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August 30, 2013

Fall Movies: 10 performances to watch this fall

The fall movie going season offers a bevy of hotly anticipated performances — some from famous faces, others from less familiar ones. Here are 10 worth being excited about:

ROBERT REDFORD — If you thought the Sundance Kid didn't say much, Redford is entirely mum in director J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost." Redford is utterly alone on screen in the tale of a man adrift in the Indian Ocean.

BRUCE DERN — It's been years since the 77-year-old actor starred in a film, a chance Alexander Payne gave Dern for "Nebraska," a black-and-white road trip of father and son (Will Forte). In it, the loquacious Dern turns taciturn as an alcoholic but spirited veteran.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY — He's already given an Oscar-worthy supporting performance in Jeff Nichols' Mississippi River coming-of-age tale "Mud" earlier this year. And McConaughey also has a role in Martin Scorsese's upcoming "The Wolf of Wall Street." But in "Dallas Buyers Club" he stars as an HIV-positive Dallas man who smuggles alternative medicine. It could be the apogee of McConaughey's recent streak.

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR — The British actor's lead performance in "12 Years a Slave" as a free black man with a family in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., sold into slavery in Louisiana, is a hugely powerful portrait of undefeated dignity.

SANDRA BULLOCK — There are two on-screen actors in Alfonso Cuaron's space thriller "Gravity": George Clooney and Bullock. In zero gravity, Bullock grounds the film in one of the finest, least-adorned performances of her career.

OSCAR ISAAC — Though little known, Isaac landed the lead part in the Coen brothers' Greenwich village folk revival "Inside Llewyn Davis." In a film about an early '60s musician always narrowly missing his breakthrough, Isaac's own big break is assured. He also flawlessly sings and performs several folk ballads in the film.

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