Upcoming Releases: Sept-Dec 2013

Here (and at the “IN THEATERS” link up top) is your handy guide to what’s coming soon to a theater in San Antonio. It’s by no means an exhaustive list of “everything good”–this is simply what I’m most interested in. If it’s in bold, I’m definitely planning to see it right away. The main page will be updated regularly, with links to trailers where I can find them.


Short Term 12: SXSW Grand Prize winner about a foster-care group home has been landing raves, with Germain Lussier at /Film calling it “Perfect…a shining example of what cinema is all about.” Stars Brie Larson & John Gallagher, Jr.; Written/Directed by Destin Cretton.



10/27 – Rush: Ron Howard directs Chris Hemsworth & Daniel Bruhl in the true story of a Formula 1 rivalry gone wrong.



10/4 – Gravity: Alfonso Cuaron with his first film since 2006 masterpiece Children of Men; reports are that it’s technically stunning, and Sandra Bullock could be in line for another Best Actress nomination.

10/11 – Captain Phillips: Director Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum) + Tom Hanks + Somali Pirates? Sounds nerve-wracking. I’m there.

10/18 – The Fifth Estate: The first take on the strange story of Julian Assange isn’t drawing raves, but it’s got Benedict Cumberbatch and that just might be enough.

10/18 – All Is Lost: Robert Redford returns with a one-man show out on the open ocean, sure to make him an awards-season lock. J.C. Chandor (the fantastic Margin Call) directs.



11/8 – Thor 2: The Dark World: The second film of Marvel’s “Phase 2,” and that’s probably all anyone needs to know. Directed by Game of Thrones MVP Tim Van Patten, playing with the biggest budget he’s ever had.

11/15 – The Wolf of Wall Street: Martin Scorcese & Leonardo Dicaprio, collaborating for the fifth time…and it looks like a doozy. Matthew McConaughey steals the trailer, though.

11/22 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Either you’re already planning to see it, or you’re not. Either way, nothing I say will affect you.

11/27 – Frozen: Disney’s Fall offering, in the slot occupied last year by Wreck-It Ralph. In Frozen, royal sisters must work together to end the eternal winter one of them accidentally started.



12/13 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: I was one of many disappointed by last year’s An Unexpected Journey, but have high hopes for this one now that we’ve gotten all the exposition out of the way. Also eagerly awaiting Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug.

12/18 – The Monuments Men: It’s Ocean’s Eleven meets Inglourious Basterds! Art historians during WWII attempt to make safe priceless works before the Nazis can get to them. And check out this cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin. Whew.

12/20 – Inside Llewyn Davis: Joel & Ethan Coen take on the ’60s folk scene in New York, starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake.

12/20 – Saving Mr. Banks: Tom Hanks again–this time as Walt Disney–in the true story of his attempt to make Mary Poppins, and how the beloved novel’s author (Emma Thompson) blocked him at every turn.

12/25 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Based on the classic short story, Ben Stiller directs himself as a office worker who daydreams into fantasy worlds. Also stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and more awesome people, and the trailer looks GORGEOUS.

12/25 – American Hustle: Writer/Director David O. Russell follows up last year’s Silver Linings Playbook, and he brings back Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence (plus The Fighter’s Christian Bale & Amy Adams) for the ride. Loosely based on the FBI Abscam scandal of 1978.

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