From the return of Harry Potter to the reappearance of a familiar Wall Street icon, this fall's loaded with heavy star turns, plus smaller, more intimate thrills from potential award winners, plus a segueway into the holidays with an old but new cyber hero. Summer may be over now, but there's a lot more hot movies on the way. Here's your guide to over 50+ films to keep an eye on...
Michael Douglas reprises one of his most iconic roles as Gordon Gekko, a Wall Street manipulator who's fresh out of prison. To repair his broken relationship with his daughter (Carey Mulligan), he uses her fiancé (Shia LaBeouf), who learns the hard way that Gekko's "Greed is Good" motto isn't as rewarding as it seems.
Zack Snyder (Watchmen,300) brings Kathryn Lasky’s children's book series to the big screen in this animated adaptation. The story follows a mythical race of barn owls whose realm is threatened by sinister outside forces. Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush and Hugo Weaving join Helen Mirren and Jim Sturgess in lending their voices to the 3D fantasy adventure.
It's high school all over again for two pairs of rivals who must reunite for a wedding. Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Bell, and Odette Yustman break out the old grudges, dirty tricks, and cat fights when the past catches up with them.
A truck driver (Ryan Reynolds) finds himself in a dire situation when he wakes up six feet underground, with only his cell phone and a cigarette lighter. With oxygen running thin, poor cell reception (and battery life draining), he has limited time to contact the world above before his unknown location becomes a final resting place.
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) follows three families and examines the breakdown of the U.S. school systems, and what can be done to fix them. Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes."
For a darker tone on the whole vampire movie genre, Cloverfield director Matt Reeves offers his take on the Swedish film Let the Right One In. Chloe Moretz plays a seemingly 12-year-old girl who has a taste for blood, and Kodi Smit-McPhee is the bullied boy who befriends her.
Filmed in 2006, this Renee Zellweger horror-thriller was scheduled to be released in 2008 but was delayed several times. Finally, the story of Zellweger’s social worker sent to investigate the family of an emotionally-abused 10-year-old girl will hit the big screen. Deadwood's Ian McShane and a pre-Hangover Bradley Cooper co-star.
Considered one of the most compelling films of the year, Freakonomics examines human behavior with statistics and incentives, discarding morals and ethics, and giving light to some controversial conclusions. Economist Steven D. Levitt and author Stepehen K. Dubner expose unconventional wisdom and debunk popular myths.
Based on a true story, Diane Lane stars as Penny Chenery, a housewife who knows little about horse racing, but successfully raises one of the greatest racehorses of all time. John Malkovich plays the veteran horse trainer who sees Chenery make her mark on the male-dominated sport.
Horror legend Wes Craven returns to his filmmaking roots with this spooky tale about a serial killer who vowed to return one day to murder the seven kids born the day he died. Sixteen years later, guess which youngsters are starting to take a nosedive into the afterlife? It’s a familiar story, but we’ll expect nothing but the genre’s best from the maker of A Nightmare on Elm Street - and in 3D no less.
Fall finds romance in this opposites-attract comedy with Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. When they become caregivers for their best friends' baby, the two singles who mutually find each other repulsive must put aside their differences to form a family and raise a child.
Gemma Arterton stars in the title role as a young newspaper writer who returns to her hometown in the English countryside where her childhood home is being prepped for sale. Adapted from a weekly Posy Simmonds comic strip, Drewe was once described as a "plain Jane." When she returns to her hometown, Dominic Cooper's Ben Sergeant (among others) realizes there's nothing plain about her anymore.
Johnny Knoxville and his crazy band of daredevil pranksters are back, this time in three dimensions. This installment includes skits such as "The Worst Wake-up in the World," which involves a defibrillator, urine, cake flour, a punch to the eye and six vampire bats released in a locked room...plus one stunt that finds Knoxville and Bam Margera clinging to the top of a tree before it's cut down, a stunt in which Margera broke his shoulder.
A bunch of retired CIA agents (Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren) return to the work force when they're targeted for assassination for the secrets they know. Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novels.
What would you do if your brother was sentenced for life in prison for a crime he didn't commit? When no one fights for him, his sister decides to take on the fight herself. She goes back to school, gets a law degree, and becomes an attorney. It takes 18 years, but, hey, it's never too late for justice. Academy Award winner Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell star.
Director Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon reteam for a supernatural story about a blue collar worker (Damon) who has a special connection to the afterlife. When his path intersects with a French journalist (Cecile De France) and a London schoolboy, all of their lives are changed forever.
With no-name actors, a tiny budget, and its simple camcorder look and feel, the first Paranormal Activity successfully freaked out auds last fall. This follow-up revisits the setting of the spooky haunting.
The third and last film in the Swedish trilogy based on Stieg Larsson's best-selling novels has heroine Lisbeth Salander fighting for her innocence with the help of her loyal friend Mikael Blomkvist. (To be followed soon by David Fincher's Americanized version of the first in the trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.)
Robert Downey Jr. plays a father racing across the country to make it back in time for his baby's birth. Zach Galifianakis is the oddball passenger he's paired with in this road-movie comedy. Hangover director Todd Phillips reteams with Zach for some laugh-inducing hijinks.
Tyler Perry directs this adaptation of Ntozake Shange's award-winning play which features a series of 20 poems performed by seven women, each of whom is known only by a color (Lady in Yellow, Lady in Purple, etc.) The ensemble cast features Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine, Macy Gray and Phylicia Rashad.
Director Danny Boyle's follow-up to his Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire is this intense true story about Aron Ralston (James Franco), who becomes trapped in a canyon crevice in Moab, Utah when a boulder pins down his arm.
Kristen Stewart takes a break from all the vampires and werewolves, and delves into the gritty role of an underage stripper. James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo are the troubled married couple who are reeling from the death of their own daughter. When they meet the young stripper, they find another shot at love, and a chance to raise the teenager right.
Naomi Watts stars as real-life ex-CIA agent Valerie Palme whose cover was blown in 2003 when White House officials allegedly attempted to discredit her husband (Sam Shepard) following a New York Times op-ed piece he wrote saying the Bush Administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify their invasion of Iraq. Sean Penn co-stars.
The impeccable Denzel Washington returns to the big screen in Unstoppable with co-stars Rosario Dawson and Chris Pine. Directed by frequent Washington collaborator Tony Scott, the action thriller follows two locomotive operators who team up to stop a runaway train filled with explosives.
Filmmakers Greg and Colin Strause create a unique sci-fi thriller with Skyline...believe it or not, the brothers shot the film in their LA condo, used their own cameras, and single-handedly edited the film. Co-starring are Donald Faison, Eric Balfour and Scottie Thompson. Together, they try to seek out the origin of a mysterious light that's wiping out the city of Los Angeles.
Rachel McAdams plays a producer struggling to revitalize a morning news program with clashing co-hosts Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. As the cutthroat industry wears her down, she finds herself trying to save her job, her relationship, and the show itself.
It's the beginning of the end for Harry's magical journey. With Dumbledore dead, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) decide it's time to leave Hogwarts and embark on a dangerous quest for the Horcruxes that will destroy Voldemort's power and immortality. "For neither can live while the other survives."
Oscar-winning writer/director Paul Haggis teams with Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks in a story about a couple whose life is turned upside down when the wife is convicted of a murder she didn't commit. Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde and Brian Dennehy are along for the ride as Crowe's John Brennan breaks his wife out of prison and goes on the run.
Christina Aguilera and Cher showcase their many, many talents in Burlesque. Expect some high pitch notes from Aguilera and a sassy Cher who's more than happy to give Aguilera a tough time as she pursues a starring role at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles.
Dwayne Johnson's got vengeance on the mind following a double-cross during a heist that ended with his brother's death. After spending ten years in prison, Johnson will have to evade a veteran cop (Billy Bob Thornton) and an egocentric hitman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) hot on his trail if he's to fulfill his quest for revenge.
The hunkalicious Jake Gyllenhaal leaves the Middle Eastern sand dunes of Prince of Persia for a more sophisticated, upscale lifestyle as a pharmaceutical salesman who thrives with the ladies until he meets his match in Anne Hathaway. Love and Other Drugs is a comical love story based on the Jamie Reidy memoir "Hard Sell: The Evolution of A Viagra Salesman."
Thor's Chris Hemsworth and Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki lead a group of teenagers trying to save their town from an invasion of Chinese and Russian soldiers, in this re-make of the 1984 Patrick Swayze/Charlie Sheen movie.
Disney puts a spin on the classic Rapunzel fairy tale, and adds in the voice talents of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. This beautiful princess's 70-foot-long golden locks have magical properties, but she's been locked in a tower forever. Dying to get out, she makes a deal with a handsome thief who comes her way.
Natalie Portman returns to theaters in the buzz flick Black Swan. Portman plays a New York City ballet dancer who enters into an intense battle of wills with talented and ambitious new rival Mila Kunis. The supernatural, psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky is already getting a lot of critical kudios...so if you haven't watched the trailer…get to it!
A master swordsman protecting an infant seeks sanctuary from his enemies in a town in America's Badlands. He meets a town drunk (Geoffrey Rush) and a circus knife thrower (Kate Bosworth), both of whom possess powerful secrets.
Based on a real life story, Jim Carrey plays Steven Russell, a former police officer who comes out of the closet, becomes a con artist, lands in jail, and meets the man (Ewan McGregor) who would become the love of his life.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Edmund and Lucy Pevensie journey back to Narnia with their cousin Eustace this time, encountering merfolk, dragons and other enchanted creatures. Their uncharted voyage on the ship called the Dawn Treader takes them to Aslan's Country, as they embark on another perilous mission to save Narnia.
Mark Wahlberg stars as boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward in this true tale of his unlikely road to the world welterweight title with the help of his half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer played by Christian Bale.
Johnny Depp + Angelina Jolie = Must See Movie! As if the storyline matters...but this actually is an interesting one...Johnny Depp plays an American tourist visiting Italy in hopes to mend his broken heart. There, he meets Angelina Jolie, who deliberately crosses his path with a hidden agenda.
After Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) disappears for 25 years, his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) finds him living in cyberspace, held captive by a malicious program. With Kevin's loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), the three navigate a dangerous digital world of cyber clubs, survival games and eye-catching light cycles.
Yogi the Bear and Boo Boo make their big-screen debut in this live-action/animated film from director Eric Brevig. Watch as the mischievous and beloved bear proves why he's the best picnic-basket-thief around. Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake lend their voices, respectively.
The Fockers are back in this, the third installment in the 'Focker franchise.' Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro and the rest are joined on their latest adventure by Jessica Alba and Harvey Keitel, who all come together for the Focker twins' 5th birthday party.
Jack Black stars in the 3D adaptation of Jonathan Swift's classic novel, which finds travel writer Lemuel Gulliver taking an assignment in Bermuda but ending up on the island of Liliput, where he towers over its tiny citizens. Monsters vs. Aliens' Rob Letterman directs and Emily Blunt, Jason Segel and Amanda Peet co-star.
The Coen brothers remake the 1969 John Wayne classic with Jeff Bridges in the lead role - complete with eyepatch. The story follows Bridges' Marshal Cogburn as he helps a stubborn young woman (Elizabeth Marvel) track down her father's murderer.
Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren star in this thriller about a former Mossad agent who endeavored to capture and bring to trial a notorious Nazi surgeon/war criminal. The secret Isreali mission ended with the doctor's death in the streets of East Berlin. Or did it? Thirty years later, a man claiming to be the doctor surfaces and Rachel Singer (Mirren) must go back to East Berlin to uncover the truth.
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams headline this original take on love found and lost…and perhaps found again. It's the story of long-time lovers who've hit a rough patch in their relationship. The kicker here is that the movie juxtaposes scenes of their previous, happier romantic times alongside current scenes of emotional discord.