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Fall 2013 Movie Preview

Movies about Texas cowboys, the assassination of JFK, the music of Muscle Shoals and a bestselling memoir about slavery make the fall movie lineup, in addition to several blockbusters filmed in Georgia and Louisiana and directorial standouts by Billy Bob Thornton and Diablo Cody. Watch the trailers below and get the popcorn ready.

12 Years a Slave
Directed by Steve McQueen
Filmed in Louisiana
Starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Quvenzhané Wallis and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon

Release Date: October 18

Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted, sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before the Civil War.


Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Directed by David Lowery
Filmed in Louisiana
Starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck

Release Date: Out now

The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. 


As I Lay Dying
Directed by James Franco
Filmed in Mississippi
Starring James Franco, Danny McBride and Ahna O’Reilly

Release Date: September 27

Based on the 1930 classic by William Faulkner, James Franco brings to screen the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family’s quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.


Dallas Buyers Club
Directed by Jean-Marc Valee
Filmed in Louisiana
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto and Steve Zahn

Release Date: November 1

Matthew McConaughey is real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Filmed in Georgia
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson

Release Date: November 22

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem in this sequel.


Jayne Mansfield’s Car
Directed by Billy Bob Thornton
Filmed in Georgia
Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon and Shawnee Smith

Release Date: September 13

The death of a clan’s estranged wife and mother brings together two very different families in 1969 Alabama in Billy Bob Thornton’s second directorial debut following “Sling Blade.” Read our interview with Billy Bob Thornton here


Muscle Shoals
Directed by Greg “Freddy” Camalier

Release Date: October 25

The music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Mick Jagger, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.


Directed by Diablo Cody
Filmed in New Orleans
Starring Julianne Hough, Nick Offerman, Holly Hunter, Octavia Spencer and Russell Brand

Release Date: October 18

After surviving a plane crash, a young conservative woman suffers a crisis of faith and sets out to explore the worldly pleasures of Las Vegas in Diablo Cody’s directorial debut.


Directed by Peter Landesman
Filmed in Texas
Starring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Marcia Gay Harden and Billy Bob Thornton

Release Date: October 4

A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.


Directed by Dennis Villeneuve
Filmed in Georgia
Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Paul Dano

Release Date: September 20

When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?


And Don’t Miss On DVD Now …

Directed by Jeff Nichols
Filmed in Arkansas
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan and Reese Witherspoon

Two young boys encounter a fugitive, played by Matthew McConaughey, and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. Features stunning river views and an award-worthy performance by 17-year-old Sheridan.

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