My most anticipated films of autumn 2013

As the weather turns autumnal, cinemas start offering their quality films again, hoping people will come in the from the cold to watch the first offerings of the run-up to the Oscars. Here are the five films coming out in the UK this autumn that I’m most excited about:

The To Do List

Release date: October 4th

Director: Maggie Carey

Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rachel Bilson, Johnny Simmons, Alia Shawkat

Starring Aubrey Plaza as a bright but inexperienced student who sets out to prepare for the ‘sexual pop quiz’ of college by losing her virginity, this looks like a fresh, filthy, female-oriented take on the teenage sex comedy.

The Counselor

Release date: November 15th

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz

I’ve been diving obsessively into Cormac McCarthy’s books lately, so the fact that his first film script is coming out, directed by Ridley Scott and starring the incredible Michael Fassbender in the lead and lots of actors I’ve loved in other films is the most perfect timing ever. It’s hard to live up to all the excitement generated by seeing this many talented people working together, but the trailer looks awesome.

Blue Is the Warmest Color (La Vie d’Adèle Chaptitre 1 et 2)

Release date: November 15th

Director: Abdellatif Ketchiche

Cast: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Jérémie Laheurte, Catherine Salée, Aurélien Recoing

This French drama about a love affair between two young women has won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and generated the kind of reviews that make you want to drop whatever you’re doing and run to the nearest cinema – as well as controversy after Julie Maroh, the author of the original graphic novel, called the adaptation’s sex scenes “ridiculous” and pornographic.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Release date: November 21st

Director: Francis Lawrence

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland

The Hunger Games was the most relentlessly gripping thriller of 2012. Hopefully its sequel – in which Katniss Everdene starts realising that doesn’t just have to win the Hunger Games, but fight the government that put her there – will be even better.

August: Osage County

Release date: December 26th

Director: John Wells

Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch

Another dazzling cast play family members gathering for the funeral of their suicidal father. I’m a sucker for stories of dysfunctional families so I’ll be first in line to watch the emotional carnage.




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