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Fall Movie Preview 2009
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Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus", opening on Dec. 11.  (Photo: Warner Brothers)

Armored - A heist plan goes awry when disagreements about its execution arise.  What's a heist among friends?  If you count your friends as Laurence Fishburne, Matt Dillon and Columbus Short you're probably in good shape.  Nimrod Antal is the director.  Dec. 4.

Brothers - Jim Sheridan directs the remake of Susanne Bier's film about two brothers whose lives are deeply affected when one of them goes off to war and is presumed dead.  Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman star.  Dec. 4.

The Princess And The Frog - In over 75 years of Disney film history there has never been a black princess at the center of the studio's classic animated stories.  Until now.  Anika Noni Rose ("Dreamgirls") voices the princess, with Keith David and Oprah Winfrey also supplying voicework.  Mr. David so memorably voiced The Cat in "Coraline" earlier this year.  Ron Clements and John Musker direct.  Dec. 11.

Invictus - There's probably no harder working American filmmakers these days than Clint Eastwood and Steven Soderbergh, and now both have directed Matt Damon in films released this year.  Mr. Damon stars here as Francois Pienaar, a rugby team captain in Mr. Eastwood's drama based on a true story of then-president Nelson Mandela's efforts to form a reconciliation with an-all white South African rugby team just after the end of the apartheid era.  Morgan Freeman stars as Mandela.  Is it Oscar-time again for Mr. Freeman, who already won an Oscar under Mr. Eastwood's direction?  Dec. 11.

The Lovely Bones -
Peter Jackson in his second film post-Lord Of The Rings, with Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and a possible Oscar-winning turn from previous nominee Saorise Ronan.  A drama about a family coping following the brutal rape and murder of one of its members.  Dec. 11.

Did You Hear About The Morgans? - An estranged couple go into a witness protection program after apparently being eyewitnesses to a murder.  Wyoming, here they come!  Look out for those Morgans!  They are played by Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, with Marc Lawrence directing.  Dec. 18.

Avatar - More than ten years in the making, James Cameron, that master of the "Titanic", is back with his first feature film since the ocean voyage than grossed almost $2 billion worldwide in 1998.  "Avatar" is expected to be the biggest movie event of the year.  Did this film really cost about half a billion dollars, or is that a gross exaggeration??  One thing's for sure: it's going to be bigger and bolder than anything Mr. Cameron's ever done.  Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen Lang and a host of others get on board.  Dec. 18. 

It's Complicated - Surely the title of this film will be changed.  Doesn't a film starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin deserve better?  And Nancy Meyers directs this one.  It's the second film this year that Ms. Streep has starred in that is directed by a woman (Nora Ephron's terrific "Julie & Julia" was the other film.)  Dec. 25.

Sherlock Holmes -
Guy Ritchie directs Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdams in this drama about England's much-heralded sleuth.  Mr. Law was priceless in Kenneth Branagh's "Sleuth" in 2007, and he's here as Watson to Mr. Downey Jr's Holmes.  Dec. 25.

Alvin & The Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel -
We can only hope that Betty Thomas' film is better than its title.  Jason Lee is back, and the voices are supplied by Drew Barrymore among others.  Squeak, squeak!!!!   Dec. 25.

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