With the eighty-fifth Academy Award nominations set to be announced on Jan. 15, 2013, this fall is guaranteed to be jam-packed with great movies.  Since going to the movies is pretty much the only thing to do in Carrollton (not to mention student tickets are only $7.50), you might as well make the most of it.  Here is a list of 10 movies to be excited about this fall.

1. Cloud Atlas (Sept. 28):   If you’ve seen the trailer for this movie you’re either really excited about it or really confused (or, like me, both).  The movie seems to be a bit of a mix between genres—drama, sci-fi/fantasy and thriller.  With an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Jim Sturgess and Susan Sarandon, this film will definitely be something.  Whether that “something” will be a masterpiece or just another Suckerpunch, well, time will tell.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWnAqFyaQ5s

2. Looper (Sept. 28):  Well, the movie trailer already gives too much away about this movie so I’ll try not to do that here.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis star in this futuristic, sci-fi action film about using time travel for mob hits.  The plot looks interesting and the action sequences promise to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uIWGOKW5OM

3. Taken 2 (Oct. 5):  Two words: Liam Neeson.  That’s really all you need to justify seeing this film. While many critics are skeptical about this sequel, if it’s anything like the first “Taken,” it is sure to be worth your time.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb1oN8WJAh8

4. Frankenweenie (Oct. 5):  I know it seems cheesy, but Tim Burton really seems to be getting back to his roots with this film.  This is actually a remake and extension of Burton’s original short film 28 years ago.  If you are a Burton fan and have been disappointed with his last few films, let “Frankenweenie” be your guilty Halloween pleasure.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58w1keRNYFE

5. Argo (Oct. 12): Ben Affleck directs and stars in this movie based on a true story about the rescue of six U.S. diplomat hostages from Tehran, Iran in 1979.  Affleck hasn’t really been seen as a good actor in a while now that he has become such a good director.  We’ll see how both of his roles in this film play out, but I think this film looks promising.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w918Eh3fij0

6. Wreck-It Ralph (Nov. 2):  This film has video game nostalgia written all over it.  Disney has been working on this film for a long time and whether you are a gamer or you just appreciate old-school video games, this movie is a must-see.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG0zCqGlvw8

7. Skyfall (Nov. 9): The Daniel Craig period (I like to call it “the sexy era”) of the James Bond films is back with a third installment for the series.  The trailer promises everything Bond movies are about: action, style and a broody spy.  Come on, you can’t just NOT go see a Bond film.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kw1UVovByw

8. Lincoln (Nov. 16): Daniel Day Lewis stars as Abraham Lincoln in his final days of office and the difficulty Lincoln faced in abolishing slavery.  And though this version doesn’t have any vampires like the last Lincoln movie, it seems like it will be a moving film.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJVuqYkI2jQ

9. Rise of the Guardians (Nov. 21):  This is what happens when famous supernatural characters team up to save the world from an evil spirit.  Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost all appear in a film that promises to be a great movie to see during the holidays.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd71LWhCO4s

10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dec. 14):  I know that December technically doesn’t count as fall but this is the movie I am most excited to see this year.  Peter Jackson returns to direct a three-part series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s book “The Hobbit,”“An Unexpected Journey” being the first of the films. Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy (another Tolkien series) was fantastic and Tolkien fans have been waiting a long time for decent adaptation of “The Hobbit.”  And from the look of it, the first film promises that this trilogy will be much more than “decent”.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0k3kHtyoqc