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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


Starring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson

Director: Scott Cooper

About: An older brother takes the law into his own hands when his brother disappears and officers don't come through.

Now here's a meaty role to really let Bale show his chops: a poor, uneducated prison inmate without much else in life except the love and loyalty he has for his brother. Can't wait.

“The Wolf of Wall Street,” Nov. 15

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Favreau, Spike Jonze

Director: Martin Scorsese

About: Jordan Belfort becomes a wealthy stockbroker, only to become involved in crime and corruption. Based on a true story.

DiCaprio has been great since his childhood stint on “Growing Pains.” But he's never better than when he teams up with Scorsese. I've liked all of their projects together, even “Shutter Island,” which wasn't as much of a critical darling.

“Inside Llewyn Davis,” Dec. 6

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver

Director: Coen Brothers

About: A struggling folk singer tries to navigate the 1960s folk scene in New York.

When I first heard about this movie, I was told the lead character was modeled after Bob Dylan, who is my favorite artist. But as it turns out, there's only a dash of Bob in there. Still, there are two other very good reasons this is near the top of my must-see list for fall: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

“Captain Phillips,” in theaters now

Starring: Tom Hanks

Director: Paul Greengrass

About: The true story of Capt. Richard Phillips, whose ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.

Ask someone to name any actor and there's a good chance they'll say Tom Hanks. He's become such a household name and face that sometimes I wonder if people forget what a true talent he is. Even when his movies are “meh,” the acting never disappoints.

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