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Martin Scorsese teams up again with Leonardo DiCaprio for a romp through the high-rolling 1980s in "The Wolf of Wall Street."

And Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his operating system (with the voice of Scarlett Johansson) in "Her," set in the near future. It was written and directed by Spike Jonze. "If he's done something, I want to see it," Turan said. "I'm not sure I'm going to like it. It may make me crazy, but his films always intrigue me."

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Fall is also when the stars come out. Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts bring the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "August: Osage County" to the screen.

George Clooney directed and stars in "The Monuments Men," based on a true World War II rescue of artwork looted by the Nazis.

Robert Redford made a big splash at the Cannes Film Festival as a man lost at sea in "All Is Lost."

Matthew McConaughey adds to his list of unconventional characters as a hustler who contracted HIV in "Dallas Buyer's Club."

And Bruce Dern won Best Actor at the Cannes Festival as an old man battling senility -- and his son -- in "Nebraska."

"I can't remember the last big film he was in," said Turan. "But he's just perfectly cast, and he just does a wonderful job."

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It's not ALL high brow and serious in the fall.

Will Ferrell and the TV news gang are back in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"; and Thor is back in "Thor: The Dark World."

It's back to the '80s, when Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his fellow newshounds (played by Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell) join a 24-cable news channel in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." Paramount Pictures

"It's hard for me to kind of work up enormous enthusiasm for the latest adventures of Thor, even though I think he's a wonderful guy and I wish him well in the world," said Turan. "But, you know, this is more Thor."

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Even blockbusters aim higher in the fall. The sci-fi adventure "Ender's Game," based on the popular book, has A-list stars Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is the second in director Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy.

And finally, Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence returns in "Catching Fire," the second installment of "The Hunger Games."

Hollywood is out to win you over this fall . . . with some of the best it has to offer.

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