It's an annual event. Every Fall through Christmas Season it marks the film industry's best of the best. Last year, for example, we had to wait around until after the Summer to see Oscar Nominees such as The King's Speech, 127 Hours, Black Swan, and many others.
This past Friday, Brad Pitt's Moneyball kicked off what hopefully will be another fantastic season of award caliber films. Here's a list of other highly praised films that will be released in the upcoming months:
50/50 - September 30th
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star in Will Reiser's true story of a young man's desperate attempt to overcome his diagnosis of cancer. I have already seen the film and it's a must see. It opens on Friday, so expect my review soon and definitely check it out.
Take Shelter - September 30th (limited release)
Boardwalk Empire's own Michael Shannon stars in this thriller about a financially hardened husband and father who begins to spend the last of the family's money on building a bomb shelter after he has apocalyptic visions. Take Shelter has been raved about at every film festival it has been at, so I'm sure it's a can't miss.
The Ides of March - October 7th
With a star-studded cast including George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti, The Ides of March is a political thriller about the dirty games people play that are necessary to get ahead in Washington.
Like Crazy - October 28th
As the big winner at Sundance this year, Like Crazy follows a British student who falls in love with an American student but she must leave the country when her visa is up. We saw last year's Sundance darling Winter's Bone garner a ton of recognition at the Oscars, so let's see if Like Crazy can do the same.
J. Edgar - November 9th
Leo stars in Clint Eastwood's biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, one of America's most controversial figures. DiCaprio is yet to win the BIG ONE, so many are predicting this performance to finally pay off.
The Descendants - November 23rd
After the recent passing of his wife, George Clooney stars as a distant father trying to keep his family together. Clooney's performance has been raved about, and many critics alike have been praising the film.
The Iron Lady - December 16th
When isn't Meryl Streep atop of the Oscar Buzz? Once again she steals the show with her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The film almost seems like a direct parallel to last year's Oscar champion The King's Speech.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - December 21st
Director David Fincher tackles one of Sweden's most popular films of all time. The film follows Daniel Craig as a journalist trying to unravel the mystery of a woman who disappeared 40 years prior.
We Bought a Zoo - December 23rd
Starring Matt Damon as a father who moves his family to the southern California countryside in hopes of renovating a struggling zoo, this film is the prototypical feel good, family movie for the holiday season.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - December 25th
Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are center stage in this drama about a 9 year old boy who is convinced his father (who died in the 9/11 attack in New York) has left a final message for him. The boy travels around the Big Apple looking for the lock to a key his dad gave him before he died, in hopes to gain some sort of closure.
War Horse - December 28th
A young man and his horse are separated during World War One. The horse is sold to the cavalry and heads to the trenches, while the young boy (who is too young to enlist) heads to France to find the horse.