As fall officially begins at the end of this week, I thought I’d offer a preview of what movies we can look forward to – or avoid – this season. This time of year is often the time when the year’s best movies come out; however, the last couple of years haven’t been so great. I think 2012 has offered much better films so far though, so I’m optimistic that the streak will continue through the end of the year.
If you’re into horror, there’s plenty to look forward to. The advanced word on Sinister is that’s it’s the scariest movie in some time, and the trailer for it seems to back that up. Jennifer Lawrence will bring her Hunger Games fame to the thriller House at the End of the Street. V/H/S is another one of those “found-footage” films but it consists of 6 separate segments which should make it rather unique. And of course there will be Paranormal Activity 4. This franchise is getting stretched out the way Saw did but I think it’s holding up much better. If you’re not a fan of horror and prefer your monsters animated, there will be much sillier fare as well such as Hotel Transylvania and Frankenweenie which I’m sure will be horrible just like most of Tim Burton’s other movies of the last decade.
There’s a little bit of everything coming out for whatever you may be in the mood for. If you’re looking to laugh you can watch Kevin James take on mixed martial arts in Here Comes the Boom. There will also be a spin-off of Knocked Up starring two of those characters called This Is 40. If you prefer history, there will be two films based on the lives of ex-presidents. Bill Murray takes on Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson, and one of the best actors alive, Daniel-Day Lewis, will play Lincoln. Ben Affleck will continue his directing streak with Argo which is about the true story of a CIA specialist trying to free six Americans held hostage by Islamist fundamentalists.
If you liked the Lord of the Rings trilogy, there will be much more of that in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Expect 3 hours of a bunch of British actors with big beards wearing cloaks; the creature Gollum will probably be the most interesting part again. Teenagers (and some adults) can rejoice at the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Maybe Bella will cheat on Edward just like the actress did in real life? Tyler Perry will finally be taking off the Madea wig to replace Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross. Also, Clint Eastwood appears on screen for the first time in 4 years starring in Trouble with the Curve. Django Unchained from Quentin Tarantino looks very interesting. Hopefully he won’t ruin it with long stretches of dialogue that take place in one spot for 20 minutes at a time. And Wu-Tang Clan leader Rza will be starring in and directing The Man with the Iron Fists in which we’ll get to see Russell Crowe take on kung-fu.
Here are my best bets for avoiding disappointment at the movies this fall. Looper seems to be the big action/sci-fi film of the year. It hasn’t received a single negative review from advanced screenings yet. Flight stars the always reliable Denzel Washington as an alcoholic airline pilot who manages to save a flight from crashing. Tom Cruise will continue to prove he can do no wrong (onscreen that is) playing Jack Reacher from the popular crime series books. Cloud Atlas, from the creators of The Matrix films, promises to be one of the most unique films ever made with actors such as Tom Hanks and Halle Berry each playing multiple roles and taking place over 1,000 years. With a budget of over $100 million it has become the most expensive independent film ever made. And finally, if Taken 2 is any bit as awesome as the first one was, you can count me there.