With the holiday season only a few days away, we're taking a look at some of the biggest movies that will be hitting theaters through the end of year. As usual, there's something for everyone, from Oscar contenders like 'The King's Speech,' to 3-D thrill rides like 'TRON: Legacy' to family adventures like 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'; and if the movies are as good as they sound, we're looking at yet another season to remember.

After the jump, check out the 28 (!) movies we can't wait to see.

Burlesque'Burlesque'

Release Date: Nov. 24
The Scoop: Christina Aguilera looks to become the next Barbra Streisand with her debut performance in 'Burlesque,' in which she plays a small-town singer who moves to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a big star. If that wasn't enough to get you in theaters, 'Burlesque' also features a rare turn by Cher, in her first movie performance in -- wait for it -- seven years. Sounds good to us.

Faster'Faster'
Release Date: Nov. 24
The Scoop: Out of prison and on a path of revenge against the men that murdered his brother, Dwayne Johnson stars in his most adult role yet. Fans have been waiting for the wrestler-turned-actor to live up to his action-star potential, and this gritty flick is his best shot.

Love and Other Drugs'Love and Other Drugs'
Release Date: Nov. 24
The Scoop: For the first time in five years, 'Brokeback Mountain' co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway are reunited in this enjoyable romcom, about a pharmaceutical sales rep (Gyllenhaal) who falls for a woman with Parkinson's disease (Hathaway). Gyllenhaal's womanizing performance should get laughs from the men, while the film's romance will have women reaching for their tissues. As for the film's steamy sex scenes, well, that's for everyone to enjoy.

Elle Fanning'The Nutcracker in 3-D'
Release Date: Nov. 24
The Scoop: A three-dimensional re-telling of the classic Christmas tale from the director of 'Tango & Cash' and starring folks like Nathan Lane, Richard E. Grant, John Turturro and Elle Fanning. And did we mentioned it was helmed by acclaimed director Andrey Konchalovskiy? Just try to keep us away from this one.

Tangled'Tangled'
Release Date:
Nov. 24
The Scoop:
We were surprised, too, when we realized Disney had never tackled the story of Rapunzel before this. Naturally the fairy tale gets an upgrade, with the long-haired, teenaged heroine (Mandy Moore) wanting to do more than just sit in her tower and sulk. She manages to escape and see the world with the help of charming thief Flynn (Zachary Levi) -- but if you think this lively retelling is your standard "hero rescues the damsel in distress" scenario, then think again.



The King's Speech'The King's Speech'
Release Date: Nov. 26
The Scoop: Colin Firth is generating a lot of Oscar buzz for his performance in 'The King's Speech,' which chronicles King George VI's struggle to overcome his stammer. Advance word for this crowd-pleaser is strong, with additional praise for Geoffrey Rush's performance as George's speech therapist, Lionel. Moviegoers who enjoy Firth's movies or historical dramas should expect the royal treatment from this one.

Black Swan'Black Swan'
Release Date:
Dec. 3
The Scoop: Darren Aronofksy ('The Wrestler') directs Natalie Portman in this trippy, head-scratching thriller about competing ballerinas vying for the starring role of 'Swan Lake.' Portman's bi-polar performance -- revealing both innocently timid and aggressively sensual behavior -- has already made her an Oscar frontrunner for Best Actress.

I Love You Phillip Morris'I Love You Phillip Morris'
Release Date:
Dec. 3
The Scoop: The oddball comedy-drama starring Jim Carrey as a gay prisoner who constantly schemes to break out of jail to be with his partner, played by Ewan McGregor, is based on a true story, and has been the victim of constant big-screen rescheduling. Luckily, it landed a release date (Dec. 3). Now, everyone can finally see what all the fuss is about.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'

Release Date: Dec. 10
The Scoop: The third installment in C.S. Lewis' classic fantasy series hits theaters in 3-D. Tilda Swinton returns as the White Witch -- just in time for winter -- along with Aslan the lion, on a high-seas adventure filled with dazzling visual effects and creature creations.

The Company Men'The Company Men'
Release Date: Dec. 10
The Scoop: Prolific TV producer John Wells makes his feature film debut with this tale of three disparate (and desperate) men who suffer through a harrowing series of corporate downsizings. Stars include Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Maria Bello and the great Craig T. Nelson. With a cast like that, we're in. Perhaps we could watch this one as an unofficial sequel to 'Boiler Room'?

The Fighter'The Fighter'
Release Date:
Dec. 10
The Scoop:
David O. Russell directs this fact-based boxing story with Mark Wahlberg as the titular character and Christian Bale as his law-breaking troublemaker of a brother. Seems like one of those sports movies in which we already know the destination, but it's the journey (and the characters) that actually matters. Plus there's nothing wrong with a good rah-rah sports drama.

The Tourist'The Tourist'

Release Date: Dec. 10
The Scoop: Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie team for this sexy action-thriller, about an American tourist (Depp) who finds himself caught in a game of cat and mouse after he shacks up with a female Interpol agent (Jolie). The film is a remake of the 2005 French movie 'Anthony Zimmer.' But will this American reboot actually out-do its predecessor? Considering the hotness level of its stars, we're going to go with yes.

The Tempest'The Tempest'
Release Date:
Dec. 10
The Scoop:
This is not your great-great-great-great-great grandfather's Shakespeare. The Bard's magical shipwreck classic gets a twist courtesy of Julie Taymor ('Frida,' 'Across the Universe'), who throws Helen Mirren into the lead role of sorceress Prospera and tacks on a strong supporting cast, including Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper and Russell Brand.
Frankie & Alice'Frankie & Alice'
Release Date:
Dec. 10
The Scoop: Halle Berry is looking to make a serious dramatic comeback this year in 'Frankie and Alice,' in which she plays a woman with multiple personality disorder. The film -- which is getting a last-minute Oscar qualifying run in December -- could make Berry an awards contender again and, if we're lucky, erase those memories we still have of 'Gothika' and 'Catwoman.'

How Do You Know'How Do You Know'

Release Date: Dec. 17
The Scoop: Reese Witherspoon gets caught in a tricky love triangle when she runs into an old friend (Paul Rudd) and starts to question her relationship with her boyfriend, a star athlete (Owen Wilson). For nostalgia's sake, 'How Do You Know' marks Oscar-winning writer-director James L. Brooks' first movie in six years, and marks an overdue reunion with his 'Terms of Endearment' and 'As Good as It Gets' co-star Jack Nicholson. We're sold.

Rabbit Hole'Rabbit Hole'
Release Date: Dec. 17
The Scoop: Director John Cameron Mitchell throws us a curve ball in this adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in which Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play parents grieving the loss of their child. Sure, it may be more of a traditional movie than, say, 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' but Mitchell appears to be handling things just fine: The film was well-received at the Toronto International Film Festival and was quickly snatched up by Lionsgate, which gave it a prime December release date. Could Oscar be just around the corner?

TRON: Legacy'TRON: Legacy'
Release Date: Dec. 17
The Scoop: In this somewhat unexpected sequel to the 1982 cult hit, a son (Garrett Hedlund) enters the world of Tron in search of his missing father (Jeff Bridges). From then on, audiences will be treated to dazzling visual effects, eye-popping 3-D and a fascinating turn by original 'Tron' star Bridges, who was digitally de-aged for the sequel. Game on.

Yogi Bear'Yogi Bear'
Release Date: Dec. 17
The Scoop: Yogi Bear will make his big-screen debut in this live-action/CGI comedy, in which Yogi and Boo-Boo run the risk of becoming homeless. Featuring voice talent by Dan Aykroyd and 'The Social Network' co-star Justin Timberlake, the film sets out to prove that great things really do come in bears. In the meantime, you may want to keep your pic-a-nic basket close by, you know, just in case.

Country Strong'Country Strong'
Release Date:
Dec. 22
The Scoop: Gwyneth Paltrow stars in this musical drama about a down-and-out country singer who attempts to reboot her career after a stint in rehab. The film also features performances by Tim McGraw ('The Blind Side'), Garrett Hedlund ('TRON: Legacy') and 'Gossip Girl' beauty Leighton Meester, who plays Paltrow's up-and-coming rival. Having already witnessed her live performance at the CMAs, we expect Paltrow to hit the right notes.

Gulliver's Travels'Gulliver's Travels'
Release Date: Dec. 22
The Scoop: Funnyman Jack Black goes for big laughs in this 3-D adventure, in which he plays a magazine mailroom clerk who talks his way into writing a piece on the Bermuda Triangle. During his travels, he gets sucked into a mysterious world -- called Lilliput -- where he encounters a number of charming -- and much smaller -- citizens. With supporting performances by Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, among others, 'Gulliver's Travels' should give audiences a hilarious update on a classic tale.

Little Fockers'Little Fockers'
Release Date:
Dec. 22
The Scoop:
Nothing says "family comedy" like everyone chuckling along at the name Focker, so let's all dig in for a third portion of broad silliness. The whole gang is back, including Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo and Owen Wilson (along with franchise newcomers Jessica Alba and Harvey Keitel), and the plot is this: There's a birthday party for the Little Fockers, meanwhile Jack and Greg butt heads repeatedly over wacky things. Paul Weitz ('In Good Company') takes over the directorial reins from Jay Roach.

Somewhere'Somewhere'
Release Date:
Dec. 22
The Scoop:
Sofia Coppola's first film since 2006's 'Marie Antoinette' stars Stephen Dorff as a notorious Hollywood bad boy, living it up at the Chateau Marmont, who's suddenly forced to take care of his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning). Will there be fights, bonding and life-changing moments? Of course ... but with the visually creative Sofia Coppola at the helm, this is hardly your typical heartwarming affair. 'Somewhere' won the Golden Lion for Best Picture at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival.

True Grit'True Grit'
Release Date: Dec. 22
The Scoop: This remake of the well-regarded 1969 John Wayne western arrives with some pretty impressive baggage: The stars are Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin ... oh, and the directors are Joel and Ethan Coen. (Thought that'd sweeten the deal a little bit.) The plot focuses on two lawmen and a young woman on the hunt for a brutal murderer. We love it when passionate, established filmmakers show a little love for the old-school Western genre, which means we don't much mind that it's a remake. (C'mon, who didn't like the new version of '3:10 to Yuma'?)

The Illusionist'The Illusionist'

Release Date: Dec. 25
The Scoop: The director of 'The Triplets of Belleville,' Sylvain Chomet, brings more lavish animation to film with this tender story of an unemployed magician and the young woman who believes his magic is real. The story is based on an un-produced screenplay from the French comic legend Jacques Tati -- and apparently deals with the bittersweet relationship he had with his own daughter.
Another Year
'Another Year'
Release Date:
Dec. 29
The Scoop: Another sedate slice of British life, courtesy of Mike Leigh -- and if you think we mean that as a knock, then you probably need to see films like 'High Hopes,' 'Life Is Sweet,' 'Secrets & Lies' and 'Happy-Go-Lucky.' His latest stars Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen as an aging married couple surrounded by rather unhappy people. It sounds sort of depressing, but our own Eric D. Snider says the film is actually a "straightforward, sophisticated comedy." Icing on the cake: Few filmmakers pull great performances out of great actors like Mike Leigh does.

Biutiful'Biutiful'

Release Date: Dec. 29
The Scoop: Acclaimed director Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu explores the darker sides of Barcelona in 'Biutiful,' a gritty story about a crime boss and struggling father (Javier Bardem) who finds out he has terminal cancer. Sure, that doesn't exactly scream "happy holidays," but Bardem's performance and Innaritu's direction are said to be first rate.

The Way Back'The Way Back'
Release Date:
Dec. 29 (Qualifying Run); Jan. 21 (Wide)
The Scoop: It's always good news when Peter Weir ('Witness,' 'Fearless,' 'The Truman Show') has a new film on the way, and this one -- a fact-based tale of wartime prison escape -- sounds pretty darn excellent. Colin Farrell is the star, and he'll be backed by the likes of Mark Strong, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan. Early word on the film from Telluride (including our own review) has been remarkably strong.

Blue Valentine'Blue Valentine'

Release Date: Dec. 31
The Scoop: 'Blue Valentine' made headlines recently when the MPAA slapped it with a surprising NC-17 rating. Regardless, most seem to agree that the performances by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams -- who play a married couple who fall in and out of love over the course of five years -- are worth the price of admission alone.