It’s time for when most of the really good movies tend to be released. Now that we enter the last 3 months of the year, here are the films coming out which seem the most interesting. This week, Gravity will be released. I’m not the biggest Sandra Bullock fan but it looks like an epic film that takes you deep into space. After that will be Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks in the true story of an American ship hijacked by Somali pirates; expect there to be some Oscar nominations for this one. If those are too serious for you and you prefer some fun action films, then check out Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger breaking out of prison in Escape Plan or the over-the-top sequel to Machete called Machete Kills in which you get a cast that includes Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, and Lady Gaga.
Then in November, there will be Thor: The Dark World but the better sequel to watch will probably be The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Martin Scorsese will also team up with Leonardo DiCaprio once again for The Wolf of Wall Street. But the best film to look for that month might be Spike Lee’s Oldboy which is a remake of a Korean film about a man who was kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, then is released and sets out to find his captor.
December is filled with all kinds of movies. The director and actors from last year’s Silver Linings Playbook do it up 70’s style in American Hustle. Then Tom Hanks shows up again playing Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks. George Clooney and Matt Damon go after artwork stolen by the Nazis in The Monuments Men. Keanu Reeves gets his samurai on in the big-budget film 47 Ronin. Then we get Sylvester Stallone again in Grudge Match, going back to his boxing roots this time as he and Robert De Niro play rivals coaxed out of retirement for one final bout 30 years after their last match. Finally, there will be the long awaited sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues which I believe should be better than the first, especially since this one takes place in the 80’s rather than the 70’s.
It’s hard to say which films will prove to be the best, but I can tell you 5 films which I will surely be avoiding instead. Don’t waste your time on I’m in Love with a Church Girl in which has-been rapper Ja Rule finds it difficult dating… a church girl. Ender’s Game is a sci-fi film where a kid saves the world. I’ll pass. There’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The three Lord of the Rings films were enough, we don’t need any more of this stuff – and that horrible title doesn’t help. Critics and award ceremonies are sure to show love to Inside Llewyn Davis because they love the Coen brothers. But I happen to think they’re a couple of the most overrated directors in the history of film. This time they have Justin Timberlake playing a folk singer. But if I can advise you to avoid any one movie it would be Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas. This is the 8th Madea film, and it even has Larry the Cable Guy in it. Enough said.