Who will be left standing by...August?
"The Monuments Men"
Director: George Clooney
Stars: Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Bill Murray
Release Date: December 18
Festival Speculation: Venice, Toronto
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Why: Hopefully "Argo" producer George Clooney didn't burn the candle at both ends too much this season given that he has not one but two shots at repeating a Best Picture victory march next year. In addition to producing John Wells's "August: Osage County," he's producing, directing and starring in this adaptation of a Robert M. Edsel book about a squad of American and British museum directors, curators and historians who risked their lives to prevent the destruction of valuable works of art behind German enemy lines during World War II. The narrative starts to write itself, doesn't it? (This project was why he and Jean Dujardin were sporting beards at the Oscars this year.)
- Kristopher Tapley