• ‘The Master’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> September 14 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Jesse Plemons, David Warshofsky, Amy Adams, Rami Malek <strong>What It’s About:</strong> A troubled ex-navy man (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes enraptured by a new religion and the man who started it (Philip Seymour Hoffman). <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> So many reasons: It’s Paul Thomas Anderson’s long-awaited return since 2007’s “There Will Be Blood”; Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a L. Ron Hubbard-esque cult leader; Joaquin Phoenix is wearing lots of denim and he will probably win every single award for his sure-to-be incredible performance.

  • ‘Arbitrage’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> September 14 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta, Nate Parker <strong>What It’s About:</strong> A hedge-fund magnate (Richard Gere) struggles to conceal his floundering financial state from his wife (Susan Sarandon) and daughter (Brit Marling) as well as his infidelity with a French art dealer. <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> Richard Gere gets back to his “Primal Fear” roots with this dark thriller. Plus, Gere, Susan Sarandon and triple threat Brit Marling all in one family? Can you think of anything better?

  • ‘Won’t Back Down’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> September 28 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac, Holly Hunter, Rosie Perez, Lance Reddick, Emily Alyn Lind <strong>What It’s About:</strong> Two battle-ax mothers (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis) try to save their children’s troubled school only to find adversity around every corner. <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> Viola Davis’s first on-screen performance since her award-winning (and Oscar-snubbing) turn in “The Help.” Second time’s the charm?

  • ‘End of Watch’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> September 21 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Frank Gillo, America Ferrera <strong>What It’s About:</strong> An up-close-and-personal account of two cops (Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena), who risk their lives patrolling the mean streets of south central Los Angeles. <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> Action movie buff David Ayer renders the gritty pathos of police drama through handheld cameras and surveillance equipment. Also: Jake Gyllenhaal’s muscles!

  • ‘Trouble with the Curve’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> September 21 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard, Scott Eastwood, Joe Massingill <strong>What It’s About:</strong> An aging baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) with failing sight roadtrips with his daughter (Amy Adams) to visit a prospective player. <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> Clint Eastwood + sports drama + daddy issues = gold. And, who doesn’t love JT?

  • ‘The Paperboy’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> October 5 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman <strong>What It’s About:</strong> After being kicked out of college, a young man (Zac Efron) returns home and finds employment as a lowly paperboy, but everything changes when his journalist brother (Matthew McConaughey) returns to investigate the story of a death row-bound inmate. <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> Zac Efron’s latest dramatic turn has lots of buzz behind it — there’s McConaughey, flying high after “Magic Mike”, and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman who’s playing an over-sexed groupie.

  • ‘Butter’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> October 5 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Hugh Jackman, Kristen Schaal, Yara Shahidi <strong>What It’s About:</strong> The satirical comedy follows Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), a buttoned-up conservative looking to carve out a name for herself at the state fair’s annual butter-sculpting competition. <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> Jennifer Garner’s spot-on Michele Bachmann impression set to the ridiculous allegorical world of a state butter carving competition… I mean, what more could you want?

  • ‘Cloud Atlas’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> October 26 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant <strong>What It’s About:</strong> Adapted by sci-fi vets Andy and Lana Wachowski (“The Matrix”), along with Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”), the movie is based on David Mitchell’s ambitious, century-spanning novel, which follows six story lines, all spanning time and space. <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> If anyone can film “the unfilmable” it’s The Wachoskis. Plus, there’s an all-star cast and Tom Hanks who, in at least one story line, sports a ridiculous blond wig.

  • ‘This Must Be the Place’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> November 2 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Eve Hewson <strong>What It’s About:</strong> A retired rock star returns to New York City to settle a score with a man who had humiliated his since-deceased father during WWII. <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> Sean Penn. In drag. And Frances McDormand.

  • ‘Flight’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> November 2 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, John Goodman, Tamara Tunie <strong>What It’s About:</strong> A seasoned pilot (Denzel Washington) safely lands a plane after a mid-air catastrophe, but troubling details emerge in further investigation of the event. <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> Based on the real-life story of Captain Robert Piche’s 2001 rescue landing, the adaptation is in no more deserving hands than Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”) and Denzel Washington.

  • ‘Lincoln’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> November 9, limited; Wide: Nov. 16 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones <strong>What It’s About:</strong> The film centers on honest Abe’s final months in office, trying to unite a divided country and abolish slavery. <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> It’s a match made in movie heaven: Daniel Day-Lewis, Steven Spielberg and Lincoln. This film is chock full of lauded stars and with historical severity to match.

  • ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

    <strong>Release Date:</strong> November 21 <strong>Who’s In It:</strong> Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Anupam Kher, Chris Tucker <strong>What It’s About:</strong> A clinically depressed man (Bradley Cooper) returns to his parents’ (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) home after his time in a mental hospital and meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who also struggles with depression. Together, they partner up for a dance competition and help each other find happiness. <strong>Why We’re Excited:</strong> It’s a nice change of pace for the entire cast: Bradley Cooper is not going on alcohol-fueled benders, Robert De Niro is doing a real drama, Jennifer Lawrence is far from Panem and Chris Tucker isn’t with Jackie Chan.

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