2012 Fall Movie Preview

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The last couple summer blockbusters are trickling out, and you know what that means. Fall movies! Arguably the best time of year at the theater. Many of the most artful and thought provoking films of any year come towards the end. Hollywood likes to save the best for last. While we have had some incredible movies this year so far (seriously, I’m ready to call it quits after Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Dark Knight Rises). From September through December we will get a slew of horror films, family/holiday movies, and Oscar fare. As with all of my huge seasonal previews, I choose five movies from each month that you cannot miss. Get excited folks, 2012 still has a lot to offer!


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September always has a few sports movies here and there. This year the most interesting one seems to be Clint Eastwood’s first acting role since 2008’s Gran Torino. Here he plays an aging baseball scout trying to reconnect with his daughter, played by Amy Adams, who may take up his role. Does it look cheesy? Well yeah, but that doesn’t seem to be a bad thing here. The film also stars Justin Timberlake and John Goodman. How can you skip a movie with this cast? (9/21)


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Oh shut up, these movies are so much fun. With surprisingly good 3D, ridiculous plots, and more zombie gore anyone could ever ask for, this series has always just been a good time at the movies. The fifth installment looks to be bringing more characters from the classic video games on which they are based. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be getting a lot of what this franchise does best, having Milla Jovovich’s heroine Alice kick as much ass as possible in a little over 90 minutes. (9/14)


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Having never read the novel I can still quote many of its most profound observations. Some of them even appear in the trailer! This little high school story has almost no chance of being messed up with the author of the book having both written and directed the movie. The big attraction here, of course, is Emma Watson in her first major post-Potter role. The talented young actress deserves a long career and this is hopefully a step in the right direction for her. (9/14)


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Paul Thomas Anderson directing another period drama? Oh and it stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams? Count me in! The plot is pretty abstract thus far but that is a good thing. This is the first big potential Oscar contended of the season, and it surely won’t disappoint. Paul Thomas Anderson more than proved himself with There Will Be Blood. (9/14)


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This is a big year for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But perhaps no film is bigger for him than this one. Reuniting with director Rian Johnson (if you haven’t seen their previous collaboration Brick go do yourself a favor right now) Looper is one of the most enticing action films of the fall. Co-starring Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt, this sci fi, time travel extravaganza should be one of the most exciting films of the fall, if not the year. (9/28)




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What can I say? I’m a sucker for Tim Burton. While last May’s Dark Shadows was quite a disappointment, the most gothic director in the business has never failed to create compelling stories with animation. A Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride are among the best films on his resume. Frankenweenie also seems more personal to him as it is based on a short film he made well before Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter appeared in every film of his. It should be a winner. (10/5)


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Every year I say “this is the year they mess it up” and every year I am wrong. The Paranormal Activity series is easily one of the best horror franchises ever. The third entry from last year had some of the biggest scares yet for the series. With the trailer for the fourth entry we already know there will be at least one creepy scene in the movie. This will likely be the fourth year in a row we have a perfect Halloween movie. (10/19)


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Just listen to the concept of this movie. Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken are all involved in a kidnapping of a gangster’s Shih Tzu. Coming from the writer and director of In Bruges, this should be one of the funniest films of the season. With a cast like this it can’t go wrong, plus the trailer is pretty hysterical. (10/12)



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Director Ben Affleck proved himself two years ago with The Town. Now he is back with a film about the true story surrounding several Americans trapped during the Iranian revolution. Amazingly, this story has some Hollywood ties. As many of us know, movies about movies tend to be really good. With Ben Affleck behind the camera, the tension should build just as nicely as it did in The Town and make for a fine thriller involving international tension and filmmaking. (10/12)


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Every time I watch the nearly six minute long trailer I get a rush of goosebumps. It looks like it is about so many things, containing so many genres, and so much beauty. The Wachowskis are back for this epic that transcends space and time. The cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, and Jim Broadbent. A strong cast like that is hopefully up for the multiple roles it seems they will all play. This is a challenging film but the Wachowskis have been up to the challenge before… (10/26)



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Everyone has to admit that they have imagined the mystical beings that we believed in when we were kids getting together. But surely not everyone thought it could be this awesome. Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost get together to fight the Nightmare King, also known as the Boogeyman. Featuring a voice cast which includes Chris Pine, Isla Fischer, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, and Jude Law, this is sure to be a great family hit just in time for the holidays. (11/21)


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Another family film that might be geared more towards a younger crowd. Fans of video games everywhere should be excited for this parody. Bringing together classic video game characters such as Bowser and the ghosts from Pac-Man, the plot sees a video game antagonist who just doesn’t want to be hated anymore, and who better to voice him than John C. Reilly? If you like video games this is one not to miss. (11/2)


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Yeah, War Horse sucked, but it’s been almost a year. Time to forgive Spielberg! Plus Daniel Day Lewis probably already made room on his Oscar shelf for this one. The film chronicles the end of Lincoln’s life. We all know the story. Oh and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in it. What a year he’s having huh? Something tells me this will help us forget that Abraham Lincoln ever took an ax to a vampire. (11/9)

(Note: no trailer had been released yet)


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Like Cloud Atlas, the trailer for this one is visually stunning. Ang Lee is a great director of epics and this could just be his best film yet. Based on a novel beloved by its audience, the film showcases a boy trying to survive in the middle of the ocean with a tiger and several other animals. The story was considered unfilmable but of course Ang Lee is up to the task. (11/21)



Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1074638/1. Skyfall

007 is back! After years of MGM financial troubles Britain’s most famous spy will return for the twenty-third entry of the long running franchise. The plot has been kept under wraps by director Sam Mendes, but the fact that such a quality filmmaker is attached to the project is a great sign. The cast aside from returners Daniel Craig and Judi Dench includes Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and many more. Skyfall‘s trailer alone makes it a worthy successor to all those that came before it. (11/9)



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Bill Murray is playing FDR. That should be enough to get you in the theater in early December. Instead of showing the big moments of Roosevelt’s presidency, this film is choosing to show something smaller as the president welcomes the King and Queen of the United Kingdom to America for the first time. The film seems to be in the same tone as last year’s My Week with Marilyn. Will it be better? I’d bet on it. (12/7)


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It was only a matter of time before the events surrounding Osama bin Laden’s death made it to the big screen. They couldn’t be in better hands than that of Kathryn Bigelow, who last helmed The Hurt Locker, one of the best war films in the last thirty years. Everything is being kept under wraps pretty well thus far, much like the event itself. The film will likely have some surprises in store for an event that is still so vivid in everyone’s memory. (12/19)


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I was sold the second I heard Anne Hathaway’s voice in the trailer. Directed by Tom Hooper, the man behind Best Picture winner The King’s Speech, this musical adaptation is sure to be a winner. Joining the recent Catwoman is Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, and the lovely Helena Bonham Carter. I can just hear the acceptance speeches now. (12/14)



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The trailer has Quentin Tarantino written all over it. Jamie Foxx stars as a slave freed by a bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz. Together they go on a violent journey looking for the title character’s wife. The real star of the trailer is Leonardo DiCaprio, clearly having a ball as the piece’s villain. Violent as ever, Tarantino’s follow up to 2009’s Best Picture nominee Inglourious Basterds looks to be a must see this holiday season. Though maybe too dark for its release date… (12/25)


Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903624/1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

A month ago when I sat down at the midnight showing for The Dark Knight Rises a trailer for this played. I instantly felt my excitement for the final Batman film shift to the return to Middle Earth. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is perhaps the greatest trilogy ever put on screen (at least the most consistent). The thought of returning to it brings on so many emotions. Excitement. Anxiety. Nostalgia. This looks to be no Phantom Menace. (12/14)



That concludes our fall movie preview. Any other movies I missed you would like to see? What are you most excited to see for the remainder of 2012? Sound off below!

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