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August 29, 2013
New movies to watch as air starts to get crisp

The dog days of summer are known for many things — drippy ice cream cones, lazy barbecues, the beginning of football season, the return of the school year — but a landslide of amazing movies is, sadly, not one.

Thankfully, we’ve almost made it out of the woods. Here are some of the movies we get to look forward to as the days shorten and the air gets crisp.

 

Prisoners

Opens Sept. 20

Rated R

Hugh Jackman stars as a father of a 6-year-old girl who has gone missing and feels the police are not working fast enough to save his daughter, so he decides to take things into his own hands. Part of its “R” rating is for “disturbing violent content including torture,” which immediately makes me think of a more domestic “Taken.” But Jackman can be a really strong lead, and with Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Terrence Howard also starring, well, it’s encouraging.

 

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

Opens Sept. 27

Not yet rated

Inspired by the book upon which the original movie was based, this sequel takes the original’s premise of a machine that turns water into food one step further: The machine, thought to be destroyed, survived and is now making “foodimals” — animals made out of food. The first one was cute, and the word “shrimpanzees” just makes me giggle.

 

Gravity

Opens Oct. 4

Rated PG-13

I think I’ve seen this trailer on at least half of the movies I’ve seen since “Oblivion” back in April, and I’m not exactly sure how a film that appears to be mostly about drifting through space can fill so many minutes. But there’s something compelling about it nonetheless, and it could turn out to be one of those slow-burn thrillers, which sometimes turn out to be the best kind. Oh, and the piano piece used in the trailer is “Spiegel im Spiegel” by Arvo Part, in case you were wondering.

 

Captain Phillips

Opens Oct. 11

Not yet rated

In 2009, a band of Somali pirates hijacked a U.S. container ship, prompting the public to say, “We still have pirates?” Tom Hanks stars as the title character and captain of the hijacked ship in this movie based on a book by the real Captain Phillips about the incident.

 

Escape Plan

Opens Oct. 18

Rated R

Sylvester Stallone pairs with Arnold Schwarzenegger as their characters, wrongly imprisoned, plan an escape. Yes, it’s another “old retired (fill in trash-kicking profession here) guys taking on one last job while teaching the young bucks how it’s done,” but Sly and Arnold with 50 Cent, Vincent D’Onofrio and that one guy from “Person of Interest” (Jim Caviezel)? Could at least be sort of fun.

 

All is Lost

Opens Oct. 18

Rated PG-13

Robert Redford’s character doesn’t get a name in this survival movie, but would anyone refer to him by anything but “Robert Redford,” anyway? Also, he is the only actor credited, period, so it’s not like there’s going to be a lot of confusion. On a solo voyage in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Redford wakes up and finds that a collision with a shipping container damaged his yacht and now he’s taking on water. And his navigation equipment and radio don’t work. And he’s sailing into a violent storm. And then the sharks come. And all he has left are a few supplies, a sextant and his wits. But it’s Robert Redford. He’ll be all right.

 

Ender’s Game

Opens Nov. 1

Not yet rated

Based on Orson Scott Card’s best-selling book (although I’ve always preferred the alternative telling of the story found in “Ender’s Shadow”), Asa Butterfield stars as title character, a shy but brilliant boy who ends up leading a bunch of other child soldiers and saving the human race. Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley also star, with Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin. The book lends itself easily to a film adaptation, so this could be really cool.

 

Thor: The Dark World

Opens Nov. 8

Rated PG-13

The God of Thunder is back, and so is Loki. Only this time, a pesky brother who wants to take over the world is the least of Thor’s problems. Dark Elves from Svertalfheim (say that five times fast) have targeted Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), so Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must protect her. I’m just excited to see Christopher Eccleston in a movie that probably won’t stink.

 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Opens Nov. 22

Not yet rated

I’m already seeing Facebook ads about “Capitol City Collection” makeup lines coming in anticipation of the second part of The Hunger Games trilogy. Regardless of your feelings about the series, this is sure to be one of the biggest (and probably most-hyped) movies this fall — especially with no “Twilight” installments left.

lchristensen@tooeletranscript.com

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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