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updated 10/24/2011 5:02:51 PM ET 2011-10-24T21:02:51

As social networking sites such as Facebook become more popular, we're learning more and more about the movie tastes of our family and friends. Sure, some of them will only admit to loving classics such as "Citizen Kane" or "It's a Wonderful Life," but the more honest among them will hit LIKE on pages for movies that aren't really Oscar material.

We convinced some of our staff members to confess to their film guilty pleasures. Share yours in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

'Twilight' saga
I get teased mercilessly by my family, co-workers and (some) friends for this, but I stand by my love for the entire “Twilight Saga” franchise. Are the movies cheesy? For sure! Is the acting good? Not particularly. The special effects eye-popping? Hardly. But the films, like the books, transport my 30-something self back to my silly high-school girl days, when love was all-consuming and the only thing that mattered. I’d argue maybe even farther back, to a little girl’s dreams of a rich and gorgeous Prince Charming who worships every little thing about her and makes life perfect. But beyond the romance, there are also the vampires … those studly vampire guys with their chiseled abs, amazing strength, beautiful smiles and sparkly skin. And brought to life by Robert Pattinson, Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone? Swoon! But let us never speak of the smelly werewolves. (Team Edward!) See you at the theater on Nov. 18!    —Anna Chan

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'Alien vs. Predator'
I kinda like all of the "Alien" films, for different reasons. But when "AVP" came out the mere name screamed "trashy rip-off" and "plumbing the furthest depths of fan pockets," yet I succumbed — and to my surprise, I found the Paul W.S. Anderson script and direction fun, scary and satisfying. OK, so it turned the whole "Alien" and "Predator" universes on their heads by indicating that Earth was once used by the Predators as their hunting ground for the Aliens, but if you can buy the new "Star Trek" film universe, anything's possible. Here you get a classic haunted house story. A group of diverse folks — including Spud from "Trainspotting" and a good-hearted, non-synthetic Lance Henriksen — enter a hole in the earth and most don't emerge. The film mixes that with horror and mystery, and viewers end up with a new heroine, guide Alexa Woods, to trust and admire. That penultimate scene, where the Predator "marks" her as a warrior? I think I choked up a bit.    —Randee Dawn

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'Strange Brew'
While 1983’s “Strange Brew” may not be considered a cinematic classic, its frothy mix of low-brow humor, murder mystery and Shakespeare (it's very, very loosely based on "Hamlet") have kept me laughing for years. The brothers McKenzie give away dad’s (voiced by Mel Blanc) beer money, so they use a mouse raised in a beer bottle as a ruse to get free beer. During the film, Doug and Bob battle their evil dog, evil hockey players and an evil brewmeister bent on world domination. The movie is full of great quotes, and a hilarious set-up of “Planet of the Apes” and every other post-apocalyptic movie ever made. I give it two bottles up, and hosers, it’s now on Netflix.    —Dave Gostisha

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'Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle'
In real-life, I'm a mom with a mortgage, but apparently in my heart I'm a frat boy, because I own both "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" on DVD. "Dude" has its moments, but "Harold & Kumar" is the funnier of the two. Some of the scenes are gross-out stupid but others are hilarious. Neil Patrick Harris, of course, steals every scene he's in, but what works most for me is Harold and Kumar's friendship. The bold and brassy Kumar knows just how far he can push nerdier Harold and he also knows that his pal isn't the goody-two-shoes brainiac he may appear to be. It also may be the only movie ever with a marijuana-as-housewife dream sequence.    —Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

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'Autumn in New York'
There are so, so many embarrassing things about the 2000 tearjerker romance “Autumn in New York.” Richard Gere and Winona Ryder fall in love, despite the fact that she could easily be his daughter. He’s a restaurant owner playboy with an awesome Manhattan pad, she’s a perky, quirky girl who designs really weird hats.  And of course, she’s dying! It’s “Love Story” with an age difference, much dumber script, and did I mention the horrible hats? I’d like to say that I get hooked in by the movie because it shows a pre-9/11 New York, all warm and golden-toned, like a page in a calendar. But I’m not sure that’s it. Maybe I have a generation-jumping crush on Gere in this film. Maybe sometimes I just need a good cry. Maybe it’s the awful hats.    –G.F.C.

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  1. 'Real Steel'

    Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Kevin Durand

    Director: Shawn Levy

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 7

    Is "Real Steel" really "Rock Em Sock Em Robots: The Movie"? Looks like it. Hugh Jackman plays a small-time boxing promoter whose job goes kaput when enormous robots take over the sport. He and his young son find a scrapped robot in a junkyard and rebuild it in hopes of winning the championship. (DreamWorks Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. 'The Ides of March'

    Stars: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Director: George Clooney

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 7

    George Clooney for president! He both stars in and directs "The Ides of March," with Ryan Gosling playing his naive spokesman who discovers the dirty side of politics. (Is there a clean side?) (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. 'Wanderlust'

    Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd and Malin Akerman

    Director: David Wain

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 7

    In "Wanderlust," Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd play a New York couple who must simplify their lives and move to a small town. (Universal Studios) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. 'The Thing'

    Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen

    Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 14

    The 2011 version of "The Thing" is set up as a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter horror flick. Mary Elizabeth Winstead heads to Antarctica to help a scientific team who've discovered a seemingly dead alien in the ice. Hey, let's thaw him out! What could happen? (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. 'Footloose'

    Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid

    Director: Craig Brewer.

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 14

    Remakes abound this fall, and one of the most talked about is "Footloose," which made Kevin Bacon a star in 1984. Now Kenny Wormald takes on the role of Ren, a city boy who moves to a town where dancing is banned. "Dancing With the Stars" alum Julianne Hough plays the girl he loves, who also is the daughter of the reverend who keeps the kids from dancing. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. 'The Skin I Live In'

    Stars: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Jan Cornet

    Director: Pedro Almodóvar

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 14

    There's lots of buzz about the Spanish thriller "The Skin I Live In," which reunites acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar and star Antonio Banderas. Banderas plays a brilliant but warped plastic surgeon seeking to make skin that cannot burn. It only gets weirder from there. (Sony Pictures Classics) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. 'The Big Year'

    Stars: Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin

    Director: David Frankel

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 14

    A movie about birdwatching? "The Big Year" is going to have to work on convincing audiences that's a topic that will fly. Casting Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson was a good start -- the three actors play pals who try to outdo each other in the bird-spotting realm. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. 'Paranormal Activity 3'

    Stars: Not yet released

    Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 21

    Yes, a third one. "Paranormal Activity 3" goes back to the childhoods of Katie and Kristi, the sisters who found their lives cursed by a creepy demon. But has this found-footage series worn out its welcome? Happy Halloween! (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. 'The Three Musketeers'

    Stars: Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson

    Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 21

    Hollywood loves the Alexandre Dumas story of "The Three Musketeers." This version's in 3-D. No, really. Logan Lerman plays fourth musketeer D'Artagnan, with Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans as the three main men. (Constantin Film Produktion GmbH) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. 'Red State'

    Stars: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo and John Goodman

    Director: Kevin Smith

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 21

    "Red State" is the independent politically themed horror film from "Clerks" director Kevin Smith. It features characters and a plot loosely based on Fred Phelps and his hatred of homosexuals. (Lionsgate) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. 'Margin Call'

    Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci and Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore

    Director: J.C. Chandor

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 21

    A thriller at an investment bank? "Margin Call" covers 24 hours at such a bank in the midst of our financial crisis, and has been described as "Gordon Gekko meets Jack Bauer." (Roadside Attractions) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. 'In Time'

    Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy

    Director: Andrew Niccol

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 28

    Justin Timberlake breaks out as an action star in "In Time," a sci-fi thriller where people must wear on their arm a clock counting down the amount of time they have left. The rich can buy more time and live forever, while the rest must battle it out to continue to exist. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. 'The Rum Diary'

    Stars: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Aaron Eckhart

    Director: Bruce Robinson

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 28

    "The Rum Diary" is based on Hunter S. Thompson's novel, and stars Johnny Depp as a journalist who travels to Puerto Rico in the 1950s for many rum-soaked adventures. (FilmDistrict) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. 'Anonymous'

    Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis

    Director: Roland Emmerich

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 28

    Did William Shakespeare really write his plays? "Anonymous" puts forth the theory that the works were instead written by Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, who's also the lover of Queen Elizabeth. The play's the thing. (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. 'Blackthorn'

    Stars: Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, Daniel Aguirre and Luis Bredow

    Director: Mateo Gil

    Scheduled release date: Oct. 28

    Butch Cassidy, is that you? In "Blackthorn," the notorious criminal is still alive in Bolivia, and he embarks on one last adventure before trying to get home to the U.S. Sam Shepard plays Cassidy. (Magnet Releasing) Back to slideshow navigation
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