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Peter Travers’ 2012 Fall Movie Preview

The 25 movies to see and five that go straight into the Scum Bucket

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Fall at the movies. The time when Hollywood seeks redemption for shoveling so much summer crap by presenting movies that might actually be – wait for it – good! Daniel Craig is back as James Bond in Skyfall. I'm there. The Wachowski siblings (Andy and Lana) are back in the Matrix-like maze of Cloud Atlas. I'm so there. Peter Jackson is back in Lord of the Rings territory in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Ditto. KStew and RPatz are back in The Twilight Saga. OK, I'm not so hot to be there for that one, but at least it's the final vampire chapter. Everybody knows fall is really about one thing: Oscar! Oscar! Oscar! Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln, Bill Murray as FDR, Russell Crowe singing in Les Miserables, Quentin Tarantino taking on slavery in Django Unchained, Paul Thomas Anderson exposing religious cults in The Master, Kathryn Bigelow hunting Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty and Ben Affleck showing real directing chops in the Iran hostage drama Argo. Keep reading for more of the best and Scum Bucket worst to come.

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Sony Pictures Animation

Five With a Bad Vibe: ‘Hotel Transylvania’

In Theaters: September 28th
Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky
 
Adam Sandler hit a career low this summer with That's My Boy. Now he's out to beat his record with Hotel Transylvania, an animated attempt to turn Dracula (Sandler) into an innkeeper for monsters and a father who struggles to keep his 118-year-daughter (Selena Gomez) in line. Ugh.

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Sidney Baldwin

Five With a Bad Vibe: ‘Alex Cross’

In Theaters: October 19th
Starring: Tyler Perry
Directed By: Rob Cohen
 
The guilty pleasures that come from readiing James Patterson's thrillers about police psychologist and family man Alex Cross diminished in the miscasting of a too-old Morgan Freeman in 1997 and 2001. Now Tyler Perry, best known for playing a big momma in big-flowered dresses in his Madea comedies, takes on the challenge. Maybe I'll be surprised and Perry will give the role the machismo and integrity it deserves. But I'm getting toxic vibes.

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Dean Hendler / Paramount Pictures

Five With a Bad Vibe: ‘Paranormal Activity 4’

In Theaters: October 19th
Starring: Katie Featherston
Directed By: Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost
 
Oh no, not again!

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Ron Phillips

Five With a Bad Vibe: ‘Red Dawn’

In Theaters: November 21st
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson
Directed By: Dan Bradley
 
In 1984's Red Dawn, it was high schoolers fighting off a Commie invasion. Now it's North Korea raising the ire of the kids. The remake has been sitting on the shelf for three years due to studio financial problems, which usually means it just sucks. In the interim, Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) upped their popularity profiles. I'm guessing it's not gonna help.

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