With Summer behind us in name only (really, how long is it going to stay this hot?!), there's more on the Hollywood agenda than huge-explosion blockbusters and mega-franchise superhero films. Moviegoers reap the rewards, as a barrage of new movies guaranteed to keep those Autumn blues at bay is headed your way. And of course, CraveOnline is there to break down the goods!
The Ides of March
Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Directed By: George Clooney
The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.
CraveOnline's Call:Political porn with a side of beefcake. Your mom and girlfriend will hit this up and pretend to discuss the political implications while drooling over Gosling & Clooney, while jealous guys who came along & suddenly find themselves feeling like derelict petri dish molds can cheer on the downward drama spiral of the plot as they hope the two men will tear each other apart.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand
Directed By: Shawn Levy
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, Real Steel stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
CraveOnline's Call: Evidently the title "Hugh Jackman needs a vacation home and a new car" didn't ring well with test audiences. If you're eight, this film is going to kick your ass. If not, well…
Starring: Kenny Wormald, Dennis Quaid, Julianna Hough
Directed By: Craig Brewer
Writer/Director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film Footloose. Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.
CraveOnline's Call: Dude's no Kevin Bacon, alright? Slick and sleek, no doubt, but we've got a hint this glossy remake for the iPod generation should've just left the classic alone. What's next, a remake of The Neverending Story? What's that? Wait they're making that?! Oh god no.
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Jonathan Walker
Directed By: Matthjs van Heijningen Jr.
Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they're infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.
Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up.
When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish.
CraveOnline's Call: I had an eyebrow cocked at the idea that they would even attempt a semi-remake (it's actually a prequel), but let's be honest – that trailer looks sick. The special effects give the monster that extra horrifying oomph that the 1982 film of the same name simply couldn't pull off. We're in.
The Three Musketeers
Starring: Logan Lerman, Christopher Waltz, Orlando Bloom, ray Stevenson
Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson
The hot-headed young D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) in this reboot of Alexandre Dumas' story. They must stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Milla Jovovich). The action adventure is given a state of the art update in 3-D.
CraveOnline's Call: That would be negative, with a side of nope, and a nice dollop of "the last damn thing we will ever need, EVER, is another Three Musketeers movie."
The Big Year
Starring: Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Rashida Jones
Directed By: David Frankel
Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are at a crossroads — one is experiencing a mid-life crisis, another a late-life crisis, and the third, a far from ordinary no-life crisis. From David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me, comes a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams. Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures.
CraveOnline's Call: We're fans of all three leading players, but money's tight these days. Do the sensible thing and wait until Comedy Central has it on an endless weekend loop. Should take about six or seven months.
The Rum Diary
Directed By: Bruce Robinson
Begun in 1959 by a then-twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary details the life and events of Paul Kemp, a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. Paul is challenged on many levels as he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction. Thompson delivers a potent story that pushes the sometimes brutal truth of human relations into your face in such a way that it would be absurd to not laugh.
CraveOnline's Call: No, it's not a sequel to Fear & Loathing, but with our beloved, late Good Dr. penning Johnny Depp's way through a semi-autobiographical depiction of a surrealistic nightmare of an adventure, there's no way we can stay away.
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde, Cillian Murphy
Directed By: Andrew Niccol
Opening: October 28
In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as 'time keepers'.
CraveOnline's Call: Despite Mr. Timberlake at the center, the concept behind the film, as well as Olivia Wilde of course, is captivating as hell. We're going to have to check it out, Gattaca style.
Starring: Richard Gere, Martin Sheen, Topher Grace
Directed By: Michael Brandt
Opening: October 28
The mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin Cassius, forces Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere), a retired CIA operative, to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary (Topher Grace), to solve the crime.
Having spent his career chasing Cassius, Shepherdson is convinced his nemesis is long dead, but is pushed to take on the case by his former supervisor, Tom Highland (Martin Sheen). Meanwhile, Agent Geary, who wrote his Master's thesis on Shepherdson's pursuit of the Soviet killer, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced. As Shepherdson and Geary work their way through crimes both past and present, they discover that Cassius may not be the person they always thought him to be, forcing both to re-examine everything and everyone around them.
CraveOnline's Call: Early reviews include the words "confusing" and "uninspired," so we're going to play it safe and watch one of the three hundred and ninety seven other movies just like it, starring relatively the same people. There's almost no way to tell the difference.