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Fall Movies 2014: 10 Films to Definitely Check Out

Summer is almost over, but don’t fret… the 2014 fall movie lineup looks pretty fantastic!

Fall Movies 2014: 10 Films to Definitely Check Out
There’s the twisty thriller (“Gone Girl”); some quirky indies (“Birdman,” “St. Vincent”); a family dark comedy (“This Is Where I Leave You); “Interstellar,” another sci-fi gem from Christopher Nolan; and of course, some Oscar contenders (“Foxcatcher,” “Kill the Messenger).

Here are the 10 films we are most excited about:

“The Maze Runner” (Sept. 19)

Who: Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario; directed by Wes Ball

What: Based on the popular novel by James Dashner, the film centers on Thomas (O’Brien), who inexplicably finds himself in a community of boys trapped in a wooded area surrounded by a mysterious maze. With his memory erased, Thomas joins forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

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“This Is Where I Leave You” (Sept. 19)

Who: Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Bryne, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant; directed by Shawn Levy

What: This dark comedy follows the dysfunctional Altman family, who are forced to spend a weekend together when the patriarch dies. The cast alone is worth the ticket price.

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“Gone Girl” (Oct. 3)

Who: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris; directed by David Fincher

What: Based on the stellar bestseller from Gillian Flynn, the story centers on Nick (Affleck), who may or may not have something to do with his wife's (Pike) disappearance, and he cracks under the media scrutiny. Directed by the always superb Fincher and adapted by Flynn herself, this will be a must-see.

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“Kill the Messenger” (Oct. 10):

Who: Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta; directed by Michael Cuesta

What: Based on a true story, the drama focuses on Gary Webb (Renner), a reporter who is a target of a vicious smear campaign after he uncovers the CIA’s nefarious involvement with the Contra rebels in the 1990s Nicaragua conflict.

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“Fury” (Oct. 17)

Who: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena; directed by David Ayer

What: As the WWII allies make their final push into Europe, a hardened sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) takes a small group of soldiers into Nazi Germany on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Anytime Pitt grits his teeth, we are going to be there.

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“Birdman” (Oct. 17)

Who: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis; directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

What: A fading movie star (Keaton), made famous for playing a superhero named Birdman, grapples with ego, family troubles – and his sanity – as he tries to regain his glory days in a Broadway play. This is one you can’t miss.

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“Big Hero 6” (Nov. 7)

Who: Genesis Rodriguez, Damon Wayans, Jr., Jamie Chung; directed by Don Hall & Chris Williams

What: There are several animated movies we are excited about this fall, including “The Boxtrolls” and “Penguins of Madagascar,” but “Big Hero 6” just looks awesome. The story revolves around a plus-sized inflatable robot named Baymax and his young pal, Hiro Hamada, who try to combat an evil genius wielding microbots.

Watch the hilarious trailer!

"Interstellar” (Nov. 7)

Who: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck; directed by Christopher Nolan

What: Although the plot has been kept under wraps, the sci-fi thriller sees Earth running out of food, so a group of explorers makes use of a newly discovered wormhole to find alternative planets to possibly colonize. It’s Christopher Nolan, folks, so it’s bound to be satisfyingly trippy.

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“Foxcatcher” (Nov. 14)

Who: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo; directed by Bennett Miller

What: Based on the true story of Mark Schultz (Tatum), an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont (a completely unrecognizable Carell) and brother Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) leads to tragic circumstances. Look for Oscar nominations all around for this one.

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” (Nov. 21)

Who: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland; directed by

What: Now that Katniss has officially but unwittingly become the symbol of rebellion against the Capitol, she has to contend with new authority while trying to rescue Peeta from the President’s clutches. We are hoping this will be the slow-burn buildup we need to keep us waiting for the climactic final installment, same time next year.

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Honorable Mentions:

“Tracks” (Sept. 19): Starring Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver

“The Zero Theorem” (Sept. 19): Starring Christophe Waltz

"A Walk Among the Tombstones" (Sept. 19): Starring Liam Neeson

“The Boxtrolls” (Sept. 26): Starring Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead Wright

“Jimi: All Is by My Side” (Sept. 26): Starring Andre Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots

“Annabelle” (Oct. 3): From creators of “The Conjuring”

“St. Vincent” (Oct. 24): Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy

“Horns” (Oct. 31): Starring Daniel Radcliffe

“Horrible Bosses 2” (Nov. 26): Starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis