Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and a galaxy of surprising cameos usher in fall's award season with "Lee Daniels’ The Butler," about an African-American butler who served seven presidents. Release date: Aug. 16.
"Captain Phillips" is about the 2009 ship hijacking by Somalian pirates that required a Navy SEAL rescue, with Tom Hanks in the lead role and directed by Paul Greengrass of the "Bourne" series. Release date: Oct. 11.
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the titular slave Solomon Northup who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the mid 1800s and ultimately wrote a book about the ordeal in "12 Years a Slave." Release date: Oct. 18.
Judi Dench teams up with "The Queen" director Stephen Frears in “Philomena.” The film is based on a true story about a journalist helping a woman find her long lost son. Release date: Nov. 1 in the UK; U.S. release expected soon.
"Out of the Furnace" features Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker and Zoe Saldana against a grim, working class, manufacturing town back drop in a story about a disappearance and justice. Release date: Dec. 6.
"American Hustle" stars Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams, pictured, along with Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale and tells of a complex web spun between a con artist, a federal agent, mobsters and politicians. Release date: Dec. 13.
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“The Monuments Men” is a World War II drama about a team of soldiers who protect monuments and other artistic artifacts from Nazi destruction and features George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and John Goodman. Release date: Dec. 18.