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(Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy star in "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.")

(Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy star in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.”)

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By Bill Wine
KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Just because the explosive summer movie season is behind us and the holiday movie season is two months off doesn’t mean that the array of beckoning movie attractions disappears.

The fall movie season, often overlooked by casual moviegoers, is usually characterized by quieter and more thoughtful or more cerebral projects.  Yep, it’s both literally and figuratively autumnal.

But the fall attractions usually produce a runaway hit or two as well as an Oscar contender or three.

So here’s a peek at the mainstream movie lineup coming our way over the next two months in essentially chronological order.

SEPTEMBER

Kevin Kline plays an American who inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father that Maggie Smith still lives in with her daughter, Kristin Scott Thomas, in the comedy-drama, My Old Lady.

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy play spouses in an unraveling marriage in a story told from each of their perspectives in the relationship drama, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (top photo).

Escaped convict Idris Elba terrorizes wife and mother Taraji P. Henson when she offers him help in her suburban Atlanta home in the suspense thriller, No Good Deed.

“Saturday Night Live” alumni Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play estranged siblings who are brought together by his suicide attempt in the dark dramedy, The Skeleton Twins.

Dylan O’Brien leads the boys’ attempt to escape from the mystifying maze they’re trapped in in the science fiction mystery-thriller based on the young adult best-seller, The Maze Runner.

Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda (playing brother, sister, and mother) are members of a family that gathers to mourn the death of the paterfamilias in the comedy-drama, This Is Where I Leave You.

Mia Wasikowska portrays Robyn Davidson, the woman who trekked across the Australian desert with four camels and a dog in the movie based on her best-selling memoir, Tracks.

Liam Neeson stars as a private detective and recovering alcoholic hired by a drug dealer to find the people who kidnapped and murdered his wife in the crime drama, A Walk Among the Tombstones.

 

(Liam Neeson stars in "A Walk Among The Tombstones.")

(Liam Neeson stars in “A Walk Among The Tombstones.”)

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Christoph Waltz stars as a computer programmer attempting to discover the reason for human existence in director Terry Gilliam’s science fiction fantasy, The Zero Theorem.

Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, and Elle Fanning lead the voice cast in a stop-motion animated comedy about an orphaned boy who’s raised by impish underground cave dwellers in The Boxtrolls.

Denzel Washington, starring in the movie version of the 1980s television drama series that starred Edward Woodward as vigilante Robert McCall, has obsessive-compulsive disorder in The Equalizer.

“Outkast” frontman Andre Benjamin stars as guitarist extraordinaire and legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix in the year-in-the-life musical biographical drama, Jimi: All Is By My Side.

 

(Andre Banjamin, left, stars as rick icon Jimi Hendrix in "Jimi:  All Is By My Side.")

(Andre Banjamin, left, stars as rock icon Jimi Hendrix in “Jimi: All Is By My Side.”)

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Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac are a con artist, his wife, and a stranger in the Athens-set suspense thriller, The Two Faces of January.

Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton play twentysomethings caught in a severe snowstorm on what was supposed to be a one-night hookup in the romantic comedy, Two Night Stand.

OCTOBER

Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike co-star as suspicious husband and missing wife in director David Fincher’s media-circus mystery-thriller based on the best-selling 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl.

Reese Witherspoon stars as a single woman who helps four Sudanese refugees get a fresh start in the United States in the fact-based drama, The Good Lie.

Nicolas Cage is one of the few survivors when millions of people around the globe suddenly vanish in the apocalyptic science fiction thriller, Left Behind.

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play the mom and dad in the title’s-a-mouthful comedy based on the popular kids’ book by Judith Viorst, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Robert Downey Jr. stars as a big-city criminal defense lawyer who returns to his small-town home for his mother’s funeral and must defend his estranged father, the title character played by Robert Duvall, when he is accused of murder in the father-son drama, The Judge.

 

(Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall star in "The Judge.")

(Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall star in “The Judge.”)

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Jeremy Renner plays San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb, who had to endure a vicious smear campaign after he wrote a series of articles about the CIA’s involvement in drug smuggling in the real-life drama, Kill the Messenger.

Miles Teller is an aspiring drumming prodigy in a competitive jazz band who comes in conflict with tyrannical conductor JK Simmons at a top music school in the Sundance Film Festival-premiering drama, Whiplash.

Ex-Batman star Michael Keaton plays an actor trying to capture his former glory as an iconic superhero who writes, directs, and stars in a play on Broadway in the art-imitating-life dark comedy, Birdman.

The origin story of Prince Vlad the Impaler, the iconic vampire played by Luke Evans of The Hobbit, who started out trying to protect his own family, is detailed in the fantasy drama, Dracula Untold.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays an unemployed journalist who discovers the high-speed world of freelance crime journalism in contemporary Los Angeles in the nocturnal drama, Nightcrawler.

Keira Knightley plays an irresponsible and dishonest twentysomething woman who befriends 16-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz and her single dad, Sam Rockwell, in the romantic comedy, Laggies.

John Hawkes portrays real-life heroin-addicted jazz pianist Joe Albany and Elle Fanning is his daughter Amy, in the biographical drama based on her memoir about her childhood, Low Down.

Bill Murray plays the title character, with Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts in support, in a comedy about a hedonistic war veteran who drinks and gambles too much and mentors the kid next store in the comedy-drama, St. Vincent.

And Daniel Radcliffe awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples when girlfriend Juno Temple dies mysteriously and he’s accused of her murder in the supernatural horror fantasy, Horns.

 

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