You know that poem about the world ending not with a bang but a whimper? I don't think Roland Emmerich has read it as this end of the world flick has many bangs each followed by an Earth-shattering ka-boom. Apparently the Mayan calendar's prediction of the apocalypse comes true in the titular year and John Cusack plays a man whose family is in the midst of the cataclysm. The part about a government plan to build a sort of ark reminds me of George Pal's When Worlds Collide. The end begins on November 13.

I'm always leery of horror comedies. For every Shaun of the Dead or Return of the Living Dead there's a dozen straight to DVD movies that try to frighten and amuse at the same time yet end up doing neither. This humorous look at the zombie apocalypse not only looks pretty damn funny but also has some star power with Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin and Bill Murray. This one hits theaters on Ocotober 9, just in time for Halloween. a href="http://largeassets.myspacecdn.com/creative/hd/stepfather_trl1/59037498_480p.mov">The Stepfather
Another horror franchise gets rebooted. A young man returns home from military school to find that his mom's boyfriend has moved in and he bears a striking resemblance to some police sketches shown on America's Most Wanted. The 1987 original was a pretty minor entry in the genre and this new one doesn't seem to add much. This hits theaters on October 16.

Cold Souls
I can't help thinking of Being John Malkovich when I see the trailer for this comic fantasy. Paul Giamatti, playing himself, decides to lighten his load by having his soul extracted and put on ice. When he decides a soul-less existence isn't for him a warehouse mishap leads to his essence being shipped to Russia and he gives chase. Giamatti appears to be at his angst-ridden best here. Cold Souls goes into a limited release on August 7.

In this South Korean film from the director of Old Boy a priest is the subject of a medical experiment which turns him into a vampire. For those look for old school vampires, this guy looks like a real beastial creature of the night. This one gets a limited release on July 31.

New this week on AOL Moviefone:

  • Orphan - Second trailer for this tale of an adopted girl whose nature is far darker than originally thought.
  • Cadaver - In this Thai horror flick scary things start to happen when medical students start dissecting their first cadaver.
  • Man from London - Indie drama in which a man's life is changed after witnessing a murder.
  • A Woman in Berlin' - In 1945 a female reporter witnesses Berlin's fall to the Russian army.
  • Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love - Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour is the subject of this documentary.
  • Shrink - Kevin Spacey is a psychiatrist taking on a pro bono case that changes everything.
  • The End of the Line - Documentary examining the overfishing of the world's oceans.
  • It Might Get Loud - This documentary examines the art of rock and roll guitar from the perspective of three musicians: Jack White, The Edge, and Jimmy Page.
  • Days of Darkness - French language film in which a man begins slipping into his fantasy life.
  • Heaven's Heart - A loving couple find themselves a victim of infidelity.
  • The Untitled Michael Moore project - The documentarian takes a humorous look at the massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to private financial institutions..
  • Lion's Den - A woman discovers she is pregnant after being sent to prison for murdering her lover.