SEPTEMBER

TBD “Margaret” tells the story of a 17-year-old New York high school student (Anna Paquin) who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman’s life. With Jean Reno, Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo.

9 “Contagion.” A deadly airborne virus shakes the global community, killing those in contact within days. As the epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure. Starring Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne and Gwyneth Paltrow.

11 The Freer and Sackler Galleries present the “Global Lens 2011” series, an annual program that promotes cross-cultural understanding through world cinema. The event kicks off with a screening of the Hindi film “Soul of Sand.” Through Sept. 16.

12 “Looking at the Other: Cultural Dialogue Through Film.” The Goethe-Institut takes the anniversary of Sept. 11 as an opportunity to use a film series to look at the root cause of terrorist attacks and countless wars. Through Sept. 26.

16 AFI Silver presents “The Room: Live” a companion piece to Tommy Wiseau’s black comedy. Through Sept. 17.

16 “Courageous.” From the creators of “Fireproof” comes a faith-based drama centered on family values. The story revolves around four police officers living out their calling to serve and protect their families and their community.

16 “Drive.” Ryan Gosling stars as Driver, an L.A. wheelman for hire, stunt-driving by day and steering getaways for heists by night. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and also starring Carey Mulligan.

16 “Higher Ground.” Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut features a story about a woman whose spiritual insights and opinions rub up against her spiritual community’s Christian evangelical strictures. Inspired by Carolyn S. Briggs’s memoir, “This Dark World.”

16 “I Don’t Know How She Does It” follows a Boston-based financial manager and mother of two kids (Sarah Jessica Parker) as she takes up a new assignment in New York. Her husband also receives a promotion at work, stretching both parents thin. Complicating matters is Kate’s new business associate (Pierce Brosnan), who becomes an unexpected source of temptation.

16 “The Interrupters” explores violence in Chicago as it became a national symbol for the violence in America. The film follows a group called CeaseFire, which intervenes in street conflicts before they explode into violence. Documentary by producer/director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz (“There Are No Children Here”).

16 “The Lion King 3-D” invites a new generation of viewers to watch the 1994 blockbuster with Simba and the “Circle of Life” in a new presentation. The two-week theater run is tied to its hi-def and Blu-ray DVD release.

16 “Straw Dogs.” A Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife (James Marsden, Kate Bosworth) return to her small home town after her father’s death. Tensions build and old conflicts reemerge when seeing the locals, including her ex-boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard).

22 AFI Silver presents the 2011 “AFI Latin American Film Festival,” showcasing the best filmmaking from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Highlights include “The Mexican Suitcase,” “Medianeras” and “Mysteries of Lisbon.” Through Oct. 12.

23 “Abduction” takes teen heartthrob Taylor Lautner into his newest role as a young man thrust into the deadly world of espionage after stumbling upon a childhood image of himself on a missing-persons Web site.

23 “Dolphin Tale.” Inspired by the real story of an injured dolphin’s fight for survival with the help of a marine biologist, prosthetics doctor and a devoted young boy. With Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson.

23 “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” features Hong Kong movie star Andy Lau in a film about Di Renjie, an official of the Tang Dynasty in China.

23 “Happy, Happy.” Kaja is an optimistic and easygoing housewife despite the fact that her husband won’t have sex with her. When a new and “perfect” couple moves in next door, Kaja is thrilled by their sophistication. An indiscreet moment between Kaja and the neighbor’s husband ignites a full-on affair.

23 “Killer Elite” pits two of the world’s most elite operatives (Jason Statham and Robert De Niro) against the cunning leader of a secret military society (Clive Owen).

23 “Love Crime.” Two women face off in the business world a la “All About Eve” in director/co-writer Alain Corneau’s last production. A young businesswoman (Ludivine Sagnier) climbs the ranks under her boss, Kristin Scott Thomas, a woman she idolizes.

23 “Moneyball” stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the current general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. The story by Stan Chervin and screenplay by Aaron Sorkin covers Beane’s attempt to create a successful, competitive roster at a fraction of the cost of other Major League teams.

23 “Restless.” Gus van Sant’s coming-of-age drama stars Mia Wasikowska and Schuyler Fisk as a couple finding self-acceptance through family and friendship.

23 “Shut Up Little Man” explores the boundaries between art and exploitation with a look at the pivotal grunge-era recording titled “shUT Up LiTTLE MAn!,” a record that taped the going-ons of the artist’s neighbors.

24 The Goethe-Institut will screen a portion of “24 Hours Berlin: A Day in the Life,” a film shot for 24 hours without interruption in Berlin and broadcast one year later.

28 “A Revolt of One’s Conscience.” A documentary on view at the Goethe-Institut that provides insight on the construction of the Berlin Wall, with historic footage and interviews with well-known dissidents of a divided Germany.

28 The Goethe-Institut presents an “Homage to Christoph Schlingensief,” the renowned German film, theater and opera director. Through Jan. 9. This film series includes the full program of the Venice Biennale, an additional feature film (screening at the National Gallery of Art) and an interview film with Schlingensief.

30 The Freer and Sackler Galleries explore the controversial image of a Chinese empress in the series “Power Moves: The Empress Dowager Onscreen,” in conjunction to the art exhibit “Power| Play.” Through Oct. 14.

30 “50/50.” A film based on an incredible true story of friendship, love and survival in the face of a life-threatening cancer. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anjelica Huston.

30 “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm film material shot of leaders in the Black Power movement, including Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver.

30 “The Double.” A retired government operative (Richard Gere) goes on a hunt to find a legendary Soviet assassin tied to the murder of a senator. He’s paired with a younger agent (Topher Grace) on a covert mission that endangers both of their lives.

30 “Dream House.” Daniel Craig is Will Atenton, a New York publisher who moves to a small New England town with his wife (Rachel Weisz) and their two daughters. Will discovers that his new home was the murder scene of a mother and two children very similar to his own. With Naomi Watts.

30 “Incendiary” is a documentary that questions Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to allow the execution of Cameron Todd Willingham. Despite forensic evidence in Willingham’s favor, he was blamed for a house fire that claimed the lives of his three daughters.

30 “Machine Gun Preacher.” Former drug-dealing and biker tough guy Sam Childers finds God and becomes a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese child soldiers. The film, based on a true story, stars Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan.

30 “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” does for killer rednecks what “Shaun of the Dead” did for zombies. Best friends Tucker and Dale take a vacation at their dilapidated mountain house when they find themselves mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids.

30 “What’s Your Number?” embarks on Ally Darling’s panicked quest to rekindle flames with any one of her exes after reading a magazine that asserts that girls miss Mr. Right after sleeping with more than 20 people. With Anna Faris.

OCTOBER

TBD “Texas Killing Fields” follows a homicide detective (Sam Worthington) and his partner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they track a sadistic serial killer dumping mutilated bodies in a nearby marsh. With Chloe Grace Moretz.

2 The National Gallery of Art presents “Fantomas and Le Cinema Fantastique,” a series that brings back the hundred-year-old pulp-fictional villain Fantomas through Louis Feuillade’s silent serials and other classic French works. Through Dec. 31.

6 The 12th annual D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival takes place through Oct. 15 and features more than 50 short and feature-length films made by or about Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders.

7 “Benda Bilili!” documents the Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili’s (“look beyond”) rise on the international music circuit. The band is made up of street musicians, four paraplegics and three able-bodied men playing homemade instruments.

7 “The Ides of March” finds an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) embroiled in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency during a heavily contested Ohio primary. With George Clooney.

7 “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life.” Renowned comic book artist Joann Sfar takes on the film medium to illustrate the story of one of France’s greatest mavericks, the infamous singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.

7 “The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence” continues the franchise’s ick-factor when a man becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD and creates a human chain by surgically stitching people together.

7 “Puncture.” A young lawyer (Chris Evans) and his friend and law-partner (Mark Kassen) receive a big case that may help build their nascent injury-law firm. An ER nurse, pricked by a contaminated needle, brings in a lawsuit that involves health-care and pharmaceutical companies.

7 “Real Steel” travels to the future, when robots take over the sport of boxing. Hugh Jackman teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train the perfect contender for the high-tech sport.

7 “Thunder Soul” reunites Houston’s legendary Kashmere High School Stage Band after more than 35 years to play a tribute concert for 92-year-old “Prof,” their bandleader, who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a funk powerhouse.

7 “Toast.” Young Nigel Slater loves his mother even though she is a hopeless cook, frequently making him a mere piece of toast. When she dies of asthma, he is whisked away to the countryside to live with his distant father and stepmother, Joan, who is a superb cook. Joan becomes Nigel’s rival in the kitchen as he takes up cooking class and competes to find the way to his father’s heart.

7 “Wanderlust” follows a city-dwelling couple (played by Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston) as they venture out from their life and stumble on a hippie commune. Also starring Justin Theroux.

7 “Weekend” finds two young men enjoying one weekend of debauchery that leads them down a path of unfortunate life-changing consequences.

7 “The Way.” Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who arrives in France to collect the remains of his adult son (Emilio Estevez), killed in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. Tom decides to embark on the same journey to honor and remember his son, meeting people along the way.

13 The sixth annual “Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival” features more than 40 international films from the horror genre, including “Helldriver,” “The Afflicted” and the North American premiere of “Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical.” Through Oct. 16.

14 The D.C. Labor FilmFest boasts movies about work and workers that influenced culture and the global economy. Films include “All the President’s Men,” “Made in Dagenham” and “Moon.” Through Oct. 18.

14 “The Big Year.” Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson star as friendly rivals, each at a crossroads; one is experiencing a midlife crisis, another a late-life crisis and the third, a no-life crisis. Tired of status quo, the trio dedicate a year of their lives to a cross-country journey. Directed by David Frankel.

14 “Blackthorn.” Legend has it that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military. In this movie version, Cassidy (Sam Shepard) survives but is derailed from his journey home to the United States by an encounter with an ambitious criminal (Eduardo Noriega).

14 “Footloose” delivers a new take on the 1984 classic film. Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) moves from Boston to the small town of Bomont, where he challenges the ban on dancing and falls in love with the minister’s troubled daughter. With Dennis Quaid and Julianne Hough.

14 “The Mill and the Cross” is a visually ravishing re-creation of Pieter Bruegel’s epic 1564 painting “The Way to Calvary.”

14 “Take Shelter.” Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) finds himself having visions about an encroaching apocalyptic storm. He channels his growing anxiety into building a storm shelter in his back yard, though not without straining his marriage and confounding his neighbors. With Jessica Chastain.

14 “The Thing.” A Norwegian team stumbles across a crashed spaceship in Antarctica and comes face to face with a creature that has the ability to mimic any life form it ingests.

15 “Cine-Concert: From Morning to Midnight,” the National Gallery of Art presents a the newly restored film version of the infamous German expressionist drama. Music performed live by the Alloy Orchestra.

15 AFI presents “Halloween on Screen” through Oct. 14, providing Halloween-related horror films and the theater’s annual screening of “Nosferatu.” The film will be accompanied by a live performance by the Alloy Orchestra.

17 The “Small Change | Big Changes” film series studies globalization and the expanding trade borders that come with it at the Goethe-Institut through Nov. 21 .

21 The Freer and Sackler Galleries present “Taiwanese Cinema: Two Pivotal Films” in celebration of the centennial of the Republic of China. Also on Oct. 23.

21 “Dirty Girl” is the story of Danielle (Juno Temple), a Oklahoma high-schooler sent to remedial classes for her misbehavior. She befriends a boy (Jeremy Dozier), and together they lean on their serendipitous friendship to escape the throes of life.

21 “Margin Call” follows the staff of a Wall Street brokerage firm in the 24 hours before the stock market crash of 2008. Featuring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci.

21 “Paranormal Activity 3” revolves around supernatural, demonic activity caught on video.

21 “The Skin I Live In.” Pedro Almodóvar brings a tangled story about a surgeon, Robert (Antonio Banderas), who discovers a way to make skin indestructible after his wife was burned in a car accident. Soon after, his daughter commits suicide after her co-worker Vicente attempts to rape her. Robert kidnaps Vicente and performs sex reassignment surgery on him, making his face appear like his deceased wife’s.

21 “The Three Musketeers.” A 3-D art update of the classic Alexandre Dumas story. The hot-headed D’Artagnan joins forces with three Musketeers (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) to stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) , Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and Milady (Milla Jovovich).

28 “Anonymous” speculates on an issue that has stumped academics and Shakespeare fans for centuries: Who actually created the works credited to the playwright? The film poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when political scandal and illicit romances in the royal court set the stage for London theater.

28 “In Time” finds Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) falsely accused of murder. He sets off to bring down a societal system where time is money, enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor beg, borrow and steal minutes to make it through another day. Also starring Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy and Alex Pettyfer.

28 “Johnny English Reborn.” Rowan Atkinson returns as secret agent Johnny English, a silly James Bondesque British spy who was last found in Asia honing his unique skills for the job. His next assignment requires him to stop a group of international assassins.

28 “Like Crazy” illustrates the intense feelings of bliss and devastation after a first love. A British college student (Felicity Jones) falls for her American classmate (Anton Yelchin), only to face separation when she violates the terms of her visa. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

28 “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is a chilling psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman unraveling after fleeing from a cult and its leader (John Hawkes). Her memories trigger paranoia, blurring the line between reality and delusion.

28 “The Rum Diary.” Johnny Depp stars as Paul Kemp, a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while working in the Caribbean.

28 “We Were Here” chronicles the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how the city responded to the calamitous epidemic starting in the ’80s. Directed by David Weissman.

NOVEMBER

TBD “The Descendants” stars George Clooney as Matt King, an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who starts to reexamine his life after his wife suffers a boating accident. King is left to wrestle with a decision to sell the family’s treasured land in Hawaii.

TBD “The Son of No One.” Channing Tatum is a cop who’s assigned to reopen a double-homicide cold case. A local reporter (Juliette Binoche) receives a tip from an anonymous source suggesting a possible coverup by the case’s former lead detective (Al Pacino).

3 AFI’s “European Union Film Festival” features a first-class selection of films from Europe, including recent favorites “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Hedgehog” and “The Lives of Others.” Through Nov. 22.

4 “A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas.” The titular knuckleheads return for yet another ill-advised adventure after growing apart. Kumar (Kal Penn) mistakenly destroys Harold’s (John Cho) father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree. The two venture through New York in search of the perfect replacement but not without wreaking havoc on Christmas Eve.

4 “Janie Jones.” Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola) and his band are on a comeback when a former flame reveals that he has a 13-year-old daughter, Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin).

4 “Mozart’s Sister” goes through the Mozart family’s exhausting life on the road , where nobility marvel at young Wolfgang’s prodigious talent. But accomplished singer, harpsichordist and violinist Nannerl, Wolfgang’s elder by five years, first held forth as the family’s prodigy.

4 “My Week With Marilyn” retells young Colin Clark’s time with Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) during the shooting of the 1956 film “The Prince and the Showgirl.” Clark, a lowly assistant on the film set, introduces Monroe to the pleasures of British life, away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on, while apart from her new husband, Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott). With Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne and Emma Watson.

4 “Puss in Boots.” The notorious outlaw Puss was a hero in his own right long before he met Shrek. He partners with street-smart Kitty Softpaws and Humpty Dumpty on a mission to save his town.

4 “Tower Heist.” Co-workers band together to rob a wealthy Wall Street businessman after discovering that they’ve become victims of his Ponzi scheme. The action-comedy stars Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick.

5 “For Florence (Per Firenze).” A rare screening at the National Gallery of Art of Italian director Franco Zeffirelli’s only documentary.

11 “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” traces Kevin Clash’s rise from modest beginnings to becoming the man behind Elmo, one of the world’s most adored television characters.

11 “Immortals.” Go back to a time when power-hungry kings reigned over ancient Greece. King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army rampage across Greece in search of the long-lost Bow of Epirus, which provides the ability to overthrow the gods of Olympus.

11 “Jack and Jill.” There is one thing that successful family man Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler) dreads every year: the Thanksgiving visit of his needy, passive-aggressive twin sister (also Sandler). With Katie Holmes.

11 “J. Edgar” explores the public and private life of the enduring American face of law enforcement, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio). Directed by Clint Eastwood and also starring Naomi Watts and Judi Dench.

12 “13 Most Beautiful . . . Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests.” Musical duo Dean & Britta perform original songs on guitar and keyboard to the backdrop of Warhol’s silent screen tests. At the National Gallery of Art.

18 “Happy Feet Two.” The sequel to the Academy Award-winning animated film returns to Antarctica as Mumble, the master of tap, finds that his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Also in 3-D and Imax.

18 “Hell and Back Again” is a film that questions the reasons behind war by taking a hard look at the conflict in Afghanistan.

18 “Melancholia.” From filmmaker Lars von Trier comes a psychological thriller about the end of the world. As Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgard) celebrate their marriage, a planet called Melancholia heads on a path directly toward Earth. Also starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland.

18 “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” pairs Colin Firth and Gary Oldman for a British espionage thriller set at the height of the Cold War. Oldman’s character, once disgraced from his appointment, navigates the tricky waters of spy work.

18 “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” finds newly married Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) with child after a honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro. Bella suffers a nearly fatal childbirth until Edward fulfills her wish to become immortal.

23 The Festival of New Spanish Cinema includes “80 Days,” “Every Song Is About Me” and “Lope,” on view at AFI Silver through Dec. 1.

23 AFI’s “Muppet Movies” series provides ample opportunity to review Jim Henson and company’s movie legacy through Dec. 22, timed in conjunction with the release of “The Muppets” feature film. Highlights include “The Great Muppet Caper” and “The Muppets Take Manhattan.”

23 “Arthur Christmas” reveals Santa’s secret to delivering everyone’s presents in just one night. The answer: an ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. The 3-D-animated comedy is voiced by James McAvoy and Bill Nighy.

23 “The Artist” takes place in 1927 Hollywood. Successful silent-movie star George Valentin feels threatened by the arrival of talking pictures, especially as Peppy Miller, a young extra, becomes a major movie star.

23 “Hugo” is an orphan (Asa Butterfield) living in Paris train station who encounters a broken automaton that opens the door to a magical journey. Along the way, he befriends an eccentric girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and a toy shop owner. The film was inspired by the novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick. Directed by Martin Scorsese and also starring Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen.

23 “The Muppets.” The world’s biggest Muppet fan, Walter, and his friends (Jason Segel, Amy Adams) attempt to raise $10 million to save a Muppet theater from an oilman’s nefarious plan to raze its grounds for drilling.

23 “Piranha 3DD” finds something in the water, yet again. This time the flesh-eating fish sink their teeth into the unassuming visitors of the Big Wet Water Park.

25 “Kevin Brownlow: My Life With Napoleon” includes an evening with the eminent British film historian as he shares his latest research on a lifelong project to preserve Abel Gance’s 1927 film, “Napoleon.” Hosted by the National Gallery of Art.

25 “Revenge of the Electric Car” covers the resurgence of electric vehicles as a revolutionary moment in human transportation, as seen through the eyes of four pioneers in the industry. Directed by Chris Paine.

DECEMBER

TBD “Albert Nobbs” is an intelligent period drama written by and starring Glenn Close about a 19th-century Irishwoman who disguises herself as a man and works as a butler for 20 years. With Mia Wasikowska, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Aaron Johnson.

TBD “Carnage” brings together two sets of parents as they talk about their children, who were caught in a fight at school that day. The comedy stars Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet and John C. Reilly.

TBD “A Dangerous Method.” The driven Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unsettled yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightly) as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), who also falls under Sabina’s spell.

TBD “I Melt With You” brings together former college friends for a weekend reunion that takes them down the rabbit hole of excess. They leave a night of sex, drugs and rock -and-roll with life-altering consequences. Starring Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Christian McKay and Rob Lowe.

TBD “Outrage” heads to the Japanese-gangster underworld where yakuza clans clamor for dominance and make allegiances sworn over sake. They live in a corrupt world that goes from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to taking over a slice of the stock market.

1 The Washington Jewish Film Festival runs through Dec. 11 and offers more than 50 features, documentaries and shorts that explore and celebrate the diversity of Jewish history and culture.

2 “The Other F Word” journeys with punk rock’s leading men, including Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath, as they embrace their toughest midlife role: fatherhood.

9 “New Year’s Eve” intertwines love stories told in New York on one of the most alluring nights of the year. With an ensemble cast that includes Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Abigail Breslin and Hilary Swank.

9 “The Sitter.” From the director of “Pineapple Express” (David Gordon Green) comes a film about the world’s worst babysitter in care of three of the world’s worst-behaved kids. With Jonah Hill.

9 “W.E.” intertwines the story of two women, Wally Winthrop and Wallis Simpson, separated by more than six decades. In 1998, Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) becomes obsessed with what she perceives as the ultimate love story: King Edward’s VIII’s abdication of the British throne for the woman he loved, American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

16 AFI Silver features a “Holiday Classics” series through Dec. 22 with screenings of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Carol” and “The Muppets Christmas Carol.”

16 “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.” The furry trio’s luxury cruise becomes stranded and they’re left to navigate the shores of a remote island.

16 “The Iron Lady” is an intimate portrayal of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female British prime minister. Starring Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent.

16 “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” The detective (Robert Downey Jr.) meets his intellectual equal in the new criminal at large, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). When the crown prince of Austria is found dead, evidence points to suicide, but Holmes suspects that the cunning Moriarty had a hand at the scene of the crime.

16 “Young Adult.” Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a novelist who returns to her home town to reconnect with her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). Mavis unexpectedly forms a bond with another former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who seems stuck in the past as well. Screenplay by Diablo Cody of “Juno” fame.

21 “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is filmmaker David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster, starring Rooney Mara as the tattooed computer hacker. With Daniel Craig.

21 “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.” Tom Cruise reprises his role as Agent Ethan Hunt as a terrorist bomb destroys the Kremlin and stirs the possibility of a global war.

23 “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” Angelina Jolie directs a love story set to the backdrop of the Bosnian War.

23 “The Adventures of Tin Tin: Secret of the Unicorn” is based on beloved Georges “Hergé” Remi’s “Tin Tin” comics. Directed by Steven Spielberg and voiced by Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis.

23 “We Bought a Zoo” is based on a true story about a single dad who decides to move his family into a dilapidated zoo for a fresh start. The zoo returns to its former wonder and glory due in part to its new owners. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe and starring Matt Damon.

25 “The Darkest Hour” is the story of five young people fighting to survive after an alien attack on Moscow.

28 “War Horse.” Steven Spielberg presents a story about a young horse, Joey, that dutifully served in World War I for the British and German armies. His first owner (Jeremy Irvine) sets out on a dangerous mission to bring him back to his home town.

JANUARY

20 “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” Oskar (Thomas Horn) is convinced that his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left him a final message somewhere in the city. With Sandra Bullock.

FEBRUARY

3 “The Woman in Black.” The vengeful ghost of a scorned woman terrorizes a remote village, and a young lawyer (Daniel Radcliffe) seeks to find the ghost’s remains to provide them with a proper burial. His attempt only seems to anger the ghost and places his child in danger.

MARCH

28 “Safe.” A former elite agent (Jason Statham) rescues a kidnapped 12-year-old Chinese girl only to find himself in the middle of a standoff between the Triads, Russian mafia, corrupt politicians and police. Written and directed by Boaz Yakin of “Remember the Titans” fame.