Labor Day has come and gone, it gets dark slightly earlier every day, and all the kids are back in school. Meaning fall is basically here (actual solstice be damned), and with the season come fall movies. Arguably the best movies of the year, fall releases are mostly the serious stuff, the awards bait, the gritty or violent or sad. Which is actually cause for excitement! With that excitement in mind, let's take a look at this autumn's most intriguing fare.

SEPTEMBER

Arbitrage (9/14)

What It Is: While we're probably all sick of hearing about how our country is in the financial toilet, we're probably not sick of saying what a bad dude Bernie Madoff is, right? Well, here then is a fictionalized version of that Ponzi plot, with Richard Gere as an uber-successful finance guy who built his empire on fraud and is facing exposure as everything around him collapses. Susan Sarandon plays his wife, indie princess Brit Marling is his shrewd daughter, and Tim Roth is the dogged cop who's determined to expose him. Arbitrage was a critical hit at Sundance this year, with Gere especially earning praise for his committed performance.

Should You See It: Again, if you're not too sick of all that stuff, yes, you should. If for no other reason than that this could, after a thirty-plus year-long career, be Richard Gere's Oscar movie. It's a crowded field this year — Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman seem like locks for The Master, as does Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln — but beloved old Gere could sneak in there. Obviously Oscar chances shouldn't be the only reason to see a movie, especially a movie that is supposed to be pretty good on its own merits, but for the many armchair awards prognosticators out there, this is an important one to see.

The Master (9/14)

What It Is: Only the most hyped movie of the year! Well, OK, not more hyped than The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises or whatever, but certainly for a certain set of cinephiles, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest effort, about a cult-ish sort of group coming to prominence in post-World War II America, is the must-see movie of the season. Obviously Anderson himself is a huge draw — people are curious to see the next film in this second phase of his career, which began with 2008's There Will Be Blood — but there's also Joaquin Phoenix roaring back into the biz after his bizarre meta-experiment in retirement/rap and Philip Seymour Hoffman promising another hefty, mesmerizing piece of acting. Oh and supposedly the whole story was inspired by Scientology, which offers a real-life bit of intrigue. All in all, this is one of fall's biggest.

Should You See It: Did you just read that? Of course you should see it! Do you live in a big-ish city? One with an indie moviehouse or two? And, like, a couple of wine bars? If so, then people will be talking about The Master and you simply must have an opinion on it lest you be left out in the cold during every conversation until, oh, say, Thanksgiving. Or, y'know, ignore those jerks entirely and just go see it because it will probably be very good, or at least interesting.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (9/21)

What It Is: Based on the popular 1999 YA novel of the same name, Perks tells the story of a lonely high school lad named Charlie who meets two older kids, a pretty girl and her gay step-brother, and they initiate him into an exciting world of parties, drugs, and mysterious groinal tinglings. Up-and-coming actor Logan Lerman plays the lead kid, while artsy fartsy indie boy du jour Ezra Miller plays gay Patrick and Emma Watson tries on an American accent as Charlie's crush Sam. Stephen Chbosky directed and adapted the film from his own novel, which could be either a good thing or a disaster.

Should You See It: We say disaster because Chbosky's other on-camera work includes writing the script for the execrable Rent movie and co-creating Jericho. Not exactly a sterling set of credentials. But, still. Perks the novel is a generational touchstone for lots of folks, and tells a small but compelling story about coming-of-age in a way that's rarely cloying or cliched. We're not sure we love what we've seen in trailers so far, but we're giving the movie the benefit of the doubt. If you're feeling nostalgic for your teenage years this fall, and fall is the season to feel nostalgic, you might want to check this out. Or, even better, if you want to be the cool aunt/uncle/older sibling/cousin, take a teen you know to see it. You'll earn some points. (Do not, under any circumstances, take a teen you don't know to see this. Or to any other movie. Or anywhere else. Don't do anything with unknown teens, is what we're saying.)

Looper (9/28)

What It Is: Promising director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) gets his biggest budget yet for this sci-fi time travel mind bender about a mob hitman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) hired to kill his older self (Bruce Willis). Of course complications abound with that sort of setup, and at some point Jeff Daniels (as a villain?) and Emily Blunt (as a love interest?) join in the madness. Plus Joseph Gordon-Levitt dons some pretty gnarly makeup or something to look more like Bruce Willis, which adds to the whole Verfremdungseffekt of the endeavor.

Should You See It: Yes! Sure The Brothers Bloom ultimately wasn't a success, but it was still fascinating to watch, and of course Brick is a curious little indie delight. So it will be interesting to see what Johnson does on a bigger, more commercial scale. And there's likely more to the film than  what we've seen in the trailers. For example, what is happening in the snippet in which Emily Blunt seems to be making a cigarette lighter float in circles in midair? Looper is probably worth seeing just to find out what tricks Johnson has in store. This could be an inspired mess or a daring success, and there's really only one way to find out.

Everything Else...

Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher get up to very bad things in the movie version of Leslye Headland's bleakly dark but affecting play Bachelorette (9/7) ... Leelee Sobieski and Max von Sydow are finally united in the low-budget sci-fi film Branded (9/7) ... Future Superman Henry Cavill goes in search of his kidnapped mother with Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver's help in The Cold Light of Day (9/7) ... May-December (or really October) romance Hello I Must Be Going won star Melanie Lynskey heaps of praise at Sundance (9/7) ... Filthy British teen sitcom turned hit movie The Inbetweeners arrives in the States (9/7) ... Ira Sachs tells a personal story of love and addiction in the moving Keep the Lights On, about his fraught relationship with writer and book agent Bill Clegg (9/7) ... Bradley Cooper is a filthy plagiarist in The Words, but at least he has Zoe Saldana to keep him company (9/7) ... Channing Tatum, his wife Jenna Dewan, Rosario Dawson, Brian Geraghty, and a bunch of other folks enjoy their ten-year high school reunion (even though they're in their thirties) in 10 Years (9/14) ... Finding Nemo 3D reportedly changes the ending from the 2D version so that Nemo ends up becoming sushi and then everyone else dies because of overfishing (9/14) ... Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother directs/writes his second movie, the May-July romance Liberal Arts (9/14) ... Milla Jovovich is back at it again in Resident Evil: Retribution (9/14) ... Judge Dredd gets a non-Stallone treatment in Dredd 3D (9/21) ... Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena are beat cops in trouble in the handheld End of Watch (9/21) ... Poor Jennifer Lawrence is tormented some more in House At the End of the Street (9/21) ... The early stages of AIDS activism are chronicled in what looks like stirring fashion in the documentary How to Survive a Plague (9/21) ... Clint Eastwood says phooey to all that Moneyball hokum in the baseball drama Trouble with the Curve, also starring Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, and, improbably, Matthew Lillard (9/21) ... Kids discover a magic hole, which sounds dirty but isn't in The Hole (9/28) ... Adam Sandler lends his voice to a vampire in the animated Hotel Transylvania (9/28) ... Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal team up to save a school in the rabble-rousing Won't Back Down (9/28) ... OMG OMG OMG the college a cappella movie Pitch Perfect is almost here you guysss (9/28)

OCTOBER

The Paperboy (10/5)

What It Is: Precious director Lee Daniels heads down south to tell this tale of an ambitious newspaper reporter (Matthew McConaughey) and his fading idol brother (Zac Efron) trying to exonerate a convicted murderer (John Cusack) at the behest of his ladylove (Nicole Kidman). The film earned praise at Cannes this year for its tawdry artistry and daring performances. But mostly it got attention because, yes, this is the movie where Nicole Kidman pees on Zac Efron. This is that movie. And it's coming soon.

Should You See It: You probably should. Daniels is an interesting director, equal parts humanist and salacious sensationalist, so we can expect a dash of genuine feeling amid the piles of Southern sleaze. Plus you've got two actors, one established (McConaughey) and one new-ish to the scene (Efron), trying to grit themselves up and redefine their careers as serious, actorly ones. And it's always good to see Nicole Kidman going for broke the way she does with her best work. But, yeah, mostly you should see it because good god this is the movie where Nicole Kidman pees on Zac Efron and how could you miss that? Forget The Master, this is the movie event of the fall.

Smashed (10/12)

What It Is: Mary Elizabeth Winstead won raves at Sundance this year for her performance as a young teacher coming to terms with her alcoholism in this low-key drama. Aaron Paul plays her equally hard-partying, but less eager to change, husband, while Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer shows up as an AA friend. What we've read about this film, about the way it deals with both education and addiction, has us thinking it might be a female version of Half Nelson, which could mean great things.

Should You See It: If you're curious about watching an actress burst onto the scene with a career redefining performance, then yes, definitely. Winstead has been likable in things as varied as Live Free or Die Hard and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but has mostly been wasted in cheapo horror like The Thing and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. So it ought to be fascinating to watch her really stretch her legs and show us what she can do, which is often the pleasure of the small independent films that are scattered throughout the season, like leaves.

Killing Them Softly (10/19)

What It Is: Brad Pitt reteams with his Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik for this based-on-a-novel crime story about a mob enforcer (Pitt) tasked with investigating a robbery. Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Sam Shepard round out the seemingly entirely male cast, while Snow White and the Huntsman cinematographer Greig Fraser washes everything in a dark palette. Supposedly there are some recession themes running throughout, but mostly Killing Them Softly looks like a grim trip through the seedy, low-life crime world. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Should You See It: This is another must-see for you Oscar peepers. Pitt came so close last year with his excellent work in Moneyball, so maybe he could go all the way with this one. (Though, with The Master and Lincoln in play, it ultimately seems doubtful.) Though really this just looks like a good movie, with all its tough-guy mob philosophizing and deftly choreographed set pieces. Again, this is the season for darker stuff, and Killing Them Softly certainly seems to deliver the darkness.

Cloud Atlas (10/26)

What It Is: Hard to say. Based on David Mitchell's popular novel, Cloud Atlas tells six different stories that are spread across continents and centuries with only tenuous or vague threads connecting them. We go from the 1800s to well into the future, from nuclear power plants to remote Pacific isles. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, and Hugo Weaving all play multiple characters throughout the film, while Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon pop up in more fixed roles. Oh, and the movie is directed by both the Wachowskis, Lana and Andy, and Run Lola Run's Tom Tykwer. So. It's a jumble, basically.

Should You See It: Hard to say. The extended trailer is rather captivating, if a bit confusing, but there does linger that nagging suspicion about the Wachowskis' (and Tykwer's) ability to create something genuinely stirring and, more importantly, coherent. They've no problem crafting a dynamic, elegant spectacle, but once they get into the more emotional core of things, there tends to be a lot of muck. Just look at the second two Matrix films, utterly incomprehensible muddles of mushy mythology and senseless action. People love Mitchell's book, but will anyone love what this mechanized trio of directors does when bringing it to life? An intriguing but not entirely promising film.

Everything Else...

The long-delayed election allegory Butter finally slicks into theaters (10/5) ... Tim Burton heads back to stop-motion animation with Frankenweenie (10/5) ... Two families start warring when one daughter starts dating the other dad in The Oranges (10/5) ...The House I Live In is a troubling documentary look at our disastrous war on drugs (10/5) ... Yet another disaffected rich kid in New York City tries to figure it out in Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You (10/5) ... Someone else gets taken and Liam Neeson has to take 'em back in the new film Taken 2, based on the film Taken (10/5) ... Andrea Arnold's artsy Wuthering Heights stars Skins' Kaya Scodelario (10/5) ... Ben Affleck's well-received third directorial debut Argo opens big (10/12) ... The wacky, Objectivist adventures of young Dagny Taggart continue in Atlas Shrugged Part 2 (10/12) ... Kevin James goes for rousing teacher drama in Here Comes the Boom, a change of pace from his rousing mall cop dramas (10/12) ... Sundance Best Director winner Middle of Nowhere tells the story of a relationship challenged by prison (10/12) ... Martin McDonagh heads to America but takes Colin Farrell with him in the crime comedy Seven Psychopaths (10/12) ... Tyler Perry takes a turn into the dark and accepts someone else's direction in the James Patterson reboot Alex Cross (10/19) ... Stiles from Teen Wolf might lose his virginity in the high school dramedy The First Time (10/19) ... Good grief they've made another Paranormal Activity movie, this being the fourth one (10/19) ... Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, and a bunch of young jerks (Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes) get together for the family relationship comedy The Big Wedding (10/26) ... Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the tingly looking thriller The Loneliest Planet (10/26) ... Silent Hill: Revelation 3D has something to do with demons and videogames and Sean Bean, but it's unclear what any of that means (10/26) ... Helen Hunt does John Hawkes a solid and takes his V-card (you're not the only one, Stiles!) in The Sessions (10/26)

NOVEMBER

Flight (11/2)

What It Is: Denzel Washington stars in this Sully Sullenberger gone bad drama, the first live action picture from director Robert Zemeckis in twelve years. Washington plays a pilot who has a shameful secret (he's a drinker) that is uncovered in the wake of a plane crash that, thanks to our hero, everyone on board miraculously survives. Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, and Tamara Tunie of all people round out the cast. This looks to be half-thriller/half-drama, which is fine, that combination worked well for the oddly existential (and criminally underrated, in our estimation) Cast Away, Zemeckis' last movie that wasn't some terrifying hybrid cartoon. (Motion-capture, when will you die??)

Should You See It: Zemeckis' broad tastes rankle some people (Forrest Gump is just about reviled at this point, is it not?) and the subject matter is a little heavy, so this is not a sure thing. But Washington rarely doesn't hold the frame with that gravelly gravitas of his, and who doesn't love a good simulated plane disaster? And hey, Washington could edge out one of our five guesses for Best Actor nominations — Hoffman, Phoenix, Gere, Pitt, and Day-Lewis.

Lincoln (11/9)

What It Is: Tony Kushner once called this script, about the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the best thing he's written, so that's something. Plus Steven Spielberg directed and Daniel Day-Lewis stars, which is pretty impressive. Oh, and the movie also features Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, James Spader, David Strathairn, John Hawkes, Walton Goggins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tim Blake Nelson, Hal Holbrook, Gloria Reuben, Elizabeth Marvel, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Lena Dunham's boyfriend from Girls. So. This is a big movie.

Should You See It: Oh, sure, we guess so. Honestly historical biopics aren't really our thing, even if they are about greatest-ever presidents and include a pedigree cast like that. This has a brighter patina to it than did Robert Redford's post-assassination drama The Conspirator a year or two ago, but still. Still. Yeah, sure, see it. For Daniel Day-Lewis. And for Oscar reasons, obviously. Eh. Seems like medicine, though.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (11/16)

What It Is: Um... Duh. This is only the conclusion to the grandest, most romanticest movie series since, well, ever. Bella is now a vampyr, has a half-vampyr baby, and her husband Edward is, um, still a vampyr. Everyone's a vampyr. Except for Jacob, who's still a werewolf, and Bella's dad, who's still sad old Billy Burke. The bad vampire council is coming for Bella's baby so a bunch of other vampires from all over the world rally to her to defend her. Thus, new eye candy. Among the selection: Maggie Grace, Rami Malek, Jamie Campbell Bower, Angela Sarafyan, and others. It all ends here folks. And it ends sexily.

Should You See It: Obviously the lead up to the film's opening is going to be more exciting, with all the real-life drama between stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, but there will be some heart-fluttering about the actual movie, because it's the last one. No more Twilight madness after this, you guys. It's over. Everything's done. There can be nothing else. Isn't that a relief? Shouldn't you then celebrate that fact by going to see Sweet Eddie Cullen's Last Sad-Ass Song in the theaters? Yes, you should. Go. Go watch it and then breathe in deep the wonderful knowledge that there will be no more.

Rust & Bone (11/16)

What It Is: Marion Cotillard and rising Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) star as two broken (quite literally in Cotillard's case) souls who come together to help each other in this drama from A Prophet director Jacques Audiard. Cotillard is an orca whale trainer (yes) who suffers a terrible accident, while Schoenaerts is a brawler forced to raise his son as a single father. Lots of dreamy scenes of romance ensue, plus a healthy portion of Cotillard staring at things with those watery deer eyes of hers.

Should You See It: This thing was a huge hit at Cannes, winning everyone involved heaps of praise, especially Cotillard. There is apparently a sincerely moving scene involving Katy Perry's "Firework," which we'd think you'd have to see to believe. Yes, foreign language films can be a chore sometimes, but every year one comes along that you really should see. This could be it! If you can't sit through Michael Haneke's grueling Alzheimer's drama Amour, that is.

Everything Else...

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Jeremy Northam, and Christopher Walken play a famous string quartet struggling to stay together in A Late Quartet (11/2) ... Juno Temple and Riley Keough star in Jack and Diane, a sapphic romance that turns supernatural (11/2) ... RZA directs himself, Lucy Liu, and Russell Crowe in the improbable martial arts movie The Man With the Iron Fists (11/2) ... Sean Penn plays a childlike former rock star who goes Nazi hunting (mmhm) in This Must Be The Place (11/2) ... Amy Heckerling has turned Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, and Sigourney Weaver into New York City vampires in Vamps (11/2) ... Video game-themed animated movie Wreck-It Ralph actually looks pretty charming (11/2) ... James Bond is back kickin' skulls and beddin' babes in Sam Mendes' Skyfall (11/9) ... Keira Knightley reteams with her Atonement and Pride and Prejudice director Joe Wright for his slightly fantastical take on Anna Karenina (11/16) ... Yann Martel's religious meditation Life of Pi becomes a CGI-laden film (11/21) ... Beautiful young people, including a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth, once again protect their town from an invading horde, this time it's the North Koreans, in the long-delayed Red Dawn remake (11/21) ... Santa Claus, the Toothfairy, the Easter Bunny, and other childhood gods team up to save the world in the animated Rise of the Guardians (11/21) ... Bradley Cooper is crazy and so is Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell's crazy people drama The Silver Linings Playbook (11/21)

DECEMBER

Les Misérables (12/14)

What It Is: The King's Speech director Tom Hooper brings Schönberg and Boublil's blockbuster stage musical, based on Victor Hugo's novel, to the big screen at long last. Hugh Jackman plays Jean Valjean, a man jailed for stealing a loaf of bread who escapes and goes on an epic journey across France during the student rebellion days of the 1820s. Russell Crowe, yes he will sing, plays Javert, the police inspector doggedly chasing Valjean, while Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, and Amanda Seyfried play supporting roles. But of course the thing that everyone is mostly talking about is Anne Hathaway warbling out "I Dreamed a Dream" in the trailer, playing French prostitute Fantine. My my, Mia Thermopolis. How time has changed you.

Should You See It: Umm... It really depends on what kind of person you are. Some of us are of course going to see this, if only to shriek and throw tomatoes at Anne Hathaway singing goddamned "I Dreamed a Dream." Others who are diehard Les Mis fans will likely go and earnestly love it, others will be earnestly disappointed. But the point is these are people who care, in one way or another, about Les Mis. If you don't give a fig (pardon, une figue) about Les Mis, this just might not be worth your time. It's a big and silly and sometimes thrilling show, but still. Don't go out of your way.

Zero Dark Thirty (12/19)

What It Is: Kathryn Bigelow makes her first post-Oscar (for The Hurt Locker) film with this somewhat similarly themed thriller about the hunting and killing of Osama bin Laden. The film drew some fire from politicians after it was revealed that the Pentagon had cooperated with the producers, but for the most part this ought to be relatively uncontroversial. After all, we're talking about one of the baddest bad guys in the last 50 years. Dude was pretty bad, so a movie about how righteous Navy SEALs went and got him will most likely not offend too many people. Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Joel Edgerton, Kyle Chandler, and Jennifer Ehle all feature in the classy ensemble of actors.

Should You See It: Again with a movie feeling like medicine, in that it's so political and of-the-moment. Though, there is less of a risk of Lincoln-style tedium, given the exciting subject matter and the quality of the creative team. The recent-past nature of the story might make it seem a little Newsroom-y, but remember this movie is going to show us the stuff we didn't see, or at least some imagining of it. So, sure. Go if you want to see one of those newsy political thrillers that they don't seem to make many of these days. (We've the failure of Body of Lies, State of Play, and Green Zone to blame for that.) If not? Eh, stay at home and watch the news. It's free(r), after all.

The Impossible (12/21)

What It Is: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, and three British children star in this drama supposedly based on a real-life family's experience at the epicenter of the horrific 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, which killed nearly 250,000 people in South Asia. The trailer gives away that the whole family survives, so the drama then is in the how of it. A Spanish production in English, the film is directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, the young upstart who previously impressed audiences and critics with The Orphanage.

Should You See It: Well, some are griping about the fact that the film is about a wealthy white family instead of, y'know, the hundreds of thousands of poor Indonesians, Thai, Sri Lankans, and others who died in the attack, but what can you do. The trailer is undeniably effective, if for no other reason than boy oh boy does Naomi Watts look good when she's suffering. Doesn't she? Always has, always will. It's a bit creepy, sure. But think about it: Does anyone weep and tremble better than Naomi Watts? No one really does.

Django Unchained (12/25)

What It Is: A cheery Christmas treat! Quentin Tarantino tells us a tale of a slave turned bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx) who teams up with Christoph Waltz to hunt down some bad guys and get his wife (Kerry Washington) back from a nasty dandy of a plantation owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). This being a Tarantino film, Samuel L. Jackson is of course involved in some capacity, as are Jonah Hill and the great stuntwoman Zoe Bell (from Death Proof). Oh, and Don Johnson. A typically eclectic Tarantino cast, playing out a typically eclectic story, too.

Should You See It: Well, yeah, probably. Tarantino's films are consistently exciting and original, and there's no indication that this will be any different. But he can often be a little iffy about race stuff, and a full-on movie about slavery might cross the line somewhere, somehow. But maybe that's the reason to go, to see how far he goes. And that's a pretty strong cast, of course. This is another one that people will be chattering about all season long, so if that's something that concerns you, then yes,  get your motherf*cking ass to this movie.

Everything Else...

Bill Murray goes for an Oscar with the FDR dramedy Hyde Park on Hudson (12/7) ... Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler go for Blockbuster Awards in the family soccer drama Playing for Keeps (12/7) ... Peter Jackson rolls out the first part of a tiny indie trilogy called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12/14) ... Michael Haneke gets rid of the dread and violence but creates a no less harrowing film with the elderly couple drama Amour (12/19) ... Pixar releases another film, Monsters, Inc. 3D (all the monsters die in this new version) (12/19) ... Cirque du Soleil does a 3D concert film called Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D (12/21) ... Tom Cruise goes for gritty violence with the book-based thriller Jack Reacher (12/21) ... The Sopranos creator David Chase makes his feature film debut with Not Fade Away, about a trio of suburban New Jerseyites starting a band (12/21) ... Kristen Stewart, uh, services both Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley while naked in a car in On the Road (12/21) ... Judd Apatow considers middle age with some characters from Knocked Up, including his wife and two daughters, with This Is 40 (12/21) ... Seth Rogen goes on a road trip with Barbra Streisand (sounds thrilling) in The Guilt Trip (12/25) ... Billy Crystal and Bette Midler try to babysit their grandkids while navigating modern parental mores (sounds terrifying) in Parental Guidance (12/25) ... Matt Damon co-wrote and stars in Promised Land, which reunites him with Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant (12/28), Maggie Smith and a bunch of other old Brits play retired opera singers in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2: The Quickening Quartet (12/28) ... Elizabeth Olsen plays Thérèse Raquin in Therese (12/28)