2010 films: blockbuster sequels, flashbacks and even original fare

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From Iron Man 2 to Toy Story 3 and the first part of the last Harry Potter installment, the trend to keep franchise films alive continues in 2010. Also upcoming, the resurrection of 1980s hit movies includes follow-ups to Tron (1982), Footloose (1984) and Wall Street (1987). With action-adventures, romantic-comedies, and everything in between in 3D, the box office will enjoy another record-breaking year.

Here are the much-anticipated highlights:

The Wolfman
Benicio Del Toro stars in this mythical tale of a cursed nobleman who discovers his horrible hair-raising fate. Also features Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt.
Release date: February 12

Shutter Island
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese teams with Leonardo DiCaprio again in an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's best-selling thriller. Investigators visit a fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane in search of a murderess. Also stars Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, and Max von Sydow.
Release date: February 19

Alice in Wonderland
Illustrious director Tim Burton delivers this visually stunning 3D fantasy, re-imagining of the whimsical classic by Lewis Carroll. Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter is the Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway, the White Queen. As the 19-year-old Alice, Mia Wasikowska reunites with the White Rabbit, Caterpillar, and Cheshire Cat only to learn her true destiny. Also stars Michael Sheen and Stephen Fry.
Release March 5

Iron Man 2
There's a new twist in the continuing adventures of billionaire industrialist Tony Stark and his alter-ego, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Don Cheadle join the Marvel superhero.
Release: May 7

Robin Hood
Ridley Scott directs this historical version of the mythic tale set during the Norman invasion. Russell Crowe portrays the legendary hero confronting corruption in 13th century England and how he changed the world. With Cate Blanchett , William Hurt, and Max von Sydow.
Release date: May 14

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Inspired by the popular video games, Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Dastan, a sixth century prince who battles a villainous ruler with the help of a princess. Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina and Gemma Arterton ( Quantum of Solace).
Release Date: May 28

Sex and the City 2
The sequel to the first film version of the hit television series starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon. Also features Chris Noth as Mr. Big, Penelope Cruz as Lydia, Liza Minnelli and Miley Cyrus as themselves.
Release date: May 28

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner return for the third installment of the Stephenie Meyer teen vampire phenomenon. Bella is surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob.
Release date: June 30

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in the next to last trial of defeating Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Time is running out as Harry nears his 17th birthday and the stakes are high. Also features Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, and Alan Rickman.
Release date: November 19

The Green Hornet
Directed by Michel Gondry ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the classic comic book superhero of television, radio, and film returns in the form of funny man Seth Rogen as the reporter by day/crime-fighter. Rogen co-wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg ( Pineapple Express). Also features Cameron Diaz and Tom Wilkinson.
Release date: December 22

Tron: Legacy
The return of the high-tech world of digital gladiator games where Jeff Bridges' character has disappeared for the last 25 years. This time, the cyber world is in 3D and he and his son must fight for their lives. Stars Michael Sheen, John Hurt, and Bruce Boxleitner.
Release date: December 17

Release dates given are provisional for the US market.