Fall Movie Preview

The fall movie season always has a number of potential blockbusters and award season hopefuls. This year will be no different with many promising movies coming out from now till the end of the year.  “Gravity” kicked off the season with a huge opening weekend of $55 million and a 96 % approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts who have to survive in space after their spaceship is destroyed. It has been marketed as a 3D spectacle with amazing special effects that has to be seen in theaters. “The movie makes you feel as if you’re actually in space, and the 3D isn’t used as a gimmick,” GCC student Jayne Kramer said.

In the middle of October, “Carrie” and “The Escape Plan” open. “Carrie” is a remake of the 1976 film starring Chloe Moretz as the title character. It has a great chance of becoming a hit because it is the only horror movie being released during the month.

Normally, numerous horror movies are released during October because of Halloween. However, this year many of those movies such as Paranormal Activity V were delayed. “The Escape Plan” starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger could also do well, but a few people are skeptical”. “I would’ve rather seen them make a movie together when they were in their primes, and not when they’re almost seventy years old,” GCC student Chris Gernert said.

The last weekend of October sees two very different movies going head to head. The first is “Bad Grandpa” starring Johnny Knoxville as a grandpa taking his grandson on road trip. The movie contains stunts like in “Jackass” but adds them into a narrative format. This includes crashing a wedding, accidentally ruining a funeral, and even a stripper routine at a toddler pageant.

The other movie is “The Counselor” starring Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, and Brad Pitt. “No Country for Old Men” writer Cormac McCarthy wrote the screenplay, and with an all-star cast assembled the movie should be a hit with critics and audiences alike.

In November, “Enders Game” is hoping to become the next big book to film franchise. However, 2013 hasn’t been kind to many of those films. “Thor: The Dark World” comes out the next week, and will definitely do well.

Superhero films are big right now and the character Thor was a crucial part of “The Avengers”. “The Wolf of Wall Street” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio is supposed to come out the following week. However, the film might be postponed until Christmas or 2014. The current cut is rumored to be over three hours long, and Scorsese is still trying to edit it down to get it released on time.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is guaranteed to do well over the Thanksgiving weekend. In all likelihood it’ll probably be the top earning movie of the fall as it appeals to both males and females.

December has a lot of big movies and most of them come out on Christmas Day. Opening on December 12th is “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” which is the second part of the new “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Many people felt the first one was boring and slow, but part two should have more action.

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” opens the next week, and has been anticipated by many for years. “Anchorman is one of my favorite comedies, and I can’t wait to see what they do with the second one,” GCC student Matthew Martinez said.

Christmas Day has a few different movies opening. “American Hustle” stars Christian Bale as a con artist and Bradley Cooper as a federal agent who have to work together to bring down mobsters and politicians. With a strong cast and intriguing premise the film should do well over the holidays.

“47 Ronin” starring Keanu Reeves has been delayed for over a year and could be the biggest disappointment over the holiday season. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” stars Ben Stiller in a movie about a man who lives in fantasy worlds. The upcoming fall movies are looking promising with something for everyone to enjoy.