Over the next few weeks, the hype for Cloverfield will reach deafening levels. In the coming months, buzz will build for family-friendly flicks (WALL-E, Horton Hears a Who!, Where the Wild Things Are) and big-budget tentpoles (10,000 B.C. , Hancock, The Happening). And check out these brand-name blockbusters on the way: The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Star Trek, Speed Racer, Sex and the City, the next James Bond, The Incredible Hulk, Get Smart, The X-Files 2, Rambo, The Mummy 3, the next Narnia and Harry Potter installments, the new Indiana Jones film.
But there are others, too promising ones. Here are 14 you'll feel compelled to see in 2008:
Jumper (Feb. 14)
Hayden Christensen isn't exactly a master thespian, but there's no denying that this sci-fi thriller from director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) looks ber-cool thanks to Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson and plenty of CGI-fueled teleportation.
Funny Games (March 14)
Michael Haneke remakes his own 1997 thriller in which a pair of psychotic young men (Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet) take a family (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) hostage in its own cabin.
Stop Loss (March 28)
Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum star in this drama from writer-director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) about an Iraq war veteran who refuses to return to battle despite a government mandate requiring him to do so.
Semi-Pro (Feb. 29), You Don't Mess with the Zohan (June 6) and The Love Guru (June 20)
Judd Apatow gets a little competition from some familiar faces in '08. In Semi-Pro, Will Ferrell plays an eccentric basketball player-owner-coach alongside teammates Woody Harrelson and Andre 3000. In Zohan, Adam Sandler stars as a presumed-dead Mossad agent turned lethal New York hairdresser. And, lastly, Mike Myers takes a break from the Shrek series to play The Love Guru, which co-stars Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake.
Wanted (June 27)
Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman star in this futuristic action movie from Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (May 30) and Pineapple Express (Aug. 8)
Team Apatow's got a pair of promising comedies. Jason Segel wrote and stars in Marshall, playing a lovable loser who goes to Hawaii to get over his ex-girlfriend (Kristen Bell) only to run into her and her new fianc on the island. Arthouse director David Gordon Green directs Express, an action movie for stoners starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as his drug dealer.
Valkyrie (Oct. 3)
Tom Cruise dons an eye patch and an accent to play a German officer who leads an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. The WWII drama reunites Usual Suspects director Bryan Singer and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie.
Body of Lies (Oct. 10)
American Gangster director Ridley Scott re-teams with Russell Crowe for this drama about a CIA operative who enlists the aid of a former journalist (Leonardo DiCaprio) to find an al-Qaeda leader in Jordan.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Nov. 26)
Brad Pitt reunites with Fight Club director David Fincher for this romantic drama about a man who ages backward with bizarre consequences. Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton co-star.
Guerrilla and The Argentine (December)
Benicio Del Toro stars as Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara in this pair of pictures from writer-director Steven Soderbergh.