2013 was the year of the blockbuster, right? But there are some very good fall movies coming out, which you won’t want to miss.
With talk about Oscar nominations already starting, the fall is usually reserved for the higher quality films, not that there weren’t good films this past summer.
In general, later releases get more chance at being considered for a nomination, but again, it doesn’t mean that some of the summer blockbusters couldn’t get a nod.
So what are some of the films the fall of 2013 has to offer? Let’s take a look at a few.
Synopsis: Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.
Director: David Twohy.
Cast: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff.
12 Years A Slave (October 17)
Synopsis: “Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.”
Director: Steve McQueen.
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Prisoners (September 20)
Synopsis: “When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?”
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello.
Rush (September 27)
Synopsis: A re-creation of the merciless rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 1970s.
Director: Ron Howard.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22)
Synopsis: “Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.”
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland.
Thor: The Dark World (November 8)
Synopsis: “Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.”
Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Kat Dennings, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Stevenson.
Gravity (October 4)
Synopsis: “A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.”
Director: Alfonso Cuaron.
Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Eric Michels.
Salinger (September 5)
Synopsis: “An unprecedented look inside the private world of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.”
Director: Shane Salerno
Cast: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Judd Apatow, John Cusack, Martin Sheen, Gore Vidal.
The Fifth Estate (October 18)
Synopsis: Based on true events, “the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.”
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Dan Stevens, Carice van Houten, Peter Capaldi, Laura Linney.
The Counselor (October 25)
Synopsis: “A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.”
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Natalie Dormer, Javier Bardem.
Captain Phillips (October 11)
Synopsis: “The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.”
Director: Paul Greengrass.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener.
Blue Is The Warmest Color (October 25)
Synopsis: “The story of a young lesbian couple’s beginning, middle and possible end.”
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Cast: Adele Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux.
Diana (November 1)
Synopsis: “During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.”
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Cast: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Douglas Hodge, Cas Anvar.
Don Jon (September 27)
Synopsis: “A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.”
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Juliane Moore, Tony Danza.
The 2013 fall movie schedule is jam packed and it will keep the public warming those theater seats. Something for everyone it seems. Lots of dramas, space odysseys, true events, a good mix up. These are just some of the films that have caught our eye.
[Movie synopsis via IMDB]