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Commentary: Fall to offer flicks with depth, emotion

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the movie 'Don Jon.' The movie hits theaters Sept. 27. Credit: Courtesy of Voltage Pictures

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a scene from the movie ‘Don Jon.’ The movie hits theaters Sept. 27. Credit: Courtesy of Voltage Pictures

Summer is always for action flicks, but with fall comes cool weather, pumpkin flavored coffee and movies with emotional depth. With every movie I went to this summer, I think I got more excited for the fall previews than the film I was actually seeing. These are the five films that have piqued my interest most.


Rush is going to be one of those inspiring sports films that even viewers who know nothing about Formula 1 can get into.

Directed by Ron Howard, who is known for “American Graffiti” and “A Beautiful Mind,” the film is based on the true story of the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and NikiLauda (Daniel Brühl), following Lauda’s heroic return to the track just weeks after he’s almost killed in a crash to challenge Hunt.

The film combines action and romance but also seems to go deeper, bringing up psychological questions concerning how far is too far when it comes to competition.

“Rush” premieres Sept. 27.

“Don Jon”

“Don Jon” is directed, written by and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt — is that something you really want to miss?

While it’s sure to be no “Inception,” “Don Jon” looks to have potential to be funny and charming. The movie follows the shenanigans of Don Jon (Gordon-Levitt) as he navigates between the things important to him in life: his body, family, god, women and porn. Then we see the typical romantic plot develop where we have a guy who’s struggling to find happiness and intimacy and a girl that will change his world. However, breaking from the norm Don Jon makes a meta comparison between porn and romance movies.

Levitt provides high expectations with this one, let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.

“Don Jon” premieres Sept. 27.


“Carrie,” a remake of the 1976 horror film based on the novel by Stephen King, is guaranteed to be this fall’s scary movie must-see.

The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie. Moretz is known for her starkly different family-friendly role in “Hugo” and it will be interesting to see how she makes the transition to playing the high school teen pushed over the edge.

In the film, Carrie discovers she has telekinetic powers she uses to seek revenge against her mother and classmates after years of abuse and bullying.

“Carrie” premieres Oct. 18.

“The Counselor”

Previews for Ridley Scott’s newest film “The Counselor” leave something to be desired. But with a star-studded cast including Brad Pitt, Penélope Cruz and Cameron Diaz, this movie definitely piques interest.

“The Counselor” will, without a doubt, be action-packed, though what the action will be isn’t clear. Appearing to be full of excitement centered on rich, good-looking people who have too much time, money and a pet cheetah, this is a film you’ll want to see just to discover what it’s all about.

“The Counselor” premieres Oct. 25.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

The second installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins, is sure to be just as entertaining as the first.

The film follows Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) struggle following her first victory in the Hunger Games, a competition where 24 youth are pitted against one another until all but one are killed. Katniss finds out she must compete in the games again with even higher stakes.

“Catching Fire” premieres Nov. 22.

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