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The Season in Movies

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9/6: Adore
Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as moms charting unexplored sexual waters with each other’s sons, based on a novel by Doris Lessing.

Hell Baby
The feature-length directing debut of Reno! 911’s Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant: Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb move into a haunted New Orleans house and need a crack team of exorcists to save them from birthing the devil’s offspring.

Riddick
It’s been nine years since director David Twohy and Vin Diesel’s 2004 sci-fi adventure The Chronicles of Riddick, a follow-up to their 2000 hit Pitch Black. Now, Diesel is back as the Furyan outlaw and murderer, yet again stranded on a distant planet.

Salinger
A documentary about the reclusive writer’s life and his influence, featuring interviews with various luminaries (Edward Norton, John Cusack, E. L. Doctorow).

Touchy Feely
A masseuse (Rosemarie DeWitt) suddenly becomes terrified of physical contact, while her dentist brother (Josh Pais) discovers he has a healing hand.

Winnie Mandela
The first of this year’s two Nelson Mandela biopics, this one focuses on the life of the South African leader’s infamous wife. Here, Jennifer Hudson is cast as Winnie; Terence Howard plays Nelson.


9/13: Blue Caprice
A hit at Sundance, this drama is based on the Beltway-sniper murders and stars Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond as the gunmen.

The Family
Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones in a slapstick comedy about a crime family entering a witness-protection program and relocating … to France.

Insidious Chapter 2
Director James Wan, who recently scored a huge horror hit with The Conjuring, revisits his 2010 haunted-house chiller, about a family that has the ability to travel among the spirit world.

Jayne Mansfield’s Car
Billy Bob Thornton directs and stars in a movie about an Alabama man (Thornton), abandoned by his wife for many years, who has to make peace with her British family after her death.

Wadjda
A Saudi Arabian girl tries to buy a bike, against considerable resistance, in this first feature film shot entirely in that country (and directed by a woman, no less).


9/20: A Single Shot
A hunter (Sam Rockwell) uncovers some loot after accidentally shooting somebody. Nothing good comes of it, in this West Virginia backwoods thriller.

Enough Said
In writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s latest comedy, divorced masseuse Julia Louis-Dreyfus falls for James Gandolfini (in his final role)—the ex-husband of her client (Catherine Keener).

I Spit on Your Grave 2
A sequel to the controversial 2010 rape-revenge horror flick, which was a remake of an even more controversial 1978 rape-revenge horror flick.

Prisoners
Hugh Jackman kidnaps the man he thinks is responsible for his daughter’s disappearance. A delightfully creepy Paul Dano and his equally creepy Winnebago also star.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 3-D
The second of George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels to get the 3-D treatment.

Thanks for Sharing
Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, and Josh Gad star in this comedy about three friends who meet during a 12-step program for sex addicts.

The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience
For those who felt the original Wizard of Oz needed to look more like Oz the Great and Powerful.


9/27: As I Lay Dying
Writer-director-star-student-of-the-world James Franco does William Faulkner, in this adaptation of the novel about a family trying to respect their mother’s last wishes. Danny McBride, somewhat surprisingly, co-stars as Vernon Tull.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
The sure-to-be-huge sequel to 2009’s animated blockbuster. Voice talents include Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and James Caan.

Don Jon
Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed, and stars in this acid comedy about a man trying to balance his love for his girlfriend (played by Scarlett Johansson) and his addiction to Internet porn.

Thérèse
In this adaptation of Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin, Elizabeth Olsen (the youngest one) plays an unfulfilled working-class woman who falls for her husband’s friend.


10/4: Runner Runner
Justin Timberlake’s acting career continues apace—this time he’s a willing pupil drawn into the alluring criminal world of gambling tycoon Ben Affleck.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 3-D
It will never end.


10/11: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
This disturbing, twisty-turny teen slasher movie starring a suddenly famous Amber Heard was made way back in 2006, but is only now getting its U.S. domestic release.

Captain Phillips
Tom Hanks returns to the big screen after what feels like a really long time (deliberately ignoring Cloud Atlas) in this true story of the American captain whose ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
Two young friends—an African-American boy and an Asian-American boy— have to get by on their own when one boy’s mother, a prostitute, is taken away.


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