With 2009 about to become history, we asked our critics what they're looking forward to in the new year.

MOVIES

SHUTTER ISLAND (Feb. 19): Martin Scorsese's much-anticipated chiller stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as detectives sent to investigate a fortresslike madhouse.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (March 5): Tim Burton does the Lewis Carroll classic his way, in 3-D and with a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover and Mia Wasikowska as Alice.

WALL STREET 2 (April 23): Nice timing from Oliver Stone, whose sequel to his "greed is good" classic - this time starring Shia LaBeouf opposite Michael Douglas - will greet a recession-dazed America.

SEX AND THE CITY 2 (May 28): Sarah Jessica Parker and the crew are back, along with some familiar menfolk (Chris Noth, David Eigenberg) in this sequel to the 2008 television-to-movie smash.

SALT (July 23): Angelina Jolie stars as a CIA agent accused of being a Russian spy in this thriller shot partially on Long Island.
--RAFER GUZMÁN

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POP MUSIC

LIL WAYNE, "Rebirth" (Cash Money, TBD). Weezy's oft-delayed rock album is supposed to come out Feb. 2 (um, maybe), a year after its first single, "Prom Queen," arrived and more than two years after its original release date.

RYAN STAR, "11:59" (Atlantic). The Dix Hills native spent 2009 building buzz and momentum for his major-label debut, especially with the current single and video "Breathe." The whole project is set to arrive late this winter.

TAYLOR SWIFT (May 14-15, Nassau Coliseum). She had a big 2009, but 2010 may be bigger as she makes her movie debut, headlines even more cities and probably lands some Grammy Awards.

DAVID BYRNE AND FATBOY SLIM, "Here Lies Love" (Nonesuch, Feb. 23). A double-CD dance music concept album featuring collaborations with everyone from Cyndi Lauper and Tori Amos to Santigold and Florence Welch of Florence and The Machine.

MAGNETIC FIELDS, "Realism" (Nonesuch, Jan. 26). The companion to 2008's "Distortion" is supposed to be its opposite, switching noise-pop for folk and the wall of electric guitars for an all-acoustic sound. The writing, though, will still be all Stephin Merritt.
--GLENN GAMBOA

TV

LOST (Feb. 2, ABC). Far and way the most anticipated ending of a network TV show since "The Sopranos." Will "Lost" fade to black?

THE PACIFIC (March 14, HBO). The 10-part Tom Hanks / Steven Spielberg / Gary Goetzman miniseries about World War II. A mega-mega-event.

AMERICAN IDOL (Jan. 12, Fox). This could be the last full season with Simon Cowell. I can't even begin to process what his absence will mean. Also, Ellen DeGeneres joins.

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24 (Jan. 17, Fox). The new season is set in New York City. How could it be anything other than great?

CAPRICA (Jan. 22, Syfy). The much-anticipated "Battlestar Galactica" prequel.
--VERNE GAY

THEATER

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE. Liev Schreiber plays a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in her Broadway debut, in Gregory Mosher's revival of Arthur Miller's 1955 drama. (In previews for a Jan. 24 opening, Cort Theatre.)

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE. Christopher Walken returns to Broadway in this new dark comedy by deeply wicked Irish playwright Martin McDonagh ("The Pillowman"). (Previews begin Feb. 15, opening March 4, Schoenfeld Theatre.)

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane would seem to be the perfect Morticia and Gomez in this comic musical-macabre, directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (of the demonically stylish "Shockheaded Peter"), with a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice ("Jersey Boys") and score by Andrew Lippa ("The Wild Party"). (Previews begin March 4, opening April 8, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.)

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM. Such Stephen Sondheim specialists as Barbara Cook and director James Lapine collaborate with Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat in what's described as an intimate portrait of the musical master in his own words and music. (Previews begin March 19, opening April 22 at Studio 54.)

FENCES. Denzel Washington plays a struggling former baseball player in Kenny Leon's revival of August Wilson's drama. (Opening in April. Date and theater to be determined.)
--LINDA WINER

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