Fall doesn’t just mean changing leaves and chillier weather. It also marks the season for big, Oscar-contending movies. This year we have a variety of films, from comedies to epic dramas, starring Latinos. Here are some of the movies that we'll be checking out this fall!
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Footloose (Oct. 14)
Newcomer Ziah Colon, who is Puerto Rican, co-stars in this remake of the 80s classic. In a town where dancing is banned, teens fight for the right to shake their asses!
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (Nov. 18)
Go werewolves! How can we not root for the tanned, furry ones when Alex Meraz is on the canine crew? Also look for Christian Camargo (aka the Ice Truck Killer from Dexter, season 1) as the “vegetarian” Spanish vampire Eleazar, and Christian Serratos as Bella’s compassionate human bud, Angela.
The Artist (Nov. 23)
Filmed in beautiful black and white without spoken dialogue or sound, The Artist tells the story of a silent film star (Jean Dujardin) who worries that he will fade into irrelevance once movies have sound. Meanwhile, he meets a scrappy young dancer, Peppy Miller (Argentinian actress Berenice Bejo), who is trying to break into the biz.
Miss Bala (Oct. 14)
This Mexican hit takes on the corrupting, destructive force that is the Mexican drug world. A naïve girl who longs to be a beauty contestant winner, witnesses a drug-related shooting spree and is then forced to make a deal with the devil, aka a cartel lord. With Mexican newcomer Stephanie Sigman, produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna’s Canana Films.
Puss in Boots (Nov. 4)
The breakout star of the Shrek movies thanks to Antonio Banderas’ purr-fect accent and comic timing, Puss in Boots, gets his own movie, at last. The adventure, set before the Shrek timeline, includes Humpty Dumpty and the cute-but-deadly Kitty Softpaws, voiced by Salma Hayek. Executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro.
New Year’s Eve (Dec. 9)
Remember Valentine’s Day? Well, this other holiday-themed Gary Marshall romantic comedy with a huge ensemble promises to be better, especially with Sofia Vergara and the Latino Morgan Freeman, Hector Elizondo, in the cast.
The Rum Diary (Oct. 28)
White people frolicking on a Caribbean island and having run-ins with voodoo, lots of rum and corruption. Cliché? Perhaps. But it also stars Johnny Depp and Amaury Nolasco and was filmed in Puerto Rico, so we’ll give it a chance.
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Nov. 4)
The boys are back to toke and celebrate the Lord’s birthday. This time, the stoner pals head to New York City to find the perfect Christmas tree. Harold’s sweetie is played by Paula Garces once again, but look out for Danny Trejo as her mean-looking dad. If the movie poster featuring him in a Christmas sweater is any indication, we’re in for big laughs.
Father of Invention (Oct. 14)
Camille Belle tackles her meatiest role yet as the estranged daughter of the shyster “King of the Infommercial” (Kevin Spacey), newly released from prison, in this dramedy.
Anonymous (Oct. 28)
Did Shakespeare really write all those plays himself? This movie explores the possibility that everything from Romeo and Juliet to Marc and Cleopatra was written by a nobleman who was having an affair with Queen Elizabeth. With Spanish Brit actor Sebastian Armesto as playwright and poet Ben Jonson.
In Time (Oct. 28)
Part-Brazilian Yaya Dacosta plays a supporting role as a young mom in a futuristic flick (starring the delicious Justin TImberlake) set in a world where only the rich live past 25.
Tower Heist (Nov. 4)
Michael Peña joins Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick and Eddie Murphy as a group of hard workers from a ritzy high-rise who plot to rob a millionaire who robs them of their life savings through his Ponzi scheme.
Black Gold (Dec. 23)
Antonio Banderas strikes again! The Spanish star closes a huge year (The Skin I Live In, Puss in Boots) starring as an Arab prince in the 1930s who is torn between his conservative dad and his liberal father-in-law. Antonio in white robes. Hot. Also, we smell an Oscar nomination for him this year for this or Skin.