The accents in Australia
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman (pictured) have become superstars by doing lots of things: putting putty on their noses, wearing puffy sideburns and razor claws. But one thing they've rarely done is use their Aussie accents onscreen. No longer. In Baz Luhrmann's epic historical-romance Australia, the two can let loose every "mate" and "crickey" they can muster. The film's set in pre-World War II Australia (okay, "crickey" seems unlikely) and concerns a trek across hundreds of miles of Outback. So see it on the big screen. Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge) doesn't do small or intimate. And neither do the stars. Opens November 26.
Kate and Leo's reunion on Revolutionary Road
The last time we saw Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio together, they were freezing to death outside a certain sinking ship. There won't likely be any "King of the World!" moments in this adaptation of Richard Yates's novel about a 1950s couple whose marriage crumbles, but look for a rekindling of their Titanic chemistry. Opens late December.
Non movies at the movies
Now that those sold-out simulcasts of Met operas have proved that people will flock to theatres even if there's no movie, look for more eclectic fare at your local multiplex. Sony Pictures screens the Broadway version of the hit musical Rent September 24-28, while Cineplex gives us high-def, surround-sound concerts by artists like Thom Yorke, the White Stripes, P.J. Harvey, Beck and the Shins on Wednesdays starting October 1. No moshpits, please.
The sets and costumes for Milk
Sean Penn, the world's greatest living male screen actor (pictured, centre), isn't much of a leading man but makes one helluva character actor. So his turn as Harvey Milk, the martyred gay politician, should be cinema gold. Still, pay attention to the look of the film. Director Gus Van Sant shot the biopic - which also stars Josh Brolin and James Franco - on location in and around San Francisco's Castro district. Haul out those bell-bottoms for the premiere. Opens December 5.
Angelina Jolie in Changeling
Long before she became Our Mother of All Orphans and shacked up in France with her global brood, Angelina Jolie was a damn fine actor - an Oscar-winning one, in fact. It could happen again if all the Internet buzz is correct about her turn in Clint Eastwood's period mystery about a mother who's convinced that her kidnapped son who's returned to her is not her son. Opens October 24.
The new Bond girl
Her name is Olga Kurylenko, and she's a Ukrainian-born actor and model who's getting a big career boost as Quantum Of Solace's femme - fatale or otherwise. But frankly, we can't wait to get another eyeful of that new Bond boy. Will there be another naked interrogation scene? A Daniel-emerges-from-the-sea moment? Can director Marc Forster top Casino Royale's action sequences? Opens November 14.
George Dubya's reaction to W.
Now that the U.S. prez is on his way out, maybe he'll have time to take in a movie. And maybe the electorate will learn a few things from shit-disturber Oliver Stone's much-antipated W. Josh Brolin (pictured) is a dead ringer in the lead, and Elizabeth Banks could finally get taken seriously as his missus. But the real question is how to classify the film? Biopic? Comedy? Horror? Opens October 17.
Meryl Streep vs. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt
Oscar-winning actors fight it out wearing nun's and priest's garb! What's not to love? John Patrick Shanley directs his own adaptation of his Tony Award-winning drama about uncovering abuse and racism in a New York 1960s church. Shanley, once a Hollywood golden boy (Oscar for Moonstruck's script), hasn't directed a picture since 1990's Joe Versus The Volcano. So, yeah, there could be doubts. Opens mid-December.
Kristin Scott Thomas en français
She's called France home for decades, but Scott Thomas (pictured, right) remains the quintessential Brit: brittle and oh so elegant. Her turn as an ex-con reunited with her sister in I've Loved You So Long shows that icy exterior melting. The performance has won nothing but raves after Cannes and TIFF. Opens November 7.