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Star power on full display in fall film season

  • This film image released by Disney shows Victor, voiced by Charlie Tahan, and his pet Sparky in a scene from "Frankenweenie."

    Disney

    This film image released by Disney shows Victor, voiced by Charlie Tahan, and his pet Sparky in a scene from "Frankenweenie."

  • Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler, and Johnnystein, voiced by Andy Samberg, appear in a scene from "Hotel Transylvania."

    Sony Pictures

    Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler, and Johnnystein, voiced by Andy Samberg, appear in a scene from "Hotel Transylvania."

  • Ralph (left), voiced by John C. Reilly, is shown in a scene from "Wreck-It Ralph."

    Disney

    Ralph (left), voiced by John C. Reilly, is shown in a scene from "Wreck-It Ralph."

  • This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks as Zachry and Halle Berry as Meronym in a scene from "Cloud Atlas," an epi...

    Jay Maidment / Warner Bros. Pictures

    This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks as Zachry and Halle Berry as Meronym in a scene from "Cloud Atlas," an epic spanning centuries and genres.

  • This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bryan Cranston (left) as Jack O'Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in "Argo."

    Claire Folger / Warner Bros

    This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bryan Cranston (left) as Jack O'Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in "Argo."

  • This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the action thriller "Looper."

    Sony Pictures Entertainment

    This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the action thriller "Looper."

  • This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt (foreground) and Paul Dano in a scene from the action thriller "Looper."

    Alan Markfield / Sony Pictures Entertainment

    This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt (foreground) and Paul Dano in a scene from the action thriller "Looper."

  • Amy Davis as Mickey and Clint Eastwood as Gus in Warner Bros. Pictures' drama "Trouble with the Curve."

    Keith Bernstein / Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

    Amy Davis as Mickey and Clint Eastwood as Gus in Warner Bros. Pictures' drama "Trouble with the Curve."

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By Robert Horton
Herald Movie Critic
@citizenhorton
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  • This film image released by Disney shows Victor, voiced by Charlie Tahan, and his pet Sparky in a scene from "Frankenweenie."

    Disney

    This film image released by Disney shows Victor, voiced by Charlie Tahan, and his pet Sparky in a scene from "Frankenweenie."

  • Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler, and Johnnystein, voiced by Andy Samberg, appear in a scene from "Hotel Transylvania."

    Sony Pictures

    Dracula, voiced by Adam Sandler, and Johnnystein, voiced by Andy Samberg, appear in a scene from "Hotel Transylvania."

  • Ralph (left), voiced by John C. Reilly, is shown in a scene from "Wreck-It Ralph."

    Disney

    Ralph (left), voiced by John C. Reilly, is shown in a scene from "Wreck-It Ralph."

  • This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks as Zachry and Halle Berry as Meronym in a scene from "Cloud Atlas," an epi...

    Jay Maidment / Warner Bros. Pictures

    This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Tom Hanks as Zachry and Halle Berry as Meronym in a scene from "Cloud Atlas," an epic spanning centuries and genres.

  • This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bryan Cranston (left) as Jack O'Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in "Argo."

    Claire Folger / Warner Bros

    This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Bryan Cranston (left) as Jack O'Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in "Argo."

  • This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the action thriller "Looper."

    Sony Pictures Entertainment

    This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the action thriller "Looper."

  • This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt (foreground) and Paul Dano in a scene from the action thriller "Looper."

    Alan Markfield / Sony Pictures Entertainment

    This film image released by Sony Pictures shows Joseph Gordon-Levitt (foreground) and Paul Dano in a scene from the action thriller "Looper."

  • Amy Davis as Mickey and Clint Eastwood as Gus in Warner Bros. Pictures' drama "Trouble with the Curve."

    Keith Bernstein / Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

    Amy Davis as Mickey and Clint Eastwood as Gus in Warner Bros. Pictures' drama "Trouble with the Curve."

And so we usher in the fall movie season, which traditionally brings in slightly more serious fare after the "silly season" of summer. You know, lightweight summer fluff like "The Dark Knight Rises," "Prometheus," "Total Recall" and "The Bourne Legacy."
Hmmm. Maybe it would be nice to lighten up a little.
For this autumn, it looks like the usual hodgepodge of slightly-more-thoughtful movies, a few not-ready-for-summer multiplex flicks and some Halloween animation (thank you, Tim Burton).
We've got star turns for Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman; for a younger demographic, expect showcases for Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Some of these movies are definitely positioned to snag some awards-season attention, so look for "The Master" and "Won't Back Down" and a few others to pile up some excited reviews.
There's even a starring vehicle for Clint Eastwood. He's still going strong as a director, but he'd hinted that "Gran Torino" might be his final acting gig, so it will be intriguing to see how "Trouble With the Curve" enticed him back to the lights.
All in all, just enough to get us to the holiday season, which will kick off with the arrival of James Bond, Abe Lincoln, and those "Twilight" vampires in mid-November. But that's for later.
In the meantime, here's the fall slate (dates subject to change, as always), and hey, try to crack a smile, hmm?
Click here for photos, capsules and premiere dates of all the movies coming to theaters this fall.






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