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Fall Movie Preview

Summer is gone and now we get to look forward to the fall film season where there is always sure to be surprises.  Last fall may not have broke any box office records but gave us two of the best films in recent years in the form of 50/50 and Drive.  Like many falls before it, there were surprise hits and highly anticipated films that disappointed in every way, and while 50/50 and Drive were superb films they were surrounded by vastly inferior films.  This fall seems to be quite the opposite as it has an interesting array of films from many unique filmmakers across varying genres.  So without further ado let me countdown the films you should look out for this fall!

Here we go:


Here’s a film that you can run to see this this weekend as it finally gets released in theaters!  Bachelorette joins the ever-growing list of raunchy, female R-rated comedies.  While it does run the risk of blending in with its many counterparts, this film seems to offer something different.  In this one we get more of an ensemble effort from the women as well as a chance to watch Kirsten Dunst shine in another non-Spider Man role.

Opens on September 7th.

The Master

And now we get our first glimpse at this season’s award contenders.  Paul Thomas Anderson, no stranger to the Oscars, helms this Scientology-esque film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams.  Each trailer for The Master has raised more questions than it answered, so as to the plot, we are still in the dark.  Not to worry though, for like any P.T. Anderson film we are in for an experience unlike any other.

Opens September 21st.

Trouble with the Curve

Clint Eastwood “retired” from acting after his touching performance in Gran Torino, but thankfully for us he decided to come back into the ring for another go.   After the tepid responses to his films, Hereafter and J. Edgar, it may be Clint’s best bet to go back to his film roots in front of the camera.  In the film, Clint plays an aged baseball scout who takes his daughter on one last recruiting trip as they did back in the day.  Amy Adams plays the screen legend’s daughter which means this is quite the fall film season for the lovable Enchanted star.

Opens September 21st.


At last!  Daniel Day-Lewis returns to the screen!  The method actor chooses his films very wisely which makes each of his projects that much more intriguing.  This time we get to sit in amazement as Day-Lewis takes on the challenge of portraying Abraham Lincoln.  Biopics are now becoming a bit cliche, but if there is anyone that can breathe new life into the subgenre it is Day-Lewis.  Steven Spielberg directs this picture as Day-Lewis is supported by the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, and Jackie Earle Haley.  Get excited!

Unfortunately at this time there is no trailer for Lincoln so you’ll just have to enjoy this devilishly good scene from There Will Blood.

Opens November 16th.

Anna Karenina

This summer American audiences were reintroduced to Keira Knightley’s delightful self in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and while I did enjoy the film, it did not properly capture the great depth that Knightley brings to her roles.  Thankfully Knightley has one more film set for release in 2012!  Anna Karenina marks the third collaboration between Joe Wright and Knightley.  The two previously worked together on Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, so if this film turns out anything like those two then my 2012 will be bliss!  Based upon the trailer it seems the film is steering away from traditional period piece material and is heading the expressionism route. This is risky business but it sure looks cool.

Opens on November 16th.

Silver Linings Playbook

Now we have our honorary dramedy of the season!  David O. Russell helms this picture starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in her first post-Hunger Games role.  Since the movie stars Lawrence you can expect it to reach an audience that it normally would not reach and to find box office success that usually does not come to movies like this.  Star power can do great things especially when it brings attention to an artist who so greatly deserves it.  While Jennifer Lawrence won’t be fighting off tributes in this one, the charm of Bradley Cooper may turn out to be an equally admirable foe.

Opens November 21st.

House at the End of the Street

This one is for horror fans looking for something besides the latest Paranormal Activity, and also for the ever-growing group of Jennifer Lawrence fans.  House at the End of the Street is not only a mouthful to say, it is also a headache to try to figure out what it is about.  At this point in time I am torn on how to feel about this one so check out the trailer and decide if this one is for you.

Opens September 21st.

Wreck-It Ralph

This year may be the first time that Disney Animation Studios outdoes Pixar in the creative department.  Wreck-It Ralph brings us a bad guy who is sick of being a bad guy.  The title character, voiced the wonderful John C. Reilly, devises a scheme to finally become the good guy but his desire to do so messes with the order of things and could result in the downfall of the arcade.  A very dramatic, Disney-esque plot, but once you view the trailer you shall see that this film is anything but typical Disney and has the potential to become the best animated film of the year.

Little side-note:  Anyone else giddy to watch classic video game bad guys (i.e. Pac-Man ghosts) get the big screen treatment?

Opens November 2nd.

Seven Psychopaths

In 2008 a little known Oscar winner  Martin McDonagh (2006 winner of Best Short Film) made his feature film debut.  While few saw the film during its theatrical run, those who did would never forget their experience of viewing McDonagh’s In Bruges.  The film mixed in elements of crime, drama, and vast amounts of dark comedy.  All of this was done with great success, and now in 2012 it seems McDonagh is attempting to repeat his formula for success.  Colin Farrell leads the cast of colorful characters who find themselves thrown into the midst of the criminal underworld.  The rest of the “psychopaths” include Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken.

Opens October 12th.

Pitch Perfect

Could this be the film that gets Anna Kendrick the attention that has alluded her for so long?  Many are speculating that this could be Anna’s Easy A, the film that began the ascent of the current A-lister, Emma Stone.  Pitch Perfect will force the young actress to make us laugh (she can easily do that) but the real challenge will be the large amounts of singing that the role requires.  The film follows an all-girl a cappella group that takes on their male counterpart in a campus competition.  Anna Kendrick is the second youngest Tony nominee ever so maybe singing may not be a huge problem for her either.  With those worries out of the way, let’s hope this film is less Glee and more Easy A.  

Little side-note:  Rebel Wilson knows the exact location of my funny bone.

Opens October 5th.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky’s much beloved novel is making it’s trip to the big screen.  Set in my hometown of Pittsburgh, the novel tells a Catcher in the Rye-sort of coming of age tale through the letters of a troubled youth to an anonymous recipient.  The story is beautifully written and with Chbosky writing the screenplay as well as directing the actual film, you can be rest assured that the spirit of the novel will not be lost.  Emma Watson hops on board of yet another popular literary adaptation where she joins the ranks of Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Mae Whitman, and Paul Rudd.  Do me a favor Hollywood and do this novel justice!

Opens September 20th.

Cloud Atlas

After 2008’s Speed Racer you are bound to be a little skeptical of the next Wachowski project.  However once you take a look at the epic super extended trailer, you may still be a little skeptical but it will no doubt intrigue you.  Told over the span of centuries with a running time of almost three hours, this film is going to be of epic proportions.  Whether it will be more of a hot mess like Speed Racer or an existentialism masterpiece like The Matrix remains to be seen, but it is sure to be the film everyone will be talking about.

Opens on October 26th.

I am sorry if I missed any films that you may be looking forward to.  Let me know in the comments section if you feel that I missed something noteworthy, but since this is such a jam-packed fall season here is a list of the other major films to look out for: Looper, Paranormal Activity 4, Taken 2, Frankenweenie, Skyfall, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, The Man With the Iron Fists, and many, many more.  This fall season is very intriguing so I hope you can find some films that perk your interest.  Happy moviegoing!


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