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HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS

STARRING Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

OPENS Nov. 19

“It was a tricky shoot,” Radcliffe says of the dark Hallows, part 1 of the series conclusion. As the forces of evil take hold, friends Harry (Radcliffe), Ron (Grint) and Hermione (Watson) are torn apart. “There’s a lot of paranoia,” says Grint. “It was really nice to explore that.”

WOMEN on the EDGE

LOVE & OTHER DRUGS

STARRING: Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

OPENS: Nov. 24

As a free spirit battling Parkinson’s disease in this romantic drama, Hathaway “was determined to give a realistic portrayal,” says director Ed Zwick.

BLACK SWAN

STARRING Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel

OPENS Dec. 3

Portman is winning raves as a ballerina on the brink in this dark thriller. She trained for a year and says “the discipline, pain and isolation of the dance training” gave her the edge she needed.

Country Strong

STARRING: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund

OPENS: Dec. 22

Paltrow trots out a twang to play Kelly Canter, a fictional Nashville superstar who is just out of rehab and struggling as she embarks on her comeback tour. The Oscar-winning actress tackled her own guitar playing and shows off her pipes in the drama, which costars Hedlund and Leighton Meester as up-and-coming crooners and McGraw as Canter’s husband and manager.

TRON: LEGACY

STARRING: Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Sheen

OPENS: Dec. 17

To revisit [Tron] 28 years later is incredible,” says Bridges, who reprises his role in the 1982 original as a hacker battling in a virtual world. “This time there were no cameras-just sensors. It was amazing.”

The King’s Speech

STARRING: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush

OPENS: Nov. 26

Colin Firth’s getting Oscar buzz for his turn as King George VI (great-grandpa to William and Harry), who battles a stutter with the help of a quirky speech therapist (Rush) and rallies the Brits in World War II.

HEROES & VILLAINS

The TOURIST

STARRING: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie

OPENS: Dec. 10

“They had incredible chemistry from the first time they met,” producer Graham King says of the stars. Depp plays a teacher who meets a seductress (Jolie) in Venice. Says King: “It’s a cat-and-mouse thriller.”

THE FIGHTER

STARRING: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams

OPENS: Dec. 10

Mark Wahlberg plays real-life boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, who rose from professional punching bag to champion with the help of his brother (Bale) and girlfriend (Adams). Could it be a knockout at the Oscars?

GIANT LAUGHS

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS

STARRING: Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel

OPENS: Dec. 22

Call him Jumbo Jack. To prepare to play a man who suddenly finds himself a giant among Lilliputians, “I bought a big bag of those miniature army figures,” says the actor, who stars in this 3-D adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s classic 18th-century novel, “and created scenarios in which I was com-mingling with thousands of tiny people.”

HOW DO YOU KNOW

STARRING: Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd

OPENS: Dec. 17

The romantic comedy explores what happens after “two people Witherspoon and Rudd meet on the worst night of their lives,” says director James L. Brooks.

Tangled

OPENS: Nov. 24

Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) gets the Disney princess treatment.

Yogi Bear

OPENS: Dec. 17

He’s still smarter than the average bear. Justin Timberlake voices Boo-Boo, with Dan Aykroyd as the titular ’60s-era furry creature. Plus: Jellystone Park in 3-D!