With the summer movie season coming to a close, it's time to start looking ahead to a fall full of blockbusters to come.
The one unavoidable movie this autumn is the finale of the Twilight movies, the fourth and final film in the series: "Breaking Dawn," Part Two.
I can't give too much away since I never read the books, but I have seen all the movies and I've got to say, the last 30 minutes of the last one were so horror-freaky-when Bella gave violent birth to her vampire-baby -that I'm almost looking forward to see what the heck happens next. "Breaking Dawn" Part Two opens Nov. 16.
Now that we got that one out of the way, let's do the rest in chronological order.
Arriving this month is the one-time hush-hush project supposedly about the founder of Scientology called "The Master." And before you dismiss this as some quickie Hollywood rip-off designed to cash in on the Tom Cruise divorce, it's been years in the making by the uber-serious director Paul Thomas Anderson. His last movie was the incredible "There Will Be Blood," which earned Daniel Day Lewis another Oscar. "The Master" stars another Oscar winner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix.
Hoffman denies it's a biographical portrait of Hubbard, saying it's more a generalized look at the impact of a charismatic leader set in the 1950's. And yes, Tom Cruise has seen it.
The most intriguing movie coming out in October, "Argo," happens to star Ben Affleck. That's the bad news. The good news is it's directed by Ben Affleck, who has quietly become a heck of a director. Perhaps best of all, it has an incredible true story to tell. Not many people know, since it was classified for almost 20 years, but when the Islamic revolutionaries took 52 Americans hostage in 1979, six Americans escaped and hid out in the Canadian Embassy.
Tolstoy's tragic love story "Anna Karenina," starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, tops a trio of big November releases. It's directed by Joe Wright, who's already scored with a couple of other literary classsics, "Pride and Prejudice" and "Atonement," also with Keira Knightley.
November also brings "Lincoln," a Steven Spielberg movie about the last 4 months of the sixteenth president's life. It's rare when Spielberg is upstaged by his actors, but when your actor is Daniel Day Lewis, it makes a lot of sense. There are no trailers out yet of this film, but the one still shot of Day Lewis as Lincoln is so eerily perfect, expectations couldn't be higher for this film.
And finally, Bond, James Bond is back. And it starts off with his death or at least his supposed death.
By TOM TANGNEY