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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Movies To See Before Year's End

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Release Date: September 24
Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin

Two decades after winning an Oscar for the role, Michael Douglas is back as the ultimate financial shark, Gordon Gekko. In the sequel, Gekko is released from prison and finds a new pupil in his daughter's fiancé (Shia LaBeouf).
Let Me In
Release Date: October 1
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins

Based on the acclaimed novel (which was already made into a much-loved film in Sweden), it is the story of a 12-year-old boy who is mercilessly bullied at school. But then new people move in next door, with a girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who is much older and far more dangerous than she looks.
The Social Network
Release Date: October 1
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake

"Fight Club" director David Fincher teams up with "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin for the behind-the-scenes story of the founding of Facebook. What started in a dorm room quickly became an Internet sensation, and the geniuses who built it went from friends to enemies.
Due Date
Release Date: November 5
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx

The director of "The Hangover" presents another R-rated comedy about a mismatched set of guys in way over their heads. In this, a soon-to-be father (Downey) and an out-of-work actor (Galifianakis) try to get across the country in time for the baby's delivery.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Release Date: November 19
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

All good things must come to an end, but the final book of the "Harry Potter" series is too epic to fit into one movie. Harry, Hermione and Ron begin their quest to find the magical objects that will allow them to stop Lord Voldemort once and for all. Part 2 follows next July.
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Release Date: November 24
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy

Somehow, in over 70 years of bringing fairy tales to life, Walt Disney Pictures never got around to retelling the story of Rapunzel until now. It's computer animated, but in a visual style that recalls the classic Disney look. Plus, it has new songs from "Little Mermaid" composer Alan Menkin.
Black Swan
Release Date: December 1
Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel

The refined world of ballet dancing doesn't seem like a natural setting for a dark psychological thriller, but that's where director Darren Aronofsky comes in. He revived Mickey Rourke's career with "The Wrestler," and now he's giving Natalie Portman her most challenging role to date as a ballerina in a twisted rivalry.
The Tourist
Release Date: December 10
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany

Take the two most photogenic stars in the world, put them in Europe's most picturesque cities, and you've got "The Tourist." Johnny Depp plays an American looking to forget his troubles across the ocean, and Angelina Jolie is the bewitching stranger who leads him into a world of mystery and danger.
TRON: Legacy
Release Date: December 17
Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges

When "TRON" was released in 1982, it was a breakthrough in special effects but not a big hit at the box office. Now, 28 years later, Disney is going back into the computer world for a sequel. Jeff Bridges returns both as his character from the original and as a digital avatar who is 20 years younger.
True Grit
Release Date: December 25
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

Not content with starring in one big movie, reigning Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges is also re-teaming with the Coen Brothers for a new version of the classic Western novel. He plays Rooster Cogburn (previously played by John Wayne), a one-eyed U.S. Marshall hired by a teenage girl to hunt down her father's killer.