This Fall Movie Season there is no shortage of highly anticipated films being released! To help you chose which films to rush to the theater for and which to skip altogether we thought we would give you a quick description of each of the major films being released through the end of the year in a three part Fall 2012 Movie Preview!
Flight stars Denzel Washington as a pilot who manages to land a plane of one hundred passengers after it begins to break apart mid-flight. But that is only the beginning of the story. Turns out the hero pilot had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash resulting in an investigation that could land him in prison for life. Will he be able to prove the accident was not his fault? You will have to check out Flight to find out.
Directed by RZA, who also co-wrote the screen play with Eli Roth, The Man with the Iron Fists is a bloody fantasy action pic filled with insane fights and even crazier weapons. The titular “man” is a blacksmith who thus far has been forced to make elaborate weapons for the feuding tribal factions in his nineteenth-century Chinese village. When the war between the factions threatens to destroy him, the village, and all of it’s inhabitants, he transforms himself into a human weapon and fights for their survival. This is definitely a suspend your disbelief kind of film with fight sequences that are out of this world both in presentation and concept. If you’re into this kind of fighting and gore (think Kill Bill style fight scenes on steroids), The Man with the Iron Fists should be your cup of tea.
This Must be the Place is not your average washed up rocker story. Sean Penn stars as Cheyenne, a wealthy former rock star who is on a mission to avenge his recently deceased. Cheyenne sets out on a mission to search the United States for the Nazi war criminal who humiliated his father in Auschwitz, meeting a variety of characters along the way.When he finally tracks the man down, he has to decide what his motivation was in the first place and where to go from there. Although the premise sounds oddly interesting, I think I will be waiting for this one to come out on home release.
Skyfall, the highly anticipated next installment in the 007 franchise, stars Daniel Craig once again as James Bond. This time James Bond will be dealing with an attack on MI6, a super villain named Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem, and the possibility that M, played by Judi Dench, could be hiding some dangerous secrets. I personally like Craig’s steely take on Bond and will be heading to the theaters for this one.
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln will not be hunting any vampires. This historical biopic takes place in the last few months of Lincoln’s life, after the historic Gettysburg Address, as the president struggles to end the Civil War and pass the 13th Amendment. Spielberg has said the film will center around Lincoln’s political struggle within his cabinet and less on the battlefield, so don’t expect too much action in this one. From the released stills and trailer, Daniel Day-Lewis appears to make an excellent Lincoln and his resemblance to the 16th president is uncanny. The rest of the cast is a list of some of Hollywood’s best including Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens. If you enjoy historical dramas, I think this one might just be a must see.
Anna Karenina 11/16
I will not go into too much detail about the latest adaptation of Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightly, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Kelly Macdonald since Meghan H will be writing about it later in the month, but I will say this movie adapts the story in a new visually striking way. If you’re familiar with Tolstoy’s novel, you know Anna Karenina is a story of love, fidelity, family, faith, and the pressures of society. The novel and film are set in nineteenth century Russia, but the film uniquely interprets the setting. Be sure to check back for Meghan H’s preview of the film!
Rust and Bone 11/16
Rust and Bone stars the enchanting Marion Cotillard as Stéphanie, a whale trainer crippled in a tragic accident, and Matthias Schoenaerts, as an emotionally crippled bare knuckle fighter forced to raise an estranged son. The two form an unlikely and unusual romance that challenges them to grow and adapt to despite their misfortunes. When the film debuted at Cannes, it received extremely mixed reviews so despite how intrigued I am by the plot, I will be waiting for this one to come out on home release.
Breaking Dawn Part Two 11/16
The final installment of the Twilight Saga is upon us. Breaking Dawn Part Two picks up right where Part One left off with Kristen Stewart’s Isabella Swan a newly made vampire momma to a half human / half vampire child (with a really funky name). I doubt there is a single person out there interested in this film that has not read Stephanie Meyer’s book, so I will skip the plot summary and save my thoughts for our article on the film in a few weeks. I will say I am extremely curious to see how movie magic will make Edward, played by Robert Pattinson, and Bella’s child, Renesmee, grow at super speed on screen and how they will keep the “imprinting” with Jacob, play be Taylor Lautner, from being too squicky.
Life of Pi 11/21
Life of Pi, based on the book by Yann Martel, which explores themes of spirituality and human nature, tells the story of sixteen year old Pi Patel, a zookeeper’s son who after a shipwreck finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Pi and the animals must struggle to survive the sea and each other as the float along on a twenty six foot lifeboat. This may be the only 3D film being released this year that I actually want to see. The Life of Pi promises to be visually and thematically striking and I cannot wait to see it.
Red Dawn 11/21
MGM’s Red Dawn is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name. In the original a group of teenagers, calling themselves the “wolverines” after their high school mascot. defend their town against a soviet invasion on US soil. This remake follows the exact same premise right down to the mascot name, except the invading force in North Korea. The film was actually made in 2009 with a planned 2010 release, but was shelved upon completion. The original invaders were Chinese, but after news of this hit China and caused quite an uproar, the filmmakers decided to make the change to North Korea in post-production including a new completely new opening. Considering the film was shelved and then messed with in post-production, I am thinking this one is definitely a wait for home release option.
Rise of the Guardians 11/21
Rise of the Guardians is another book to movie adaptation. Based on William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood book series, the movie revolves ”The Guardians ” compromised of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman. They recruit Jack Frost, the carefree bringer of winter voiced by Chris Pine, to join their ranks and help protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world when Pitch, the Nightmare King, plans to engulf the world in darkness. The Rise of the Guardians definitely looks like a fun for the whole family movie.
The Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, is one of the most talked about movies this season. The film recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews from critics and is being suggested as an Oscar contender. The film, inspired by the book of the same title by Matthew Quick, tells the story of Pat, a man recently released from a mental health facility on a mission to win back his estranged ex-wife and living with his parents, played by Bradley Cooper. When he meets Tiffany, a widow with problems of her own, they make a pact that helps them both to move on and deal with their issues.
Hitchcock is based on Stephen Rebello’s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, which tells the story of Alfred Hitchcock’s experience creating, Psycho, the most iconic slasher movie of all time. The movie, starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, seems like it will follow closely with the making of Psycho and and Hitchcock’s relationship with wife Alma Rivelle, played by Helen Mirren, front and center. The supporting cast is impressive with Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, and Toni Collette as Hitchcock’s assistant Peggy Robertson.
Killing them Softly 11/30
Yet another book to movie adaptation, Killing them Softly is adapted to from George V Higgins’ novel, Cogan’s Trade. It tells the story of a Jackie Cogan, a hit man hired to investigate the robbery of a mob-protected poker game, played by Brad Pitt. Despite the gun toting Pitt on the movie poster, this film is more about the dialogue than the action taking much of the characters conversations directly from the original text.
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- Fall 2012 Movie Preview: Part One
- Fall 2012 Movie Preview: Part Three (Coming 10/9/12)