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Wednesday, December 01, 2021

The fall-movie season is has hit its stride! Although Hollywood’s continuing the book-turned-movie trend, there are some really interesting films coming out. You won’t want to miss them!

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1. “The Maze Runner” (Sept. 19)

A popular James Dashner book, “The Maze Runner” follows Thomas (Dylan O’Brien, “Teen Wolf”), who is trapped in a maze with a group of boys after his memory is erased. The group teams up to try to find a way to escape.

2. “Gone Girl” (Oct. 3)

Another book-turned-movie, “Gone Girl” stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry. When Amy (Pike) goes missing, her husband, Nick (Affleck), who may or may not be innocent, becomes the target of media frenzy. Author Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay herself, so this is definitely a hot one on the list.

3. “Birdman” (Oct. 17)

This film is a frontrunner in the Oscar race this season. Michael Keaton plays a former superhero-actor who must overcome personal and family problems if he wants to make a comeback on Broadway.

4. “The Book of Life” (Oct. 17)

“The Book of Life” brings back memories of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” as it follows Manolo, a boy on an adventure through the worlds, as he struggles to choose between his family and his heart. Featuring voice talents of Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum and Ron Perlman, this film should be an interesting treat.

5. “Interstellar” (Nov. 7)

The newest Christopher Nolan film follows space explorers who use a newly discovered wormhole to overcome the enormous distances involved in interstellar travel. Somehow, Nolan has created a true, up-to-standard sci-fi film with a cast stuffed with Academy Award-winning stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.

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6. “Big Hero 6” (Nov. 7)

Disney’s newest animated venture features Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) and his giant bubble robot friend Baymax (Scott Adsit, “30 Rock”) as they team up with techy friends to form a sort-of-multiplied teenage-Avengers group.

7. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” (Nov. 21)

This one goes without saying, but in case you’ve been living under a rock, part one of the last installment of “The Hunger Games” comes out in November, guys. This time Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) struggles to embrace her role as the symbol of a mass rebellion against the Capitol, deal with severe PTSD and combat a host of other dystopian problems. The ensemble cast returns, but there are many newcomers, namely Julianne Moore and Natalie Dormer.

8. “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” (Dec. 17)

Here we are again... the last Middle Earth movie, and last Hobbit adventure, has Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellan) and the gang of dwarves taking part in an epic five-part battle. This epic tale – the last epic tale – is not to be missed.

9. “Annie” (Dec. 19)

“Annie” is being remade as a film where the young orphan is African-American, played by the phenomenal Quvenzhané Wallis. Businessman and mayoral candidate Benjamin Stacks (Jamie Foxx) takes in Annie as part of his campaign. Race bending the cast and updating the film to modern settings only makes it more fitting to the story. It’ll be great to watch!

10. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (Dec. 19)

This movie is one of Robin Williams’ last. That alone makes it worth watching. Larry (Ben Stiller) travels across the world with the museum gang – as well as Williams’ beloved Teddy Roosevelt – to save the museum’s magic before it fades.

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