Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Reel Fall (and Winter) Preview: Episode III

As the Autumn Winds fade into the bitter bite of winter, the atmosphere of the movies also changes; gone are the various action films in place of more and more Oscar contenders and serious dramas. In this third and final Episode of Reel Speak’s Fall (and Winter) movie preview, enter the month of December…
HYDE PARK ON THE HUDSON – Bill Murray plays President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this inspired-by-true-events tale which can be considered an un-official sequel to the Oscar-winning THE KING’S SPEECH. Laura Linney and Olivia Williams also star in this film which tells the story of the first visit to America by the Royal Family.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY – Peter Jackson returning to Middle-Earth is all you need to know about this film.
LES MISERABLES – The world’s longest-running musical comes to the big screen with an ensemble cast; Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter star in this lavish and spectacular-looking film directed by Tom Hooper (THE KING’S SPEECH).

PROMISED LAND – Directed by Gus Van Sant (GOOD WILL HUNTING, MILK), this is a big-corporation drama loaded with ethical decisions; money, or doing the right thing? Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, and John Krasinski star.
1906 – Brad Bird of Pixar fame (THE INCREDIBLES) dives into live-action film with 1906, which tells the tale of the San Francisco Fire in (ahem) 1906.

QUARTET- Directed by Dustin Hoffman (!), QUARTET tells the story of a group of retired musicians. Stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, and Michael Gambon.
JACK REACHER – Christopher McQuarrie (THE USUAL SUSPECTS) brings the popular literary character to the big screen with Tom Cruise in the lead.

ZERO DARK THIRTY – Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER) takes the hunt for Osama Bin Laden to the big screen, right up to the dramatic raid which ended it all. Joel Edgerton (WARRIOR) stars.
DJANGO UNCHAINED – For better or for worse, most of if not all of Quentin Tarantino’s films have been directly inspired by the spaghetti-westerns of old. With DJANGO (the D is silent), all pretense is dropped as QT heads to the South two years before the Civil War. Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson star.


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