12 Years a Slave Leads Fall Film Releases

Posted on October 14, 2013 by

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norton-1-promo-jpeg-2013It is that time of year again: the weather is getting cooler, the leaves are turning, and the movie industry is shifting gears from the tent pole blockbusters of the summer to the more serious-minded, award-hopeful films of the fall.

With the Oscars on the horizon, this is a good time to catch a few major films while they are in their initial theater run, and there is a wide variety of films to choose from.

The film with the biggest hype thus far might be 12 Years a Slave, a drama about a free black man who is captured and sold back into slavery in pre-Civil War America. Earning rave reviews at its premier in the Toronto International Film Festival, the film is set for an October release. Fleetwood students who are learning about this time period and slavery in their history classes will probably find this film of special interest.

“I have never heard of this movie yet, but it sounds like something we should watch in Mr. Kochanasz’s class,” Junior James Schwank said, referring to AP American History.

Another film coming out this fall that will have Fleetwood students talking is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to last year’s extremely popular The Hunger Games. Hitting theaters on 22 November, the film is expected to rack in big box office numbers and appeal to the fans of the book series of the same name.

Other films with Oscar buzz opening this fall include Gravity, a science fiction film about astronauts who are set adrift in space, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, which opens on 8 October. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street opens on 15 November and is expected to be an Oscar frontrunner. The film chronicles the rise and fall of a notorious stockbroker, with Leonardo Dicaprio in the lead role.

There are plenty of other films to be released in the coming months that could potentially be interesting. No matter what their personal taste, movie fans will be busy this fall.

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