Looking ahead at 2011 movie releases

Another year, another crowded slate of Hollywood sequels and remakes, comic-book superheroes, animated family fare, romantic comedies, dramas, and an ever-increasing number of films in 3-D.

It’s never too early for moviegoers to start marking their calendars -- although, as always, opening dates are subject to change.

3-D:

The underwater thriller "Sanctum" (Feb. 4), produced by James Cameron.

"Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" (Feb. 11).

"Drive Angry" (Feb. 25), starring Nicolas Cage.

Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (May 20).

The sequel "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (July 1).

The end of the saga: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2" (July 15).

"Dolphin Tale" (Sept. 23), with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.

Director Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret" (Dec. 9).

SEQUELS:

Martin Lawrence in "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son" (Feb. 18).

Director Wes Craven's "Scream 4" (April 15).

Tyler Perry in "Madea's Big Happy Family" (April 22).

The made-in-Atlanta "Fast Five" (April 29), as in "The Fast and the Furious, Part 5."

In "The Hangover, Part II" (May 26), the gang wreaks havoc overseas.

The animated "Kung Fu Panda 2" (May 26), also in 3-D.

The animated "Cars 2" (June 24), also in 3-D.

"Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World" (Aug. 19).

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" (Nov. 18) continues the popular vampire series.

Robert Downey Jr. returns in "Sherlock Holmes II" (Dec. 16).

REMAKES:

"The Mechanic" (Jan. 28), with Jason Statham instead of Charles Bronson.

Mia Wasikowska as "Jane Eyre" (March 11).

"Arthur" (April 8), with Russell Brand instead of Dudley Moore.

Disney updates its animated classic "Winnie the Pooh" (July 15).

"Conan the Barbarian" (Aug. 19), with Jason Momoa instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The vampire thriller "Fright Night" (Aug. 19).

"Straw Dogs" (Sept. 16), with James Marsden instead of Dustin Hoffman.

The made-in-Atlanta "Footloose" (Oct. 14).

A 3-D "The Three Musketeers" (Oct. 14).

Director David Fincher's Hollywood version of the Swedish hit "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (Dec. 21).

ANIMATION:

"Gnomeo & Juliet" (Feb. 11), voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.

"Rango" (March 4), about a chameleon voiced by Johnny Depp.

Disney's "Mars Needs Moms" (March 11), in 3-D.

From the makers of "Ice Age," "Rio" (April 15), in 3-D.

The "Shrek" prequel "Puss in Boots" (Nov. 11), in 3-D.

The penguin sequel "Happy Feet 2" (Nov. 18), in 3-D.

From the makers of "Chicken Run," "Arthur Christmas" (Nov. 23), in 3-D.

"Tintin" (Dec. 23), directed by Steven Spielberg.

COMIC BOOK/GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATIONS:

Seth Rogen in a 3-D "The Green Hornet" (Jan. 14).

"Sucker Punch" (March 25), directed by Zack Snyder.

Chris Hemsworth as the mythic "Thor" (May 6).

Paul Bettany as a vampire-slaying "Priest" (May 13).

The prequel "X-Men First Class" (June 3).

Ryan Reynolds as a 3-D "Green Lantern" (June 17).

Chris Evans as "Captain America" (July 22).

"Cowboys & Aliens" (July 29), starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

COMEDY:

Owen Wilson in "Hall Pass" (Feb. 25), the latest from the Farrelly brothers.

In "Paul" (March 18), Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play UFO enthusiasts.

James Franco and Danny McBride in the medieval "Your Highness" (April 8).

"Bridesmaids" (May 13), with Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph.

"Crazy Stupid Love" (July 29), with Steve Carell and Julianne Moore.

Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman switch bodies in "The Change-Up" (Aug. 5).

"Untitled Seth Rogen Comedy" (Sept. 23), co-starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Adam Sandler plays dual roles in "Jack and Jill" (Nov. 11).

ROMANCE:

Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in "No Strings Attached" (Jan. 21).

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston in "Just Go With It" (Feb. 11).

Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in "Water for Elephants" (April 22).

Chris Evans and Anna Faris in "What's Your Number?" (April 29).

Kate Hudson and John Krasinski in "Something Borrowed" (May 6).

Ewan McGregor and Melanie Laurent in "Beginners" (June 3).

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in "Friends With Benefits" (July 22).

Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess in "One Day" (Nov. 4).

DRAMA:

Matthew McConaughey defends Ryan Phillippe in "The Lincoln Lawyer" (March 18).

Robert Redford's "The Conspirator" (April 29) involves the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Sean Penn and Brad Pitt in "The Tree of Life" (May 27), directed by Terrence Malick.

"Larry Crowne" (July 1) stars Tom Hanks (who also directed) and Julia Roberts.

Emma Stone and Viola Davis confront 1960s racism in "The Help" (Aug. 12).

In "Moneyball" (Sept. 23), Brad Pitt plays Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane.

Oscar winners Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow in "Contagion" (Oct. 21).

Director Steven Spielberg's World War I-era equine epic, "War Horse" (Dec. 28).

ACTION:

The Roman epic "The Eagle" (Feb. 11) stars Channing Tatum.

Matt Damon bucks the system in "The Adjustment Bureau" (March 4).

Amanda Seyfried isn't your grandmother's "Red Riding Hood" (March 11).

"Battle: Los Angeles" (March 11) pits Aaron Eckhart against alien invaders.

Jake Gyllenhaal runs for his life in "Source Code" (April 1).

Saoirse Ronan is a teenage assassin in "Hanna" (April 8).

In "Rise of the Apes" (June 24), James Franco plays a renegade geneticist.

The futuristic "Real Steel" (Oct. 7) casts Hugh Jackman as a boxer.