Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Release Date: Oct. 4

Danger: The story of two stranded astronauts was originally supposed to touch down in theaters a year ago, but was pushed back to complete post-production work. A delay can be a sign of trouble, although given the complexity of what Cuaron is trying to accomplish, we'll give him the benefit of the doubt. The $80 million budget movie is essentially a two-hander: There's Bullock, Clooney, a whole lot of zero gravity and not much else. Performances will be crucial.

Why We're Still Psyched: Cuaron hasn't made a movie in six years, but "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and "Children of Men" demonstrated that he's the rare filmmaker who can combine camera pyrotechnics and gripping drama. Plus, "Gravity" marks his first 3D outing. Cineastes are expecting nothing short of revolutionary.


Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener
Director: Paul Greengrass
Release Date: Oct. 11

Danger: To put it charitably, Hanks has been on a cold streak. "Larry Crowne" and "Cloud Atlas" have underwhelmed critics and audiences; worse, his likable routine has felt a bit tired.

Why We're Still Psyched: As he demonstrated in "United 93" and "The Bourne Supremacy," Greengrass is a master of documentary-like intensity in action sequences, and the real-life tale finds him working in his sweet spot. Sony Pictures is high on the film, believing that its dramatic scenes of people in peril and Hanks performance will pay off during awards season.


Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
Director: Gavin Hood
Release Date: Nov. 1

Danger: Orson Scott Card, the man who cooked up the mega-selling novel that inspired the film, has been openly opposed to same-sex marriage and compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

Why We're Still Psyched: Card's theatrics aside, the book about an army of young super soldiers battling an alien race is a gripping yarn. If it works, its producers may have another "Hunger Games" on their hands.