Cinema's 'serious season' is packed with awards contenders
Oscar winner Meryl Streep is Margaret Thatcher and Oscar winner Jim Broadbent is her husband in the bio-drama "The Iron Lady." (The Weinstein Co. / August 24, 2011)
THE DEBT (Focus): Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciaran Hinds and Sam Worthington star in this remake of an award-winning Israeli thriller about a retired Mossad assassination team that has to revisit its biggest failure when a man it allegedly killed decades before mysteriously turns up alive.
APOLLO 18 (Weinstein): This modest-budget horror film is about the Apollo mission NASA doesn't want you to know about — the one with dangerous aliens.
SHARK NIGHT 3D (Relativity Media): The title says everything about this 3-D killer-shark movie.
CONTAGION (Warner Bros.): Steven Soderbergh's viral outbreak thriller stars Oscar winners Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard, along with Jude Law and Jennifer Ehle.
BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR (Sony): Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, Don Johnson and Stephen Dorff star in this comedy about a small-town guy (Swardson) who learns that his conservative parents were once adult-film stars and heads to L.A. to pursue his porno destiny.
HIGHER GROUND (Sony Classics): Vera Farmiga directed and stars in this drama about a woman's struggle to reconcile herself with her faith.
INSIDE OUT (Samuel Goldwyn/WWE Studios) This ex-con tries to go clean thriller stars wrestler Paul "Triple H" Levesque, Michael Rapaport and Parker Posey.
WARRIOR (Lionsgate): Tom Hardy, playing the son of an alcoholic boxer (Nick Nolte), takes up mixed martial arts.
DRIVE (FilmDistrict): Ryan Gosling plays a stuntman who moonlights as a getaway-car driver until that fateful day when something goes wrong. Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman also star.
DOLPHIN TALE (Warner Bros.): Kids rescue an injured Florida dolphin that is given a new prosthetic tail and a new chance at life in this film based on a true story. Harry Connick Jr. is one of the stars.
I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT (Weinstein): Sarah Jessica Parker plays a finance exec who is the sole breadwinner in her family. Pierce Brosnan, Christina Hendricks and Kelsey Grammer also star.
JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN (Universal): Rowan Atkinson brings back his bumbling would-be James Bond for more espionage hijinks. With Gillian Anderson and Rosamund Pike.
THE LION KING 3D (Walt Disney): Disney reissues its animated musical classic in a new 3-D form.
STRAW DOGS (Screen Gems): A remake of the Sam Peckinpah thriller about a couple who move to a rural community only to become the victims of ruthless locals.
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