VALDOSTA — Action, comedy, drama. Special effects and Oscar contenders. Real stories and science fiction. Fall 2013 promises a full range of movies in the coming months. The Times looks at 13 promising and anticipated movies.
RIDDICK: Abandoned, betrayed, marooned on a sun-ravaged planet, Riddick confronts brutal predators, while a beacon summons respective ships of mercenaries and someone from his past. Vin Diesel returns as the title character in the third film in this cult-classic series, which has included “Pitch Black” and “The Chronicles of Riddick.” Opens Sept. 6.
PRISONERS: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello and Melissa Leo star in this promising suspense story of families who kidnap the man they suspect is behind the disappearance of their children. Opens Sept. 20.
RUSH: Before landing again as Thor later in the fall, actor Chris Hemsworth races to a new role in this Ron Howard-directed movie based on the 1976 crash that nearly killed Austria’s Formula 1 racing legend Niki Lauda; however, it is Daniel Bruhl who will play Lauda; Hemsworth will play Lauda’s rival, James Hunt. Opens Sept. 27.
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Tom Hanks returns playing real-life Capt. Richard Phillips who was kidnapped at sea by Somali pirates and rescued by Navy SEALS in 2009. Opens Oct. 11.
ENDER’S GAME: Decades after a vicious alien war, a child is sent to a space academy to prepare for the onslaught of another alien invasion. Asa Butterfield, who performed wonderfully in the under-appreciated “Hugo,” plays Ender, a shunned boy genius. Harrison Ford also stars in a rare year that has seen him in at least three films ... maybe more. Opens Nov. 1.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD: A sequel to both “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Norse god Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must save the mortal Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and Earth, from the rise of a dark lord. Thor must team with brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who attempted to destroy Asgard in “Thor” and rule Earth in “The Avengers,” to save them both. Opens Nov. 8.