The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - September 2013

by Bill Gibron

6 September 2013

 


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Insidious: Chapter 2

Director: James Wan
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey
13 September
Insidious: Chapter 2

James Wan walked away from Summer 2013 with a massive box office smash (The Conjuring) and the job leading another major popcorn season tentpole (the Fast and Furious franchise) through its sixth sequel paces. But it was the first film in this burgeoning scare series which sold many on his talent as a true horror maestro. Long dismissed as being the man who (wrongly) begat the entire “torture porn” approach to horror via Saw (that would be Hostel and Eli Roth’s fault completely), the original Insidious was his considered commercial breakthrough. Now he’s back for more and we can hardly wait.

 

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The Family

Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, Domenick Lombardozzi
13 September
The Family

Luc Besson is a lot of things, but an expert in big screen comedy is not one of them. He is perhaps best known for his action films and his occasional flights of cinematic sci-fi. This time around, he tackles the lives of ex-mafia don Giovanni Manzoni (now known as “Fred Blake”) as he and his family (including wife Michelle Pfeiffer, son John D’Leo, and daughter Dianna Argon) move to a tiny French town as part of the Witness Protection Program. Tommy Lee Jones is along as the agent trying to help them acclimate. Old habits die hard, however, and once they blow their cover, Besson is back to doing what he does best, explosions and chase scenes.

 

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Blue Caprice

Director: Alexandre Moors
Cast: Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson, Isaiah Washington, Leo Fitzpatrick.
13 September
Blue Caprice

The Beltway Sniper killings that threw Washington D.C. and the surrounding suburbs into hysterics during October 2002 are fictionalized in a film by first time feature director Alexandre Moors. Taking us behind the scenes and focusing on the relationship between mastermind John Allen Muhammad (Isaiah Washington) and his protégé, Lee Boyd Malvo (Tequan Richmond), there is a lot of mood and atmosphere present in the trailer. Of course, with a tragedy such as this, Moors has to be careful not to glamorize the pair. Instead, this film apparently tries to get inside Muhammad’s motives, and how he influenced Malvo to follow his lead.

 

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Jayne Mansfield’s Car

Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Cast: Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Billy Bob Thornton, Katherine LaNasa, Ray Stevenson, Robert Patrick, Frances O’Connor
13 September
Jayne Mansfield’s Car

It’s been over 11 years since Billy Bob Thornton directed a movie, and even longer since he was considered capable of an awards season winner (his Oscar, for Sling Blade, is now 17 years old!). Still, this unusual story of differing families—one solidly Southern, the other from across the pond (read: England)—has all the makings of a celebrated return to form. These people come together after the death of the latter’s matriarch, who actually left the former several years before after taking up with a British man. It’s a clash of cultures on top of a tale of familial forgiveness, and both are right up Thornton’s alley.

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