Movies to see
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 22:09
Fall tends to be the prime time for the release of films potentially worthy of Oscar nominations. This summer, few films garnered the success that many had anticipated and fell flat, such as “The Great Gatsby,” which was generally considered a disappointment to most fans of the novel and Baz Luhrman’s previous works. However, because this was a dull summer, many movies scheduled to debut this fall are looking promising for the Oscar season. But more importantly, the film industry seems to be actually entertaining, and we may witness a modest blockbuster.
On Sept. 20, Ron Howard’s highly anticipated film “Rush” will hit theaters. The story is of James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two Formula One racers during the 1970s and the film stars A-list actors such as Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde. The previews show scenes of intense races, wild celebrity parties, tragedy and, of course, the indiscriminate sex that comes with being an international superstar. The film looks promising, perhaps not as an Oscar contender, but as one that will receive critical acclaim.
On the same day, the widely advertised film “Prisoners” will be released. Starring everyone from Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo to nominees Jake Gyllenhall, Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis and Connecticut native Paul Dano, the film has an extremely talented cast. The delightful casting coupled with the intense plot surrounding the kidnapping of two young girls is sure to impress not only the audience with its flawless production, but entertains its viewers. In the same vein as “Zodiac,” this film concerns a cold case and the desperate attempt to solve it, ensuring that it will be an emotionally charged thriller that will have audience members on the edge of their seats.
On Oct. 11, Tom Hank’s latest drama “Captain Phillips” arrives on the silver screen. The film is directed by Paul Greengrass of Bourne Ultimatum and is based on the 2009 pirating of the Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia, by Somalian pirates. Even from the limited scope of the trailers, the cinematography of the film looks incredible with a crystal clear picture and excellent photography. Although Tom Hanks is one of the only recognizable cast members, his acting skills, especially in films that require intense emotion, will definitely carry the film to an Oscar nomination or two.
Journeying into the realm of Thanksgiving and Christmas releases is the biopic of Nelson Mandela, “Long Walk to Freedom.” Starring Idris Elba, of “Luther” and “Pacific Rim,” the film tells the story of Mandela’s initiation of protest movements calling for an end to apartheid and his subsequent jailing by the South African government. Because of the film’s important historical weight and the poor health of Mr. Mandela himself, the movie is sure to be a critical member in the 2013 film repertoire.
On Dec. 13, “Lord of the Rings” fans will celebrate the release of the second of three movies within “The Hobbit” trilogy. “The Desolation of Smaug” will pick up the story where “The Hobbit” left off and resurrect the story of Bilbo Baggins as he and Gandalf, plus 13 elves, journey to Erebor to win back the city from Smaug the Dragon. Given the popularity of the first segment and the beauty of the cinematography, the second installment is sure to please audiences with its epic scope and tales of adventure.
With these releases to look out for in the coming weeks, there will be a film for everyone to enjoy. Some of these films will win well-deserved accolades, and others will simply entertain audiences with their talented casts and superb production. Only time will tell which will climb to the top.