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21 Most Anticipated 2013 Fall Films

As the summer movie season winds down, we here at Screen Invasion decided to take a look at the promising 2013 fall films slate of releases. Fall has traditionally been a dumping ground of films that weren’t quite good enough for big summer tentpoles or winter awards seasons pushes. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a complete dead zone of quality filmmaking. If anything, the very fact that it doesn’t fit the mold of either of those seasons provides a good hodge podge of films running the gamut including horror, thrillers, rom-coms, and even major franchises like The Hunger Games.

A small group of our writers, myself included, came together to pick the very cream of the crop of the season. Check out all the 2013 Fall Films that we’re looking forward to watching over the next few months.

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Insidious Chapter 2

Release Date: September 13, 2013
Director: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins
Insidious surprised us with its stealth approach to our jaded horror minds. A simple tale about a family tormented by uncanny and malicious events whet our appetite for more eerie and strange from director James Wan, and September 13 we reunite with the cast from the original as we follow the Lambert family as they deal with their connection to the spirit world. Even though the third act of the first film may have taken a strange left turn, we appreciated the film for its insistence on built tension, moody suspense, and unnerving imagery over cheap toaster moments, and we can only hope that Insidious 2 ups the terror ante. – Sean Davis

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Thanks for Sharing

Release Date: September 20, 2013
Director: Stuart Blumberg
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Joely Richardson, Pink (Alecia Moore)
As the first rom-com to take on the oft-mocked subject sex addiction, Thanks for Sharing has a lot of expectations to live up to. But if any cast is well-equipped to handle the comedy, drama, and romance of such a tale, it is undoubtedly one that features Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Tim Robbins, Joely Richardson, Pink, and many talented others, led by the likes of Stuart Blumberg. – Sarah Katz

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Prisoners

Release Date: September 20, 2013
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis
The story follows a small-town carpenter (Jackman) who becomes a vigilante after his daughter and her friend are abducted in broad daylight on Thanksgiving day. Gyllenhaal plays a detective assigned to the case, but Jackman’s character decides to take matters into his own hands. Prisoners has the same vibe for me as The Killing to an extent, but at least everything will likely be wrapped up at the end of this movie. Prisoners may not be your favorite type of movie to see on the big screen, but the performances are likely to be fantastic. I loved Jackman in The Wolverine, but this role shows his range. It is great to see Gyllenhaal in a lead role again. He did great in End of Watch, and is convincing as a police officer. – Jim Napier

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Rush

Release Date: September 20, 2013
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde

It seems like ages since Ron Howard was on top of the world with an Oscar-winning film (A Beautiful Mind) and a critically acclaimed television show (Arrested Development). But now that AD has made its comeback, maybe Howard can reclaim his cinematic mojo with Rush, a dramatization of the storied mid-1970s rivalry between Formula One race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. It’s the first time that the director has tackled the notoriously formulaic sports genre – and that’s odd, since he’s been one of Hollywood’s most successful crowd-pleasers for three decades.

Rush assembles a stellar international cast including Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and German actor Daniel Brühl as Lauda. Though the film’s marketing points to it being very Hunt-centric – at least until Lauda’s near-fatal 1976 accident at the Nürburgring – hopefully America will get a nice long look at the talented Brühl, who’s popped up in stateside blockbusters such as The Bourne Ultimatum and Inglourious Basterds before landing his first English-speaking lead role here. – Eric Ambler

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Release Date: September 27, 2013
Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte
We don’t know if a film has ever made us as hungry as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. And the creamy sweet glob of topping on top was that it was hilarious too. A frantic pace and irreverent wisecracking from its delicious cast, lead by SNL alum Bill Hader, left us drooling and laughing (it wasn’t pretty). Before the original released, cynics groaned about yet another children’s classic being sucked of its soul by Hollywood, and although the film surpassed all standard money-grubbing adaptation pit falls, we’d be lying if we weren’t a bit hesitant about milking this franchise for a sequel- but hey, how can you go wrong with animal-food hybrids like tacodiles and shrimpanzees? – Sean Davis

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Don Jon

Release Date: September 27, 2013
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore

One day we’ll marry Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and we’ll travel the world making movies, charming the locals, and just being bad-ass. But until that time, we’ll have to live vicariously through his film Don Jon, his directorial feature debut. He stars as a smooth player who can get any girl he wants, but would rather satisfy himself in the glow of his personal computer watching porn. Also penned by Levitt, Don Jon examines classic ideals of romance and relationships through modern filters. This one is already getting buzz from the festival circuit so we have some giddy expectations for our renaissance man. – Sean Davis

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A.C.O.D.

Release Date: October 4, 2013
Director: Stu Zicherman
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jessica Alba, Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara
The cast in this upcoming comedy is top-notch! And while the messed-up adult trying to find love is a common romantic comedy trope, this adds a new spin on it with the focus being on adult children of divorce (hence the title A.C.O.D.) This looks to be a hilarious turn from Adam Scott and Amy Poehler, who have great chemistry on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. With Poehler playing his stepmother, it has the potential to be hilarious. Add in veteran comedy actors Richard Jenkins, Jane Lynch and Catherine O’Hara and you’ve got yourself a winner. While the director is unproven (and wrote Elektra of all things), the writer Ben Karlin has written for hilarious TV shows like Modern Family, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Space Ghost: From Coast to Coast. – Kristal Bailey

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Bad Milo

Release Date: October 4, 2013
Director: Jacob Vaughan
Starring: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Mary Kay Place, Stephen Root and Peter Stormare

Okay, not the brightest beacon on the cinema radar, but after reading a bit into this one, we have to see it. Starring Ken Marino, Bad Milo offers up the tale of a young man plagued by his corrosive friends, family, and coworkers. After seeing a hypnotherapist, he discovers the root of his troubles is a demon infesting his lower intestine. After the demon… emm… passes, it slaughters the people causing all the stress and then befriends the young man. We know this story has been told a thousand times before, but this certainly intrigues us. Part horror, part comedy, part parable for more fiber, Bad Milo may not draw the mainstream, but we think it might be right up the cult film audience alley. – Sean Davis

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Gravity

Release Date: October 4, 2013
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
For my money, Children of Men is one of the best movies of the ’00s. Clive Owen was never better as the reluctant guardian of a dystopian world’s only pregnant woman. It’s an unrelenting but ultimately hopeful movie. Most films are rarely that good. I’ve been eagerly awaiting Alfonso Cuarón’s follow-up ever since that Oscar nominee came out in 2006. His passion project, Gravity, had languished for years in development hell, since no one wanted to finance an outer space movie that didn’t feature lots of explosions. But now we’ll get to see it in all its IMAX glory, as George Clooney tries to save Sandra Bullock after her tether is cut during a space walk. One of my favorite things Cuarón does is his bracing long takes. The opening shot of this one is rumored to be 20 unedited minutes. – Kip Mooney

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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Release Date: October 11, 2013 (VOD on September 6, 2013)
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Amber Heard

What a long, strange trip it’s been for All the Boys Love Mandy Lane: originally completed in 2006, it’s only been screened at a handful of film festivals and in a brief 2008 release in the United Kingdom. After seven years – and several times atop Bloody Disgusting’s list of the best unreleased horror films – the high school slasher is finally coming to U.S. theaters in October after its original distributor, The Weinstein Company, plucked it from the ashes of the defunct Senator Entertainment.

At this point, the mystery has overwhelmed most reasonable expectations of the film’s quality. But there are still many indications that Mandy Lane will deliver the goods, starting with director Jonathan Levine, who blended wit and horror (and a blonde lead actress) in Warm Bodies earlier this year. Amber Heard starts as the titular Mandy, a tables-turning “good girl” who suddenly becomes the object of affection for her hormonal male classmates after a summer of, ahem, noticeable physical maturation. – Eric Ambler

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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.