Fall Movie Preview

Ooh, it’s my favorite movie season of the year. Forget the summer popcorn flicks; I love the Oscar bait that will begin appearing next week and continue through the holidays. Here is what I’m looking forward to seeing this fall:

Rush — The story of the rivalry between 1970s Formula One drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). Directed by Ron Howard. September 27

Gravity — Watch the first 44 seconds of this trailer and tell me you’ll be able to resist the pull of this thriller. Did I mention that it stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock? Also featuring Ed Harris as the voice from Mission Control. October 4

Captain Phillips — The true story of the 2009 hijacking of a U.S. cargo ship by Somali Pirates, the first such hijacking in two hundred years. Tom Hanks stars as the film’s eponymous character. October 11

12 Years a Slave — Based on the true story of a free black man who is abducted and sold into slavery. Early frontrunner for Best Picture. October 18

All Is Lost — Robert Redford, for goodness’ sake, in a star solo turn as a sailor who is at the mercy of the open seas after his yacht collides with a shipping container. October 18

The Fifth Estate — Benedict Cumberbatch plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Also starring Daniel Brühl, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney, and Peter Capaldi (the new Dr. Who). October 18

The Wolf of Wall Street — Martin Scorsese directs and Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this film about the fall of a wealthy stockbroker. November 15

The Monuments Men — George Clooney (again), this time starring and directing a sort of “reverse heist” tale of art historians and museum curators who are on a mission to restore works of art stolen by the Nazis, before Hitler destroys them. In addition to Clooney, the star-studded cast includes Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin (The Artist). December 18

Saving Mr. Banks — Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney in this story of the making of Mary Poppins. Emma Thompson plays author P.L. Travers. December 20

Inside Llewyn Davis — The latest from the Coen brothers, who track a week in the life of a young folk singer in 1961 Greenwich Village. December 20

August: Osage County — Meryl Streep plays the mother of all dysfunctional mothers in this story of an Oklahoma family drawn together by a family crisis. Also starring Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, and Dermot Mulroney. Oh, and produced by George Clooney. December 25

Philomena — Judi Dench searches for the son who was taken away from her decades earlier, when she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. January 10, 2014


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