Fall Movie Preview 2012: The Tearjerkers

Sept. 14

Finding Nemo 3D (G)
Starring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe
Potential for tears: Medium
The undersea adventure returns nine years later in hopes you’ll shell out to see it again in post-conversion 3-D. While I wasn’t suckered into Disney’s previous attempts at these shenanigans, I’m sold hook, line and sinker (pun intended) to see Pixar’s most beautiful movie on the big screen once more.

10 Years
Starring Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt
Potential for tears: Medium
This high school reunion movie only has to beat out American Reunion for the title of best high school reunion movie in years.

Sept. 21

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13)
Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
Potential for tears: High
Stephen Chbosky adapts his own beloved novel about a band of misfit high schoolers. Devotees swear up and down the book is one of the best they’ve ever read, but I remain cautiously optimistic that this movie won’t dip into heavy melodrama.

Sept. 28

Won’t Back Down (PG)
Starring Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter
Potential for tears: Medium
Parents and teachers take on crappy public school bureaucracy. Sure to be clichéd to a fault, but elevated with an outstanding cast.

Trouble with the Curve
Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake
Potential for tears: High
Eastwood returns to a starring role for the first time in four years, playing a grizzled (as if he could play anything else) baseball scout trying to make amends with his estranged daughter. I’ve got the tissues out already.

Oct. 26

The Sessions (R)
Starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy
Potential for tears: Medium
Hawkes emerged from Sundance as the only legitimate challenger to Daniel Day-Lewis’ assumed win as Abraham Lincoln. He plays life-long invalid Mark O’Brien who employs the services of a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) to take his virginity. It will all be handled with delicacy and humor.

Nov. 16

Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (PG-13)
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Michael Sheen
Potential for tears: Low
It’s the final movie in this short but successful and horrific series. Tears of joy only.

Anna Karenina
Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson
Potential for tears: High
Knightley again reunites with her Pride & Prejudice and Atonement director Joe Wright for this take on Tolstoy, art directed within an inch of its life.

Nov. 23

Life of Pi (PG-13)
Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain
Potential for tears: Medium
Cast Away meets Water for Elephants? Pi (Sharma) plays a shipwrecked boy who shares the wreckage with a Bengal tiger. Always count on Ang Lee to deliver something stylish.

Dec. 14

Les Misérables (PG-13)
Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
Potential for tears: Extremely High
The long-running Broadway musical finally gets the big-screen treatment from Oscar winner Tom Hooper. Have you seen that preview? Get your tissues ready.

Dec. 21

The Impossible (PG-13)
Starring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Tom Holland
Potential for tears: Extremely High
McGregor and Watts try to find each other and their three sons after the 2004 tsunami literally splits up their family. I’m bawling already.

Christmas Day

This is 40 (R)
Starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Melissa McCarthy
Potential for tears: Low
Judd Apatow always markets his movies as comedies, but as Funny People proved, there’s the potential for some depressing moments.

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