1 Skyfall - Daniel Craig now has an irrevocable license to thrill. The best James Bond flick since Goldfinger.
2 Flight - Denzel Washington's portrayal of a drug-addicted airline pilot puts him squarely in contention for a third Academy Award.
3 Argo -Ben Affleck's thrilling, funny and true story of Hollywood and the CIA rescuing hostages in Iran. One of the year's finest.
4 A Late Quartet and This Must Be the Place - Enjoy terrific, against-type performances by Christopher Walken and Sean Penn, respectively.
5 Wreck-It Ralph - Cameos from an arcade of '80s video game heroes make this into something like Who Framed Donkey Kong.
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Dates subject to change.
Nov. 21: The Life of Pi; Silver Linings Playbook; Rise of the Guardians; Red Dawn; Smashed
Nov. 30: Killing Them Softly; Anna Karenina
Dec. 7: Hitchcock; Playing for Keeps; Dino Time