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Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 "Carrie" -- Thirty- seven years after Sissy Spacek received an Oscar nomination for playing the...

September 15, 2013

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Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 "Carrie" -- Thirty- seven years after Sissy Spacek received an Oscar nomination for playing the telekinetic girl from Stephen King's best-selling novel, Chloe Grace Moretz takes over the role with Julianne Moore as her nut-job mommy. Directed by Kimberly Pierce. Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Nov. 22

Fall signals the arrival of serious movies competing for year- end awards. Autumn also provides fertile ground for annual cinematic scare fests testing our nerves.

Here is our 34th annual fall movie preview.

"The Family" -- Luc Besson's dark action comedy is about a Mafia boss and his family who struggle to quit the old ways after they're relocated to a sleepy French town as part of the U.S. Witness Protection Program. Tommy Lee Jones plays the agent trying to manage Robert De Niro's clan, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron and John D'Leo.

"Insidious: Chapter 2"-- Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne return for more supernatural bumps in the night (and on the head) in the James Wan and Leigh Whannell sequel to the basic, effective horror film.

"Populaire" -- A French version of those Rock Hudson/Doris Day romcoms from the 1950s -- with a little extra oo-la-la. Shy Rose (Deborah Francois) dreams of being a secretary in 1958 Normandy. She's a disaster, but her superfast typing skills prompt her boss (a scowling Romain Duris) to enter her into a world typing championship. (Who woulda thought typing could be a sports film?)

"Salinger" -- Shane Salerno's doc on the reclusive author of "Catcher in the Rye" took nine years to make, six years to shoot. Interviews with his World War II brothers-in-arms, family members, friends, lovers, publishers and more are included with never-before- published photographs, diaries, letters and documents.

"Sample This" -- Dan Forrer's doc about how unknown music producer Michael Viner brought together the greatest studio musicians of the 1970s to create an album that went nowhere. Not until the summer of 1973, when DJ Herc took the percussion breaks from that obscure album and extended them by playing them back to back, inspiring a generation of artists.

"Short Term 12" -- A new arrival (Kaitlyn Dever) at a facility for at-risk teenagers shakes up the place, especially for Grace (Brie Larson), a passionate and tough twenty-something supervisor. Her difficult past comes into play as she must reconcile it with her suddenly volatile present.

"Battle of the Year" -- The Americans haven't won the Battle of the Year international dance crew tournament for 15 years! Do you think that hip-hop mogul Dante (Laz Alonso) and his friend Blake (Josh Holloway) can assemble a dream team of dancers and break the losing streak? Really? You have to ask?

"The Colony" -- When Colony 7 receives a distress call from a nearby settlement, Sam (Kevin Zegers) and Briggs (Laurence Fishburne) race through the snow on a sci-fi rescue mission. They find a desolate base and something that could mean mankind's salvation or destruction. So, which is it?

"Cutie and the Boxer" -- A "touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice" about an 80-year-old "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, seeking recognition through her "Cutie" illustrations depicting their chaotic 40-year marriage.

"Generation Iron" -- Mickey Rourke narrates this doc on seven top bodybuilders as they train and compete for the coveted Mr. Olympia title. Appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Jay Cutler.

"Money for Nothing"-- This doc tackles the Federal Reserve to understand and explain how America's central bank impacts our economy and society.

"+ 1" -- Whoa! This one is freaky. Three college friends go to the biggest party on campus. When a weird power outage happens, they wind up watching earlier versions of themselves re-enact what they were just doing. But what happens when the duplicate friends catch up to the original? Oh! My brain hurts!

"Prisoners"-- A scary take on the vigilante movie. Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), distraught that his 6-year-old daughter is missing with a friend, decides to take matters into his own hands by abducting and torturing the driver of a van (Paul Dano) seen in the area. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the cop.

"The Short Game" -- A doc about eight of the best 7-year-old golfers competing in the World Championships of Junior Golf.

"A single shot"-- David Rosenthal's neo-noir, backwoods thriller starts with a single shot intended for a deer, but it kills a woman. The hunter (Sam Rockwell) takes a box of money he finds next to her that actually belongs to some really possessive criminals. It's a quietly suspenseful drama that slowly ratchets up the tension. With the great William H. Macy as a seedy attorney with a bad toupee.

"Thanks for Sharing" -- Mark Ruffalo goes for broke with a brave, Oscar-level performance as a man struggling with sex addiction. Tim Robbins plays his sponsor, a beloved family man with demons of his own. Josh Gad plays our funnybones and heartstrings as a wisecracking emergency-room doctor with addiction issues. Gwyneth Paltrow and Pink co-star.

"Wadjda" -- Haifaa Al Mansour's drama celebrates achievement through adversity in this story of Wadjda, a 10-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia. She desperately wants a green bicycle and sets out to obtain one, despite that her world views bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue.

"Baggage Claim"-- Flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) has 30 days to find Mr. Right if she's to be engaged before her youngest sister's wedding. Using her airline connections to "accidentally" meet ex-boyfriends and new candidates, she racks up more than 30,000 miles in her quest for the perfect guy.

"Blue Caprice" -- The notorious Beltway sniper attacks are the subject of this fact-based drama, taken from the point of view of the two perpetrators, whose father-son relationship propelled them into a horrific chapter in American crime stories. Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond star.

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2"-- Flint (Bill Hader) discovers that his invention (capable of changing water into food) creates food-animal hybrids called "foodimals." Chester (Will Forte) sends Flint and his friends on a dangerous mission battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons and double bacon cheespiders to save the world. In 3-D, too.

"Computer Chess"-- Andrew Bujalski's nostalgic drama rewinds the clock to 30 years ago when a weekend tournament for chess software programmers decided to teach a metal box to defeat humans at their own board game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it today.

"Dark Touch" -- Marina De Van directs a dark, gory tale of torment and death. It's about a girl who survives a bloody massacre caused by the furniture and objects in her family's isolated house taking on a life of their own. Nobody believes her wild stories in therapy sessions. But in time, they do. Starring Marie Missy Keating.

"Don Jon" -- The amazingly talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes, directs and stars in this romance. He plays a guy called Don Jon because he can attract a different woman every weekend. But he's also addicted to computer porn ... until he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), a bright, old-fashioned girl raised on romantic movies and determined to find her Prince Charming.

"Enough Said"-- Love is messy. That's the upshot of this romance between a divorced single parent Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) about to lose her daughter to college and a sweet, funny man (the late James Gandolfini) also facing an empty nest. Catherine Keener plays a poet whose constant rants against her ex-husband to Eva have unintended consequences.

"Face of Love" -- Annette Bening plays a widow still suffering from the loss of her husband five years earlier, until she meets an art teacher (Ed Harris) who could be a (forgive the phrase) "dead ringer" for him. As she attempts to continue her marriage, the teacher delves into her past for clues about what happened. Robin Williams and Amy Brenneman co-star.

"Inequality for All" -- America's middle-class protector Robert Reich -- professor, best-selling author and former Clinton cabinet member -- makes his pitch once again to save the United States from economic devastation by allowing the middle class to disappear.

"Metallica Through the Never"-- This music-driven 3-D concert feature could be surrealistically crazy. During a Metallica concert, roadie Trip (Dane DeHaan) is assigned to pick up a mysterious item for the show, but winds up in a tense standoff between angry protesters and riot police, plus a masked horseman killing rioters and cops alike. Up to 24 cameras capture the action of this desolate, post-apocalyptic urban streetscape, directed by Nimrod "Predators" Antal.

"Rush"-- The glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing is the subject of this fact-based drama about two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed: handsome English playboy Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his methodical, brilliant opponent Lauda (Daniel Bruhl).

"You Will Be My Son"-- Wine mogul Paul (Niels Aretrup) has little faith in the ability of his son (Loran Deutsch) to take over the business. Then Paul meets Philip (Nicolas Bridet), the son of his dying estate manager, who appears to be the hardworking, successful son he never had. Can Paul make Philip his heir over his own son?

"Argento's Dracula" -- We've already had Andy Warhol's Dracula and Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. Now, Italian horror maestro Dario Argento puts his bloody, stylistic stamp on Bram Stoker's classic vampire tale, this one starring Thomas Kretschmann as the Count and the immortal Rutger Hauer as Dr. Van Helsing.

"Concussion"-- A forty-something married, wealthy, lesbian housewife (Robin Weigert) gets smacked in the head by her son's baseball, then stalks every corner of her suburban life to confront her mounting desire for something different. So she tries being a high-end escort. Secretly, of course. Written and directed by Stacie Passon. Produced by Rose Troche.

"Gravity" -- A white-knuckle work of explosive visual power and movement. On a spacewalk, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) get caught in a meteor storm that destroys their shuttle. The two, tethered only to each other, go spiraling into space. And they've lost contact with Earth.

"Parkland" -- The title comes from Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where President Kennedy died in 1963. Yes, it's another drama about the assassination, based on the book "Four Days in November" by Vincent Bugliosi. Starring James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, Ron Livingston, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver.

"Runner Runner" -- Justin Timberlake plays a university student and online gambler who travels to Costa Rica to confront the man (future Batman Ben Affleck) he believes swindled him of his earnings. Instead, the man brings the student into his shady operations. Things don't go well. Directed by Brad Furman.

"Captain Phillips" -- Tom Hanks stars as the titular character, the captain of the U.S. ship Maersk Alabama, hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Directed by Paul Greengrass, who gave us the electrifying "United 93."

"Machete Kills" -- Ex-Federale agent Machete (Danny Trejo) must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer. Directed by Robert Rodriguez based on a character from a fake movie trailer in "Grindhouse."

"Romeo and Juliet" -- Here we go again with another interpretation of Shakespeare's epic tale, this one adapted by "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes and directed by Carlos "Flight of the Innocent" Carlei. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgard.

"Escape Plan" -- Wrongly imprisoned Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) recruits fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to devise a daring escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built. Let's hope this works better than Stallone's "Lockup."

"Haunter"-- Teen Lisa Johnson (Abigail Breslin) and her family died in 1986 under sinister circumstances, but their spirits remain trapped in their house. Lisa, being a compassionate sort of ghost, reaches out from beyond the grave to help another teen girl and her family avoid the same fate.

"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" -- Reportedly an "insane" hidden camera road trip featuring an 86-year-old grandpa (Johnny Knoxville) on a journey with his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll), plus some male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners and biker bar patrons.

"Blue is the Warmest Color"-- At 15, Adele (French actress Adele Exarchopoulos) doesn't question it: girls go out with boys. Her life is changed forever when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman. Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself ...

"Ender's Game"-- Impressive visual effects, judging by the trailers. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but brilliant boy, gets recruited by Battle School, training military leaders to fight against aliens who've attacked Earth. Also starring Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford.

"Free Birds"-- Kudos for a clever premise! Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and work together. They must travel back in time and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu. Voices for this animated film by Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler.

"Thor: The Dark world"-- When an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness, who ya gonna call? Thor, played again by Chris Hemsworth. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) returns to help him out.

"The hunger games: catching fire" -- Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and fellow tribute Peta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) embark on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts to celebrate their Hunger Games win. In this sequal, Katniss senses a rebellion in the making. But the Capitol is still in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares for the 75th Annual Hunger Games.

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