Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassel
Release Date: November 23
Why we’re excited: Some movies appear to be foolproof just off the credits alone—A Dangerous Method is a prime example. Behind the camera, you’ve got David Cronenberg, a onetime horror master who’s transitioned into critic-pleasing prestige dramas, with A History Of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007) both receiving Academy recognition in recent years. In front of Cronenberg’s lens, the director’s go-to leading man Viggo Mortensen goes toe-to-toe with the film world’s latest obsession, acting powerhouse Michael Fassbender (last seen as Magneto in X-Men: First Class). It doesn’t get much better than that.

On second thought, it does, actually. A Dangerous Method’s story, set right before World War I, is catnip for psychology majors and anyone who’s fascinated by the mind, such as us (what, it’s not T&A all day at Complex): Mortensen plays psychoanalysis titan Sigmund Freud, whose camaraderie with influential psychiatrist Carl Jung (Fassbender) hits the skids when Jung starts smacking backs with a cute Russian loony bird (Keira Knightley). And if that’s not enough to entice you, Cronenberg has alluded to themes of sexual perversion; more specifically, S&M. That’s one way to enhance a costume drama.