After wading through more than our fair share of popcorn fluff over the past few months, the Oscar contenders have finally arrived. From unconventional sports movies to Ryan Gosling overload, there is much to look forward to and a lot of talent on display from now till November.

Here's a look at the big dramas on the horizon and which ones we think look best:
Contagion
PG-132011
Based on 38 critics

Around the world, doctors race to find a cure for a rapidly spreading virus that kills within days. Read More

The Ides of March
R2011
Based on 43 critics

A press secretary becomes involved in a scandal that threatens his candidate's election chances. Read More

Moneyball
PG-132011
Based on 42 critics

A baseball manager (Brad Pitt) on a tight budget takes a new approach to assembling his team. Read More

Drive
R2011
Based on 43 critics

A stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver has a price on his head after a botched robbery. Read More

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The Rum Diary
R2011
Based on 37 critics

In Puerto Rico a journalist (Johnny Depp) becomes obsessed with a shady businessman's fiancee. Read More

Straw Dogs
R2011
Based on 29 critics

Locals in a woman's Mississippi hometown push her screenwriter husband into violent retaliation. Read More

Warrior
PG-132011
Based on 35 critics

A war veteran and his estranged brother clash in a mixed-martial-arts tournament. Read More

Anonymous
PG-132011
Based on 43 critics

An ordinary actor named William Shakespeare gets the credit for the work of another man. Read More