Biggest Movie Releases of the Season
DeVonte Keith | Staff Writer
Along with the State Fair and pumpkin pie, fall brings about a number of box office movie hits. Here are some of the new and upcoming releases that might pique your interest!
Just in time for cuffing season, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt directs, writes, and stars in the romantic-comedy Don Jon. In the movie, Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is seemingly an all-American playboy. What’s different about Jon however, is his guilty pleasure of Internet lust. Things change for the computer casanova when however, when he meets Barbara (Scarlett Johnannsen). Released on Sept. 27, the film, which features Scarlett Johannsen, Rob Brown, Channing Tatum and Megan Good, has received positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and the Sundance Film Festival.
Recently released in theaters was science fiction thriller Gravity. In the film, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star as Dr. Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski, who are preparing to service the Hubble Space Telescope. During their preparations, they find out that because of dangerous floating debris they should abort the mission. They decide however to go on with it. Gravity is shown in IMAX 3D as well as other theaters. Not only has the film received praise from film critics such as Mark Zoller Seitz from RogerEbert.com who gave the film a perfect four stars, but filmmakers James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino have both said it was one of the best space films they have ever seen.
12 Years A Slave
Coming to theaters October 18th is “12 Years a Slave.” The film is based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrop. The film chronicles the life of Solomon Northrop as he goes from being a free black man to a slave. Northrop was lured from New York to Washington D.C. where he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. During this time Northrop reveals his true history to only one of his masters. The film stars Chiwetel Ejifor and features Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, and Quvenzhane Wallis. Director Steve McQueen won the Hollywood Film Festival award for Breakthrough Directing for the film as well as the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
One of the most highly anticipated films of 2013 is “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” The film is based on the autobiography of Nelson Mandela. The film shows Nelson Mandela in his early childhood all the way up to his South African presidency. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is said to be the most accurate biopic film on Mandela. The film stars Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and is set to release November 29th.