Summer is the season for superhero films, major blockbuster hits, and weekly trips to the theater where we shell out $20 bucks just for a couple hours of movie magic and some overly-buttered popcorn. With school arriving and vacation ending, it’s time to say farewell to the summer movie season. But have no fear – there are still several great movies coming out this fall and winter! This is just a little taste of what awaits you.
RED HOOK SUMMER
Release: Aug. 10, 2012, NYC; Aug. 24, 2012, select cities
Starring: Jules Brown, Clarke Peters, Toni Lysaith
Genre: Drama || Rated: R
Spike Lee’s latest joint follows a thirteen-year-old boy from Atlanta to the Red Hooks projects of Brooklyn where he spends his summer to live with the preacher grandfather he never met.
“Flik needs a man. Not a bishop, not a Bible, but a man. And when the good man teaches, the Bible will preach itself.”
Release: Sept. 28, 2012
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels
Genre: Action || Rated: Not yet rated
Joseph Simmons (Gordon-Levitt) is an assassin in the year 2024 hired by the mob to kill and dispose of people sent back to him from the future. When Joe recognizes his next target as himself from the future (Bruce Willis), he hesitates and his future-self escapes. With the mob on his back for a botched job, we follow Joe as he tries to save his life and to hunt his future-self.
“This is my life now – you had yours already.”
Release: Oct. 12, 2012
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman
Genre: Political drama || Rated: R
Ben Affleck directed this film that follows the rescue of six United States foreign service officers taken hostage in Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The US and Canada convinced Iran that the hostages were members of a film crew in order to escape to safety.
“’You really believe your little story’s gonna make a difference when there’s a gun to our heads?’ ‘I think my little story is the only thing between you and a gun to your head.’”
Release: Nov. 2, 2012
Starring: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman
Genre: Drama || Rated: Not yet rated
Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis directed this film following Captain William Whitaker (Washington), a pilot and “real American hero” who saved everyone aboard an aircraft in an emergency landing. But when the investigation of the landing reveals there was alcohol in Whitaker’s system at the time of the flight, he finds himself facing the possibility of life in prison.
“No one could’ve landed that plane like I did.”
Release: Dec. 25, 2012
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson
Genre: Spaghetti Western || Rated: Not yet rated
Jamie Foxx stars as Django, as a former slave in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, which is inspired by the 1960s spaghetti western Django. A German dentist and bounty hunter (Waltz) hires Django to hunt and kill the Brittle Brothers in exchange for his freedom and help in rescuing his wife (Washington) from a plantation owner (DiCaprio).
“Kill white folks and they pay you for it? What’s not to like?”
Release: Jan. 11, 2013
Starring: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Sean Penn
Genre: Crime drama || Rated: R
Gangster Squad is the story of the 1940s and ‘50s LAPD fighting to keep East Coast mob men out of the city. The film was scheduled to for a September 2012 release, but was pushed back in light of the Aurora, CO/Batman shootings.
“Back East, I was a gangster. Here, I’m God.”
THE GREAT GATSBY
Release: Summer 2013
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan
Genre: Romantic drama // Rating: Not yet rated.
This originally had a Christmas 2012 release date, but now we can start getting excited for next summer. Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge!) takes on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatbsy with Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. This trailer is visually delicious.
“Who is this Gatsby?”