By Vinny Abbatecola
Another summer has come and gone, and has left us with an ample assortment of movies to discuss. From May to August, there was a healthy helping of many genres for a range of cinematic tastes. Sci-fi thrill-seekers satisfied their hunger with Super 8 and Rise of the Planet of the Apes; indie-fans were treated to Midnight in Paris and The Tree of Life; and comic book fans took to some high-flying adventures with Thor, X-Men: First Class and Captain America: The First Avenger. Audiences shared a fond farewell to a very famous boy wizard, as they experienced Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the epic finale to the largest movie franchise in history.
It is now time for the fall movies to arrive. In these next few months, audiences will be served many different stories, including: Clint Eastwood’s latest film that delves into the history of our nation’s first head of the FBI, a third outing with some Paranormal Activity, Part 1 to the finale of the Twilight saga, the long-awaited return of the Muppets, Tom Cruise’s acceptance of his next mission and Sherlock Holmes’ next twisty-turny mystery.
The Ides of March (Oct. 7): Based on the play by Beau Willimon, this film deals with Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling, The Notebook), who is a young staffer for a new presidential candidate, Mike Morris (George Clooney, Ocean’s Eleven). While on the campaign trail, Stephen learns all about the dirty side of politics.
Paranormal Activity 3 (Oct. 21): This third installment of the unnerving ghost story will take place 18 years before the first two movies. The story will dig deeper into when Katie (Katie Featherston, Paranormal Activity) and Kristi (Sprague Grayden, Paranormal Activity 2) were terrorized by the demon when they were children.
Puss in Boots (Nov. 4): Shrek’s faithful feline friend gets his own film in this spinoff prequel. Puss (voiced by Antonio Banderas, The Mask of Zorro), along with his sidekicks Humpty Dumpty and Kitty Softpaws, must vanquish the villainy of two dangerous outlaws, Jack and Jill, after they discover a disasterous power that could destroy the world.
J. Edgar (Nov. 11): Clint Eastwood directs this biopic that will detail the fascinating career of J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic), and will also peer into his private life as a possible homosexual.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (Nov. 18): In this first part of the Twilight finale, based on Stephenie Meyer’s popular book series, Bella (Kristen Stewart, Twilight) and Edward (Robert Pattinson, Twilight) enjoy their time together as newly-wedded husband and wife while venturing to Rio de Janeiro for their honeymoon. It isn’t long before they must deal with the chance of a battle against the ruling vampire group, the Volturi.
The Muppets (Nov. 23): When an oil tycoon Tex Richman (Chris Cooper, American Beauty) discovers oil beneath the Muppet Theater, Gary (Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Mary (Amy Adams, The Fighter) plan to stop him by setting up a telethon to raise money and save the theater. In order to make this happen, they must reunite the Muppets, who have separated over the years.
With a diverse group of films coming out this fall, you might as well escape the impending cold weather and sample a few different genres of cinema. This is only a portion of what’s to come later this year. There are numerous other stories arriving to your screens that will surely be worth viewing.