Let’s face it: with the exception of Pacific Rim – which left our Head Geek salivating for more Jaeger action – the summer film season has been largely disappointing for us geeks. As we begin the fall season, Geek Crusade previews the 2013 fall movies calendar and picks five geek movies to watch.

The World’s End

The World's End
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Out: September 19

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

Why we’re excited: If you liked Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), you probably don’t need anymore reason to be excited for the last of the Cornetto trilogy. The story of five friends who reunite after 20 years to re-create an epic pub crawl only to stumble upon an alien invasion, The World’s End has gotten rave reviews in the US. Plus, it pulls together the dynamic trio of Wright, Pegg and Frost – check out our report from the movie’s panel at Comic Con back in July. 

Gravity

Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), in definitely happier, less terrifying times, safe inside a tiny metal box from the vast, infinite blackness of space.
Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), in definitely happier, less terrifying times, safe inside a tiny metal box from the vast, infinite blackness of space.

Out: October 10

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

Why we’re excited: The sci-fi movies from this summer – think R.I.P.D. and After Earth  might have crashed and burned, but Gravity‘s fresh new take on the sci-fi fare is making our heads spin – and stomachs turn. The spine-tingling trailer with Bullock and Clooney drifting in open space reminds us once again that space hates us. And with glowing reviews from the Venice Film Festival, some critics are already starting to compare Gravity to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey – high praise indeed.

Ender’s Game

Ender's Game, Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford
Ford: The enemy is at our door and you want to talk about gay marriage?

Out: November 1

Directed by: Gavin Hood

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford and Hailee Steinfeld

Why we’re excited: Published in 1985, Orson Scott Card’s acclaimed sci-fi book was considered far ahead of its time. Unfortunately, Summit’s belated film adaptation has been hit by boycott threats due to Card’s opposition to same-sex marriage. Since then, Summit and stars of the film like Harrison Ford have tried to distance the movie from Card’s views. Nevertheless, we are very excited to see how it’s going to turn out, especially because of the involvement of Ford, The Greatest Action Star Ever.

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Thor: The Dark World

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Loki: Thor, I hate to break this to you. But I’m the real star of this movie.

Out: November 8

Directed by: Alan Taylor

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston

Why we’re excited: While the sequel to Thor (2011) reunites Hemsworth’s Norse god and Portman’s physicist, the star attraction is without a doubt Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. The God of Mischief sent the Comic Con crowd fully mental when he appeared in Hall H, and this might be the last time you see him for a while too, since Loki won’t feature in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This film may also provide clues about where the Marvel universe is headed.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Katniss and Peeta

Out: November 22

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Why we’re excited: If you liked The Hunger Games (2012), you probably don’t need any more reasons to be excited for the return of Katniss Everdeen. In a year where the young adult films like The Mortal Instruments have under-performed, we expect the second installment of Suzanne Collin’s post-apocalyptic saga to deliver the goods and be the flag-bearer. And judging from the trailer, the girl of fire will torch the competition.

Do you agree with our pick? Which shows are you most excited for? Tell us in the comments below.