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Release date: Oct. 11
Director: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali
Pros: Academy prince Tom Hanks anchors a stirring true story procedural with a compelling, ultimately emotional performance. There's a lot of craft to be respected across the branches, as well, from put-you-there photography and sound to tight, swiftly paced editing.
Cons: Procedurals can sometimes come off a touch clinical when surrounded by the more overt emotional pieces that litter a typical awards season. And Sony has a pretty significant balancing act this year between this, "American Hustle" and "The Monuments Men," all with A-list talent in front of and behind the camera.