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Screen Invasion’s 30 Most Anticipated Fall Films

Title:  The Big Wedding
Release Date:  October 26, 2012
Director:  Justin Zackham
Starring:  Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Christine Ebersole, Marc Blucas, Ben Barnes
Don and Ellie Griffin (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) divorced 10 years ago and have not seen each other since. Their divorce rocked the whole Griffin family, made up of their biological son, Jared (Topher Grace), and daughter, Lyla (Katherine Heigl), and adopted son, Alejandro (Ben Barnes). Hoping to reunite their family and keep the peace during Alejandro’s wedding celebrations, Don and Ellie pretend to be a happily married couple. Why am I excited?:  Cast. Concept. Comedy that is sure to ensue.  – Sarah Katz


Title:  The ABC’s of Death
Release Date: November 2, 2012
Director: 26 different directors from around the world
Starring: countless international actors
The idea behind this horror anthology is that 26 of the leading genre directors from around the world were given a letter of the alphabet and then created a short film about death inspired by that letter.  Early word on the street is that this diverse, entertaining, and disturbing short film collection is one of the most significant events in modern horror cinema.  Chapters by House of the Devil’sTi West, A Serbian Film’s Srđan Spasojević, and Tokyo Gore Police’s Yoshihio Nishimura are surely bloody scream fests to look forward to. – Brian Rudloff

Title: Wreck-it Ralph
Release Date: November 2, 2012
Director: Rich Moore
Starring: Sarah Silverman, John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
Wreck-it Ralph seems to have all the charm and laughs to make it the next Disney success. Any one who grew up with arcade games like Pac-Man and still plays games like Call of Duty are going to have something to love in this. The trailer is great and the bad guys support group scene looks like it’ll worth the price of admission alone. – Kristal Bailey

Title:  Seven Psychopaths
Release Date: November 2, 2012
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Olga Kurylenko, Tom Waits, Gabourey Sidibe, Kevin Corrigan
Seven Psychopaths is McDonagh’s follow-up to the brilliant In Bruges.  That is really all that needs to be said to send this straight to the top of the must-see list!  No doubt it will be a smartly written, action-packed, black comedy.  On top of that though, check out this insane cast!  Christopher Walken and Tom Waits in the same movie, acting together!  The story concerns a struggling screenwriter (Farrell) who gets involved with actual crime and gangsters for inspiration. – Brian Rudloff

 

Title: Lincoln
Release Date: November 9, 2012
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones
Steven Spielberg’s long-gestating biopic of the 16th president of the United States lost its leading man in 2010 when Liam Neeson dropped out, claiming he was “too old” to play the Great Emancipator.  But when you’re Spielberg, that’s no sweat – Daniel Day-Lewis effortlessly stepped into Neeson’s shoes (and brought his own jeans), and the movie based on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals is moving full steam ahead to a November release.  Goodwin’s fellow Pulitzer Prize honoree Tony Kushner (Angels in America) helped pen the script, which focuses on the last few months of Lincoln’s life as he worked to mend the divisions in his fractious Cabinet and end the Civil War.  While we’re upset that the film appears to gloss over the president’s vampire-hunting activities, we’re not about to miss one of Day-Lewis’ increasingly rare performances (his first since 2009’s Nine). – Eric Ambler

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Title:  Skyfall 
Release Date:  November 9, 2012
Director:  Sam Mendes
Starring:  Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney, Bérénice Marlohe, Ola Rapace, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Rory Kinnear
When a threat from M’s (Judi Dench) past resurfaces, Bond’s (Daniel Craig) loyalty to her is put to the test. Bond must find (and remove) the threat to MI6 and M, regardless of what it costs him to do so. Why am I excited?:  Hmm…a new Bond movie…heck yes!! I’m so there. See the teaser trailer and read more about Skyfall.  – Sarah Katz

 

TitleAnna Karenina
Release Date: November 16, 2012 (U.S.); September 7, 2012 (U.K.)
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Matthew Macfayden, Kelly Macdonald
The Oprah-approved story of a Russian aristocrat stuck in an unfulfilling marriage is the third collaboration between star Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright since 2004.  Wright’s underrated version of Pride & Prejudice remains one of the very best literary adaptations of recent years, so we are excited to see him sink his teeth into Leo Tolstoy’s panoramic novel of passion, fidelity, and social hypocrisy.  The sumptuous trailer that debuted in June emphasizes Wright’s unique visual approach to the material, though the fact that acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love) wrote the script is just as intriguing.  Alas, Knightley’s surprisingly good Slavic accent from last fall’s A Dangerous Method will be going to waste–British diction continues to reign as the movies’ European lingua franca. – Eric Ambler

Title:  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2
Release Date:  November 16, 2012
Director:  Bill Condon
Starring:  Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
In the final installment of the Twilight Saga, the newly-expanded Cullen clan faces a dark and looming threat. Bella (Kristen Stewart) must adjust to her new life as a vampire, wife, and mother. At the same time, Bella, Edward (Robert Pattinson), Jacob (Taylor Lautner), and the rest of the Cullen clan (Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone) must gather allies to take a stand against the Volturi’s impending attack on Bella and Edward’s daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy). Why am I excited?:  Really?! I think this one is self-explanatory. ;o) See the teaser trailer!  – Sarah Katz

Title: Life of Pi
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Tobey Maguire
Yes, the book is amazing but I was never sure it was something that would translate well to the screen. After seeing the beautiful trailer, I can’t deny that Ang Lee was the right choice. It looks beautiful and it’s refreshing to see that he stuck true to the book and didn’t whitewash or try to Americanize it. Even though there’s no dialogue, I’m already intrigued! – Kristal Bailey

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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.