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A&E Fall Preview: Film


Release dates are national. Movies may open later in local theaters.

Brad Pitt stars in Killing Them Softly - © 2012 THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
  • © 2012 The Weinstein Company
  • Brad Pitt stars in Killing Them Softly

Hotel Transylvania
Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Kevin James and others voice the animated comedy about Dracula, who is hosting his daughter's 118th birthday party at his five-star resort for monsters.
Sept. 28

Won't Back Down
Two mothers (Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal) encounter a powerful bureaucracy and a corrupt teacher's union when they try to reform their children's failing inner-city school.
Sept. 28

The Louisiana-shot sci-fi film noir stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an assassin whose target is a future version of himself (Bruce Willis).
Sept. 28

Tim Burton's animated film follows a boy who uses a science experiment to bring his beloved dog back to life, but he experiences some unintended consequences.
Oct. 5

Pitch Perfect
A rebellious student (Anna Kendrick) is determined to update a college a capella group's repertoire before a championship event.
Oct. 5

Taken 2
The sequel to the 2008 thriller finds a retired intelligence agent (Liam Neeson) dealing with the same criminals who once abducted his daughter.
Oct. 5

Ben Affleck directs the political drama based on Tony Mendez's account of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Oct. 12

Atlas Shrugged Part II
The film continues where John Putch's 2011 film adaptation of the Ayn Rand novel ended.
Oct. 12

Here Comes the Boom
Kevin James plays a biology teacher who becomes a mixed marital arts fighter to raise money for his failing high school's music program.
Oct. 12

Seven Psychopaths
In the dark comedy, a struggling screenwriter becomes involved in Los Angeles' criminal underworld when his friends kidnap a gangster's dog.
Oct. 12

A true-crime novelist (Ethan Hawke) discovers in his new house home movies depicting the previous residents' murders, putting him and his in the path of a supernatural entity.
Oct. 12
A woman learns of an urban legend about a serial killer who can be summoned through the Internet.
Oct. 12

Alex Cross
A police detective's (Tyler Perry) investigation of a hitman gets personal when the killer (Matthew Fox) kills the detective's wife to send a message.
Oct. 19

Paranormal Activity 4
Picking up where the last installment of the found-footage horror franchise left off, a new family begins experiencing paranormal events in their home.
Oct. 19

Chasing Mavericks
Gerard Butler stars as surfer Jay Moriarity in the biopic.
Oct. 26

Cloud Atlas
The ambitious sci-fi epic based on the David Mitchell novel follows connecting storylines from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future.
Oct. 26

Fun Size
A teen's plan to attend a Halloween party thrown by her crush is ruined when she loses her younger brother, who she was tasked with watching.
Oct. 26

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
A teenager discovers her identity is false and finds herself in an alternate dimension in the horror sequel.
Nov. 2

Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo and others star in the drama that concerns a troubling discovery surrounding a pilot's emergency landing.
Nov. 2

The Man with the Iron Fists
In the martial arts film directed by Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, a blacksmith in feudal China must defend his village.
Nov. 2

This Must Be the Place
A retired rock star (Sean Penn) decides to find the SS officer who persecuted his father in Auschwitz.
Nov. 2

Wreck-It Ralph
A forgotten video game character (voiced by John C. Reilly) goes on a journey across generations of arcade games to prove he can be a hero.
Nov. 2

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in the spy thriller.
Nov. 9

Chasing Ice
The documentary follows National Geographic photographer James Balog's 2005 trip to the Arctic to capture evidence of climate change.
Nov. 16

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
In the fifth and final installment of the series, Bella and Edward must protect their child from a vampire coven.
Nov. 16

Steven Spielberg's biopic stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.
Nov. 16

Life of Pi
Ang Lee directs the adaptation of Yann Martel's 2001 adventure novel.
Nov. 21

Red Dawn
A group of young people forms a guerilla army to defend their Washington town from invading North Koreans in the remake of the 1984 film.
Nov. 21

Rise of the Guardians
The animated fantasy-adventure film is based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood book series.
Nov. 21

Silver Linings Playbook
After a stint in a mental institution, a former teacher (Bradley Cooper) moves in with his parents and attempts to reconcile with his wife — but meeting a mysterious woman (Jennifer Lawrence) complicates things.
Nov. 21

Killing Them Softly
Based on the George V. Higgins novel set in New Orleans, a professional enforcer (Brad Pitt) investigates a heist that occurred during a high stakes, mob-protected poker game.
Nov. 30

Hyde Park on Hudson
Bill Murray plays President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the film concerning the King and Queen of England's 1939 visit to Roosevelt's New York estate, as well as the president's growing relationship with his distant cousin (Laura Linney).
Dec. 7

Playing for Keeps
A former professional athlete attempts to turn his life around by coaching his son's soccer team, but he has trouble resisting the players' attractive mothers.
Dec. 7

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The film begins Peter Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy series.
Dec. 14

Monsters, Inc. 3D
The 2011 Pixar comedy gets a 3-D re-release.
Dec. 19

Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) directs the thriller about the team of intelligence and military operatives' decades-long, global search for Osama bin Laden.
Dec. 19

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away
James Cameron and director Andrew Adamson's 3-D epic features performances by Cirque de Soleil.
Dec. 21

The Impossible
Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in the drama about a foreign family's experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Dec. 21

Jack Reacher
A homicide investigator (Tom Cruise) investigates a shooting by a trained military sniper that leaves five dead.
Dec. 21

On the Road
The film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel stars Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart.
Dec. 21

This Is 40
The spin-off of Knocked Up finds characters from that film (Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd) struggling with aging and parenting.
Dec. 21

Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino's Louisiana-shot spaghetti Western follows a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) and dentist-turned-bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) who set out to free the slave's wife (Kerry Washington).
Dec. 25

The Guilt Trip
An inventor (Seth Rogen) invites his mother (Barbra Streisand) on a cross-country trip to sell his latest product.
Dec. 25

Les Miserables
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried lead an ensemble cast in the film adaptation of the epic musical based on Victor Hugo's novel.
Dec. 25

Parental Guidance
A grandfather (Billy Crystal) is tasked with caring for his grandchildren when his daughter leaves town for work.
Dec. 25

West of Memphis
The documentary examines the West Memphis Three case, in which three teenagers were convicted of murder and spent 17 years in prison before being released last year.
Dec. 25

A group of retired opera singers' annual concert celebrating Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of the fourth member of the quartet (Maggie Smith), a notorious diva.
Dec. 28

A sexually repressed woman in 1860s Paris (Elizabeth Olsen) begins a dangerous affair to escape her loveless marriage and domineering aunt.
Dec. 28


AllWays Lounge/Marigny Theatre
2240 St. Claude Ave., (504) 218-5778;

Anthony Bean Community Theater
1333 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 865-7529;

Jefferson Performing Arts Society
1118 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, (504) 885-2000;

Mahalia Jackson Theater
1419 Basin St., (504) 287-0351;

New Orleans Arena
1501 Girod St., (504) 587-3822;

New Orleans Opera Association
(504) 529-3000;

New Orleans Ballet Association
(504) 522-0996;

19106 Playmakers Road, Covington, (985) 893-1671;

Rivertown Theatres for the Performing Arts
325 Minor St., Kenner, (504) 461-9475;

Southern Rep
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., (504) 522-6545;
UNO Lakefront Arena
6801 Franklin Ave., (504) 280-7222;

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