see previews of a coming attraction in 3D - and there are scores of those in 2012 - be certain that the studios want you to know that the title will also be shown in 2-D, for those who don't want to spend 3-D money.
What about 2012? There are more 3-D titles, more remakes and sequels and more movies aimed at the overseas audience.
But Bella is back ("Breaking Dawn" Part 2, Nov. 21), and Bond ("Skyfall," Nov. 7).
And Batman. Bourne returns ("The Bourne Legacy," Aug. 3) without Jason Bourne or Matt Damon. And those "Men in Black" are back. So are "The Expendables," Tyler Perry, Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained," Dec. 25) "Ghost Rider," Barnabas Collins (Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows," May 11), the "Madagascar" zoo animals (June 8) and the extinct stand-up comics of "Ice Age" (July 13). And those "American Pie" kids. Why, why, more "American Pie" ("American Reunion," April 6)?
"Finding Nemo," "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" and "Beauty and the Beast" return in 3-D.
Remakes? "Judge Dredd" ("Dredd," Sept. 21), "Total Recall" (Aug. 3) and even Spider-Man ("The Amazing Spider-Man," July 3).
We have dueling Snow Whites ("Mirror Mirror," Mar. 16, "Snow White and the Huntsman," June 1); dueling Abe Lincolns (Spielberg's "Lincoln" in December and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," June 22). And more serial killers, zombies and Jason Statham and Adam Sandler movies than you can shake a disdainful stick at.
"Haywire" (Jan. 20): Will the possibly-retiring-soon Steven Soderbergh make a movie star out of martial artist Gina Carano?
"This Means War" (Feb. 17): Reese Witherspoon two-timing secret agents Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. The trailers are hilarious.
"The Raven" (Mar. 9): John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe, hunting a killer who is inspired by his stories. When did he find time to drink himself to death?
"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" (Mar. 9): Ewan McGregor is a fisheries expert trying to help an Arab sheik blow his cash on creating a fly fishing mecca in the desert.
"The Hunger Games" (Mar. 23): This sci-fi adaptation of a popular series of books is being hyped as the teen audience replacement for "Twilight."
"Wettest County" (April 20): Shia LaBeouf tucked into an all-star cast in the middle of a West Virginia moonshining war during the Depression. This one sells itself.
"The Dark Knight Rises" (July 20): The trailers suggest that this will tap into the world zeitgeist, with the villains out for payback from the 1 percent.
"Frankenweenie" (Oct. 5): Tim Burton revisits one of the short films about a mad scientist lad named Vincent who brings his weiner dog back to life.
"The Gangster Squad" (Oct. 20): Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte and Josh Brolin star in this drama about the efforts of the LAPD to keep the mob out of 1940s Los Angeles.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (Dec. 14): Peter Jackson goes back to Middle Earth with a song in his heart.
"World War Z" (Dec. 21): Brad Pitt stars in the cinematic climax to Zombiemania? One would hope.
"The Great Gatsby" (Dec. 25): Baz Luhrmann cast Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, but Brits and Aussies in most of the other roles for this film.