'The Men Who Stare at Goats'

<b>Director: Grant Heslov</b> &mdash; A reporter befriends a U.S. military official who reveals the existence of a top-secret unit created specifically to harness psychic spying abilities. And, yes, it is based on a true story.<br>
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<b>Why:</b> "The Men Who Stare at Goats" comes from a less experienced director and takes place in Iraq, but luckily it boasts an all-star cast of George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.<br>
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<b>Oscar chances:</b> This film is more of comedy than drama but is based on a true story, which tends to help rather than hurt a film's Oscar odds. This film could prove a quirky hit with voters (a la "Juno") or miss its mark (like "Burn After Reading").
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( Overture Films )

Director: Grant Heslov — A reporter befriends a U.S. military official who reveals the existence of a top-secret unit created specifically to harness psychic spying abilities. And, yes, it is based on a true story.

Why: "The Men Who Stare at Goats" comes from a less experienced director and takes place in Iraq, but luckily it boasts an all-star cast of George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

Oscar chances: This film is more of comedy than drama but is based on a true story, which tends to help rather than hurt a film's Oscar odds. This film could prove a quirky hit with voters (a la "Juno") or miss its mark (like "Burn After Reading").

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