Clark Collis and Sara Vilkomerson
January 10, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

Untitled Brad Pitt Film
Nov. 14
Why did End of Watch director David Ayer want to make a World War II movie? In addition to a cast featuring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, there was the novelty of depicting an American tank crew’s travels through Nazi Germany. “WWII movies have always been about the guy on foot, walking across Europe,” says Ayer, who also helmed this April’s thriller Sabotage. “No one’s really done the Great American Tank Movie.” Also? “Tanks look really cool. They don’t have a bad angle.” —Clark Collis

Dec. 25
This adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s nonfiction best-seller follows Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), an American distance runner in the ’36 Olympics who spent 47 days adrift on a raft in the Pacific and two harrowing years in a Japanese POW camp. “The epic nature of the story has been the most challenging,” says director Angelina Jolie, “but to retrace Louis’ steps is also extremely inspiring.” —Sara Vilkomerson

War Stories
The Monuments Men (2/7)
George Clooney directed Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, and himself in the true story of a military operation to save priceless European art.

The Railway Man (TBA)
A British veteran (Colin Firth) returns to the Japanese POW camp where he had been forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway.

Suite Française (TBA)
Michelle Williams plays a French villager who falls for a German soldier during the early years of the Nazi occupation of France.

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