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"Dallas Buyers Club"
Release date: Nov. 1 (Limited)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn
Pros: The film is the true story of a straight HIV positive man who goes to extreme means to find new forms of treatment in the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Along the way the former homophobic electrician becomes compassionate for everyone suffering around him. It's an emotional tale featuring career best work from McConaughey and Leto. The Academy has also been very gay friendly in the big show with nominations for "Brokeback Mountain," "Milk" and "The Kids Are All Right" over the past seven years.
Cons: Some will say the film is just a showcase for some great performances. Some of those people may be just looking to find a way to kick a competing contender to the side, but they will say it.