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MARLEY & ME
Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
Opens: Dec. 25

The pairing of Wilson and Aniston for Marley—based on John Grogan's bestselling memoir about a naughty dog who shows his married owners how to live in the moment—got tongues wagging on-set. For one scene, says director David Frankel, "we needed the puppy to lick Owen's face, and Owen had to lie there for half an hour just being devoured. He's an incredibly patient man."

Fun for the FAMILY

BEDTIME STORIES
Starring: Adam Sandler
Opens: Dec. 25

A handyman (Sandler) discovers that the good-night tales he spins for his niece and nephew begin coming to life: everything from gum-ball rain showers to gladiator face-offs.

YES MAN
Starring: Jim Carrey
Opens: Dec. 19

Carl Allen (Carrey) won't say no—to anything. The comedy, says Carrey, "is about saying yes to life."

VALKYRIE
Starring: Tom Cruise
Opens: Dec. 26

Cruise stars in the true story of Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, who plotted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

FOUR CHRISTMASES
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn
Opens: Nov. 26

As a couple forced to visit each of their parents on Christmas, Vaughn and Witherspoon had a hard time seeing eye-to-eye. Says Witherspoon: "The top of my head hits his armpit."

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly
Opens: Dec. 12

In this remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic, Reeves stars as Klaatu, an alien disguised as a human, whose indestructible robot Gort threatens mankind. "It's a movie that looks at how we treat each other, how we live on the earth and whether we do that responsibly," says Connelly, whose character investigates Klaatu.

Oscar BAIT!

MILK
Starring: Sean Penn
Opens: Nov. 26

The true story of '70s San Francisco activist Harvey Milk (Penn), who was assassinated after becoming the first openly gay man voted into public office. Milk "speaks to principles of this country," says costar Emile Hirsch. "Equality, freedom, democracy."

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
Opens: Dec. 26

The Titanic duo reunite as a 1950s suburban couple in turmoil as they yearn for a different life.

DOUBT
Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Opens: Dec. 12

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a nun (Streep) suspects a priest (Hoffman) is molesting a young boy.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett
Opens: Dec. 25

Pitt plays a man who mysteriously ages in reverse. Watching him go through the process, says costar Taraji P. Henson, is "breathtaking."

SEVEN POUNDS
Starring: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson
Opens: Dec. 19

Smith takes a break from comedies to play Ben Thomas, a depressed IRS agent who sets out to change the lives of seven strangers and falls in love with Dawson. "You don't usually make emotional films for men," says Dawson, "but I've talked to so many who said, 'I cried so much during that movie!'"

  • Contributors:
  • Additional reporting by Shayna Rose Arnold,
  • Alondra Hernandez,
  • Scott Huver,
  • Kristin Luna.