Fall 2013 Movie Preview

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2013 has produced several good films but nothing compared to 2012 thus far. If there is a time for that to change, the fall is it. With Oscar movies combined with major blockbuster sequels, this ought to be a solid fall that might help pull the movies out the current rut. Below you ca see our picks for the films not to miss from September to December.




Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1807944/5. As I Lay Dying

This isn’t James Franco’s first foray into directing, for that see the indie drug movie Good Time Max. Franco is a star that can easily make the transition to director, and this adaptation of William Faulkner’s classic novel could be exactly the type of film people want to see out of Franco. (Sept. 27)


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From the writer of The Kids Are All Right comes another comedy with a great cast. Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Gwyneth Paltrow lead the cast in a story about a bunch of sex addicts seeking help. First time director Stuart Blumberg is coming off of the lauded LGBT film that was nominated for just about every Oscar possible. Completely behind the wheel, lightning may strike twice. (Sept. 20)


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Now comes less of an indie film. This thriller has a truly intense trailer that puts it’s all star cast front and center. Seriously, just listen to the cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Ghyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Terrance Howard, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano. This is going to be the irresistible thriller of September. (Sept. 20)


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Adore is one of the more buzz worthy indie hits of 2013. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright star as two mothers who are sexually and romantically attached to each others’ sons. Yes, it sounds creepy, and eddy, and pretty messed up, but the movie has garnered some interesting reviews. It’s hard to imagine a film starring Watts and Wright that isn’t at the very least entertaining and masterfully acted.

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Franco may be a more seasoned actor-turned-director, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt is getting his feet wet this fall with Don Jon, a movie about a porn addict looking for more in love. Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore also star in what could be a major surprise hit in the early fall. Gordon-Levitt seems to be having a grand ol’ time both behind and in front of the camera, making this worth checking out. (Sept. 27)




Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2024544/5. 12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen’s obvious Oscar-bait film has quite the cast to go along with the meaty subject material. The title should clue you in on what the film is about. But the cast a full of wonderful actors, including Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Quvenzhane Wallis. (Oct. 31)


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Ridley Scott is back in the director’s chair with none other than Cormac McCarthy as the screenwriter. Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt, in their second movie together this month, are joined by Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz. That’s quite a cast for a fairly basic thriller. But how basic can it be with Scott and McCarthy at the helm? The Counselor has potential to be one of the most interesting, surprising films of the season. (Oct. 25)

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You can’t go through October without seeing at least one horror movie. This year, the remake of the 1976 classic, based on Stephen King’s novel, is the top of the line. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, this is one remake that can break the stereotype. The creepy poster says it all, you will know her name. (Oct. 18)


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Paul Greengrass is a phenomenal director. Between United 93 and the Bourne sequels, the guy is a master of suspense. Now, he tackles the Somalian pirate debacle from a few years back. Tom Hanks is a welcome addition to make this story transition more effectively to the big screen. I expect Captain Phillips to be one of the most well received films of the fall, and a major Oscar contender. (Oct. 11)

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This is my most anticipated movie of the fall. Alfonso Cuaron, the brilliant director behind Children of Men, is behind this ambitious sci-fi flick starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Apparently, at least the latter will have a significant amount of screentime alone in space. Like I said, ambitious. (Oct. 4)




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From Spike Jonze, the mind behind Being John Malkovich, comes this film about a man who falls in love with his…operating system. Joaquin Phoenix stars with Scarlett Johansson voicing the computer. Amy Adams and Rooney Mara appear to have supporting roles as well. Her looks offbeat but touching, exactly what we expect from Jonze. (Nov. 20)


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So Harrison Ford snuck into another iconic sci-fi story. Ender’s Game is one of the most popular sci-fi novels of all time. Now, this film adaptation promises to bring the epic tale to the big screen. The phenomenal cast also includes Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin. (Nov. 1)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981115/?ref_=sr_13. Thor: The Dark World

Thor was hardly the standout movie of Marvel’s “Phase One”, but Chris Hemsworth embodies the role perfectly. The sequel, set after The Avengers (where Tom Hiddleston became a fan-favorite as Loki), is directed by Alan Taylor, the man behind pivotal episodes of Game of Thrones and Mad Men. The Thor sequel looks dark, fun, and action packed. It will also test the strength of a superhero film outside of summer. “Phase Two” continues! (Nov. 8)

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951264/?ref_=sr_12. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

One year after Katniss Everdeen split the win with Peeta for District 12, she will return to the ring for a Quarter Quell. Past winners will duke it out in an entirely new environment. The first Hunger Games was a winning adaptation and the previews of the sequel suggest the seires will continue on the same track. (Nov. 22)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/?ref_=sr_11. The Wolf of Wall Street

Director Martin Scorsese reunites with Leonardo DiCaprio for the true story of the man who ran Wall Street in the 1990s. Sure to be an Oscar contender, the film looks incredibly fun. Also starring Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill, expect this to be most well received lighter film of the season. (Nov. 15)



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The Coen brothers are back for the story of Llewyn Davis, a singer/songwriting navigating his way through New York City. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman. It appears to have the same quirk as many other Coen brothers movies, while striving for something a deeper and emotionally resonant. (Dec. 6)


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George Clooney returns to the directors chair for this historical thriller. It’s the Ocean’s Eleven prequel you never knew you needed. Clooney also stars alongside Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett. The story follows a group of eight soldiers in World War II on a mission to destroy Nazi art and pop culture. It looks hysterical.


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1170358/?ref_=sr_13. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

When you ask most fans what they thought about the first Hobbit movie, no one seems to want to compare it to Lord of the Rings. That being said, the whole film was based off of a third of a book. Was there room for much emotional growth and payoff in the setup of most novels? No, not really. But the sequel looks great, bringing Orlando Bloom back as Legolas. This could be the return to Middle Earth we have been waiting for.

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1229340/?ref_=sr_12. Anchorman: The Legend Continues

It took nearly ten years to get here, but the long-awaited sequel to Anchorman is closer than ever. The whole news team is returning along with a few new friends. Set in the 1980s, the new film relocates from San Diego (you know what the Germans call it) to New York. Kristen Wiig joins the cast as Brick’s new love interest, making the all-star cast even funnier. (Dec. 20)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1800241/?ref_=sr_11. American Hustle

David O. Russell is combining the casts of his two recent Oscar winners The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook (two of the best films of the decade thus far). That’s right, this film has Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, AND Jennifer Lawrence. Expect this to be a major Oscar contender, especially since Russell is capable of bringing out incredible performances from his actors. (Dec. 25)


What movies are you most excited to see this fall? Any we missed? Tell us below!

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