One of two Steven Spielberg films released last December, this best picture nominee is an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel. Spielberg was actually inspired to make the film after seeing a production of Nick Stafford's award-winning stage adaptation in London (now a hit on Broadway as well), though the film takes a more realistic approach to the material. The story revolves around the relationship between Albert (newcomer Jeremy Irvine) and his horse, Joey, during World War I. The strong supporting cast includes Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Thewlis, and Niels Arestrup. Steven Soderbergh's first dramatic film in two years (which kicks off an especially prolific period for the director, who has two more movies arriving in the next six months) was this fall's well-reviewed thriller about a deadly global pandemic. The ensemble cast is packed with stars even in many of the minor roles: think Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bryan Cranston, and Jude Law.