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A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.

A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.

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Fall movie preview: Bond, Bilbo and a final dose of those pesky vampires Add to ...

Tim Burton’s new black-and-white stop-motion film develops a feature from his student short about a boy who brings his dead dog back to life.

Rebelle (Sept. 21)

Montreal director Kim Nguyen’s award-winning drama follows the experiences of an adolescent girl as a child soldier, and subsequent mother, in an unnamed African country.

Argo (Oct. 12)

There’s an apparent Oscar push for this espionage comedy set against the background of the Iranian revolution, when six American diplomats were protected by Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber), with the aid of a cover story about a science-fiction film. The ensemble cast includes Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin.

Seven Psychopaths (Oct. 12)

Acclaimed Irish playwright Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) makes his sophomore black comedy about a screenwriter who becomes involved in the Los Angeles underworld when his friends kidnap a gangster’s dog. With Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.

Stories We Tell (Oct. 12)

Canadian actress-director Sarah Polley’s documentary turns the camera on her her own family to explore how we use stories to explain the past.

The Sessions (Oct. 26)

John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) and Helen Hunt star in this Sundance Film Festival hit about a man in an iron lung determined to lose his virginity.

The Details (Nov. 2)

Tobey Maguire plays a suburban doctor in this Sundance favourite about a raccoon problem, adultery and murder, co-starring Elizabeth Banks and Laura Linney.

A Late Quartet (November, TBA)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken play long-time musical collaborators riven by competitiveness, lust and illness in this drama that may do for string music what Black Swan did for ballet.

Holy Motors (November, TBA)

Leos Carax’s Cannes Film Festival favourite is a wildly eccentric black comedy that follows a chameleon actor (Denis Lavant) playing numerous roles, connected by limousine rides through Paris at night.

Rust & Bone (Nov. 30)

Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) adapts Canadian writer Craig Davidson’s stories into a drama about a street fighter (Matthias Schoenaerts) and a disabled marina employee (Marion Cotillard).

Amour (Dec. 28)

Michael Haneke’s unblinking examination of an elderly Parisian couple (Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant) struggling to cope with age and illness won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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