Seven film heroes we can get behind

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  • Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games
    There are two reasons why we're rooting for the teenage heroine of this soon-to-be-blockbuster, based on the YA literary phenomenon. First, as a budding revolutionary in a postapocalyptic future, Katniss is concerned with a little more than which vampire or werewolf to hook up with. Second, she's played by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, who already wowed us as an Appalachian avenger in Winter's Bone---a very similar role, come to think of it. Mar 23

  • Rama, The Raid
    As the member of the Jakarta, Indonesia--based SWAT team that has to infiltrate a drug lord's lair or die trying, rookie cop Rama kicks, leaps and shoots his way through an army of goons. Then he has to leave the same way he came, while fighting off double the thugs. Kudos to director Gareth Evans for hiring Indonesian martial artist Iko Uwais to play this unstoppable killing machine; if you're going to set your mondo-insane action movie to breakneck-pace levels, it helps to have someone who can actually break necks. Mar 23

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    THE THREE STOOGESThe Three Stooges (Will Sasso, left, as Curly; Chris...

    Curly, Moe and Larry, The Three Stooges
    These three wise men have several foolproof ways of dealing with life's troubles and tribulations: bark at them like a dog, poke them in the eyes (preferably while making a cartoonish ba-doink noise) and slap them across the face after calling them "chowderheads." The Farrelly brothers' long-awaited spin on comedy's most violent nincompoops should introduce a whole new generation to the joys of brave, courageous and unabashed Stoogery. If anyone dares to get in this power trio's way, the nyuk nyuk nyuk is on them. Apr 13

  • Bob Marley, Marley
    For those who think that the late Rastafarian musician did nothing more than provide the soundtrack for millions of dorm-room smoke-outs, Kevin Macdonald's documentary will be an eye-opener. Here's a cultural ambassador who exported his nation's music to the masses, promoted a global vision of peace and unity, wrote anthems for the oppressed (when was the last time you listened to the lyrics of "Redemption Song"?) and almost single-handedly stopped a civil war in his home country. If this natty dread isn't a hero, then we don't know who is. Apr 20

  • Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven
    The dude invented the detective story, so he must be good at solving puzzles, right? Also, brainiacs are in short supply, heroes-wise. (Channing Tatum, this isn't your role.) But the best news of all: John Cusack plays the scribe in James McTeigue's highly dramatized thriller set in mid-19th-century Baltimore. We couldn't think of a finer actor to embody Poe than the brooding motormouth who once tried to set up shop in John Malkovich's head. Apr 27

Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games
There are two reasons why we're rooting for the teenage heroine of this soon-to-be-blockbuster, based on the YA literary phenomenon. First, as a budding revolutionary in a postapocalyptic future, Katniss is concerned with a little more than which vampire or werewolf to hook up with. Second, she's played by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, who already wowed us as an Appalachian avenger in Winter's Bone---a very similar role, come to think of it. Mar 23

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