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By Noah Satern
On October 16, 2013

Captain Phillips

Release: Oct. 11

This film has already generated some early awards buzz. It is based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maesrk Alabama by a group of Somali pirates. Tom Hanks plays the titular Captain Richard Phillips and the film is directed by Paul Greengrass ("The Bourne Supremacy", "The Bourne Ultimatum").

 

Kill Your Darlings

Release: Oct. 16

Harry Potter fans rejoice, as Daniel Radcliffe stars in "Kill Your Darlings", a biopic about a college age Allen Ginsberg. The plot revolves around a murder investigation involving Ginsberg as well as his classmates William Burroughs, played by Ben Foster ("3:10 to Yuma", and Jack Kerouac, played by Jack Huston ("Boardwalk Empire"), which would ultimately impact the three writers in ways they could not imagine at the time.

 

The Fifth Estate

Release: Oct. 18

"The Fifth Estate" is the story of the rise of WikiLeaks and its creator Julian Assange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch of "Sherlock" fame, as well as his colleague Daniel Doscheit-Berg, played by Daniel Brühl ("Inglorious Basterds"). The film promises to be an intriguing political thriller.

 

Ender's Game
Release: Nov. 1

Many science fiction fans have probably already heard of this one. "Ender's Game" is set in a future where after two wars with an alien menace, humanity has decided to try something new.

The International Military has decided to recruit the best and brightest children that the world has to offer, training them for the next invasion in the space station known as Battle School. These training exercises take the form of games. One of these geniuses in training is the shy Ender Wiggin.

The film stars Asa Butterfield ("Hugo") as Ender and Harrison Ford ("Star Wars", "Indiana Jones") as Colonial Graff, the gruff principal of Battle School.

 

Thor: The Dark World

Release: Nov. 8

Marvel fans assemble. "Thor: The Dark World" stars Chris Hemsworth returning as the God of Thunder. He confronts a new enemy that could destroy all of the nine realms including both Asgard and Earth. In a bizarre twist, the only person who can help Thor defeat this shadowy new enemy is the trickster himself, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston ("War Horse"). 

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Release: Dec. 13

In Part 2 of the Hobbit trilogy, Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, also starring as Dr. John Watson of BBC's "Sherlock", continues his adventure with the 13 dwarves and the wizard Gandalf.

In this installment they encounter the elves and men.

The fellowship continues to make their way to the Lonely Mountain to confront their nemesis, the terrible dragon Smaug, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the main character in BBC's "Sherlock", as well as Khan in "Star Trek Into Darkness". Bilbo and his company make their journey in an effort to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor.

 

The Wolf of Wall Street

Release: Nov. 15

Director Martin Scorsese teams up again with Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Aviator", "The Departed") to adapt the memoir of Jordan Belfort, the crooked banker who made headlines in the 1990s. The cast also includes performances from Jonah Hill ("Moneyball"), Matthew McConaughey and Jean Dujardin ("The Artist").

 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Release: Nov. 22

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss Everdeen in the second of Suzanne Collin's best selling trilogy of books.

Taking place directly after the events of the first film, Katniss and Peeta, played by the returning Josh Hutcherson, are on a "victor's tour" across Panem. They realize that the districts are on the verge of a revolution while the Capitol struggles to maintain power.

 

The Monuments Men
Release: Dec. 18

George Clooney ("Ocean's Eleven") brings together an all-star cast including the likes of Matt Damon ("Elysium"), Bill Murray ("Moonrise Kingdom"), John Goodman ("Argo"), and Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine").

This World War II thriller is based on the true story of how FDR tasked a platoon to go into Nazi occupied Europe to save artistic masterpieces from being destroyed in order to preserve the history and culture of the occupied countries. The film is written and directed by George Clooney.

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Release: Dec. 25

Based on the short story by James Thurber, Ben Stiller plays Walter Mitty, a proofreader at a magazine, who can never quite stand up for himself.

Using his vivid imagination Walter retreats into a fantasy world where he is a confident hero that is the master of his own destiny.

The cast also includes Kristin Wiig ("Bridesmaids"), Patton Oswalt ("Ratatouille"), Adam Scott ("Party Down"), and Shirley MacLaine ("Terms of Endearment"). Steven Conrad wrote the film with Ben Stiller also directing. 


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