Warner Bros. has released a preview kit for its slate of movies being released between January 2011 and December 2011. Included are some of the first images for some highly anticipated movies – as well as their synopses to clue you in.

Included in the preview are such as movies as Sherlock Holmes 2, The Hangover 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Sucker Punch, The Rite, Final Destination 5, Red Riding Hood, Hall Pass, Unknown, Born To Be Wild, Something Borrowed, Horrible Bosses, and The Apparition.

That’s a lot of movies to preview so let’s get started, shall we?

We have the first official image from Sherlock Holmes 2, the highly-anticipated sequel to the hit re-imagining of the classic detective character. Guy Ritchie returns to direct (a job he took on instead of directing Lobo) Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return to star. This time the duo is joined by the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace.

Check out the first image from Sherlock Holmes 2 featuring Downey, Law and Rapace together:

Guy Ritchie helms a new action-packed adventure, following the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.), and his longtime trusted associate, Dr. Watson (Jude Law), as they match wits with their arch-nemesis, the criminal genius Moriarty (Jared Harris).

I’m so glad to see Rapace has hit the big time after her brilliant turn as Lisbeth Salander in “The Millenium Trilogy” – she’s rumored for many other big roles, including Ridley Scott’s Alien prequels. But as great as it is to see her doing well in Hollywood, I really don’t want to see her settle for starring roles in a string of sequels.

Sherlock Holmes 2 hits theaters on December 16th, 2011.

The Hangover 2

Next up we have the first official image and the synopsis from another highly-anticipated movie – The Hangover 2. The first film was such a (surprise) monster hit, so I don’t think anyone will be shocked to hear the filmmakers are churning out another one.

One of the absolute key things that made the first film work was the chemistry between the four main characters – and it’s good to see the whole gang is back for more crude shenanigans.

Take a look at the first image from The Hangover 2 featuring Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zack Galifianakis), and Doug (Justin Bartha), followed by the official synopsis which finally reveals why the gang are going to Thailand:

In the follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy “The Hangover,” Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined.

The Hangover 2 opens in theaters on May 26th, 2011.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Moving on we have an image from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the much anticipated second part to the final Harry Potter film. If you’ve been following the promo materials for Deathly Hallows (how could you possibly not be?) then you’ll recognize this image which features Lord Voldemort grabbing Harry by the throat.

Take a look at the image below (we’ve seen the image on its own before but this is the proper version courtesy of WB):

In Part 2 of the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the Wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Nevertheless, the film definitely had a lot of great moments (not to mention the best acting we’ve seen from the lead trio thus far) and I’m sure Part 2 will deliver the spectacular showdown the franchise has been building to for almost a decade.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits 3D, IMAX, and regular theaters on July 15th, 2011.

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