Plus, films officially submit themselves for early awards discussion, Spike Lee returns to Brooklyn, and an Oscar nominee befriends a robot.
From Richard Gere covering up a murder, to Tim Burton's claymation black and white children's movie, there's something for everyone this week.
Silver Linings Playbook - November 21
At 21 years old, Jennifer Lawrence can go from playing a teenager fighting for her life to a widow dating Bradley Cooper, who also shows off his acting chops in a way he rarely gets to. The two take center stage as damaged individuals trying get their lives in order. The pair are backed up by Oscar nominated director David O. Russell, Oscar winner Robert De Niro, Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver and, believe it or not, Chris Tucker, in his first non-"Rush Hour" movie in 15 years (seriously). Expect to hear more about this come awards season.
Total Recall - August 3
The second trailer dives a little more into the plot, and proves nobody skimped on the budget. With "Bourne Legacy" pushing its release date back a week and no big action movie between it and "The Dark Knight Rises," "Recall" is poised for a "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"-level success.
The Sessions - October 26
Speaking of awards condensers, "The Sessions" (up until a few days ago titled "Six Sessions" and before that, "The Surrogate") was the talk of Sundance. The movie is based on the true story of Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes), a man in an iron lung who, with the blessing of his priest (William H. Macy), meets with a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) after he decides he wants to lose his virginity. Oscar nominations for Hawkes and Hunt are all but guaranteed.
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