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The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - December 2011

If we are to believe history, the majority of this year's Best Picture Nominees will come from among this eclectic list, featuring two films from the great Steven Spielberg.

If we are to believe history, the majority of this year's Best Picture Nominees will come from among this eclectic list, featuring two films from the great Steven Spielberg.

 
Director: Ralph Fiennes

Film: Coriolanus

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, Paul Jesson

MPAA rating: R

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2 December
Coriolanus

Hurrah! Someone has finally decided to plunge beyond the basic Shakespeare tragedies to take on something few outside of college have ever considered. Based on the life of Roman leader Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, it marks the directorial debut of famed British actor Ralph Fiennes. Making the wise decision to update the war torn tale to our modern battlefields, we get the typical tale of resolve and revenge as filtered through our tech savvy times. While the baroque language remains the same, Fiennes has found new artistic life in what many might see as a forgotten bit of the Bard.

 
Director: Lynne Ramsay

Film: We Need to Talk About Kevin

Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Ashley Gerasimovich

MPAA rating: R

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2 December
We Need to Talk About Kevin

With the amazing Ratcatcher, director Lynne Ramsay became a filmmaking force to be reckoned with. Many still can't forgive her decision to leave the adaptation of The Lovely Bones. Now, she returns with a ripped from the headlines family horror story based on the novel by Lionel Shriver. Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly are parents of the title teen, a troubled youth who goes on a school wide killing spree. The movie deals with the consequences after and the excuses/insights before. With Ramsay behind the lens and these two remarkable actors in front, the result should be some significant end of the year fireworks.

 
Director: David Gordon Green

Film: The Sitter

Cast: Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell, Ari Graynor, Method Man, Max Records, Chris Collins

MPAA rating: R

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9 December
The Sitter

Jonah Hill used to be fat. Used to be. Check out a Google search of him now and you'll see a slimmer, svelte, shadow of his former funnyman self -- which begs the question: can a comedian who used to trade on his size and shape remain viable at only half the heft? It remains to be seen, since this scatological slamdunk was made while Hill was still tipping (and testing) the scales. They don't call it a belly laugh for nothing. The trailer is indeed hilarious (little kids swearing -- works every time) and all references to Adventures in Babysitting need to stay in the '80s where they belong.




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