Season of Love!

updated 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

AUSTRALIA
Starring: Nicole Kidman & Hugh Jackman Opens: Nov. 26

Aussies Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman return to the outback in director Baz Luhrmann's romantic epic Australia as a couple fighting against the odds in a country on the brink of World War II. "It's really about love conquering all, set in this gorgeous, amazing landscape," Jackman tells PEOPLE. "Movies like this come along once in a blue moon." Jackman didn't mind getting down and dirty playing a rugged local. "There's no doubt the little boy in me prefers to be scruffier," he says. "And a little rougher."

A LITTLE ROMANCE

NIGHTS IN RODANTHE
Starring: Richard Gere & Diane Lane Opens: Sept. 26

Set in a small North Carolina town, Gere and Lane reunite (both starred in 1984's The Cotton Club and 2002's Unfaithful) and find love in this drama based on Nicholas Sparks's bestselling novel.

TWILIGHT
Starring: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson
Opens: Nov. 21

Who says the undead are only out for blood? Stephenie Meyer's bestseller about a lovesick vampire comes to the screen starring Pattinson as toothy Edward Cullen, who "falls in love with a normal girl he wants to kill all the time," says the actor. That would be the chaste Bella, played by Stewart. Turns out locking lips with a ghoul isn't so scary: "It ends up being quite sexy," says Pattinson.

ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO
Starring: Seth Rogen & Elizabeth Banks
Opens: Oct. 31

Can an R-rated comedy about a guy and his female pal who make a porno for extra cash really be a date movie? "It is dirty," admits Rogen, who plays Zack to Banks's Miri. "But it's [also] a romantic relationship movie—with a lot of porn."

MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL
Starring: Kate Hudson, Dane Cook & Jason Biggs
Opens: Sept. 19

When a nerd (Biggs) gets dumped by his girl (Hudson), he plots to win her back with help from a loutish buddy (Cook), who falls for her too. And when it came to getting laughs on-set, Hudson was one of the boys. Says Biggs: "She's really funny."

DOUBLE FEATURE

Anne Hathaway

In the thriller Passengers (Oct. 24), Hathaway plays a grief counselor to plane crash survivors. And she's the train wreck as a drama-loving drug addict who stirs up a family wedding in Rachel Getting Married (Oct. 3).

ALSO PLAYING ...

NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST
(Oct. 3) Michael Cera plays a music geek who falls for a kindred spirit (Kat Dennings) during a night out in Manhattan.

HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE
(Oct. 3) A clueless Brit (Simon Pegg) takes on New York's media world and befriends Kirsten Dunst.

KILLER THRILLERS

QUANTUM OF SOLACE
Starring: Daniel Craig
Opens: Nov. 14

In the latest 007 adventure, James Bond (Craig) battles a sinister organization with plans for world domination while grappling with the death of his lady love in Casino Royale. "He's a humanized Bond," says director Marc Forster. "He's not a perfect hero."

BODY OF LIES
Starring: Russell Crowe & Leonardo DiCaprio
Opens: Oct. 10

DiCaprio goes undercover as a CIA operative on the trail of a high-ranking terrorist in the Middle East. And if that isn't risky enough, he must also contend with a crafty spy chief (Crowe) who might just be selling him out for a secret agenda.

ROCKNROLLA
Starring: Gerard Butler
Opens: Oct. 8

Guy Ritchie returns to London's underworld in this caper flick about a two-bit crook (Butler) caught up in a Russian mobster's elaborate scam. "The movie is about old-school gangsters being pushed out by the new school," says Ritchie. "Just my thing."

EAGLE EYE
Starring: Shia LaBeouf & Michelle Monaghan
Opens: Sept. 26

Two strangers (LaBeouf and Monaghan) are forced into a terrorist plot by a cell phone caller who controls their every move. "The action is very pure," says director D.J. Caruso. "Shia and Michelle got to do some really wild stuff."

ALSO PLAYING ... W.

Starring: Josh Brolin
Opens: Oct. 17

How did Josh Brolin, a liberal, transform himself into George W. Bush for this critical take on the current president from director Oliver Stone? "I was forced to study the other side," says the actor, who thinks the portrayal is no hatchet job. "I realized we're really going for the same things."

OUT OF THE PAST

MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA
Starring: Derek Luke
Opens: Sept. 26

Spike Lee salutes unsung African-American heroes in this battlefield drama about the U.S. Army's 92nd Infantry Division—an all-black unit in the then-segregated U.S. military that fought in World War II Europe. In this fictionalized account, four buddies find themselves trapped behind enemy lines in Italy when one of their number risks his life to save a local boy.

THE EXPRESS
Starring: Dennis Quaid
Opens: Oct. 10

Quaid stars as legendary Syracuse football coach Ben Schwartzwalder, who helps player Ernie Davis (Rob Brown) become the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

CHANGELING
Starring: Angelina Jolie
Opens: Oct. 24

Based on a real case, this Clint Eastwood drama tells the story of an L.A. mom who clashes with corrupt cops after they insist they have found her missing son—a boy she knows is an imposter. "To lose a child, I couldn't imagine anything worse," says the mother of six. "So much of it is being a mother and imagining if this was happening to me."

THE DUCHESS
Starring: Keira Knightley
Opens: Sept. 19

Playing the Duchess of Devonshire, an 18th-century ancestor of Princess Diana, Knightley says she had some costars she doesn't miss: "tight corsets and a heavy wig!"

DOUBLE FEATURE

Viggo Mortensen

Mortensen goes back in time as Ed Harris's sidekick in the western Appaloosa (Sept. 19), then fast-forwards to an apocalyptic future in The Road (Nov. 14), based on Cormac McCarthy's novel.

ALSO PLAYING...

FLASH OF GENIUS (Oct. 3)
Greg Kinnear and Lauren Graham star in the true story of professor Robert Kearns, a humble inventor who battles the auto industry—and wins—after they steal his quirky but necessary innovation: the intermittent windshield wiper.

FAMILY FUN

MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA
Voices: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith & David Schwimmer
Opens: Nov. 7

The Central Park Zoo escapees from Madagascar reunite for high jinks on the African plains. Can they walk on the wild side? "Marty [the zebra] gets in touch with his inner zebra," says Rock of his character. "He's more of a militant zebra now."

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR
Starring: Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens
Opens: Oct. 24

Five six seven eight! It's time for the East High Wildcats to rock the 12th grade with catchy songs and over-the-top choreography. Says Efron: "It's senior year, so we've got graduation and prom to look forward to."

BOLT
Voices: John Travolta & Miley Cyrus
Opens: Nov. 21

Bolt, a canine TV star (Travolta), is accidentally shipped from a Hollywood soundstage to New York City. Will he make it all the way back to the Left Coast and the little girl (Cyrus) who loves him? Rest assured this cartoon won't depress the kiddies.

BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA
Voices: Drew Barrymore & George Lopez
Opens: Oct. 3

More than 200 dogs were cast in this live-action yarn about a pampered pooch named Chloe (Barrymore) who strays into Mexico, and her canine love Papi (Lopez), who crosses the border hoping to return her to the 90210.

ALSO PLAYING ... THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah & Jennifer Hudson
Opens: Oct. 17

Based on the bestselling novel, '60s runaway Lily (Fanning) finds refuge with beekeeping sisters. Of course, working with all that honey had its risks. "You don't want to anger the bees!" says Fanning.

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