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Fall movie preview
What’s coming to a theater near you
Published Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:00 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

Summer may have unofficially ended, but that does not mean the excitement is over. With a host of sure-to-be blockbuster films hitting theaters this season, there is no reason at all to be bored this fall.

The excitement kicks off this weekend with Robert De Niro doing what he does best, playing a mafia boss in “The Family,” which releases Sept. 13. De Niro and his wife, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, are forced to relocate to a small town in France, as part of a witness protection program. Can their handler, played by Tommy Lee Jones, convince them not to handle disputes the old-fashioned way?

Sure you’ve seen it before, but why not take a stroll down memory lane, following the yellow brick road when “The Wizard of Oz” is re-released in IMAX 3D Sept. 20.

And what’s a fall movie season without the token dance film. In “Battle of the Year, which also releases Sept. 20, heartthrob Laz Alonso plays a Los Angeles music impresario who assembles a team of break dancers with the hope of reclaiming an international hip-hop dance trophy for the country where the dance style began. The 3-D film directed by Benson Lee stars Chris Brown, Josh Holloway, Josh Peck and Caity Lotz.

Another reoccurring theme, post-apocalyptic survival, takes center stage Sept. 20 in the action film “The Colony.” The film, directed by Jeff Renfroe and starring Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Zegers and Bill Paxton, is set after a new ice age drives humans deep underground. According to scientists, the scenario may not be as far-fetched as it seems.

Also hitting theaters Sept. 20 is the romantic dramedy “Enough Said,” which stars the late James Gandolfini in his last performance.

Lighten things up with “Baggage Claim,” which releases Sept. 27. Paula Patton plays a flight attendant who gives herself 30 days and 30,000 travel miles to find Mr. Right and get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding day. The all-star cast also includes Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Adam Brody and Djimon Hounsou.

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” is sure to be a hit with kids when the sequel to the 2009 animated feature based on the popular children’s book hits theaters Sept. 27.

But will “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney live up to all the hype following its debut at the Venice Film Festival? See for yourself when the sci-fi thriller hits theaters Oct. 4.

See what all the Oscar buzz is about when “12 Years a Slave,” Steve McQueen’s unflinching biopic of free-born slave Solomon Northrup staring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt hits theaters Oct. 18.

Do you think Idris Elba will be able to pull off playing Nelson Mandela when “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” hits theaters Oct. 19?

Later this fall, kick off the Christmas holiday season with the comedy-laced drama that is sure to ensue when college pals Morris Chestnut and Terrence Howard reunite after 15 years in the “Best Man Holiday,” which releases Nov. 15.

Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige will keep the holiday spirit alive starring in an updated version of the Langston Hughes classic “Black Nativity” hitting theaters Nov. 27.



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