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Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 4:30 am

SEPTEMBER

  • “Arbitrage”: Richard Gere stars in a Wall Street thriller about a deceitful hedge-fund manager negotiating a merger.
  • “Dredd”: An executioner (Karl Urban) fights a drug epidemic in post-apocalyptic America.
  • “End of Watch”: Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are cops minding the mean streets of Los Angeles.
  • “Finding Nemo”: The beloved father-son animated fish tale returns in a 3-D version.
  • “Hotel Transylvania”: Adam Sandler provides the voice of Dracula in an animated monster mash.
  • “The House at the End of the Street”: A dream house becomes a place of terror for a mom and her daughter (Elisabeth Shue and Jennifer Lawrence).
  • “Looper”: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s a hitman assigned to bump off his future self (Bruce Willis) in a time-travel thriller.
  • “The Master”: A World War II Navy veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) falls under the spell of a charismatic cult leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
  • “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”: Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Ezra Miller star in a teen coming-of-age tale.
  • “Resident Evil: Retribution”: Milla Jovovich resumes her battle against a plague of zombies.
  • “Trouble with the Curve”: An aging baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) enlists his daughter (Amy Adams) on his latest talent trip.
  • “Won’t Back Down”: Two moms (Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis) fight to save their kids’ inner-city school.
  • “The Words”: A writer (Bradley Cooper) must face the music after plagiarizing a novel.

OCTOBER

  • “Alex Cross”: A homicide investigator (Tyler Perry) squares off against a serial killer (Matthew Fox).
  • “Argo”: Ben Affleck directs and stars in a rescue thriller set against the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.
  • “Cloud Atlas”: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry lead an ensemble of stars in multiple roles for an epic saga that spans centuries.
  • “Chasing Mavericks”: Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston star in the true-life story of surfer Jay Moriarity.
  • “Frankenweenie”: Tim Burton updates his early short film with an animated feature about a boy resurrecting his dead dog.
  • “Fun Size”: A girl and her little brother get a lesson in school popularity on Halloween.
  • “Here Comes the Boom”: A teacher and ex-wrestler (Kevin James) moonlights as a mixed martial-arts fighter to save his school’s music program.
  • “Killing Them Softly”: Brad Pitt’s an enforcer tracking three hoods who robbed a mob-protected card game.
  • “Paranormal Activity 4”: The supernatural franchise makes its annual return for Halloween.
  • “Pitch Perfect”: Anna Kendrick and her college chums compete in the warbling world of a cappella singing.
  • “The Sessions”: A polio patient (John Hawkes) in an iron lung enlists a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) so he can lose his virginity.
  • “Sinister”: A collection of home movies unleashes horror on a crime novelist (Ethan Hawke) and his family.
  • “Taken 2”: Liam Neeson’s back as a fierce ex-agent protecting his kin against a crime boss.

NOVEMBER

  • “Anna Karenina”: Keira Knightley and Jude Law star in a new take on Leo Tolstoy’s romantic epic.
  • “Flight”: Denzel Washington’s a pilot hailed as a hero after miraculously landing his damaged jetliner.
  • “Life of Pi”: Ang Lee directs a 3-D story of a man stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.
  • “Lincoln”: Steven Spielberg directs, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as the 16th president.
  • “The Man with the Iron Fists”: Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu star with director RZA in a martial-arts battle for gold in China.
  • “Red Dawn”: Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson are among U.S. youths battling overseas invaders.
  • “Rise of the Guardians”: An animated tale pits Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and other mythical beings against an evil spirit.
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”: An ex-con (Bradley Cooper) rebuilds his life with help from a mysterious woman (Jennifer Lawrence). With Robert De Niro.
  • “Skyfall”: Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in a thriller sparked by secrets out of the past of his boss, M (Judi Dench).
  • “This Must Be the Place”: Sean Penn’s a reclusive former rock star on a road trip of revenge over his late father.
  • “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2”: Kristen Stewart adjusts to her after-life as a vampire in the finale of the supernatural fantasy.
  • “Wreck-It-Ralph”: A second-banana video game character (voiced by John C. Reilly) sets out on his own in this animated comedy.

DECEMBER

  • “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away”: Executive producer James Cameron presents a 3-D saga set amid the dreamy acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil.
  • “Django Unchained”: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz star in Quentin Tarantino’s pre-Civil War bounty-hunter adventure.
  • “The Guilt Trip”: Seth Rogen’s on a cross-country road trip with his overbearing mom (Barbra Streisand).
  • “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”: “The Lord of the Rings” mastermind Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth for chapter one of his three-part prelude.
  • “Hyde Park on Hudson”: Franklin Roosevelt (Bill Murray) is host to Britain’s king and queen on the eve of World War II.
  • “Jack Reacher”: Tom Cruise is an ex-military cop chasing a deadly sniper.
  • “Les Miserables”: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway croon in the big-screen adaptation of the musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic.
  • “Monsters, Inc.”: John Goodman and Billy Crystal’s cartoon creature-feature is back on screen in 3-D.
  • “Parental Guidance”: Grandparents (Billy Crystal and Bette Midler) clash with their daughter (Marisa Tomei) over raising her three kids.
  • “This Is 40”: Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their “Knocked Up” roles in Judd Apatow’s marital comedy.
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”: Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) directs a saga about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

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