5. Anna Karenina (November 16)

Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams, Holliday Grainger
Distributor: Focus Features
Current Criticwire average: B+ (see all grades)

Why Are They "Must Sees"? A literary classic gets a brand new cinematic take thanks to Joe Wright and an all-star cast. Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" (last adapted in 1997 by Bernard Rose) comes to life again via a re-teaming of Wright and Keira Knightley (their third film together). The film has had generally muted buzz since screening at the Toronto Film Festival, but it was indeed warmly received there overall, with many suggesting Oscar possibilties for Knightley (and raving about the film's design). The fact that the film didn't do so well in its native UK when it was released there in September doesn't help things, but a strong reception stateside could change that.

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6. A Royal Affair (November 9)

Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Cast:  Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander and Mikkel Følsgaard
Distributor: Magnolia
Current Criticwire average: B (see all grades)

Why is it a "Must See"? The Danish entry in this year's Oscar race, "A Royal Affair" stars great Dane Mads Mikkelsen as an 18th century royal physician who romances the queen while tending to the mentally ill King Christian VII of Denmark (Mikkel Følsgaard ). The film premiered to strong reviews at the Berlinale earlier this year, with Mikkel Følsgaard winning the Silver Bear for Best Actor and Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg winning screenplay honors at the fest.

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7. Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God (November 16)

Director: Alex Gibney
Distributor: HBO Documentary FIlms
Current Criticwire average: B+ (See all grades)

Why is it a "Must See"? Tireless doc filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Casino Jack and the United States of Money," "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer," "Taxi To The Dark Side," "Enron") takes on the abuse of power in the Catholic Church in his latest film. He discovers a cover-up that goes all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. A definite must see doc.

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