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September 23, 2012

10 To Fall For

There's a bang-up line-up of films this coming season


’m falling in love with the upcoming movie season. And looking ahead to the final four months of 2012 cinema, it looks like I’m going to fall hard.

It’s unlikely that I’ll be the only one: 2012 marks one of the most impressive fall seasons for film in recent memory. There will be big blockbusters, super sequels, and a strong selection of awards-caliber Oscar bait.

I also report with glee that this will be the last year I ever have to watch a “Twilight” film (Part II of “Breaking Dawn” hits theaters in November). Not that my dislike of the film will matter, since the series boasts an incredible fan base.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” one of three planned films by Peter Jackson in adapting Tolkien’s 305 page book, will come with a pre-existing fan base, too. It’s set for a Dec. 14 release. Though “The Hobbit” sounds interesting, with the upcoming stream of impressive offerings, I’m finding it hard to get excited about fantasy characters with hairy feet.

What does excite me is that Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino — two of my all-time favorites — each have new pictures. I’m also beside myself of the ambitious, visually promising, and plot-driven stories on the agenda just when the leaves start to turn, the day turns to darkness earlier, and a cinema seat is calling my name.

I can’t name them all, so here are my top 10 choices for films you must see this fall.

“The Master” (Sept. 21)

The sixth film from director Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood,” “Magnolia,” “Boogie Nights”) has the capacity to be something. IN addition to the powerhouse director, the film is led by powerhouse performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman as the charismatic leader of a faith-based organization and Joaquin Phoenix as a drifter, bad boy sailor who is lured by the temptation of the group. Think Scientology, though Anderson has passed off any relation to the religion practiced by celebrities like Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Regardless of subject matter, “The Master” the film promises to be something truly special.

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