September 08, 2014 12:00 PM

Interstellar

ANNE HATHAWAY, MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY & JESSICA CHASTAIN

NOV. 7

Oscar winners in space! McConaughey and Hathaway pair up as astronauts searching for a hospitable planet in the galactically anticipated sci-fi epic from director Christopher Nolan (the Dark Knight trilogy). For McConaughey the biggest thrill wasn’t defying gravity—rather, it was “bringing my son [6-year-old Levi] to set and letting him experience the ride.”

The Equalizer

DENZEL WASHINGTON & CHLOE GRACE MORETZ

SEPT. 26

The synthesizer beats and shoulder pads are gone, but the vigilante crime fighter from the ’80s series remains—this time with Washington’s “less slick” spin, says director Antoine Fuqua, who helmed the star’s 2001 Oscar-winning role in Training Day. As an imperiled Mob target, 17-year-old Moretz impressed the veteran actor. “Denzel turned to me one day and goes, ‘She’s the real thing,’ ” says Fuqua. “That doesn’t usually come out of his mouth.”

This Is Where I Leave You

TINA FEY, JASON BATEMAN & JANE FONDA

SEPT. 19

For those who prefer their family dysfunction with more humor—and less plate-smashing—than August: Osage County, there’s this comedy-drama about four siblings (including Bateman and Fey) and their mother (Fonda). Filming in a real house “gave it a college-dorm feel,” says director Shawn Levy. “It was this great fraternal intimacy.”

The Good Lie

REESE WITHERSPOON & COREY STOLL

OCT. 3

Director Philippe Falardeau cast real-life “Lost Boys” from the Sudanese refugee crisis, with Witherspoon costarring as their U.S. advocate. “Reese has this ability to move from tough to endearing,” says Falardeau. “She illuminates the whole place.”

Gone Girl

BEN AFFLECK & ROSAMUND PIKE

OCT. 3

Who is Amy Dunne? “She’s the golden girl, the chameleon and a total conundrum,” says English actress Pike, a relative unknown who nabbed the title role in author Gillian Flynn’s wicked study of a marriage gone very, very wrong. Directed by David Fincher (Se7en, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) from Flynn’s screenplay, the movie “navigates treacherous psychological waters,” says Pike. “It gets under your skin.” Says former ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY writer Flynn: “Everyone knows those couples who get divorced where you had no clue something was wrong. I wanted to peel back those layers.”

The Judge

ROBERT DOWNEY JR., ROBERT DUVALL & VERA FARMIGA

OCT. 10

It’s a Robert showcase in this drama about an estranged father (Duvall) and son (Downey) grappling with old wounds in the midst of a painful legal crisis. “It is a unique slant on a certain kind of family,” says Duvall. Adds Downey: “I always love the idea of two generations of fellas who are both smart, both guarded, and what it takes for them to reconnect. I think if you can portray reconciliation in a movie, that kind of lights up those channels for the audience. And obviously there’s an intelligence with Mr. Duvall’s work.”

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

JENNIFER GARNER & STEVE CARELL

OCT. 10

So what makes for a bad day with these stars? “Like the chaos in the movie, it’s when I’m trying to go to work, my kid has a fever, I have to decide what to do about school,” says Garner. “That muckety-muck is where I live.” It’s the same for Carell: “I decided to give my daughter Annie a haircut when she was 2, and I learned that my forte is not hairstyling. My wife still brings it up.”

Dumb and Dumber To

JIM CARREY & JEFF DANIELS

NOV. 14

Fear not, Harry and Lloyd fans: Although 20 years have passed since the IQ-challenged duo first hit screens, “these guys haven’t gained one ounce of intelligence,” says Daniels, whose Harry is the fun-house opposite of his Emmy-winning role as a hyper-verbal journalist on The Newsroom. Still, some things have changed. “When Jim and I jump on each other and roll into a ditch filled with fire ants, it takes us a little longer to get up, our knees don’t work as well, our hips hurt,” says Daniels. “But that doesn’t mean the old guys don’t try. We threw everything we had at it and hoped no one tore an ACL.”

Fury

BRAD PITT & SHIA LABEOUF
OCT. 17

The WW II drama follows hardened, heroic platoon leader Wardaddy (Pitt) as he and his crew descend upon Nazi Germany in the titular tank. The role came naturally to the A-lister. “Brad really took on the idea of being the father of this family. He really led the way,” says director David Ayer, who notes the actor guided the project onscreen and off. “He’s a natural leader. He just has that quality about him. He kind of ended up herding all these guys for me.”

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