Summer Blockbusters leave fall flowers
Movies made with dirt, and with money trees
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 22:10
There are lots of movies coming out this year. But we’re here to make your moviegoing decisions easier—below is a preview of the most exciting upcoming films.
Tarantino returns to the big screen after three years with Django Unchained, another story that puts the topic of race in the forefronts of our minds with characters that are constantly carrying guns for much needed violence. Foxx plays a former slave turned bounty hunter. It'll be big budget, but have that Tarantino edge that makes you love movies for movies. Need we say more?
Martin McDonagh has had four years to write and direct something to follow up his snarky and pensive In Bruges. This clever cast plays a group of dog-kidnapping con artists who eventually screw the pooch and scramble to fix the flub. McDonagh is the king of sophisticated, highbrow comedy—usually with guns.
The Man with the Iron Fists
RZA makes his directorial debut and writes alongside horror mastermind Eli Roth, with Tarantino overseeing this over-the-top martial arts film. RZA also plays a weapon-inventing blacksmith who fights a slew of fantastical characters, in a blur of fanciful fisticuffs, to protect a small village. You may not know what the heck is going on, but you'll almost definitely be entertained.
Ben Affleck follows up his surprise hit The Town with this political thriller about a staged film shoot aimed to rescue hostages from Iran in the 70s. There will be car chases, possible over-acting, and most definitely some kind of twist at the end. After a long run on the festival circuit, this film has a lot of positive buzz going for it.
This is the epitome of highbrow Hollywood. It's a biopic chronicling the last few months of Abraham Lincoln's life, starring the uber-talented Daniel Day-Lewis under the direction of the legendary Steven Spielberg. Although it will be rather predictable and probably a tad pretentious, it is also supposed to be a valuable look at the “human” and more down-to-earth side of the often glorified president.
Rust and Bone
Making its US debut recently at the Telluride Film Festival, this low-budget foreign flick has been a critical hit in its native France, and on the festival circuit. The film is a simple look at the complicated relationship between the recently amputated Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) and lowlife Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts). It might be seen as pretentious or arty, but has received massively positive feedback from critics.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The world waits with eager anticipation for the next Tolkien-based release from visionary director Peter Jackson. This film has been under development for a number of years, trading many hands (chief among them Guillermo Del Toro) before finally resting with the man behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Don't expect to see the whole Hobbit book play out on screen, as there will be two more films before it’s through.
Winner of the Cannes Film Festival's coveted Palm d'Or, this French film is the simple story of a lifelong love pushed to its limits. It is rumored to be a contender at the Oscars this year, packing a real emotional punch behind a simple and true-to-life narrative.