For this fictional retelling of the Abscam scandal, Bale put on the pounds and reteamed with director David O. Russell, who directed him to an Oscar in “The Fighter.”
“OUT OF THE FURNACE”
Bale also has this dark family drama from “Crazy Heart” filmmaker Scott Cooper, due in December.
The veteran actor shines as an elderly man travelling with his son in Alexander Payne’s latest.
“WOLF OF WALL STREET”
If it makes the deadline to come out this year, DiCaprio could be looking at his fourth career Oscar nod.
“12 YEARS A SLAVE”
As Solomon Northup, a free man sold into slavery, Ejiofor is the stunning center of an impressive cast.
“MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM”
The man known as Stringer Bell and Luther dazzles as another icon, Nelson Mandela, in this biopic.
“THE INVISIBLE WOMAN”
Two-time Oscar-nominee not only directs, but also stars as Charles Dickens in this adaptation of the Claire Tomalin novel.
Two-time Oscar winner Hanks delivers one of his best turns in years as real-life Captain Richard Phillips.
“INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS”
Isaac has been courting stardom for some time, and his turn as a folk musician in the Coen brothers’ latest is earning raves.
Notorious nice guy Jackman got down and dirty as a father who kidnaps the man he suspects of abducting his daughter.
Jordan plays shooting victim Oscar Grant in all his humanity, showing his triumphs and flaws.
“DALLAS BUYERS CLUB”
The Hollywood hunk shed 40 pounds to play Ron Woodruff, a Texan who subverts the medical system when he finds he has AIDS.
The actor brings a charming sweetness to his role as a romantic leading man, acting opposite the voice of a computer operating system.
“ALL IS LOST”
Redford has virtually no dialogue, but his powerful performance as a man lost at sea speaks volumes.
“THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY”
Stiller directs and stars in this whimsical tale of an office drone with an active fantasy life.
“THE SPECTACULAR NOW”
As Sutter Keely, an aimless high school senior, Teller manages to make us root for his character, even when he’s not always likable.
In this true story, Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the surviving member of SEAL Team 10.
“LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER”
The Oscar winner takes on a powerful role — Cecil Gaines, the butler who serves eight presidents in his tenure.