A team of veteran killers (Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Richard Dreyfuss, John Malkovich, and … Helen Mirren?) team up for one last ride in Robert Schwentke’s hyperviolent thriller. The trailer, at least, is merrily insane. Oct. 15.
12. Jackass 3-D
Just when it seemed there was nothing left for Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O to do … This is what those glasses were made for: pure, disgusting shock value. Oct. 15.
A supernatural thriller with a pedigree: directed by Clint Eastwood, written by The Queen’s Peter Morgan, and starring Matt Damon as a reluctant psychic who communicates with the dead. Oct. 22.
14. The Company Men
Men caught in the maw of corporate downsizing, as written by TV’s John Wells (ER). Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, and Chris Cooper have already earned raves on the festival circuit. Oct. 22.
In the DreamWorks toon, warmly received at Comic-Con, Will Ferrell voices a sweetly evil genius, Brad Pitt an overmatched superhero, and Tina Fey a Lois Lane–style reporter. Nov. 5.
16. Due Date
En route to the birth of his child, Robert Downey Jr. gets into an airplane altercation with Zach Galifianakis; the two end up on a sure-to-be-madcap (and Hangover-reminiscent) road trip to the hospital. Nov. 5.
17. Morning Glory
Roger Michell, master of the intelligent romantic comedy (Notting Hill), directs Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, and Harrison Ford in a comedy about a young producer updating a hackneyed morning show. Mostly com, a little rom. Nov. 12.
18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
It’s hard to imagine a world without Harry Potter movies, but Daniel Radcliffe has to get back to Broadway. In the first part of a two-film adaptation of the final book, Harry faces his nemesis, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). David Yates directs, and Bill Nighy joins the cast as Rufus Scrimgeour. Nov. 19.
19. Love and Other Drugs
Based on Jamie Reidy’s memoir Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, this Edward Zwick film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the smooth salesman who meets his match in a wisecracking Anne Hathaway. Nov. 24.
20. The King’s Speech
A period-pic take on the relationship between stuttering King George VI (Colin Firth, already getting Oscar buzz) and the speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) who teaches him to talk. Helena Bonham Carter plays Queen Elizabeth (Helen Mirren was busy blowing things up). Nov. 26.
Sept. 1: The American, a thriller starring George Clooney and directed by Anton Corbijn.
Sept. 3: Robert Rodriguez’s Mexploitation flick Machete, with Danny Trejo and Robert De Niro.
Sept. 17: Easy A, a high-school comedy with up-and-comer Emma Stone.
Sept. 24: Buried, a thriller—shot entirely in a coffin—with Ryan Reynolds; Waiting for “Superman,” a documentary about our dysfunctional school system.
Oct. 15: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the Swedish version of Stieg Larsson’s third Salander thriller.
Nov. 5: 127 Hours, with James Franco as the hiker who cut off his own arm.
Nov. 19: The Next Three Days, a prison-break thriller from Paul Haggis, starring Russell Crowe.