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October 13, 2013

Top 10: Listing the best of this fall's flicks

One movie-lover's guide to the best of the upcoming film season

Summer's not my favorite for a variety of reasons, and movies are one of them.

Right around April, the previews foreshadow those 3D blockbusters that require movie-goers to check their brains at the door. Personally, I like to bring my brain everywhere, which is why fall is much more my speed.

Right around August, the previews begin to feature all the actors and directors I admire — the ones who make such good project choices that, no matter what the movie is about, I'll go see it, knowing it's probably going to be unique and incredibly well-acted.

Now, I don't pretend to be a film scholar or critic, but I had a professor in college who said “movies are for everybody, so as a writer, don't be afraid to have an opinion.” So, as a writer and a movie-lover, I'd like to share my list of upcoming movies I've really been looking forward to.

Here's my top 10 must-sees:

“American Hustle,” Dec. 25

Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Director: David O. Russell

About: A con artist and his partner are forced to work with the feds to nab mobsters and crooked politicians.

Say what you will about Christian Bale's temper and volatility. The guy knows how to pick a role, and he disappears into it every single time. I'll see whatever he makes, and I'm really looking forward to seeing him as a slimy, 1970s crook with a combover. (How fun will that be?)

David O. Russell made my favorite movie last year, “Silver Linings Playbook,” which also starred Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. What a team they made on that project, and I'm hoping for a repeater here.

“Out of the Furnace,” Dec. 6

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