Entering the list is Peter's Weir's The Way Back. I know very little about this film except that it stars Ed Harris and Colin Farrell and is about the escape from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and the subsequent 400 mile trek back to India. It enters the list based on my excitement for a new film from Weir, who has only made two films, both wonderful, in the last twelve years, The Truman Show and Master and Commander. Weir's films almost always hit the Oscar sweet spot with seven of his last eight receiving Oscar nominations in at least one category. In an Oscar race that looks like it's going to be wide open, The Way Back is a movie to look out for.
Speaking of trailers, off the strength of one of the best trailers in recent memory, David Fincher's The Social Network hits the chart at #5 with a bullet. Before this my interest in The Social Network was just curiosity at the seemingly random collection of talent. A Facebook movie, directed by David Fincher, written by Aaron Sorkin, and starring Justin Timberlake? Twenty bucks and a Kewpie doll to anyone who predicted that combination. I should have had more faith in Sorkin and Fincher since this preview suggests that they've made a film that digs deep and captures a moment in time the way something like All the President's Men did. This trailer did what trailers should and so rarely do, make the viewers sit up straight and say to themselves, "I must see this."