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Fall Movie Preview 2013

A peek at 25 films that actually merit the attention they’re getting

All isn't lost. It's fall, when undumb movies push through the din of summer idiocy, when excitement is human instead of digital, when topping the Oscar list is (almost) as important as topping the box office. Don't get me wrong. The greed thing doesn't disappear between Labor Day and New Year's Eve. That's why sequels to The Hunger Games, Anchorman, Thor and The Hobbit are on the fall table. But fall is the season when Hollywood itches for a little respect. And the filmmakers at work – Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, the Coen brothers, Alfonso Cuarón, Alexander Payne, Paul Greengrass, Steve McQueen, Spike Jonze – are top-tier. It's been quality famine so far in 2013. Fruitvale Station, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Mud – and then what? You can barely fill a tweet. The movies on this list want to drop-kick a drag-ass year to glory. Game on.

By Peter Travers

dallas buyers club

Anne Marie Fox

Four Under the Radar Films

Blue Is the Warmest Color (10/25)
Is a three-hour movie about lesbians too much? Not with these lesbians. As 15-year-old Adèle, a wanna-be teacher, Adèle Exarchopoulos gives the kind of explosive performance awards are made for. And she's nearly matched by Léa Seydoux as Emma, the blue-haired beauty who teaches her plenty. Ignore critics who were irked that Blue is filtered through the male gaze of writer-director Abdellatif Kechiche. The film is unique and unforgettable.

Out of the Furnace (12/6)
Remember Scott Cooper, who directed Jeff Bridges to an Oscar in 2009's indie hit Crazy Heart? Now Cooper is back with a Pennsylvania steel-town thriller about an ex-con (Christian Bale) looking for payback from a mobster (Woody Harrelson).

Dallas Buyers Club (12/6)
Matthew McConaughey, who keeps on performing acting miracles, lost 50 pounds to play a character based on Ron Woodroof, a Dallas homophobe who is diagnosed with HIV in 1986 and gets into the dodgy business of smuggling illegal alternative medicines to find a cure.

The Past (12/20)
For this Paris-set tale of secrets and lies, Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) won the Best Actress prize at Cannes. She plays the ex-wife of an Iranian (Ali Mosaffa) who finds danger in her relationship with an Arab (Tahar Ramin). Look for Asghar Farhadi's spellbinder to lead the race for Best Foreign Film.

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