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Fall Movies

With the summer season over, now is the time for the fall movies. Generally the fall movies are a mixture of summer type movies that may not have been noteworthy enough to compete with the summer block busters and this is the time of the year when movies wanting to contend for the Academy Awards start coming out. As usual I will focus mainly on Science-Fiction and Fantasy films but there will be some exceptions made to historical and period pieces. This list is not complete they are the movies I am interested in. If I miss a movie you may like feel free to let me know in the comments section below.

The write up for each of these movies is from the Hollywood Reporter.

Dredd 3D
Release date: Sept. 21
Peter Travis directs Dredd 3D, a futuristic flick replacing Sylvester Stallone with Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, who’s fond of uttering such one-liners as “I’m the law.” In Travis’ Stallone-less version, the titular hero must vanquish the crime boss Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) who controls a destructive, time-stopping drug called Slo-Mo.

Looper
Release date: September 28
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a young Bruce Willis (um, just go with it) in this twisty mind-bender from writer-director Rian Johnson. In Looper, a Sony release, the two play a hitman sent back in time to be killed by his younger self. Gordon-Levitt wore heavy makeup and spent hours studying Willis to transform into a younger version of the actor.

Frankenweenie
Release Date: October 5
Finally, it’s alive. This film began as a live-action short made by Tim Burton in 1984, and now, 28 years later, it’s a full feature affair. Black and white and timed to run before Halloween, the charmingly creepy flick is about a boy named Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan) who brings his dog Sparky back to life. Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau and Martin Short also provide voice work.

Cloud Atlas
Release date: October 26
The internet stopped dead in its tracks when Andy and Lana Wachowski, along with their co-director Tom Tykwer, personally introduced their new movie with a five-minute trailer that simultaneously confused, dazzled and delighted anyone who watched it. Based on the novel by David Mitchell, the film is a genre-busting exploration of humankind that leaps forward and backward in history with the blink of an eye. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Hugo Weaving lead an international cast, each of whom takes on multiple roles.

Fun Size
Release date: October 26
The directorial debut of teen TV wunderkind Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl), this teen comedy stars Nickelodeon actress Victoria Justice as a hapless teen who only wants to go to a Halloween party to see her crush (Suburgatory’s Thomas McDonell), but ends up losing her little brother in the process.

Wreck-It Ralph
Release date: November 2
A 3-D computer animated feature from Disney, Wreck-It Ralph features John C. Reilly as the voice of a nine-foot-tall, 643-pound video game villain who, tired of being the bad guy for over 30 years, escapes from his game to pursue other things. Other voice talents include 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix Jr., the handyman hero of Ralph’s game, and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope von Schweetz, a character in Sugar Rush, a kart-racing game set in a land of candy.

Lincoln
Release date: November 9
Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s biographical film, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Lincoln biography Team of Rivals. Lincoln, starring Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, is a likely awards contender, hitting theaters just as awards season begins to heat up. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones also star.

Life of Pi
Release date: November 21
Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martell’s novel has already wowed some with the epic, sweeping footage that’s been released. The 3D film was shot in Taiwan, using eight soundstages filled with water, to create a beautiful world that may be different than anything that’s hit the big screen so far.

Red Dawn
Release date: November 21
Tom Cruise’s son, Connor Cruise, has his first major film role in Dan Bradley’s remake of the bloody 1984 film that featured Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen taking on Soviet soldiers. The long-delayed film stars Avengers’ Chris Hemsworth and The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson as friends who wake up one morning to find their Washington town — and the U.S. — under siege from foreign invaders.

Rise of the Guardians
Release date: November 21
DreamWorks Animation’s film unites the most famous fictional characters of childhood – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy – on a wild adventure. Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman and Isla Fisher lend their voices to the three main characters, with Chris Pine voicing Jack Frost, the new guy in the group. Baldwin called them “the Justice League of childhood,” and actress Isla Fisher called them the “animated Avengers” during a presentation at Cannes.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Release date: December 14
The highly anticipated first film in the Lord of the Rings prequel series sees hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Peter Jackson’s Hobbit franchise was originally planned as two films, but it’s been announced that there will be a third film released.

Django Unchained
Release date: December 25
The highly anticipated spaghetti Western from Quentin Tarantino stars Jamie Foxx as a freed slave who teams up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) on a revenge mission that sees them colliding with a plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Waltz told THR that the “surprise element” is what Tarantino’s films so special. “But not just for the surprise’s sake, but because Quentin finds what makes true drama, he turns situations very often into their opposites,” he said.

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About billfoley63

I was born in 1963 and that is relevant to my development of my love for science-fiction and fantasy movies, comic books, superheroes and many other things attributed to Nerd culture. In the 60s I watched all the Saturday afternoon Godzilla and monster movies I could take. In the 70s I became hooked on Star Trek. I am also an artist (in my own mind at least) and a musician. I enjoy learning about physics, astrophysics, chemistry and earth silences such as meteorology, anthropology, paleontology. When I reached my late 30s I began to re-explore my nerd roots. I reconnected with my love of science fiction and fantasy movies along with the other science related topics. For this blog I will focus on movie and TV reviews for science fiction and fantasy and post my thoughts on up coming movies. I will also include some fun facts from the various sciences I enjoy along with weather facts and bits from royalty and history. What I will not discuss is religion and politics. I am married to a beautiful woman named Sarah and have a lovely daughter named Danielle.

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