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Thrillers, James Bond, toons in 3-D among fall, holiday movies

Friday, August 24, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- Here are highlights of Hollywood's fall and holiday movie lineup:

SEPTEMBER:

* "Arbitrage": Richard Gere stars in a Wall Street thriller about a deceitful hedge-fund manager negotiating a merger.

* "Dredd": An executioner (Karl Urban) fights a drug epidemic in post-apocalyptic America.

* "End of Watch": Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are cops minding the mean streets of Los Angeles.

* "Finding Nemo": The beloved father-son animated fish tale returns in a 3-D version.

* "Hotel Transylvania": Adam Sandler provides the voice of Dracula in an animated monster mash.

* "The House at the End of the Street": A dream house becomes a place of terror for a mom and her daughter (Elisabeth Shue and Jennifer Lawrence).

* "Looper": Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a hitman assigned to bump off his future self (Bruce Willis) in a time-travel thriller.

* "The Master": A World War II Navy veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) falls under the spell of a charismatic cult leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

* "The Perks of Being a Wallflower": Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Ezra Miller star in a teen coming-of-age tale.

* " Resident Evil : Retribution": Milla Jovovich resumes her battle against a plague of zombies.

* "Trouble with the Curve": An aging baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) enlists his daughter (Amy Adams) on his latest talent trip.

* "Won't Back Down": Two moms (Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis) fight to save their kids' inner-city school.

* "The Words": A writer (Bradley Cooper) must face the music after plagiarizing a novel.

OCTOBER:

* "Alex Cross": A homicide investigator (Tyler Perry) squares off against a serial killer (Matthew Fox).

* "Argo": Ben Affleck directs and stars in a rescue thriller set against the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.

* "Cloud Atlas": Tom Hanks and Halle Berry lead an ensemble of stars in multiple roles for an epic saga that spans centuries.

* "Chasing Mavericks": Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston star in the true-life story of surfer Jay Moriarity.

* "Frankenweenie": Tim Burton updates his early short film with an animated feature about a boy resurrecting his dead dog.

* "Fun Size": A girl and her little brother get a lesson in school popularity on Halloween.

* "Here Comes the Boom": A teacher and ex-wrestler (Kevin James) moonlights as a mixed martial-arts fighter to save his school's music program.

* "Killing Them Softly": Brad Pitt is an enforcer tracking three hoods who robbed a mob-protected card game.

* "Paranormal Activity 4": The supernatural franchise makes its annual return for Halloween.

* "Pitch Perfect": Anna Kendrick and her college chums compete in the warbling world of a cappella singing.

* "The Sessions": A polio patient (John Hawkes) in an iron lung enlists a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) so he can lose his virginity.

* "Sinister": A collection of home movies unleashes horror on a crime novelist (Ethan Hawke) and his family.

* "Taken 2": Liam Neeson's back as a fierce ex-agent protecting his kin against a crime boss.

NOVEMBER:

* "Anna Karenina": Keira Knightley and Jude Law star in a new take on Leo Tolstoy's romantic epic.

* "Flight": Denzel Washington is a pilot hailed as a hero after miraculously landing his damaged jetliner.

* "Life of Pi": Ang Lee directs a 3-D story of a man stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

* "Lincoln": Steven Spielberg directs, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as the 16th president.

* "The Man with the Iron Fists": Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu star with director RZA in a martial-arts battle for gold in China.

* "Red Dawn": Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson are among U.S. youths battling overseas invaders.

* "Rise of the Guardians": An animated tale pits Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and other mythical beings against an evil spirit.

* "Silver Linings Playbook": An ex-con (Bradley Cooper) rebuilds his life with help from a mysterious woman (Jennifer Lawrence). With Robert De Niro.

* "Skyfall": Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in a thriller sparked by secrets out of the past of his boss, M (Judi Dench).

* "This Must Be the Place": Sean Penn is a reclusive former rock star on a road trip of revenge over his late father.

* "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2": Kristen Stewart adjusts to her after-life as a vampire in the finale of the supernatural fantasy.

* "Wreck-It-Ralph": A second-banana video game character (voiced by John C. Reilly) sets out on his own in this animated comedy.

DECEMBER:

* "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away": Executive producer James Cameron presents a 3-D saga set amid the dreamy acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil.

* "Django Unchained": Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz star in Quentin Tarantino's pre-Civil War bounty-hunter adventure.

* "The Guilt Trip": Seth Rogen is on a cross-country road trip with his overbearing mom (Barbra Streisand).

* "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey": "The Lord of the Rings" mastermind Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth for chapter one of his three-part prelude.

* "Hyde Park on Hudson": Franklin Roosevelt (Bill Murray) is host to Britain's king and queen on the eve of World War II.

* "Jack Reacher": Tom Cruise is an ex-military cop chasing a deadly sniper.

* "Les Miserables": Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway croon in the big-screen adaptation of the musical based on Victor Hugo's classic.

* "Monsters, Inc.": John Goodman and Billy Crystal's cartoon creature-feature is back on screen in 3-D.

* "Parental Guidance": Grandparents (Billy Crystal and Bette Midler) clash with their daughter (Marisa Tomei) over raising her three kids.

* "This Is 40": Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their "Knocked Up" roles in Judd Apatow's marital comedy.

* "Zero Dark Thirty": Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") directs a saga about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

 
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