Fall Movie Preview

2012 Fall Movie Preview: Over 20 Titles in September

From 'Resident Evil: Retribution' and 'The Master' to 'Dredd' and 'Looper'

2012 Fall Movie Preview: September

The Fall movie season puts us smack dab in the middle of awards season. September begins with the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals underway and on the 6th day of the month critics descend on the Toronto Film Festival through the 16th. In the meantime, studios are ramping up for their fall slate with only a couple major titles throughout the month, a few more in October and then by November things really begin to roll.

With this 2012 Fall Movie Preview I'm going to take a look at one month at a time beginning with September and moving all the way through the end of the year. So you're looking at four parts and it's going to take four days. I hope you're ready because there is a lot to get through.

In September there is one sure-thing Oscar contender, two classics returning to theaters (one in 3D, the other in IMAX), a little sci-fi, a video game adaptation, horror, raunchy comedy, animation, Clint Eastwood and there is one film specifically I have already seen and truly loved.

Let's get to it.

SEPTEMBER 7

BacheloretteThe first weekend of the month brings two films you can already watch On Demand if you so choose. The first is Bachelorette starring Lizzy Caplan, Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson. It's a film that's sure to be compared to Bridesmaids, but for my money it's a better film with a definite mean-spirited edge to it at times. Dunst and Fisher are fantastic and while it bumps up against cliche more often than it probably should it's hard to go wrong here if you're looking for comedy.

The other is already-available title is [REC] 3: Genesis and at this point it looks like Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza have taken their 2007 original, which inspired the remake Quarantine, and run it into the ground. REC 2 was no good and with Plaza taking this one on by himself it looks like they have decided to mix the "found footage" style of filmmaking they used on the first two with more traditional camerawork. I have little hope the third film will be too good as what started as a virus, turned into a religious film and now just appears to be straight-forward flesh-eating zombie mania looks incredibly tired.

The WordsCBS Films will release the Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana feature The Words, which they picked up out of Sundance earlier this year. The film centers on a writer (Cooper) that has written the next great American novel, the only problem is he stole it and the film explores the repercussions of that decision.

The Eye of the Storm is a film that's been on the shelves forever and one that was looked at as far back as last year as a potential Oscar contender given the talent involved, which includes Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis, but based on the ho-hum feelings I heard at least year's Toronto Film Festival it doesn't sound like this is worth the time.

The 7th also offers The Cold Light of Day, which looks like a direct-to-DVD title considering the talent and the fact it landed at Summit as Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver star alongside Henry Cavill whose name will mean a lot more next summer when he stars as Superman in Man of Steel. Here Cavill finds himself on vacation with his family when they are kidnapped and he eventually finds himself on the run. Eh, not interested.

Finally, the one I won't be able to see as I'll be in Toronto when it enjoys its limited release. Paramount is preparing to unleash a newly restored version of Raiders of the Lost Ark in IMAX ahead of the film's upcoming Blu-ray release on September 18 as part of the Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures (preorder here). Maybe there will be a screening before I leave.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    I saw Bachelorette, it was pretty average in my opinion. Bridesmaid had much better comedy in my opinion. Everyone in this one seemed to be trying to hard.

    The Cold Light of Day: This was Simply awful!!!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

      This. I too watched Bachelorette and was quite disappointed. I think its 5.2 imdb score is quite accurate. Whilst Bridesmaids is by no means a great movie, it is a league or two above the quality of Bachelorette.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    Looper and Perks of Being a Wallflower (two totally different, I know) are probably the ones I'm most excited to see. I LOOOVE Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and I loved the books Perks was based off of.

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      Oh, right, and The Master, for obvious reasons. I've avoided all trailers and specials for it since after the first one, but it sounds fantastic.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    Wow, slow month. Just one movie for me: The Master.

  • Good Grief

    "Bachelorette" should be avoided like the plague. It's an absolutely dire film.

    I'm very excited for "Looper" and while I'm not the biggest Paul Thomas Anderson fan, I am very intrigued by "The Master."
    I've avoided all detailed synopses/half-reviews and trailers for "Perks of..." and so I'm looking forward to that one too.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    The Master, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Looper are my most anticipated. I might also check out Raiders of the Lost Ark if I get the chance.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lawhs89/ lawhs89

    Bachelorette was a fine movie, worth a watch in a slow month like this. Looper is the one I want to see, maybe End of Watch. In September, football is king!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    My most anticipated: The Master, Arbitrage, Trouble With The Curve.

  • ASFan

    Given the positive buzz coming out of Comic-Con, I've gotten more curious about Dredd than I was before. Also curious about Looper.

    • Good Grief

      I agree, also. "Dredd" has gotten a lot more interest from me than I thought possible. It looks like a pretty stylish slice of action.

      • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

        Meh, it sounds like a plotless bloodfest... I can't seem to get into any movie that has no motive or meaning (even if it's at least half-assed meaning/motive).

        • ASFan

          It has been said to be a significant improvement over the Sylvester Stallone debacle.

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Hmmm, from this list I'm only excited for Looper. It's probably my most anticipated movie left for me for the year. We don't get The Master this month in Australia but I'm anticipating that one as well purely because of the build up and hype surrounding it.

    We also get The Watch, which I'm keen to see purely because two critics I like (you're one Brad!) have said it's decent, so I'm willing to give it a shot!

  • Stiggy

    Over here in the UK we have The Sweeney, a movie version of the 1970s British cop show which features Ray Winstone and Ben Drew as members of the Flying Squad, a police force that specializes in armed robbery.

    Car show Top Gear kept plugging the film in one of their episodes when Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond "shot" some of the scenes.

  • Foggy

    1) Raiders of the Lost Ark - Probably won't be able to reach the Imax, but I'm really looking forward to the Blu-Ray set, and any excuse to proclaim my love for the trilogy (Temple of Doom included, warts and all) is a good excuse.
    2) Looper - Love Rain Johnson, and really hoping this is the time he'll strike gold and both prove there is a market for smart R-rated films, and that he does have the confidence to match his talent.
    3) The Master - The people who get to catch this in 70 mm are lucky sons of bitches, however, I'll be happy if I get the chance to see it on the big screen in any way or form. Looks like the most interesting film this year, and has a high chance of being my favorite as well.
    4) Dredd - Here's hoping all the hype I'm hearing behind the film is sufficient and the film is a hell of a backdrop to these claims. I'm cynical, since the Comic-Con crowd aren't all that hard to please considering the mindset behind the event, but Lionsgate seem to have a lot of confidence in the film, which helps with mine towards the film.
    5) Trouble with the Curve - I love Clint, but this is looking a bit too sentimental for my tastes.

    The Rest:

    End of Watch - I will never understand the obsession with making your film look like crap for a sense of faux-realism.
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Could be decent, but I don't see myself checking it out at cinemas no matter how good it is.
    [Rec]3 - Why would fresh horror franchise turn to becoming a parody of itself so early?