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GRAVITY — Seven years after Children of Men, director Alfonso Cuarón returns with this throat-clenching sci-fi thriller about two astronauts left adrift in space. Mark it down: Gravity will be one of the best films of the year. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star. (10/4)
RUNNER RUNNER — A Princeton student falls into the dirty world of illicit offshore gambling. Those poor Ivy League kids! When will they ever catch a break? Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Anthony Mackie star. (10/4)
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS — Oh, hey, Tom Hanks. It’s been a few years since you’ve won an Oscar, huh? Does that bother you? It probably does, right? I bet that’s why you’re in this overwrought movie about a ship hijacked by Somali pirates. Wait, what’s that? It’s based on a real-life account? And Capt. Richard Phillips is a real person? Wow, okay. Forget everything I just said. (10/11)
THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE — After their caretaker gets locked up, 14-year-old Mister and 9-year-old Pete are left to fend for themselves in New York City. This drama was a Sundance favorite, so keep an eye on it. Directed by George Tillman Jr. (10/11)
KILL YOUR DARLINGS — Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Dane DeHaan and Michael C. Hall star in this retelling of the bloody origins of the Beat poets. Kill Your Darlings is another Sundance hit, which got rave reviews for its complex performances. (10/16)
12 YEARS A SLAVE — The true story of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1840s America. If Gravity isn’t the best movie of the season, this will be it. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt star. (10/18)
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