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Date published: 9/7/2012

BY MOIRA MACDONALD

The Seattle Times

The leaves are changing--or will be soon--and so are the theater marquees. Here's a list of some of what we'll be seeing on screens this fall.

Note that movie-release dates are tentative and as changeable as an autumn sky.

THE END OF IT ALL

By which I mean, of course, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2," which everyone promises really is the end of that story of the girl and the vampire and the werewolf. No further questions. Nov. 16; get your red contact lenses ready.

OTHER REALLY BIG STUFF

The James Bond franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary (looking good, James!) with "Skyfall," featuring current Bond Daniel Craig alongside Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench. As we all pause to hum the James Bond theme, note that it will open Nov. 9.

Also coming to theaters on that date is "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's long-awaited historical drama based on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team of Rivals," and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who's in nearly every 2012 movie, it seems) as his son Robert, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln and an all-star supporting cast.

One of the season's biggest popcorn movies should be Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" (Nov. 2), with Denzel Washington as a pilot who performs a heroic act--or does he?

The wait's been long for Ang Lee's screen version of the novel "The Life of Pi," due Nov. 21.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"--first of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" prequel trio--is due Dec. 14.

"Zero Dark Thirty," Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is scheduled for Dec. 19.

Tom Cruise is a former Army policeman in "Jack Reacher," due Dec. 21.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams play father and daughter in "Trouble with the Curve" (Oct. 21), a baseball drama.

Julie Delpy plays a Frenchwoman in New York entertaining visiting relatives and mollifying her boyfriend (Chris Rock) in "2 Days in New York" (Sept. 7).

Spike Lee returns with a tale of a boy visiting his Brooklyn grandmother in "Red Hook Summer" (Sept. 7). Paul Dano is a dad fighting for custody of his daughter in "For Ellen" (Sept. 14). Patrick Wang's "In the Family" (Oct. 5) explores a custody battle in a gay family.


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