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    Coming Soon: December

    The last month of the year sees a lot of movies hitting the big screen in order to qualify for Awards recognition after the new year. Some of them are already winning awards, too. Which is good news, indeed. December 5 Wild – The “memoirs that get adapted to the big screen” genre is alive and well since Julia Roberts ate, prayed and loved her way through Elizabeth Gilbert’s life. Reese Witherspoon is the latest to play a real-life heroine, as Cheryl Strayed, a woman who hiked hundreds of miles in order to recover from a devastating break-up and the loss of her mother. Trailer Miss Julie – Jessica Chastain…

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    Coming Soon: November

    So many movies, so little time. November proves another busy month of high-profile releases, and here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing: November 7 Interstellar – Christopher Nolan returns with his Next Big Thing, and buzz about this one is surprisingly mixed. I’ve heard some people say it’s the most moving film they’ve seen all year, while others lament it goes off the rails. All I know is I’ll be seeing it at the IMAX on the Upper West Side that’s so massive you choose your seats when you buy tickets in advance. Trailer Big Hero 6 – Not many animated movies can rise to the heights of Frozen, and…

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    Coming Soon: October

    The best movie time of year rolls on. Here’s what I’m seeing in October. October 3  Gone Girl – one of the most anticipated films of my year (and everyone else’s) is David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian ?’s wildly popular dark novel. Like Fight Club and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo before it, Fincher has a knack for adaptations, and this one proves to be no exception. Given the mystery at the center of the story, don’t read the book in advance if you haven’t already. It’ll be a cinematic roller coaster ride either way.  Watch the trailer to see what I mean. October 10 The Judge – a film can…

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    Coming Soon: October

    I’m about 3 days late with this, but finally had some time to get together the first of monthly installments on what’s hitting theaters as the year winds down. If October is any indicator of the films to come in 2013, we’re in good shape indeed. These films encompass what’s being called the cinematic achievement of its time, quite possibly the most controversial scene in a film released yet, and the film gunning for soaring awards status a la Lincoln of last year. So without further ado…the films I’m keeping track of for October.

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    Watch This: A Teacher

    I have a confession to make, and if anyone from Sundance is reading this, I apologize for my momentary lack of good judgement. But I don’t regret it! You see, though my role at the festival didn’t grant me the privilege of viewing the films in advance (a blessing reserved only for the most senior or most directly involved staffers), it did grant me management of the press DVD screeners submitted by filmmakers. And one Friday just before the festival, with the very real threat of snow on its way, I took the discs home (with my manager’s permission!) to be able to organize them from there should we all…

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    Documentary Times Three

    It’s been a bit since I’ve been to the movies. Like, a week and half or something? Which is forever in my world. But I went to a whole handful of flicks in very quick succession for a week or so…so I guess it evens out. And now, I’m finally posting about what I saw. Let’s call it better late than never. One Saturday a few weeks ago, I booked myself a documentary double feature: Blackfish and Twenty Feet from Stardom, in that order. Which is worth mentioning, because had it been the other way around, I definitely would not have enjoyed myself as much as I did. While both…