Some of us love to pore over every fall movie preview we can get our hands on, reading reviews from Cannes and Toronto, marking our calendars with premiere dates and pre-ordering our tix on Fandango as soon as we can. For others, that sounds way too much like homework. That’s why we made this quick little guide to the top 10 flicks we’re dying to see, with the kind of blurb that won’t tax your short attention spans. And sure, we’re leaving out a whole bunch of Oscar contenders, guilty pleasures and interesting films we’ll eventually watch, but this is a list based on fandom, gut instinct and, yeah, intense crushes. Here they are in (order of premiere date):
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Logan Lerman will make you cry, you will wish Emma Watson and Ezra Miller were your best friends, and you will go home and hunt down your long-lost mixtapes. In select theaters September 21.
Pitch Perfect: No one does smart-talking like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson is our new imaginary girlfriend, and we think Elizabeth Banks (who produced) can do no wrong. In theaters September 28.
Alex Cross: We can’t wait to see how Tyler Perry does with someone else’s lines … as a sexy detective, no less. And Matthew Fox’s weightloss is purely fascinating. In theaters October 19.
Skyfall: Daniel Craig is our weakness — and in this James Bond installment, we’ll get to see the skeleton in Q’s closet. Let’s forget Quantum of Solace ever happened. In theaters November 9.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2: We’ve been waiting for four years to see vampire Bella and the X-Men-style throwdown of Cullen clan vs. Volturi. In theaters November 16.
Silver Linings Playbook: Jennifer Lawrence finally gets to have some fun in a movie, opposite Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper, and they’re both playing mentally unstable people in a movie directed by possibly mentally unstable filmmaker David O. Russell. In theaters November 21.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: The return of Ian McKellan’s Gandolf and Andy Serkis’ Gollum, the return of Peter Jackson’s genius interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s genius, and the transformation of original Office star Martin Freeman into a furry-footed adventurer. In theaters December 14.
Les Miserables: We’ve been humming “I Dreamed a Dream” ever since we first heard Anne Hathaway’s haunting rendition (those of use who haven’t been humming it for decades, that is), and can’t wait to see the battle of Australians-as-Frenchmen: Hugh Jackman vs. Russell Crowe. In theaters December 14.
On the Road: We’ll see that awesome book we read in high school come to life. Oh yeah, and also, sexy Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund. In theaters December 21.
Django Unchained: Why not end the year on a crazy/surreal/dark note, Quentin Tarrantino style? Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio never looked better (stranger). In theaters December 25.
[Photos: Summit Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Universal Pictures]