Fall movie preview: It’s a bird, it’s a plane. . . . No, it’s Harry Potter!

By Bethany Smith

Staff Writer

Harry, Ron and Hermoine, as seen in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Shadows” is showing Nov 19.

While Facebook statuses are updated, as tangled hair is being combed and while mega minds are completing papers about a movie they saw in 3D, the wizards return, and life as we know it will be unstoppable. Fall movies are starting to make their debut in theaters across the country. Here is a list of some movies to check out, ranging from horror to comedy and romance.

The Social Network” is about the ultra popular social-networking website, Facebook. The movie revolves around the founders of Facebook and how Mark Zuckerberg became the youngest billionaire in history. The movie is distributed by Columbia Pictures and stars Rooney Mara, Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg, Brenda Song and Justin Timberlake. “The Social Network” is rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and language.

In “Life As We Know It,” two single adults, Holly Berenson and Eric Messer, have only two things in common: their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie.
But when they suddenly become all Sophie has, Berenson and Messer have to put their differences aside. While juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they will have to find some common ground while living under one roof.
The Warner Bros. movie stars Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Jean Smart, Christina Hendricks and Faizon Love. “Life As We Know It” is rated PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content.

Nowhere Boy” is a biopic of a young John Lennon who finds his voice and then founds The Beatles. The movie is distributed by The Weinstein Company and stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Aaron Johnson, Thomas Sangster, Anne-Marie Duff and David Threlfall. “No­where Boy” is rated R for language and a scene of sexuality.

Secretariat” is based on a true story of the 1973 Triple Crown racehorse winner. Despite her lack of knowledge of horse racing, housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables. Against all odds, Chenery–with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin– manages to conquer the male-dominated business of horseracing.
Ultimately, she brings up what may be the greatest racehorse of all time and the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. The movie is distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and stars Diane Lane, Dylan Walsh, John Malkovich, Scott Glenn, Fred Thompson and Margo Martindale.
“Secretariat” is rated PG for brief mild language.

Saw3D” is the seventh sequel to the original “Saw” movie released in 2004. This movie continues Jigsaw’s brutal legacy when a group of Jigsaw survivors gather to seek the support of self-help guru Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new movement of terror on the world.

The movie is distributed by Lionsgate Films and stars Tobin Bell, Tanedra Howard, Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell and Sean Patrick Flanery. “Saw3D” is rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and language.

Megamind” is about the most brilliant and least successful super villain the world has ever known. He finally conquers his nemesis, Metro Man, but he realizes that achieving his life’s ambition was his worst move. His life is pointless without a hero to fight.

Megamind decides that the only way out of his rut is to create a new hero opponent, Titan, who promises to be bigger, better and stronger than Metro Man ever was. But should he have made this new opponent? The movie is distributed by Paramount Pictures and stars Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell and Jonah Hill. “Megamind” is rated PG for mild language, violence and scary images.

The Beast,”  an unmanned locomotive loaded with toxic cargo, roars through the countryside, eliminating anything in its path in Unstoppable. A veteran engineer and a young conductor, aboard another train in the runaway’s sights, devise an incredible plan to try to avert disaster in a densely populated area.
The movie is distributed by 20th Century Fox and stars Chris Pine, Denzel Washing­ton, Rosario Dawson, Jessy Schram and Kevin Dunn. Unstoppable is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and peril, and some language.

Tangled” is a Walt Disney Pictures movie about a girl with 70 feet of magical, golden hair.  A princess stolen from her parents’ castle as a baby, Rapunzel is locked in a remote tower longing for adventure.
Now an imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade with the help of a handsome bandit.
On the way, Rapunzel and her partner in crime find adventure, heart, humor and lots of hair.

The movie stars Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy. “Tangled” is rated PG.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1” is the first half of the final chapter of the Harry Potter film series. Harry, Ron and Hermione leave Hogwarts behind to find and destroy the Horcruxes–the secret to Voldemort’s power and immortality.

The movie, distributed by Warner Bros., stars the familiar cast of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson and Timothy Spall. It is rated PG-13.