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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Director: Werner Herzog
Star power: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Jennifer Coolidge, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, Xzibit
Lowdown: Inspired by 1992's "Bad Lieutenant," this New Orleans-set thriller follows a homicide detective (Cage) investigating the death of a family of African immigrants.
Awards Potential: Your guess is as good as ours.
Why it's a must: Based on the extended description, Cage hasn't had a role this daring since "Bringing Out the Dead" ten years ago.