Fall movie season almost here

Just as summer movie burnout settles in, along come the films of fall to give us something to talk about other than special effects and action setpieces and how on Earth can Batman possibly fight Superman.

Sure, there will still be plenty of would-be blockbusters, including another Thor movie and the second installment in the Hunger Games franchise. But there are also new movies from Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), Ridley Scott ("The Counselor"), Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), along with several adaptations of popular novels and celebrated smaller pictures that have earned praise on the festival circuit.

Here is a list of some of the 50-plus movies coming our way between now and Thanksgiving.


<strong>Sept. 13</strong>

<strong> "The Family":</strong> What if "The Sopranos" had ended with Tony turning informant and joining the witness protection program? Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer are a married couple with kids hiding out in France from the mobsters they ratted out. Tommy Lee Jones is the CIA agent trying to keep them safe. But old habits die hard. Directed by Luc Besson ("The Fifth Element," "The Professional"), who nicely balances dark humor with grave action.

<strong>"Insidious Chapter 2":</strong> Director James Wan ("The Conjuring") and screenwriter Leigh Whannell ("Saw") reunite for more old-school, PG-13-rated frights in this sequel to their 2010 hit recounting the further adventures of a family (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) haunted by a persistent demon.

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