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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 12:00 pm

Good news: The kids are in bed at a decent hour. Bad news: It’s getting darker earlier. Good news: There’s a refreshing crispness in the air. Bad news: The rainy chill of autumn has arrived. Good news: Vin Diesel and Channing Tatum have been locked up until next summer. Bad news: George Clooney and Michael Fassbender haven’t been let out yet. Good news: There are some outstanding films to watch at home. Bad news: There are some that are so appalling, you will wonder why no one warned you. Well, consider yourself warned...

Good News 

Mud

If you missed this in theaters, you are in for a treat. Matthew McConaughey is charming as the mysterious Mud, a man on the lam seeking the help of two mischievous boys to elude his pursuers and find his lady love.

42

This engaging Jackie Robinson biopic flew under the radar last spring. You don’t have to be a baseball fan or a history buff to enjoy this incredible story of the first African-American player in major league baseball.

The Great Gatsby

Not everyone is in agreement on the validity of this remake (re-remake?), but that’s all the more reason to see it. Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire are thought to be questionable casting choices in Baz Luhrmann’s big-screen vision of the Fitzgerald novel.

The English Teacher

Julianne Moore stars as a reclusive English teacher who is brought to life when a former student, a failed playwright, moves back to town in search of purpose.

Pain & Gain

I know what you’re thinking: Personal trainers-turned-bank robbers in '90s Miami? Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson? All I can say in my defense is that it stars Mark Wahlberg and the man knows a funny script. From The Other Guys to Ted, Wahlberg rarely signs on to a project that isn’t worthwhile (if you don’t count the Funky Bunch).

Trance

An auction-house employee teams up with a crew to steal a priceless Goya. Things get interesting when, after suffering a blow to the head, he can’t remember where the painting is hidden. That. Sounds. Awesome.

Antiviral

In a celebrity-obsessed world, Syd March works in an underground clinic that sells live viruses of movie stars to crazed fans, sometimes smuggling samples in his own body. When he becomes infected with a disease that killed a mega-star, he must solve the mystery of her death to save his own life. I haven’t seen it, but I’m going to.

Bad News

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Unless you’ve undergone a lobotomy, the only retaliation taking place will be your calling the cable company to demand a refund.

Bullet to the Head

The title refers to a mid-movie audience activity.

Scary Movie 5

Do I need to…? No? I didn’t think so.

Erased

Be careful here. The trailer leads you to believe this espionage thriller isn’t half bad. Well, it’s not half bad, it’s entirely bad.

Oblivion

Tom Cruise, scorched earth, dead box office.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

I get what they were trying to do here, and there is no doubt illusionists are ripe for the picking when it comes to making a comedy spoof. So, why didn’t they?

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