In the upcoming fall movie season, there is a plethora of new releases that are all about history. Maybe it’s in light of back-to-school, maybe it’s because historical pieces are bona fide Oscar contenders, whatever the case, get ready to get slightly educated with what’s on the curriculum for the next couple of months.
Lawless: August 29, 2012
Prohibition resulted in bootlegging in the 1920s-1930s. A talented and diverse cast of up-and-comers including: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Mia Wasikowska, and Jessica Chastain round out the cast that also includes Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce, looking to turn a profit from the illegal soliciting of alcohol.
Argo: October 12, 2012
Ben Affleck has proven himself to be a pro behind the camera (with Gone Baby Gone and The Town). This time around he is stepping outside of Boston to tell the story of an Iranian revolution that results in six Americans becoming hostages.
Lincoln: November 16, 2012
We can forget that Honest Abe slaughtered vampires and go back to the facts with the always astonishing Daniel Day-Lewis donning the beard and hat and looking scarily similar to our 16th president. With Steven Spielberg behind the camera, this one is almost guaranteed to dominate the awards season.
Zero Dark Thirty: December 19, 2012
Kathryn Bigelow was responsible for delivering one of the most honest and raw war movies to come out in a long time, The Hurt Locker. In Zero Dark Thirty she’s telling the story of the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks.
Django Unchained: December 25, 2012
Nothing says Christmas quite like a slave-turned-bounty-hunter killing his way through the South. Quentin Tarantino is a sucker for a revenge story, especially pitting the oppressed against the oppressors (see 2009’s Inglorious Basterds). This film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Kerry Washington is no exception.