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THE HONOUR ROLL

The Artist (Nov. 23) A delectable comic melodrama about a star (Jean Dujardin) whose light dims with the arrival of sound. The crowd-pleaser at this year’s Cannes film festival, care of French director Michel Hazanavicius.

Coriolanus (Dec. 2) Ralph Fiennes directs and stars as the arrogant Roman general in Shakespeare’s drama that T.S. Eliot considered superior to Hamlet. The cast includes Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave and Gerard Butler.

The Iron Lady (Dec. 16) Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as her husband, Denis, sound great, but director Phyllida Lloyd ( Mama Mia!) is a shaky choice.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (December, to be announced) Gary Oldman stars as George Smiley in this adaptation of John Le Carré’s Cold War novel. A strong English cast (Colin Firth, Ciaran Hinds) directed by talented Swedish director Tomas Alfredson ( Let the Right One In).

Carnage (Dec. 23) Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the dark comic stage play God of Carnage stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as New York parents of squabbling kids.

HEALTH SCIENCES

Contagion (Sept. 9) You might actually want to catch Steven Soderbergh’s disease drama, starring Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard.

Restless (Sept. 16) Gus Van Sant’s latest weird and tender drama stars Mia Wasikowska as a terminally ill girl who falls for a boy (Henry Hopper) who likes to attend funerals.

50/50 (Sept. 30) The comedy-drama is based on writer/producer Will Reiser’s bout with cancer at 27, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the writer and Reiser’s friend, Seth Rogen, co-starring.

In Time (Oct. 28) The premise sounds like a Botox commercial: Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried star in this sci-fi film about a future when people stop aging at 25, and then have to purchase more years.

Melancholia (Nov. 11) The end of the world is a sure cure for depression, suggests Danish provocateur Lars von Trier in his apocalyptic drama. Stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

CHILD STUDIES

The Lion King in 3D (Sept. 16) The 1994 Disney animated favourite returns to the big screen for a two-week run, with Simba roaring in an extra dimension.

Puss In Boots (Nov. 4) This animated Shrek prequel features Antonio Banderas as the voice of the sword-fighting cat, with Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty.

The Muppets (Nov. 23) Jason Segel co-wrote and stars in this celebrity-studded comedy (watch for Ricky Gervais, Mila Kunis and Katy Perry) in which the Muppets must reunite to save their old studio.

Arthur Christmas (Nov. 23) A 3-D animated film featuring James McAvoy as the son of Father Christmas, who must fill in for his father on Christmas Eve.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Dec. 16) Features Jason Lee and Alyssa Milano, along with the musical rodents.

HOME ECONOMICS

I Don't Know How She Does It (Sept. 16) Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a financial executive who supports her husband (Greg Kinnear) and children. Based on the bestselling book.

Wanderlust (Oct. 7) Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd star in this comedy about a New York couple who move to a hippie commune. Produced by Judd Apatow.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Nov. 18) The vastly popular saga of emo girl Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her sparkly vampire lover Edward (Robert Pattinson) continues, as they marry, honeymoon, become new parents – and battle the forces of darkness.

We Bought a Zoo (Dec. 23) Cameron Crowe ( Almost Famous) directs Matt Damon as the father of a young family who takes over a run-down rural zoo. With Thomas Haden Church and Scarlett Johansson.

New Year’s Eve (Dec. 9) Numerous attractive New Yorkers (Katherine Heigl, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro and Halle Berry) look for love on New Year’s Eve in Garry Marshall’s sequel to Valentine’s Day.

CRIMINOLOGY

Straw Dogs (Sept. 16) A remake of the 1971 Sam Peckinpah classic about a mild-mannered man driven to violence. Stars James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgaard.

Killer Elite (Sept. 23) Unrelated to the Sam Peckinpah film of the same title, this espionage thriller stars Robert De Niro, Jason Statham and Clive Owen.

The Skin I Live In (Oct. 28) Pedro Almodovar’s latest melodrama stars Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon who keeps a mysterious woman in his home as a guinea pig for his experiments.

Tower Heist (Nov. 4) Brett Ratner directs Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Casey Affleck in this spoofy action film about downsized employees out to rob their boss.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Dec. 16) The plot is elementary: Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law) fight to outwit the evil Dr. Moriarty (Jared Harris).

DETENTION

What’s Your Number? (Sept. 30) Anna Faris plays a woman who vows to stop sleeping around and enlists her neighbour (Chris Evans) to help her go back over her 20 exes to find out if one was Mr. Right.

The Big Year (Oct. 14) In this comedy about competitive birdwatchers, Jack Black and Steve Martin play the underdogs out to upset the preening champion (Owen Wilson).

Johnny English Reborn (Oct. 28) Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) offers this sequel to his 2003 spy spoof. Once again, he’s a dangerously incompetent government functionary, promoted into active service.

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Nov. 4) Kal Penn and John Cho return as the trouble-prone stoners on a havoc-filled quest to find a perfect Christmas tree in New York.

Jack and Jill (Nov. 11) Adam Sandler plays Jack – and his obnoxious sister Jill, who moves in and won’t leave – in a film that also includes Katie Holmes and Al Pacino (as himself).

Release dates are subject to change.

 

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