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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Coming this fall: a movie glut

Wondering where all the good movies are this summer? They’re all biding their time, in the hopes of becoming the “Argo” of 2013, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Ben Affleck’s thriller opened last October and ran in theaters for six months — making more than $230 million worldwide — and collected plenty of awards along the way. Typically, movie studios have held back awards-worthy fare until the Thanksgiving/Christmas time frame; this year, the rush starts much earlier. Here’s just a few of the films we’ll see in theaters before Halloween this year:

  • “Rush,” Ron Howard’s 1970s-era biopic of Formula One race car driver Niki Lauda
  • “Gravity,” Alonson Cuaron’s space thriller, starring George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and an eye-popping trailer.
  • Paul Greengrass’s Somali pirate drama “Captain Phillips,” with Tom Hanks
  • Steve McQueen’s historical drama “12 Years a Slave,” with Chiwitel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender
  • “The Counselor,” directed by Ridley Scott and written by Cormac McCarthy, starring Brad Pitt, Fassbender (yes, he’s busy), Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz
  • “The Fifth Estate,” Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange
  • “All Is Lost,” Robert Redford’s one-man tour de force as a sailor stranded at sea, directed by J.C. Chandor

Sounds like the start to a great fall movie season.

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