Thursday, September 3, 2009
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Fall Movie Preview 2009
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Michael Stuhlbarg in "A Serious Man", written and
directed by The Coen Brothers. (Photo: Wilson Webb)
A Serious Man -
A serious comedy, which is just the way The Coen Brothers like it. Their
latest is about a man struggling to deal with the sudden divorce by his wife who
leaves because her husband's brother won't move out of their house. The
film is set in 1967. The
trailer alone is pure Coens.
Capitalism: A Love Story - Expanded release
of Michael Moore's latest documentary is on Oct. 2.;
see Sept. 23 date listing in
September '09 preview
They're heere! And so are Woody Harrelson,
Mila Kunis, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone. Mr. Eisenberg's scaredy-cat
character gets brave (aka "grows a pair") and becomes a leader, shepherding a
flock of people cross-country to avoid oncoming waves of zombies. Can you
dig it? Ruben Fleischer directs it. Oct.
Whip It -
No, not Devo, but Drew Barrymore, making her
feature film directing debut. Roller derby is the name and the game in
Texas, where this comedy-drama is set. Ellen Page, Kirsten Wiig and Ms.
The Invention Of Lying -
Ricky Gervais didn't direct this film. He
co-directed it. Am I lying? Matthew Robinson also directed this
comedy, which stars Mr. Gervais. I'm no liar liar. And you've never
lied before either. I can guarantee it.
More Than A Game -
After the acclaim for Spike Lee's "Kobe Doin'
Work" earlier this year, LeBron James features in this documentary directed by
Kristopher Belman. Will this doc feature that infamous YouTube video of
#23 being dunked on?? Stay tuned.
Couples Retreat -
Comedy all the way from Peter Billingsley, about
couples trying to work out their marital problems. Vince Vaughn, Jon
Favreau ("Iron Man"), Faison Love and Malin Akerman are among those along for
Good Hair -
Jeff Stilson's documentary featuring Chris Rock as
Mr. Rock explores the very sensitive topic of "good hair" in the
African-American community. Maya Angelou, Rev. Al Sharpton, Nelson George
and a host of others famous and not so weigh in on the subject. Could be
the most incisive film on the subject since the Jigaboos and Wannabees of
Oct. 9. (limited release)
An Education -
Lone Scherfig directs this coming of age drama set
in London in the 1960's. When an older playboy
comes into the life of a teenage woman, a new
world of possibilities and turmoil emerge. Bloody marvelous. With
Peter Sarsgaard, Carey Mulligan and Alfred Molina.
Oct. 9. (limited release)
The Stepfather -
This cult horror film returns after a hiatus,
unless this is a re-working in the same way that Rob Zombie successfully
re-imagined the original Halloween. Dylan Walsh and Sela Ward are part of
the cast. Don't turn off the lights.
The Road -
Delayed for a year, this drama finally has its
release. A man treks the country in search of other human life in a
post-apocalyptic world. Is this "I Am Legend"? With "The Book Of
Eli" coming early next year, all the better to see if this film lives up to the
strong acting talent of Viggo Mortensen, who is joined by Charlize Theron.
Where The Wild Things Are -
Spike Jonze directs this live-action film version
of Maurice Sendak's very popular stories. Lots of anticipation for this
one, which stars Forest Whitaker, Catherine O'Hara and Max Records.
Law Abiding Citizen -
Twitterites will have learned that recently Gerard
Butler was in the studio doing automatic dialogue replacement (ADR) for this
film, a drama about a man (Mr. Butler) plotting revenge against those who killed
his wife and daughter. Jamie Foxx plays the prosecutor who gets in too
deep. How deep, you ask? Deep. F. Gary Gray ("The Inside Job",
"The Negotiator") directs and Leslie Bibb also stars. The film is
apparently shot in the style of the classic "Memento", Christopher Nolan's 2001
film. Oct. 16.
New York, I Love You - An anthology of stories about love, loss and
romance set in the Big Apple. At least eight directors take on New York
City. The cast includes Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper and many others.
Oct. 16. (limited release)
Saw VI - Still sawing away, this gruesome horror franchise has a bloody
graphic gift that keeps on giving, just in time for Halloween, which should be
renamed Saw Day, or something lame like that. Kevin Greutert directs the
film. Oct. 23.
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant - John C. Reilly and the
recently-wed Salma Hayek star in this one. An assistant is trapped between
vampires and their dangerous pursuers. Paul Weitz ("Chuck And Buck")
directs. Oct. 23
Amelia - Based on the true story of the legendary aviator Amelia Earhart.
The epic is directed by Mira Nair, and Hilary Swank is in the title role.
Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor also star. There will be inevitable
comparisons to "The Aviator", but expect this film, thanks to Ms. Nair's skill
and talent as a director, to stand on its own two feet.
Anti-Christ - Some controversy surrounds iconoclastic director Lars Von
Trier's latest film, about a grieving married couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte
Gainsbourg) retreating to a cabin in the woods, only for things to get far, far
worse. There's reportedly genital mutilation in this film. Is this
true? Is the film misogynistic? If so, sadly it wouldn't be the
first time. Guess there's only one way to answer these two questions.
Oct. 23. (limited release - LA/NYC)
The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee - Rebecca Miller (wife of Daniel
Day-Lewis) directs Robin Wright-Penn, Alan Arkin and Mike Binder ("Reign Over
Me") in this drama about a suburban woman and her older husband and nervous
breakdowns. Hmmm. Oct. 23.
Motherhood - Uma Thurman stars as a mother who's trying to keep above
water, readying for her daughter's birthday party as well as competing in an
essay contest. Katherine Dieckmann also directs Minnie Driver and Anthony
Edwards. Oct. 23. (limited release)
Michael Jackson: This Is It - What promises to be Sony Pictures'
highest-grossing film worldwide in 2009, Kenny Ortega directs the hours and
hours of rehearsal footage of the gone-too-soon megastar entertainer
extraordinaire as he prepared for what would be his final concert tour.
Mr. Jackson, who will be buried today, lives on, and will continue to when this
film opens for an exclusive two-week engagement worldwide.
Youth In Revolt - Miguel Arteta directs Michael Cera as he schemes to
lose his virginity to a bright and advanced local girl. No "Paper Heart"
here. With Portia Doubleday and Ray Liotta.
How To Seduce Difficult Women - The one question to ask here of Richard
Temtchine's film: what's the definition of "difficult"?
Gentlemen Broncos - Plagiarism charges roil a science-fiction writer's
world as a younger writer accuses him. J'accuse!!! Michael Angarano,
Jemaine Clement and Mike White are part of the cast, which is directed by Jared
Hess. Oct. 30.
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