Fall Movie Preview 2014: Bring on the Heavy Hitters

Rolling Stone's film critic weighs in on the season's highly anticipated biopics, blockbusters and Oscarbait

Fall Movie Preview 2014: Bring on the Big Guns
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Face it, summer movies are like one-night stands: in, out and off our memory cards. Fall brings the movies you want to take home, learn to love and introduce to friends. They stick to the mind and heart, especially the ones ready for a serious date with Oscar. It's not that art totally trumps commerce at the multiplex between Labor Day and New Year's Eve: Escapism is plentiful, from sequels for Horrible Bosses and Night at the Museum to the musicals Annie and Into the Woods. But so far, 2014 has been a lean year for keepers. Only two films, both released earlier this year and both the work of Texas-born directors, have a shot at the gold: Richard Linklater's masterpiece, Boyhood, and Wes Anderson's career-defining The Grand Budapest Hotel. Can they be topped? Here are the scrappiest contenders with their eyes on the prize, as well as the fall blockbusters and under-the-radar gems to keep an eye out for over the next several months.

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