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FLIGHT – For the first time in 12 years, Robert Zemeckis is making a live-action movie – and it looks like a doozy. Denzel Washington stars as a pilot who’s put under the tabloid microscope after a miracle emergency landing. Zemeckis is at his best when he burrows into the psyche of a man at the center of tragedy, so all signs point to Flight as his return to glory. (11/2)
WRECK-IT RALPH – The dirty little secret of children’s movies? Pixar’s not the only studio doing great work anymore. For those who don’t realize it yet, Disney’s charming story about an arcade villain (John C. Reilly) who decides to become a hero will be a delightful shock. (11/2)
THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS – RZA’s love affair with kung-fu movies has reached its natural end with this ultra-violent, absurdly sexy martial-arts spectacular. Even if it turns out to be a terrible film, at least the soundtrack will be good – Kanye West, The Black Keys, Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah and (of course) RZA all contributed original songs. (11/2)
LINCOLN – Daniel Day-Lewis. Starring in an Abraham Lincoln biography. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Need I say more? (11/9)
SKYFALL – Daniel Craig was once described to me as “a man with the body of a Greek god and the face of a Polish carpenter.” Now, that doesn’t have much to do with the new James Bond film – directed by Sam Mendes, in case you were wondering – but if you’ve bothered to read this much, you deserve a reward. (11/9)
ANNA KARENINA – Joe Wright and Keira Knightley, the duo behind Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, dive into another period romance with this vivid adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s brilliant 1877 novel. Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson co-star. (11/16)
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN-PART 2 – Nope. (11/18)
LIFE OF PI – After a shipwreck, an Indian boy wakes up on a boat with a Bengal tiger. Ang Lee directs this adaptation of a Yann Martel’s elegantly spiritual novel, which totally sounds like an acid trip to anybody who hasn’t read it. (11/21)
RED DAWN – The original Red Dawn was a hilariously jingoistic war film about a Soviet invasion of the United States. Nonetheless, it revealed stark prejudices that existed within American culture during the waning days of the Cold War. (Also, did I mention it was hilarious?) In this remake, North Korean soldiers invade the Pacific Northwest because … they hate our freedom? Whatever. These colors don’t run! U-S-A! U-S-A! (11/21)
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter) directs this romantic comedy about a mentally ill man (Bradley Cooper) who moves in with his parents, meets a girl (Jennifer Lawrence), and tries to rebuild his life. Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker co-star. (11/21)
RUST AND BONE – In any language, in any film, Marion Cotillard is magnificent. This French-Belgian drama, directed by Jacques Audiard, could very well be Cotillard at her best. She plays a double amputee who strikes up a friendship with an unemployed boxer (Matthias Schoenaerts). Don’t put too much stock in the outrageous premise, though, because Audiard is all about restraint. (11/23)
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