2013 Fall Movie Preview: Part I

After a summer of ups and downs in quality and box office,we’re gearing up for the steam train that is awards season. Here’s a preview of the films that have piqued our interest in September and October (all release dates are for Philadelphia where possible)!


Release date: September 6th

The third feature film installment in the Chronicles of Riddick series, this Vin Diesel sci-fi pet project promises to adhere closer to the R-rated first film, with a smaller budget and more action. Also bolstering our excitement is that Diesel and director David Twohy made this film independently, so it is their vision brought to the screen free from studio interference.

Afternoon Delight
Release date: September 6th

Director Jill Soloway won the Best Director prize at Sundance for this look into rekindling desire and rediscovering love in marriage. It’s nice to see this subject in Soloway’s hands, and we’re looking forward to seeing her interpretation of these female characters on the screen!

Hell Baby
Release date: September 6th

This horror-comedy about a couple seeking the help of the Vatican to save them from a demon baby, is brought to you by the folks behind Reno 911!. It’s definitely silly, and much more comedy than horror, but Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Paul Scheer, and Michael Ian Black seem to take the premise and run with it.

Release date: September 13th

A documentary that has been shrouded in the same mystery as its reclusive subject, director Shane Salerno will finally release his reputedly well-researched look into the (in)famous author J.D. Salinger. The film promises to reveal secrets from 150 interview subjects including actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Cusack, and Martin Sheen as well as pulitzer prize winners Elizabeth Frank and Gore Vidal.

Insidious: Chapter 2
Release date: September 13th 

James Wan’s second film of 2013 is the follow up to the well-loved 2010 paranormal horror film. It brings back Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, as well as the rest of the Lambert family as they deal with the mysterious ramifications of the previous film’s action.

Jayne Mansfield’s Car
Release date: September 13th

Billy Bob Thornton returns to the director’s chair for his first feature film in 12 years, bringing a story of two families brought together by unfortunate circumstances. It stars Thornton, Kevin Bacon, and Robert Patrick as brothers and World War II vets as well as Robert Duvall as a World War I patriarch. With 1969 Alabama as the backdrop, Duvall has said the film “puts Tennessee Williams in the backseat.”

Release date: September 20th

Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) directs a Taken-style thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, and Melissa Leo. Come for the premise, stay for the cast?

Thanks for Sharing
Release date: September 20th

This comedy-drama debuted at TIFF last year, and is the directorial debut of Stuart Blumberg (writer of The Kids Are Alright).  The film follows three friends undergoing a 12-step program to cure sexual addiction. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Pink, and Josh Gad. Looks like Blumberg is treading familiar territory as his previous work by exploring another facet of complex relationship issues. We’re looking forward to what he can do behind the camera.

Release date: September 27th

We’re eagerly anticipating that Rush will mark a return to form for director Ron Howard, and working with historical script master Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) looks promising. The film depicts the 1976 Formula One World Championship and the rivalry between racers Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Early buzz has been positive for Rush and by the looks of the trailer above, we aren’t surprised!

Ip Man: The Final Fight
Release date: September 20th

The “other” film this year about the legendary Wing Chun grandmaster, Ip Man: The Final Fight focuses on his later years in Hong Kong. The film’s predecessor, The Grandmaster, received mixed feelings stemming mainly from the vast differences between the original Chinese cut and the retooled US cut ordered by the Weinsteins. Ip Man: The Final Fight appears to have a more straightforward story and, hopefully, no studio meddling.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Release date: September  27th

The original film was one of the most surprising animated films of the last 5 years, and the sequel is certainly venturing off into familiarly weird territory. Where else this fall will you see shrimpanzees and bufaloaves?

Don Jon
Release date: September 27th

The much talked about directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon stars JGL as a porn addict who struggles with real relationships. We’re pretty excited about this one, if only to see Gordon-Levitt’s skills as a writer and director. Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore also star. Not bad JGL, not bad.


Release date: October 4th

The latest film from director Alfonso Cuarón is getting unbelievably positive early buzz, and is one of our most anticipated films of the entire year. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock play astronauts who are set adrift in space after a collision with debris. Think of the desperation of Open Water mixed with the isolation of Moon. The extended trailer above gives us a pretty good glimpse into Cuaron’s directorial mastery as well as the terrifying perilousness that is space.

Runner Runner
Release date: October 4th

Justin Timberlake is a broke college student who engages in online poker to pay for school. When he thinks he’s been swindled he meets with the offshore entrepreneur responsible, played by Ben Affleck. Both get involved in other underhanded dealings and things begin to spiral, as they are want to do.

Captain Philips
Release date: October 11th

Paul Greengrass directs the telling of a real-life Somali pirate hijacking starring Tom Hanks in the titular role. Greengrass’ style and efficiency are perfect for this kind of smaller scale, realistic thriller, so we’re looking forward to seeing Hanks’ trademark affable nature mixed with real-world danger. From the looks of the trailer, Greengrass seems poised to give us the complexity from both sides of this conflict.

Machete Kills
Release date: October 11th

Not sure if Robert Rodriguez is hitting a new high or a new low with this Machete sequel, but either way there are some pretty badass moments and over-the-top humor to behold. The film also features a star-studded cast that signed up for the fun including Danny Trejo, Michele Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, and Charlie Sheen (credited as Carlos Estévez) along with several other rumored cameos.

Escape from Tomorrow
Release date: October 11th

Randy Moore’s film about a man who has increasingly bizarre experiences during his family’s trip to Disney World became famous at Sundance this year. The film was shot entirely on location at Walt Disney World, and while the film’s future was uncertain, it looks like this fantasy-horror story with a neo-noir twist will be getting its theatrical release. If anything, the circumstances of the covert filming and surreal nature of the material make this a must see. There’s no trailer yet, but the Sundance interview above provides some additional insight.

Release date: October 18th

Directorial debuts are trending this season! Diablo Cody is the writer and first-time director for Paradise, a film about a sheltered young woman played by Julianne Hough who seeks adventure in the outside world following an accident. The premise seems a little wrought but we’re hoping the insightful comedy stylings of Russell Brand and the acting chops of Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter will bring the heart and humor to this film.

The Fifth Estate
Release date: October 18th

Bill Condon’s first post-Twilight film is a WikiLeaks thriller with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Julian Assange. While Condon claims the film is more about the exploration of what happened over what it means, it will be interesting to see what stance the film takes on the subject.

Release date: October 18th

Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) directs the third adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. While the trailers seem to stay close to De Palma’s 1976 classic, we’re holding out hope that Perice brings something fresh to this reboot.

The Counselor
Release date: October 25th

Ridley Scott directing an original screenplay by novelist Cormac McCarthy with Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt is something we can’t help but be excited about.

Blue is the Warmest Colour
Release date: October 25th

Abdellatif Kechiche’s three hour French lesbian romance film won the Palm d’Or at Cannes, and will be one of the very few NC-17 releases in the United States. The film is not without controversy, as author Julie Maroh, creator of the graphic novel on which the film is based, has been vocally critical of the adaptation. There’s no English trailer, but the international one above gives a flavor of the film’s overall tone.

What did we miss? What are you excited for? We want to know in the comments below!

We will return in late October to take a closer look at the films to be released over the holiday season!

Author: JIll Malcolm and Ryan Silberstein

“This is the business we’ve chosen!” Jill Malcolm and Ryan Silberstein, two self-described film aficionados, tell it like it is about the latest and greatest movies. They are Contributing editors here at Cinedelphia, writing partners, and founders of Filmhash.com.

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