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5 Movies to Look Forward to This Fall

From the new Martin Scorsese Wall Street Goodfellas to pro-military sci-fi to inventive British romantic comedies a number of promising films will arrive in theaters soon.

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John Boot

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August 30, 2013 - 7:00 am
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As summer trickles out with the usual hopeless Labor Day menu of schlock that should have gone straight to video, Hollywood takes its usual breather for a few weeks, but starting in October some of the year’s most keenly anticipated movies will begin to roll out. Here are five that look like major potential crowd-pleasers.

1. The Wolf of Wall Street (Nov. 15)

Leonardo DiCaprio is an overrated actor, but the principal reason he’s overrated is that he’s usually very good in Martin Scorsese films like this one (though he stumbles with other directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Clint Eastwood).

The movie sounds like a gleefully cynical, Goodfellas-like take on the booming 1990s financial industry, minus Oliver Stone’s groaning liberal cliches about corruption. Instead, the adaptation of a memoir by former stockbroker Jordan Belfort (an outsider who made it into one of America’s most exclusive clubs, much like Henry Hill in Goodfellas, before an equally spectacular downfall) is being billed as a boys-will-be-boys black-comedy spree.

Through Scorsese’s mischief-loving eyes, Wall Street will be shown in a state of ecstatic excess characterized by dwarf-tossing, coke-snorting and wanton sexual misbehavior. The movie sounds buzzy, funny, dark, rude and politically incorrect.

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There are really only 2 movies to look forward to...

Enders Game and The Hobbit...

...and maybe The Hunger Games

32 weeks ago
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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Yaaawn - I'll pass.
33 weeks ago
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Bullock and Clooney as astronauts? Oh brother
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One correction- The Wolf of Wall Street is not about Wall Street. It is about penny stock promoters who manipulate non-businesses they manage to get listed and in which they create a false appearance of a market, in order to sell stock to people over the telephone for the purpose of defrauding them. Real Wall Street has its own ethical challenges and issues ; but this is a different and fundamentally criminal zeitgeist being depicted.
33 weeks ago
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Is this a Boiler Room remake? I thought you had to wait 25 yrs for that?
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And there's nothing politically incorrect about the movie. It paints business and investment as subhuman predators. It's 100% politically correct.
33 weeks ago
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Re: Enders Game

If you want to fight bugs, you need the Mobile Infantry from Starship Troopers. MI from the BOOK, not from the miserable movie by the same name.

Somebody needs to remake Starship Troopers, and do it right.

"Oh, they've got no time for glory in the Infantry.
Oh, they've got no use for praises loudly sung,
But in every soldier's heart in all the Infantry
Shines the name, shines the name of Rodger Young.
Shines the name — Rodger Young,
Fought and died for the men he marched among.
To the everlasting glory of the Infantry
Lives the story of Private Rodger Young."
-- The Ballad of Rodger Young
33 weeks ago
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Roger that. But with it's strongly libertarian message and quaint ides like citizen service in the military, you and I will never live to see it come out of Hollywood.
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Thanks for the heads-up. Four of those movies sound like a good night on the town for our family.

as for Mr Card's movie: Ender's Game is required reading at my son's middle school. There's a big audience, right there- kids required to read the book. It reads cinematically, so I'm hoping the big- screen treatment will be thrilling. I'll take both the boys- they read the book, they earned their movie tickets.

Austenland sounds charming!

And Wolf of Wall Street- doesn't it sound fun? Spouse will love it. I know I'm tired of all the films about guys being depressed about working on Wall Street. In real life, in interviews and books, they always sound so happy. Journalists, failed screenwriters and second-rate MFA majors- they sound miserable- but Wall Street guys? Sound like they are having a blast.

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Certainly looking forward to some new Hollywood movies complete with healthy dollops of statist/Marxist/anti-capitalist propaganda.

Gravity is getting rave reviews seldom seen for any movie. 100% so far on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Tea Party doesn't need revitalizing. It is alive and well, thank you.

"G.O.P. Senators Fail to Head Off Primary Challenges by Tea Party Rivals"

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/31/us/politics/gop-senators-fail-to-head-off-tea-party-rivals.html
33 weeks ago
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Savannah: the lead characters kill wildlife for local restaurants. It stars Jim Caviezel, who plays a happy drunk, and his crony, the last slave born in a local plantation (I can never remember that guy's name).
and
Austenland: Jane Austen land, a comedy!!
Both, sound better than any on your list, aside from the next Hunger Games which will feature a white dress burning into a black one... and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, my favorite actor!
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The movies you describe sound interesting and ones I would like to see. Not one on that list sounded remotely interesting or actually entertaining.
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1. Scorsese has put himself out to pasture; I have no hopes there.

2. The fact the trailer for Gravity is only the beginning of the film and people are praising the "acting" makes me think people in Venice are liars. I smell a stinking yawner about 2 people in a telephone booth in space without even a tasteful leavening of aliens.

3. Kids overthrow a harsh regime and replace it with one where everyone over 30 is forced to commit suicide due to a falling IQ at that age that allows kids to overthrow a harsh regime and... (yawn)

4. Time travel and love can make for a powerful story. They have the right writer. We'll see.

5. Ender's Game - a film based on the single most overrated SF novel in the history of that genre. Should be as exciting as a Velveeta sandwich without the bread.
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