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The Season in Movies


Machete Kills
A somewhat randomly cast sequel (Mel Gibson, Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen) to Robert Rodriguez’s gory, faux-grind-house hit starring Danny Trejo as an indestructible Mexican hero.

A multi-character drama set at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day John F. Kennedy was shot.

Romeo and Juliet
Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth get star-crossed, and Julian Fellowes (the beloved creator of Downton Abbey) tries to de- Luhrmann-ize this classic.

10/12: Gambit
The Coen brothers wrote this remake of a 1966 Michael Caine–Shirley MacLaine movie, about backstabbing and revenge in the art world. It stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz.

10/18: Carrie
Stephen King’s first novel, originally (and perhaps definitively) adapted by Brian De Palma in 1976, now features Chloë Grace Moretz in the title role and Julianne Moore as her overbearing mother.

Escape Plan
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger try to break out of a futuristic maximum-security prison. Despite Arnold’s cameos in The Expendables, this is the first time these two action behemoths have headlined a movie together.

Kill Your Darlings
Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, and Ben Foster star in this murder mystery involving Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs in their youth.

Repressed, conservative Julianne Hough questions her worldview after a plane crash, in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut.

Twelve Years a Slave
Shame and Hunger director Steve McQueen’s drama takes a decidedly more serious tone than the slave narrative of 2012’s Django Unchained. This one is about a free man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) from New York who is sold into slavery.

10/25: The Counselor
Cormac McCarthy wrote this Ridley Scott–directed legal thriller in which a respected lawyer’s (Michael Fassbender) brief foray into the world of drug trafficking lands him in a lot more trouble than he expected. Factoid: This is Fassbender’s second movie with Brad Pitt this year, after Twelve Years a Slave.

‘Jackass’ Presents Bad Grandpa
Johnny Knoxville pretends to be a geriatric ne’er-do-well for a variety of unwitting bystanders in this Jackass spinoff, which mixes stunt-driven antics with a loosely written plot.

11/1: About Time
A young man with the ability to time-travel uses his powers to meet the ideal woman (Rachel McAdams, in her second time-travel-related movie) and attempts to construct a perfect life with her through a series of Groundhog Day–like rewinds.

Ender’s Game
A young, shy gaming whiz becomes Earth’s best hope when he’s recruited to lead the battle against alien invaders.

Free Birds
An animated film about two turkeys (voiced by Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson) who travel back in time to keep people from eating turkeys at Thanksgiving.

Last Vegas
Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline are four old friends at a bachelor party in what looks to be a cross between Wild Hogs and The Hangover.

11/8: Best Man Down
A young couple’s wedding is ruined when their best man dies and they have to go to Minneapolis for his funeral.

Thor: The Dark World
The mighty Avenger, a.k.a. erstwhile Norse god of thunder, a.k.a. male Goldilocks returns.

11/15: The Best Man Holiday
Not to be confused with Best Man Down, this sequel to 1999’s The Best Man reunites the original cast (including Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Terence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan) nearly fifteen years later as they come together for the holidays.

The Book Thief
A film adaptation of the YA mega-best-seller about a foster girl in Nazi Germany, her love of books, and her friendship with a Jewish refugee.

11/22: Delivery Man
Vince Vaughn, sperm-bank donor, discovers he’s the biological father to hundreds of children.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
In the second installment of the trilogy, Katniss Everdeen is forced to return to the arena, and Jennifer Lawrence is forced to see this franchise through.

11/27: Black Nativity
Director Kasi Lemmons adapts Langston Hughes’s iconic musical retelling of the Nativity tale with an all-black cast.

A new Disney animated epic about a young girl, voiced by Kristen Bell, and her friends, who go on a quest to free their kingdom from eternal winter.

James Franco is the gang leader holding a small town hostage, and Jason Statham is the retired DEA agent who will presumably kill him in exceedingly gruesome fashion.

Grace of Monaco
Is it possible that Nicole Kidman hasn’t played royalty until now? Well, she gets her chance here, in this story about Princess Grace Kelly and her marriage to Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth).

Josh Brolin stars as the man looking to find out why he was mysteriously held captive for twenty years, in Spike Lee’s remake of Korean director Park Chan-wook’s insane 2003 revenge thriller.

11/29: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
The second, and much more ambitious, Mandela biopic of the season, with Idris Elba as the African leader and Naomie Harris as his wife, Winnie.


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