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Fall movie preview: A change of seasons
82 titles » Still some blockbusters out there, but more of the serious fare considered Oscar hopefuls.


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And for suspense without any bad stuff, "The Mine" (Sept. 14) bills itself as "a scary movie with values," about five students (including former "Spy Kid" Alexa Vega) trapped in a mine.

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Comedy

College a cappella groups perform in "Pitch Perfect" (Oct. 5), starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson ("Bridesmaids"). In "Bachelorette" (to be determined), Rebel Wilson plays the bride while her three bridesmaids (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan) get in big trouble just before the wedding.

A teacher (Kevin James) takes to mixed martial arts to save his school in "Here Comes the Boom" (Oct. 12). A washed-up sports star (Gerard Butler) coaches his son’s soccer team, and discovers the allure of soccer moms, in "Playing for Keeps" (Dec. 7). The competitive world of butter-carving is the backdrop for "Butter" (October), starring Jennifer Garner and Olivia Wilde as rival sculptors.

"The Big Wedding" (Oct. 26) leads to farcical encounters between the bride’s divorced parents (Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton). In "The Oranges" (to be determined), a married man (Hugh Laurie) has an affair with the daughter (Leighton Meester) of his best friends (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney). And a divorcee (Melanie Lynskey) gets out of her funk thanks to a much-younger guy in the Sundance hit "Hello, I Must Be Going" (to be determined).

More from Sundance: Stand-up comic Mike Birbiglia stars and directs "Sleepwalk With Me" (Sept. 7), an account of an up-and-down relationship and his struggle with a dangerous sleep disorder; two young women (Lauren Anne Miller and Ari Graynor) make ends meet by running a phone-sex service in "For a Good Time, Call..." (Sept. 14); and Josh Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother") directs and stars in "Liberal Arts" (Sept. 28), returning to college and getting involved with a charming student (Elizabeth Olsen).

Barbra Streisand returns to the screen in "The Guilt Trip" (Dec. 25), as a woman hitting the road with her inventor son (Seth Rogen). And Billy Crystal discovers that looking after the grandkids isn’t so easy when his daughter (Marisa Tomei) hovers in "Parental Guidance" (Dec. 25).

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Stephen Chbosky’s "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (Oct. 5) is poised to be a new teen classic about a troubled freshman (Logan Lerman) who is befriended by a misfit group of seniors (including Emma Watson in her first major post-"Harry Potter" role).

Teens in ’60s New Jersey form a rock band in "Not Fade Away" (Oct. 19), the feature directing debut of "The Sopranos" creator David Chase. Teens in a gang war in Nazi-occupied France get involved in the Resistance in the French drama "War of the Buttons" (September).

Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams star in "Trouble With the Curve" (Sept. 21), as an aging baseball scout and his estranged daughter, reunited when his failing eyesight endangers his ability to spot talent on the diamond.

A reporter (Matthew McConaughey) and his brother (Zac Efron) get drawn into the case of an accused killer (John Cusack) by his sexpot girlfriend (Nicole Kidman) in the sweaty potboiler "The Paperboy" (Oct. 5), directed by Lee Daniels ("Precious").

Surfing phenom Jay Moriarty’s true story is told in "Chasing Mavericks" (Oct. 26), as Moriarty (Jonny Weston) learns about the mythic Mavericks surf break from a mentor (Gerard Butler).

A musician (Mathieu Amalric) has lost his taste for life in "Chicken With Plums" (Oct. 12), a live-action fantasy drama directed by "Persepolis" creators Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi. Sean Penn stars as a rock star-turned-Nazi hunter in the offbeat "This Must Be the Place" (November).

A writer (Bradley Cooper) gets famous off another man’s writing in "The Words" (Sept. 7), which scored the biggest distribution deal at Sundance this year. Meanwhile, the biggest controversy at Sundance may have been from "Compliance" (Sept. 28), for its fact-based story of a fast-food manager (Ann Dowd) who suspects an employee (Dreama Walker) of theft.

More Sundance drama: In "Middle of Nowhere" (October), a woman (Emayatzy Corinealdi) deals with life while her husband (Omari Hardwick) is in prison; Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in "Smashed" (to be determined) as an alcoholic teacher who decides to get sober — to the chagrin of her drunk husband ("Breaking Bad’s" Aaron Paul); and an artist (Olivia Thirlby) comes into the life of a married couple (John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt) in "Nobody Walks" (to be determined), which boasts a credit by hot young writer Lena Dunham (creator of HBO’s "Girls").

A superrich hedge-fund manager (Robert Pattinson) takes a limo ride that goes in some strange directions in David Cronenberg’s talky and surreal "Cosmopolis" (Sept. 14).

The Queen of Denmark (Alicia Vikander), dealing with a deranged king (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), has an affair with a German doctor (Mads Mikkelsen) in the Danish historical drama "A Royal Affair" (to be determined).

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