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Fall Movie Preview: The 30 Indies You Must See

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire August 28, 2012 at 12:48PM

The final months of 2012's specialty release schedule should easily fulfill the needs of any film lover. There are works from auteurs both international and domestic, a considerable documentary presence, many biopics and the annual plethora of Oscar bait.
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10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (September 21)

Director: Stephen Chbosky
Cast: Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman, Dylan McDermott, Paul Rudd
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Why is it a "Must See"? Stephen Chobsky's novel "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" became something of a "Catcher In The Rye" for the Millennial generation when it was published back in 1999.  Over a decade later, Chobsky has written and directed the book's cinematic adaptation himself, which is premiering in Toronto followed shortly by a September release.  Following teenagers Charlie (Logan Lerman), Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), "Perks" is sure be on top of many a twentysomething's fall to-see list. And early word suggests with good reason.

Check out the trailer below.

11. Silver Linings Playbook (November 21)

Director: David O. Russell
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Why is it a "Must See"? The Weinstein Company's other big film this fall has been overshadowed a bit by "Django" and "The Master" but definitely deserves some anticipation itself. 

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Based on Matthew Quick's darkly comedic novel, the David O. Russell-directed film stars Bradley Cooper in a juicy role as a man who moves back in with his parents (Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver) after being released from a mental institution. Co-starring Jennifer Lawrence as a love interest with some mental problems of her own, "Silver Linings Playbook" also debuted footage at Cannes at the same time as "Django" and "Master," and the response was similarly positive.

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12. Seven Psychopaths (October 12)

Director: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Gabourey Sidibe, Tom Waits, Kevin Corrigan
Distributor: CBS Films

Why is it a "Must See"? "One Shih Tzu.. Seven Psychopaths." That's the tagline for Martin McDonagh's follow-up to "In Bruges," a black comedy featuring a truly killer cast. McDonagh's "Bruges" star Colin Farrell headlines as a struggling screenwriter who inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) kidnap a beloved Shih Tzu belonging to an insane gangster (Woody Harrelson).

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13. Anna Karenina (November 16) &  14. Wuthering Heights (October 5)

Directors: Joe Wright ("Anna") and Andrea Arnold ("Heights")
Casts: Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams, Holliday Grainger ("Anna"); Kaya Scodelario, Oliver Milburn, Nicola Burley, James Howson, Paul Hilton ("Heights")
Distributors: Focus Features ("Anna") and Oscilloscope Laboratories ("Heights")

Why Are They "Must Sees"? Two literary classics from the mid-1800s are getting brand new cinematic takes (each have been adapted for film a good dozen or so times already) with Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" and Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights." Leo Tolstoy's "Anna" (last adapted in 1997 by Bernard Rose) comes to life again via a re-teaming of Wright and Keira Knightley (their third film together). Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel, meanwhile, gets a new take via Arnold and a cast of mostly unknowns (it most recently adapted prior as a miniseries starring Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley in 2009).

Check out the trailers below:

This article is related to: Lists, The Master, Django Unchained, How to Survive a Plague, The Sessions, Hyde Park on Hudson, Amour, Silver Linings Playbook







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