FilmGordon Radio | Fall Movie Preview

30 08 2012

Earlier this week on the BIG show, Keeping It Reel host Tim Gordon and an esteemed group of film critics converged to preview  the most anticipated films of over the next four months in our Third Annual Fall Movie Preview.

On this special two-hour preview episode, 15 critics previewed 64 of the Fall Season’s biggest films and potential sleepers. We would like to thank the following critics who participated in this special show, we can’t do this without you!

Below is a list of the show segments, the critics who participated as well as the films they discussed. To listen to the episode, click here.


Susan Wloszczyna | USA Today

The Sessions (Oct. 26)
A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. (John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy)

Les Miserables (Dec. 14)
An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption. (Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dec. 14)
A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. (Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage)

Rocky Hadadi | Punch Drunk Critics

Life of Pi (Nov. 21)
The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean. (Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain)

Wuthering Heights (Nov. 11)
Based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte, A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy.

Deadfall (Sept. 14)
Siblings Addison and Liza are on the run with the stolen loot from a casino job gone horribly wrong. (Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde)

The Best of the Rest

Hello, I Must Be Going (Sept. 7)
Circumstances force a young divorcée to move back in with her parents in suburban Connecticut, where an affair with a younger guy rejuvenates her passion for life (Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Abbott and Blythe Danner)

Not Fade Away (Oct. 19)
Set in suburban New Jersey the 1960s, a group of friends form a rock band and try to make it big. (Writer/Director David Chase; John Magaro, Will Brill and Jack Huston)


John Hanlon | Screen Rant

Red Dawn (Nov. 21)
A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers. (Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas and Josh Hutcherson)

Pitch Perfect (Oct. 5)
Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. (Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson)

The Big Wedding (Oct. 26)
A long-divorced couple fakes being married as their family unites for a wedding. (Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton and Katherine Heigl)

Eli Savada | FilmThreat

Arbitrage (Sept. 14)
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. (Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling and Nate Parker)

Taken 2 (Oct. 5)
In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. (Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace)

Wreck-It-Ralph (Nov. 2)
The bad-guy character in a classic game who longs to be a hero brings trouble to his entire arcade after sneaking into a new first-person shooter game and unleashing a deadly enemy. (John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch)

The Best of the Rest

Holy Motors (Oct. 17)
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man . . . (Denis Lavant, Edith Scob and Eva Mendes)

The Cold Light of Day (Sept. 7)
After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase. (Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver)


Arch Campbell | NewsChannel 8

Lincoln (Nov. 16)

The sixteenth President of the United States guides the North to victory during the Civil War. (Director Steven Spielberg; Writers: Tony Kushner (screenplay), Doris Kearns Goodwin (book); Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jared Harris)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (Nov. 16)
After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi. (Director Bill Condon; Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner)

Flight (Nov. 2)
An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling. (Director Robert Zemeckis; Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Don Cheadle)

Bachlorette (Sept. 6)
Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school. (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan)

Hotel Transylvania (Sept. 28)
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter. (Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Andy Samberg)

Parental Guidance (Dec. 25)
When his daughter goes away for work, a grandfather finds himself having to take care of his three grandkids using 21st century methods — though he soon resorts to an old-school style of parenting. (Billy Crystal (story), Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei)

The Best of the Rest

Bringing Up Bobby (Sept. 28)
Bringing Up Bobby is the story of a European con-artist and her son Bobby, who find themselves in Oklahoma in an effort to escape her past and build a better future. (Writer/Director Famke Janssen; Milla Jovovich, Bill Pullman and Rory Cochrane)

The Details (Nov. 2)
When a family of raccoons discover worms living underneath the sod in Jeff and Nealy’s backyard, this pest problem begins a darkly comic and wild chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity and murder. (Elizabeth Banks, Tobey Maguire and Ray Liotta)


Kevin McCarthy | Nerd Tears & FOX-5 TV

Killing Them Softly (Oct. 19)
Jackie Cogan is a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game. (Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins)

End of Watch (Sept. 21)
Two young officers are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel, during a routine traffic stop. (Director David Ayer; Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña and Anna Kendrick)

This is 40 (Dec. 21)
A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of Knocked Up. (Writer/Director: Judd Apatow; Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Jason Segel)

Sandie Angulo Chen | Common Sense Media

The Perks on Being a Wallflower (Sept. 21)
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller)

On the Road (Dec. 21)
Dean and Sal are the portrait of the Beat Generation. Their search for “It” results in a fast paced, energetic roller coaster ride with highs and lows throughout the U.S. (Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart)

Anna Karenina (Sept. 7)
Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. (Director Joe Wright; Writers Tom Stoppard (screenplay), Leo Tolstoy (novel); Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson)

The Best of the Rest

Playing for Keeps (Dec. 7)
A former sports star who’s fallen on hard times starts coaching his son’s soccer team in an attempt to get his life together. (Director Gabriele Muccino; Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel and Dennis Quaid)

The Guilt Trip (Dec. 25)
An inventor and his mom hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention. (Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand and Adam Scott)

TT Stern-Enzi | Cincinnati City Beat & Dayton City Paper

Seven Psychopaths(Oct. 12)
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu. (Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell)

Argo (Oct. 12)
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. (Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman)

Cloud Atlas (Oct. 26)
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant)

Jamaal Finkley | BlackTree TV

Dredd 3D (Sept. 21)
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. (Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey)

Alex Cross (Oct. 19)
A detective is told that a member of his family has been murdered. He vows to track down the killer. (Director Rob Cohen; Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox and Rachel Nichols)

Zero Dark Thirty (Dec. 19)
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy SEAL Team 6 in May, 2011. (Director Kathryn Bigelow; Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton)

Best of the Rest

Vamps (Nov. 2)
Two female vampires in modern-day New York City are faced with daunting romantic possibilities. (Writer/Director Amy Heckerling; Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter and Dan Stevens)

Butter (Oct. 5)
In small-town Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town’s annual contest. (Jennifer Garner, Yara Shahidi and Ty Burrell)


Candice Frederick | @CinemaInNoir) 

Frankeweenie (Oct. 5)
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. (Writer/director Tim Burton; Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short)

The Paperboy (Oct. 5)
A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. (Writer/Director Lee Daniels; Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and John Cusack)

Won’t Back Down (Sept. 28)
Two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. (Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter)

Tonya Pendleton | BlackAmericaWeb

The Words (Sept. 7)
A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the steep price he must pay for stealing another man’s work. (Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde)

Rise of the Guardians (Nov. 21)
When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. (Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Isla Fisher)

Luv (Nov. 9)
Over the course of one day, a shy 11-year-old forms a bond with his troubled uncle. (Common, Michael Rainey Jr. and Dennis Haysbert)

The Best of the Rest

Stolen (Sept. 14)
A former thief frantically searches for his missing daughter, who has been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a taxi. (Director Simon West; Nicolas Cage, Malin Akerman and Josh Lucas)

Here Comes the Boom (Oct. 12)
A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. (Co-writers Kevin James; Kevin James, Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler)


Daryle Lockhart | The BlackBoxOffice

Skyfall (Nov. 9)
Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. (Director Sam Mendes; Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory and Javier Bardem)

Django Unchained (Dec. 25)
With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (Writer/Director: Quentin Tarantino; Jamie Foxx, Don Johnson and Leonardo DiCaprio)

Middle Of Nowhere (Oct. 12)
When her husband is sentenced to 8 years in prison, Rudy drops out of med school in order to focus on her husband’s well being while he’s incarcerated – leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process. (Writer/Director: Ava DuVernay; Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo and Lorraine Toussaint)

Wilson Morales | Blackfilm

Silver Linings Playbook (Nov. 21)
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (Writer/Director David O. Russell; Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro)

10 Years (Sept. 14)
The night before their high school reunion, a group of friends realize they still haven’t quite grown up in some ways. (Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson and Chris Pratt)

Trouble with the Curve (Sept. 21)
An ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip. (Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and John Goodman)

The Best of the Rest

Liberal Arts (Sept. 14)
When thirty-something Jesse returns home for his father’s retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them. (Writer/Director Josh Radnor; Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen and Zac Efron)

Rust and Bone (Nov. 16)
Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali’s bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts and Armand Verdure)


Omar Moore | Popcorn Reel

Hyde Park on the Hudson (Dec. 7)
The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York. (Bill Murray, Laura Linney and Olivia Williams)

Jack Reacher (Dec. 21)
A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Based on a book in Lee Child’s crime series. (Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike and Robert Duvall)

Amour (Sept. 20)
Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple’s bond of love is severely tested. (Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert)

Travis Hopson | Punch Drunk Critics

Looper (Sept. 28)
In 2072, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self. (Rian Johnson; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt)

The Master (Sept. 21)
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. (Writer/Director Paul Thomas Anderson; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams)

The Man With the Iron Fists (Nov. 2)
In feudal China, a blacksmith who makes weapons for a small village is put in the position where he must defend himself and his fellow villagers. (Co-writer/director RZA, Russell Crowe, Cung Lee and Lucy Liu)

The Best of the Rest

This Must Be the Place (Nov. 2)
A bored, retired rock star sets out to find the man responsible for his father’s humiliation, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S. (Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Judd Hirsch)

Smashed (Oct. 12)
A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober. (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul and Octavia Spencer)




2 responses

30 08 2012
Pamm Peterson

So many movies to look forward to.

30 08 2012

Absolutely; I’ve seen a couple of the September releases and it’s about to be ON!!!!!

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