1 of 21 Claire Fogler/Warner Bros.
Premiered: Sept. 17
This crime thriller, starring and co-written and directed by Ben Affleck, focuses on a bank robber who wants to go straight after getting close to a witness from one of his previous robberies. Jeremy Renner co-stars as Affleck's loose-cannon partner in crime and Mad Men's Jon Hamm plays the FBI agent on their trail.
2 of 21 Paramount Vintage
Waiting for Superman
Premiered: Sept. 24
From Davis Guggenheim, the director of An Inconvenient Truth, comes this equally stirring documentary that explores the American public education system, and the teachers unions whose policies prevent significant change to the system. The film, which took home the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, follows five families who try to get their children into better schools — with their hopes ultimately decided by a lottery system.
3 of 21 Merrick Morton/Columbia Pictures
The Social Network
Premiered: Oct. 1
Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The West Wing) pens a crackling script based a book about the founding of Facebook. David Fincher directs the complicated tale of betrayal and lawsuits, told equally from the perspectives of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg (Jesse Eisenberg), co-founder and former CFO Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), and twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (Armie Hammer), who claim Zuckerburg stole their idea.
4 of 21 Lionsgate
Premiered: Oct. 8
Ryan Reynolds stars in this indie flick as a U.S. truck driver in Iraq who finds himself trapped inside a coffin with only a cell phone and a lighter. Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés's film will certainly make you feel claustrophobic, but the film has already garnered strong buzz coming out of Sundance.
5 of 21 Paramount
Premieres: Oct. 15
Johnny Knoxville & Co. return for another round of inventive but disgustingly masochistic stunts — this time in 3-D. As if the pain didn't seem real enough the first two times around.
6 of 21 Ken Regan/Warner Bros.
Premieres: Oct. 22
Clint Eastwood's latest film looks at morality through three separate storylines that ultimately converge by the film's end. In one plot, Matt Damon plays a reluctant psychic whose ability to connect with the dead ruins his relationship with Bryce Dallas Howard's character. The others feature French actress Cécile de France as a Paris anchorwoman who survived the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and twin actors Frankie and George McLaren as English boys in London around the time of the 2005 subway bombings.
7 of 21 Fox Searchlight
Premieres: Nov. 5
Director Danny Boyle follows his Oscar smash Slumdog Millionaire with this true-life tale of hiker Aron Ralston, who is trapped in an isolated canyon after a fallen boulder crushes his arm while he is hiking in Utah. James Franco stars as Ralston, who over five days examines his life and battles the elements before amputating his own arm to free himself from the boulder.
8 of 21 Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros.
Premieres: Nov. 5
The Hangover director Todd Phillips follows his 2009 smash by reteaming with Zach Galifianakis for a comedy that has a little more weight. Galifianakis plays wannabe actor Ethan, who ends up on an unlikely cross-country road trip with uptight businessman Peter (Robert Downey Jr.), much to Peter's chagrin. Peter is racing to make it home for the birth of his first child while Ethan is grieving his father’s death.
9 of 21 20th Century Fox
Premieres: Nov. 12
Denzel Washington teams with director Tony Scott for a fifth time in this thriller about a runaway train carrying toxic chemicals heading straight for an unsuspecting town. Washington plays a veteran engineer about to be laid off and Star Trek's Chris Pine co-stars as the rookie just learning the ropes.
10 of 21 Jaap Buitendjik/Warner Bros.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Premieres: Nov. 19
The beginning of the end of Potter franchise begins as Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes) and his Death Eaters infiltrate the Ministry of Magic with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) as their No. 1 target. Meanwhile, Harry, Hermione and Ron find themselves in central London as they desperately search for Voldermort's horcruxes to destroy the villain forever. Sadly, all the fun won't take place in 3-D as originally planned.
11 of 21 Stephen Vaughn/Screen Gems
Premieres: Nov. 24
This musical sees Cher return to the big screen for the first time since 2003 as Tess, a burlesque club owner who has to deal with a problematic leading lady (Kristen Bell). While Tess copes, she also mentors an up-and-comer played by Christina Aguilera, who makes her film debut.
12 of 21 See Saw Films
The King's Speech
Premieres: Nov. 24
This film chronicles the reign of English monarch George VI (Colin Firth), who takes the throne after the surprise abdication of his brother Edward (Guy Pearce). Unable to speak without a stutter, George turns to speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) to correct his impairment as the country heads toward its involvement in World War II.
13 of 21 Fox Searchlight
Premieres: Dec. 1
This psychological thriller, directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) stars Natalie Portman as an ambitious dancer competing for the lead role in a production of Swan Lake. Her goal is threatened when another dancer (Mila Kunis) joins the company. Their competitive friendship soon turns very dark.
14 of 21 Jojo Whilden/Paramount Famous Productions
Premieres: Dec. 10
Mark Wahlberg stars as real-life boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward, a Massachusetts welterweight who came out of retirement in the mid-'90s to stage a comeback. Christian Bale co-stars as Ward's crack-addicted half-brother and trainer.
15 of 21 Peter Mountain/Columbia Pictures
Premieres: Dec. 10
Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist who heads to Italy to mend a broken heart. During his travels, he meets an English woman (Angelina Jolie), who passes Depp's character off as her former lover, Alexander Pearce, a thief who is wanted in 14 countries and has stolen money from a powerful gangster.
16 of 21 Walt Disney Pictures
Premieres: Dec. 17
Jeff Bridges reprises his role as Kevin Flynn, a video game programmer who has been trapped in his own creation for 20 years. When his now-adult son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), receives a message from his dad's old arcade, Sam finds himself sucked into his father's world as well. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son will embark on a life-or-death journey to find an escape.
17 of 21 Glen Wilson/Universal Pictures
Premieres: Dec. 22br>
Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) reunites with his overbearing father-in-law (Robert De Niro) as the whole family gets together to celebrate the fifth birthday of Pam (Teri Polo) and Greg's twin boys. Owen Wilson and Barbara Streisand return for the third installment, but there also new faces: Harvey Keitel plays a contractor working on the Focker house and Jessica Alba plays a sexy pharmaceutical rep at Greg's hospital.
18 of 21 Scott Garfield/Screen Gems
Premieres: Dec. 22
An up-and-coming singer-songwriter (Garrett Hedlund) gets tangled up with a former country music star (Gwynneth Paltrow), and the duo sets out on a tour to revive her career. Tim McGraw co-stars as Paltrow's husband/manager, who only adds to the complicated romantic entanglements that threaten to derail the tour.
19 of 21 Focus Features
Premieres: Dec. 22
Stephen Dorff plays a celebrity whose hard-partying lifestyle comes to a screeching halt when his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) comes back into his life. Sofia Coppola directs the tale of a father who has to choose between his glamorous life and accepting responsibility.
20 of 21 Lorey Sebastian/Paramount Pictures
Premieres: Dec. 25
The Coen brothers insist their latest film tries its best not to be a remake of the 1969 John Wayne-fronted original. Instead, it tries to tell its own version of the 1968 Charles Portis novel about drunken U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), who is hired by a 14-year-old girl (Hailee Steinfeld) to find the man who killed her father. Matt Damon co-stars as a Texas Ranger named LeBoeuf, who joins Rooster's posse.
21 of 21 Weinstein Company
Premieres: Dec. 31
The film centers on a married couple, Dean and Cindy (Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams), whose six-year relationship is shown through a series of time-shifting scenes. Their early happiness quickly turns rocky as Cindy's ambition creates a rift between her and Dean, who is content to focus solely on Cindy and their child.