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Fall 2012 movie preview

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A scene from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of Peter Jackson's three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel. Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

The fall movie season is filled with (seemingly) sure things -- Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit," Daniel Craig's latest Bond movie, "Skyfall" -- and plenty of interesting wild cards.

FINDING NEMO (Sept. 14) The 2003 Disney-Pixar favorite,
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FINDING NEMO (Sept. 14)
The 2003 Disney-Pixar favorite, about an overprotective clown fish (voiced by Albert Brooks) and his young son (Alexander Gould). In 3-D.

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (Sept. 21) An aging
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TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (Sept. 21)
An aging baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) brings his grown daughter (Amy Adams) on what could be his last mission. With Justin Timberlake. Robert Lorenz makes his directorial debut.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (Sept. 21)
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THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (Sept. 21)
Emma Watson makes her major post-"Potter" debut in this story of misfits coming of age. With Logan Lerman ("The Three Musketeers") and Ezra Miller ("We Need to Talk About Kevin").

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (Sept. 28) The animated tale of
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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (Sept. 28)
The animated tale of Count Dracula (voice of Adam Sandler), whose quiet getaway for persecuted monsters is disrupted by a human visitor. Additional voices by Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez and Kevin James.

LOOPER (Sept. 28) A hit man (Bruce Willis)
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LOOPER (Sept. 28)
A hit man (Bruce Willis) is sent to kill his younger self (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in this sci-fi thriller from Rian Johnson ("The Brothers Bloom"). With Emily Blunt and Paul Dano.

FRANKENWEENIE (Oct. 5) Tim Burton expands his 1984
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FRANKENWEENIE (Oct. 5)
Tim Burton expands his 1984 live-action short into a stop-motion feature about a young boy (Charlie Tahan) who brings his dead dog back to life. Voices by Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short and Winona Ryder.

THE PAPERBOY (Oct. 5) Zac Efron plays the
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THE PAPERBOY (Oct. 5)
Zac Efron plays the title role; Matthew McConaughey plays his brother, a Florida journalist investigating a crime. Director Lee Daniels ("Precious") adapts Pete Dexter's novel. With Nicole Kidman and John Cusack.

ARGO (Oct. 12) Ben Affleck directs himself as
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ARGO (Oct. 12)
Ben Affleck directs himself as CIA man Tony Mendez, who attempted to sneak six Americans out of Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis by disguising them as ... a Hollywood film crew? Based on a true story. With Alan Arkin, Clea Du Vall and Chris Messina.

A scene from “Seven Psychopaths,” directed by Martin
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A scene from “Seven Psychopaths,” directed by Martin McDonagh.

ALEX CROSS (Oct. 19) Tyler Perry replaces Morgan
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ALEX CROSS (Oct. 19)
Tyler Perry replaces Morgan Freeman as the homicide detective last seen in 2001's "Along Came a Spider." It's Perry's first major acting gig outside of his own movies. With Matthew Fox and Edward Burns.

CLOUD ATLAS (Oct. 26) An adaptation of David
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CLOUD ATLAS (Oct. 26)
An adaptation of David Mitchell's sprawling novel about lives that reverberate across the ages. With Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant. The Wachowskis ("The Matrix") direct with Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run").

FLIGHT (Nov. 2) After crash-landing a passenger plane,
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FLIGHT (Nov. 2)
After crash-landing a passenger plane, pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) is hailed as a hero. But what really happened? With Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo and John Goodman.

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS (Nov. 2)
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THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS (Nov. 2)
Alt-culture favorite RZA makes his directing, writing and leading-man debut in this Quentin Tarantino-sponsored martial-arts movie. With Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and Pam Grier.

WRECK-IT RALPH (Nov. 2) In a video-game world,
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WRECK-IT RALPH (Nov. 2)
In a video-game world, an unhappy villain (John C. Reilly) decides he'd rather be the hero. Voices by Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch.

SKYFALL (Nov. 9) The 23rd James Bond film,
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SKYFALL (Nov. 9)
The 23rd James Bond film, and the third to star Daniel Craig, centers on troubling questions surrounding MI6 honcho M (Judi Dench). With Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and Bérénice Marlohe. Sam Mendes directs.

LINCOLN (Nov. 9) No vampire-hunting in this biopic
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LINCOLN (Nov. 9)
No vampire-hunting in this biopic from director Steven Spielberg. With Daniel Day-Lewis as our 16th president, Sally Field as first lady Mary Todd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as their son Robert.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN -- PART 2
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THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN -- PART 2 (Nov. 16)
Given the violent sex and belly-eating fetus of "Part 1," this franchise finale has a lot to live up to. Bill Condon returns to direct.

ANNA KARENINA (Nov. 16) Keira Knightley stars in
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ANNA KARENINA (Nov. 16)
Keira Knightley stars in Joe Wright's twist on the Tolstoy classic. Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Savages") plays her lover, Vronsky. Tom Stoppard wrote the screenplay.

LIFE OF PI (Nov. 21) The film version
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LIFE OF PI (Nov. 21)
The film version of Yann Martel's 2001 novel about a young man (17-year-old newcomer Suraj Sharma) marooned on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. With Gerard Depardieu and Irrfan Khan. Ang Lee directs.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (Nov. 21) An animated
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RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (Nov. 21)
An animated film in which young Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) battles the Boogeyman (Jude Law) with help from Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman).

A scene from
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A scene from "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of Peter Jackson's three films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel.

LES MISERABLES (Dec. 14) The movie of the
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LES MISERABLES (Dec. 14)
The movie of the musical based on the novel, with Hugh Jackman as ex-con Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert and Anne Hathaway as struggling single mother Fantine. Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") directs.

ZERO DARK THIRTY (Dec. 19) Director Kathryn Bigelow
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ZERO DARK THIRTY (Dec. 19)
Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal follow their Oscar-winning Iraq War drama "The Hurt Locker" with the story of the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden. With Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain and Kyle Chandler.

JACK REACHER (Dec. 21) Tom Cruise is a
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JACK REACHER (Dec. 21)
Tom Cruise is a former military man investigating a mass shooting. With Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins and Werner Herzog as a villain named The Zec. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects") from Lee Child's novel "One Shot."

THIS IS 40 (Dec. 21) Paul Rudd and
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THIS IS 40 (Dec. 21)
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their "Knocked Up" roles as beleaguered married couple Pete and Debbie. It's the first film written and directed by Judd Apatow since 2009's "Funny People."

DJANGO UNCHAINED (Dec. 25) Quentin Tarantino's pre-Civil War
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DJANGO UNCHAINED (Dec. 25)
Quentin Tarantino's pre-Civil War Western features some wild casting: Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx are a bounty-hunting team, while Leonardo DiCaprio is a plantation owner whose house slave is played by Samuel L. Jackson. With Don Johnson and Jonah Hill, too.

THE GUILT TRIP (Dec. 25) An inventor (Seth
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THE GUILT TRIP (Dec. 25)
An inventor (Seth Rogen) brings his mother (Barbra Streisand) on a road trip to hawk his latest product. Directed by Anne Fletcher ("The Proposal").

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