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Movies: 2013 Fall Arts & Entertainment Guide 

click to enlarge Katniss returns in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Katniss returns in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Release dates are national. Movies may open later at local cinemas.

Baggage Claim
Afraid of becoming a spinster, Montana Moore (Paula Patton) sets off on a 30-day quest to find Mr. Right.
Sept. 27

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 3D
The sequel to the 2009 animated feature has wacky inventor Flint Lockwood returning home to stop his creation from making food-animal hybrids.
Sept. 27

Don Jon
Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his feature-length writing and directing debut with a film about a kindhearted ladies' man who believes porn imitates life.
Sept. 27

Rush
The 1970s-set sports drama from director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan recreates the rivalry between two Formula One racers.
Sept. 27

Grace Unplugged
When a talented young singer/songwriter turns 18, she's forced to choose between Christianity and secular fame.
Oct. 4

Gravity 3D
Marooned in space following a disaster, a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) and a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) combine forces for survival.
Oct. 4

Metallica: Through the Never IMAX 3D
A Metallica roadie is sent on a crucial mission in the film that also includes a never-before-seen performance by the band.
Oct. 4

Runner Runner
After thinking he has been cheated in an online poker game he played to make tuition money, a down-on-his-luck college student (Justin Timberlake) travels to Costa Rica to meet the man allegedly responsible (Ben Affleck).
Oct. 4

12 Years a Slave
The locally filmed movie adaptation of the Solomon Northup slave narrative tells the story of a free man from New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Oct. 10 at New Orleans Film Festival; Oct. 18 theatrical release

Captain Phillips
Tom Hanks plays Capt. Richard Phillips in the retelling of the 2009 Somali pirate hijacking of the U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama.
Oct. 11

Machete Kills
In this follow-up to 2010's Machete and prequel to Machete Kills Again ... In Space!, Danny Trejo is recruited to thwart a plot to initiate nuclear war.
Oct. 11

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie star in the coming-of-age story about two inner city kids making it on their own after their mothers are taken away.
Oct. 11

The Fifth Estate
Based on factual events, the thriller tells the story of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg and the controversy surrounding the two.
Oct. 11

Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare's tragedy about young lovers from rival families is retold for the 21st century.
Oct. 11

All Is Lost
A sailor (Robert Redford) struggles to survive after crashing into a shipping container while at sea.
Oct. 18

Carrie
Brian De Palma's 1976 film about the naive teenage daughter of a religious fanatic mother gets a 2013 reboot.
Oct. 18

Escape Plan
A wrongfully imprisoned man (Sylvester Stallone) recruits a fellow jailbird (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help him escape and learn who framed him.
Oct. 18

The Counselor
When a lawyer gets involved in drug trafficking, he quickly becomes the one who needs counsel in this thriller from director Ridley Scott and writer Cormac McCarthy.
Oct. 25

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
An octogenarian and his 8-year-old grandson travel across the country secretly filming reactions to their antics which include tipping caskets at funerals and pole dancing at beauty pageants.
Oct. 25

About Time
Richard Curtis' latest romance is about a man who discovers he can travel back in time and get unlimited do-overs of his life's events.
Nov. 1

Dallas Buyers Club
Based on true events, this movie tells the story of a Texas electrician (Matthew McConaughey) who, after being diagnosed with HIV, creates a buyers' club where fellow HIV-positive people can buy alternative treatments.
Nov. 1

Ender's Game
Based on the Orson Scott Card book of the same name, the sci-fi movie is about a child prodigy who's sent to military school to prepare for alien invasion.
Nov. 1

Free Birds 3D
Two turkeys must put aside their differences to travel back in time and remove themselves from Thanksgiving menus.
Nov. 1

Last Vegas
A trio of men in their sixties throw a Las Vegas-style bachelor party for their notoriously single friend (Michael Douglas) who finally proposes to his girlfriend — who is half his age.
Nov. 1

Thor: The Dark World
In the sequel to 2011's Thor, the Norse god (Chris Hemsworth) embarks upon his most challenging journey yet.
Nov. 8

The Best Man Holiday
Malcolm D. Lee's holiday-themed sequel to the 1999 dark romantic comedy The Best Man is about college friends reuniting after 15 years, rekindling romance and reigniting rivalries.
Nov. 15

The Book Thief
Adapted from the book, the film features a German girl who steals books to share with others during World War II and is sent to live with a foster family at a Jewish safe house.
Nov. 15

The Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a wealthy but crooked stockbroker, in this 1990s-set Martin Scorsese adaptation of Belfort's autobiography.
Nov. 15

Delivery Man
A once-frequent sperm donor (Vince Vaughn) learns not only has he fathered 533 children in the past 20 years, but 142 of them are filing a lawsuit to reveal his identity.
Nov. 22

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The second movie in the Hunger Games series is directed by Francis Lawrence and has Katniss and Peeta targeted by politicians in the capitol after their victory sparks rebellion in their home district.
Nov. 22

Nebraska
In this black-and-white film, an elderly man believes he's won a $1 million magazine sweepstakes and forces his estranged son to drive from Missouri to Nebraska to claim the prize.
Nov. 22

Black Nativity
A street-savvy teen who lives with his single mother (Jennifer Hudson) visits far removed family (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett) at Christmas in director Kasi Lemmons' film adaptation of Langston Hughes' play.
Nov. 27

Frozen 3D
The Disney animated fantasy tells the tale of a kingdom trapped in a never-ending winter.
Nov. 27

Homefront
A former DEA agent (Jason Statham) moves off the grid with his daughter to seek a simpler, safer life but soon meets the town's sociopathic meth kingpin (James Franco) in this film adaptation of Chuck Logan's novel of the same name.
Nov. 27

Oldboy
In Spike Lee's latest film, an advertising executive seeks revenge after having been kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years.
Nov. 27

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Idris Elba stars in the biographical film about South African President Nelson Mandela.
Nov. 29

Grace of Monaco
Director Olivier Dahan and screenwriter Arash Amel tell the story of Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) and how her marrying into royalty helped ease tensions between Monaco and France.
Nov. 29

Out of the Furnace
When a steel mill worker (Christian Bale) vanishes and law enforcement can't find him, his brother (Casey Affleck) takes matters into his own hands.
Dec. 6

Inside Llewyn Davis
The Coen brothers' film illustrates a week in the life of a 1960s Greenwich Village folk singer braving the winter.
Dec. 6

click to enlarge The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens Dec. 13.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens Dec. 13.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The latest installment in the Lord of the Rings prequel series has Bilbo and Gandalf trying to reclaim gold from Smaug the dragon.
Dec. 13

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
The ballsy, buxom family matriarch visits a friend's daughter in the countryside for Christmas.
Dec. 13

The Monuments Men
Based on a true story, George Clooney's film tells the story of a crew of art historians and museum curators who try to recover masterpieces from Nazi thieves before Hitler destroys them.
Dec. 18

Anchorman: The Legend Continues
The follow-up to the 2004 comedy has kind-of-a-big-deal Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) delving into 24-hour news in New York.
Dec. 20

Her
A lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his computer's new operating system.
Dec. 20

Saving Mr. Banks
Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) struggles to convince author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to agree to a film adaptation of her Mary Poppins novels.
Dec. 20

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D
The animated 3D documentary-style family movie lets audiences imagine living when dinosaurs ruled the world.
Dec. 20

American Hustle
A con artist (Christian Bale) and his partner (Amy Adams) are forced to work for an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) who teaches them how to infiltrate and break up mob rings and crooked political organizations.
Dec. 25

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
In the film adaptation of James Thurber's short story, a magazine copy editor (Ben Stiller) imagines charming his colleague (Kristen Wiig) and enjoying an exciting life to escape his mundane reality.
Dec. 25

47 Ronin 3D
The remake of the 1941 Japanese film tells the story of a group of samurai seeking to avenge the dishonorable death of their master.
Dec. 27

August: Osage County
Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Ewan McGregor star in the film adaptation of Tracy Letts' dark comedy about a Midwestern patriarch who disappears.
Dec. 27

Grudge Match
In this Peter Segal sports comedy, retired boxing rivals (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) return to the ring to settle the rivalry 30 years after their last match.
Dec. 27

Jack Ryan: Shadow One
Young CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) reveals a plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack in the film based upon characters from Tom Clancy novels.
Dec. 27

Lone Survivor
Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Eric Bana star in Peter Berg's action-thriller based on the true story of SEAL Team 10's failed mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative in June 2005, Operation Red Wings.
Dec. 27

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