It's that time of the year where studios put out their top films in hopes of receiving Oscar nominations and ultimately an Oscar, early next year. Here are a few films we are excited about and have watched or will be watching. Who will make it? Steve McQueen does it again! The English director who directed Hunger and Shame comes with another phenomenal film, 12 Years A Slave, that places a heavy subject on the table for reflection and discussion. It's been a couple of years since we've seen a full-length film from Spike Jonze so we are excited about Her, a sci-fi romance story about a man and a Siri-like operating system that fall in love with one another. Dallas Buyers Club is the first film we've seen directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and the first time we've seen McConaughey in a role that made us realize the man can fucking act and he's damn good at it! Alexander Payne is hands down one of our favorite directors of depressing films. If you saw Election and Sideways, you know what we're talking about... portraits of the internal struggles individuals fight on a daily basis and the affects it has on their surrounding relationships and environment. Nebraska looks like it will be another brilliant portrayal of one story within this theme. Blue Is the Warmest Color is a coming-of-age and love story about a girl name Adèle, directed by Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche. We want to see what exactly gave this film a NC-17 rating. Both Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have made a ton of great films sprinkled with a few bad ones over the years... but The Wolf of Wall Street looks like a winner. And with Yeezy contributing to its soundtrack, it may be the perfect film to watch when it releases Christmas day.