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The 2012 PopMatters Fall Film Preview - Part 3: November

While the pickings may seem slim this month, thanks to new offerings from Robert Zemeckis, Ang Lee, and Steven Spielberg, the possibilities appear endless.

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Film: Flight

Cast: Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, James Badge Dale

MPAA rating: PG-13

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2 November
Flight

The big news here is that former A-lister, Robert Zemeckis, has taken time away from his ongoing love affair with motion capture animation (read: The Polar Express, Disney's A Christmas Carol) to make his first live action film in more than a decade (12 years, to be exact). The story centers around an airplane mishap and the pilot (played by Denzel Washington) who may... or may not.. be the hero the media makes him out to be. We know the director can handle such splash (the plane crash in Cast Away is still horrifying). With Denzel on board, so are we.

 
Director: RZA

Film: The Man with the Iron Fists

Cast: Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, Byron Mann, RZA, Rick Yune, David Bautista, Jamie Chung

MPAA rating: R

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2 November
The Man with the Iron Fists

RZA, the musical mastermind behind many of the Wu-Tang Clan's most memorable beats, has always been a fan of Asian action films. Heck, his band is named after one of the classics of the genre. Now, he gets a chance to show his stuff, cinematically. He has written (with pal Eli Roth), co-produced, starred in, and is directing this tale of a weapons maker in 19th century China who joins forces with assassins and warriors to protect his small village. With Russell Crowe and Lucy Lui in tow, here's hoping it's a hip hop Kill Bill.

 
Director: Rich Moore

Film: Wreck-It Ralph

Cast: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman, Adam Corolla

MPAA rating: PG

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2 November
Wreck-it Ralph

As they continue to trot out their previous Pixar releases in the unnecessary 3D format (namely, Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. ), Disney is determined to show their own CG mantle. This looks very promising indeed. We are introduced to the title character, the villain of a famous video game, who no longer wants to play the baddie. So he heads off on a journey through other platforms to find his place in the 8-bit world. Featuring cameos from several famous game faces, this looks terrific. One imagines both teens and adults enjoying the joystick homage.

 
Director: Steven Spielberg

Film: Lincoln

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones

MPAA rating: PG-13

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9 November
Lincoln

So far, all we have is an image. Replacing Liam Neeson (who apparently puts months of work into capturing the true "character" of our 16th President), we've only seen one sensational picture of Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. Still, it's so impressive that it has cinephiles free associating on potential Awards Season glory. Hopefully, director Steven Spielberg will deliver a trailer soon. We need to see how he will handle the period, the other performances (including Sally Field as Mary Todd) and the always delicate balance between truth and myth. Makes us dizzy just thinking about it.

 
Director: Sam Mendes

Film: Skyfall

Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe

MPAA rating: PG-13

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9 November
Skyfall

Bond is back - though, for a while, it didn't look like he'd make it. Ongoing creative delays as well as the financial troubles of MGM meant that we'd have to wait nearly four years (Quantum of Solace was released in 2008) for the return of our favorite spy. This time, a definitive Daniel Craig brings baddie Javier Bardem along for the ride, and things are not looking good for the members of British Secret Intelligence. In fact, M is under fire for the mishandling of a disastrous mission. 007 must come to her defense...or die trying.

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