Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Wiig, Marcia Gay Harden, Daniel Stern, Jimmy Fallon, Tuesday Knight (Directed by Drew Barrymore; Written by Shauna Cross; Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Who could have imagined that the precious little angel in “E.T.” would morph into a sexy, down-to-earth babe in “Charlie’s Angels” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”? And who would have thought the same little angel would one day take flight and set down not only in front of the camera but behind it as well? That is precisely what Drew Barrymore, sole famous survivor of a bigger-than-life theatrical clan, has done. In “Whip It,” Drew’s directorial debut, Ellen Page, the “Juno” wonder, plays Bliss, a tenacious Texan teen determined to race her way to roller derby glory, with sister-roller Drew presumably at her side. The screenplay is by Shauna Cross, a.k.a. Maggie Mayhem to skater buffs. Here’s what Page told Variety’s Tatiana Siegel: "I really admire how Drew constantly challenges herself as an artist. She's proven herself as an actress and a producer, and I have no doubt she'll bring great vision and creativity to the director's chair. I can't wait to kick ass on wheels!" Here’s hoping nobody falls on her ass. Opens 10/9


Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Eccleston, Cherry Jones, Joe Anderson, Aaron Abrams, Mia Wasikowska (Directed by Mira Nair; Written by Ronald Bass; Fox Searchlight)

Did you know that Amelia Earhart, who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and eventually went missing over the Pacific in 1937, had a torrid affair with Gene Vidal, the father of writer Gore Vidal? And that was while the ace aviatrix was said to be blissfully married to publisher George Putnam! But as director Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding”) will undoubtedly make clear to us, this pioneer feminist was never one to let stuffy rules get in her way. In a bit of inspired casting, Hilary Swank is Amelia; Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor are her husband and her lover, respectively; and Virginia Madsen is her husband’s first wife. Opens 10/23

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