By Katie Swinton
As summer comes to an end, movie-lovers must bid farewell to the big-budget summer blockbusters and welcome in the next wave of autumn movies. It seems that this fall, there’s a little something for everybody coming to theaters in the next couple of months.
The Quirky Comedy: “A.C.O.D.”
Starring: Adam Scott, Amy Poehler
In theaters: Oct. 4
Why it’s going to be hilarious: Written by Ben Karlin, writer of “Modern Family” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” viewers can expect the quick-witted and absurd humor that has made his shows such massive successes.
“A.C.O.D.” (Adult Child of Divorce) follows a man who must deal with his divorced parents when his younger brother decides to get married.
Cast with some of the best actors in comedy today, such as “Parks & Recreation” duo Adam Scott and Amy Poehler, this movie has the potential to be the surprise hit of the fall.
The Horror Movie: “Carrie”
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore
In theaters: Oct. 18
Why it’s going to give you nightmares: As a remake of the already-terrifying 1976 original film, “Carrie” has the potential to be even more terrifying this time around.
Based on Stephen King’s novel, Carrie uses her telekinetic powers to terrorize a town after being made an outcast by her peers. Definitely one to check out a few weeks before Halloween…there will be blood.
The Risky Biography: “Diana”
Starring: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews
In theaters: Nov. 1 (U.S.)
Why this could be a disaster: This film sets about a delicate issue as it recounts Princess Diana’s last two years of life and her relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.
One critic has already condemned it as a “tabloid fantasy” with an embarrassingly horrific script. Naomi Watts even turned the role down twice before ultimately accepting the role of Diana.
Princess Di has always been a figure that captured of the public, but it seems this film may portray a limited and insensitive view of her complicated life.
The Big Action Sci-Fi: “Ender’s Game”
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley
In theaters: Nov. 1
Why it’s hard to tell: Based on Orson Scott Card’s popular novel, “Ender’s Game,” it will be difficult for this movie to please both fans of the books and viewers who enjoy sci-fi.
The story follows adolescent Ender’s journey through an advanced military school in space to prepare for an alien invasion.
It will be interesting to see if the movie successfully captures the complexities of the characters as the book does so well or if it will focus solely on mindless action sequences and big budget explosions.
The Fast-Paced Crime Drama: “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill
In theaters: Nov. 15
Why it’s going to be awesome: It’s a Scorsese flick with Leo—that should be enough on its own.
The exciting and plot-twisting storyline seen in “The Departed” and “Shutter Island” will be seen in this film.
“The Wolf on Wall Street” follows the rise and fall of stockbroker Jordan Belfort. It will be filled with high tension and jaw-dropping moments.
With big names and a big budget, this will assuredly be one of the most talked-about films of the fall season.
The Sequel to the Addictive Book Series-Turned-Movie:“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
In theaters: Nov. 22
Why everyone is going to see it: Like the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” films, Suzanne Collins’ highly addictive series will inevitably draw the masses.
Tweens will dress up for the midnight showings. Girls of all ages will certainly swoon at Hemsworth. Everyone will find themselves embarrassingly caught up in the love triangle.
It will blow everything else out of the box office. Don’t try to resist, just go see it.
These upcoming releases don’t even begin to scratch the surface of what will be hitting theaters over the next few months. Such an eclectic assortment of movies, many with definite Oscar potential, will make for an unforgettable fall.