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Pick your dystopian future filled with warrior teens: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (Nov. 22) is the second installment of Suzanne Collins’ saga of the fierce Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), while the long-awaited adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s 1984 science-fiction tale "Ender’s Game" (Nov. 1) hits the screen, with Asa Butterfield ("Hugo") as a lad gifted with fighting capabilities.
The hunky Chris Hemsworth pulls double duty this fall. He returns as Marvel’s Norse thunder god in "Thor: The Dark World" (Nov. 8), and he plays ’70s Formula 1 racer James Hunt in Ron Howard’s fast-car thriller "Rush" (Sept. 27).
Pre-Halloween horror is highlighted by "Carrie" (Oct. 18), a remake of Stephen King’s classic starring Chloë Grace Moretz ("Kick-Ass") as the psychokinetic prom date. The Lambert family is still haunted in "Insidious: Chapter 2" (Sept. 13). The creepy "We Are What We Are" (Oct. 18) feeds the audience’s appetite for families with dark secrets. And supernatural researchers investigate the disappearance of a rancher’s son in the Utah-made "Skinwalker Ranch" (Oct. 30).
Spike Lee directs "Oldboy" (Nov. 27), remaking a Korean classic about a man (played in the new version by James Brolin) out for revenge on the people who held him hostage for 20 years. Another kidnapping scenario plays out in the Utah-made "The Saratov Approach" (Oct. 9), in which two Mormon missionaries are abducted in Russia.
Ridley Scott ("Gladiator") directs author Cormac McCarthy’s screenplay in "The Counselor" (Oct. 25), starring Michael Fassbender as a lawyer with some particularly nasty clients. Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer lead "The Family" (Sept. 13), a Mafia clan hiding out in France. Justin Timberlake plays a college kid drawn into the life of a high-rolling online gaming tycoon (Ben Affleck) in the thriller "Runner Runner" (Oct. 4).
If you want things violent, Vin Diesel obliges in the sci-fi slasher "Riddick" (Sept. 6), and Robert Rodriguez brings back Danny Trejo’s super-bad ex-Federale in "Machete Kills" (Oct. 11). Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger fight and team up in the prison thriller "Escape Plan" (Oct. 18). And "Metallica Through the Never" (Sept. 27) melds a roadie’s apocalyptic adventures with the heavy-metal band’s concert performances.
"Notting Hill" director Richard Curtis delves in time travel in the romantic comedy "About Time" (Nov. 1), as a young man (Domnhall Gleeson) decides his family’s time-traveling gift is best spent wooing the perfect girlfriend (Rachel McAdams).
Romance blooms between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, in one of his final roles, in "Enough Said" (TBD), while a flight attendant (Paula Patton) flies cross-country to reconsider her ex-boyfriends in "Baggage Claim" (Sept. 27).
Believe it or not, there are two comedies this fall centering on a sex addict. "Don Jon" (Sept. 27) stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who wrote and directed) as a Joisey Lothario trying to win the girl (played by Scarlett Johansson). And Mark Ruffalo is among the 12-steppers in "Thanks for Sharing" (Sept. 20) who must come clean to a new girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow).
Old friends reunite for Christmas in "The Best Man Holiday" (Nov. 15), a sequel to Malcolm D. Lee’s 1999 hit starring Taye Diggs and Terrence Howard. And really old friends (Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline) throw a bachelor party in Sin City in "Last Vegas" (Nov. 1).
Two from Sundance: A massage therapist (Rosemarie DeWitt) suddenly comes down with an aversion to physical contact in "Touchy Feely" (September TBD), and two road-crew workers (Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch) deal with boredom and isolation in "Prince Avalanche" (Sept. 6).
Two French comedies: A klutzy secretary (Déborah François) becomes a competitive speed-typist in the colorful "Populaire" (September TBD), while Catherine Frot plays Danièle Delpeuch, who broke through the glass ceiling to become personal chef to French President François Mitterand, in "Haute Cuisine" (October TBD).
Vince Vaughn discovers he has more than 500 children, thanks to a mix-up at a sperm bank, in "Delivery Man" (Nov. 22). A newly married couple (Jess Weixler, Justin Long) attend a last-minute funeral in "Best Man Down" (November TBD).
Horror and comedy mix in "Bad Milo!" (October TBD), about a guy (Ken Marino) whose inner demons turn real, and "Hell Baby" (Sept. 6), an exorcism spoof written and directed by "Reno 911!" creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. Meanwhile, Johnny Knoxville’s Halloween costume is an old man pulling pranks in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" (Oct. 25).
After a summer overloaded with computer-animated mediocrity, Hollywood eases off a bit in the fall with three new titles: "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" (Sept. 27), a sequel in which inventor Flint (voice of Bill Hader) discovers an island of food-animal hybrids; "Free Birds" (Nov. 1), in which two turkeys go back in time to rewrite the menu of the first Thanksgiving; and "Frozen" (Nov. 27), a Disney adventure of a young woman (voiced by Kristen Bell) fighting to keep her evil sister (voiced by Idina Menzel) from freezing the kingdom.
The guaranteed wonder for kids this fall is an IMAX 3-D revision of Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" (Sept. 20).Next Page >
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