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Director: Angelina Jolie
Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Domhall Gleeson
Expected debut: Dec. 25
Why: If you think Jolie isn't a serious filmmaker or has talent as a director you need to watch her debut film, "In The Land of Blood and Honey." The global icon is legit and with "Unbroken" she has the rich true story of Louis Zamperini, an American Olympian who survived being a prisoner of War by the Japanese during WWII. She also has a screenplay with contributions from Oscar nominee Richard LaGravenese, the legendary Coen Bros. and a final rewrite by two-time nominee William Nicholson. And Universal Pictures so believes in the material -- which has no major names in the cast mind you -- they have slotted it at the end of awards season on Christmas Day. That's what equates to faith in the movie business.
- Gregory Ellwood