Keeping track of what’s hot at the theater can be an overwhelming task. From blockbusters to duds, franchises and reboots to films with startling originality, production companies populate cineplexes with a diverse mixture of movies that appeal to the tastes of even the most discriminate movie-goer. What films capture the public’s attention and drive interest in reviews? Read on for our handy breakdown.

The movies listed below each have a presence in theaters across the country and promotional campaigns that help ensure longevity in the public’s awareness. A film like “The Help’ has exceeded 100 million in domestic box office revenues in just three weeks while “Super 8′ was added to over 150 theaters in this, its 12th week of release. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2′ and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ each have achieved over 350 million in domestic revenues while eclipsing a billion dollars in world-wide box office gross.

Other movies, like “The Guard’ and “Sarah’s Key,’ have used positive buzz from foreign and festival releases to help achieve critical and box office success in the United States.

The following list is a valuable resource detailing what’s popular right now on the silver screen in the genres of action, comedy, drama, family and horror.

Action
“Captain America: The First Avenger’
“Colombiana’
“Conan the Barbarian’
“Cowboys & Aliens’
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2′
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes’
“Super 8′
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

Comedy
“30 Minutes or Less’
“The Change-Up’
“The Guard’
“Horrible Bosses’
“Our Idiot Brother’

Drama
“Crazy, Stupid, Love’
“The Help’
“Midnight in Paris’
“One Day’
“Sarah’s Key’

Family
“Mr. Popper’s Penguins’
“The Smurfs’
“Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’

Horror
“Apollo 18′
“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’
“Final Destination 5′
“Fright Night’
“Shark Night 3D’