While this season will offer up its share of traditional, potential Academy Award winners, we'll also see plenty of popcorn entertainments, from the return of Bond and those crazy animated cartoons from Madagascar, to the new kids from High School Musical and potential movie mega-hit Twilight. Here's a quick look at the 22 most anticipated Fall movies headed your way...
Burn After Reading - Comedy - 09/12
The Coen Brothers strike again with a dark comedy about two inept gym employees (Brad Pitt
and Frances McDormand) who stumble upon a CIA operative's secret memoirs and decide to
exploit their find. Adding to the hijinx: John Malkovich as the operative, and George
Clooney as a fellow official sleeping with the agent's wife.
Righteous Kill - Action/Thriller - 09/12
Acting icons Al Pacino and Robert De Niro team up for the first time since Michael Mann's
crime thriller Heat. Here, they're veteran New York detectives who've been partners for 30
plus years. Retirement looms, but not before they take on one last case...a serial killer
targeting criminals who've fallen through the cracks.
The Women - Comedy/Drama - 09/12
A-listers Annette Bening, Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing and Jada Pinkett-Smith
combine forces in this story of successful women from all walks of life (single, married,
authors, fashion designers, mega moms) who begin to question their friendships and
relationships when Ryan's husband enters into an affair with a Saks Fifth Avenue counter
girl (the fetching lady to the left).
Eagle Eye - Action/Thriller - 09/26
Gen YouTube star Shia LaBeouf reteams with Distubria director D.J. Caruso in this
paranoid thriller about a young guy framed by a shady, well-financed terrorist cell that
contacts him via cellphone (a voice that sounds suspiciously like Julianne Moore) and
directs him to do what they say, or else be killed. Framed alongside him is M:I3
star Michelle Monaghan. In hot pursuit are officials Billy Bob Thornton and Rosario Dawson.
Body of Lies - Action/Thriller - 10/10
Acting giants Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio square off in Ridley Scott's A-list
action-thriller. Based on a real story, it's the tale of a CIA operative tracking a
terrorist leader working out of Jordan. Suspectful of the head of Jordanian intelligence,
the agent begins to also call into question the CIA veteran who's ostensibly in charge of
Max Payne - Action/Thriller - 10/17
Adapted from the popular video game, Max Payne stars Mark Wahlberg as a rogue cop
determined to avenge the killings of his family and partner. As Payne journeys further into
the underworld, he's forced to contend with criminals and some ornery spirits from beyond.
W. - Comedy/Drama - 10/17
Leave it to Oliver Stone to take a closer look at George W. Bush. Josh Brolin stars in the
title role, surrounded by an all-star ensemble including Richard Dreyfuss, Thandie Newton
and Jeffrey Wright. The film recount's W's early days, his relationship
with his wife and family, his faith and the critical time leading up to America's invasion
High School Musical 3: Senior Year - 10/24
Disney's uber-popular musical series about high school teens hits the big screen in its third
edition, which finds teen icons Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, along with the rest of the
gang, taking part in all kinds of activities in their senior year, from the basketball
championship to the prom to a new spring musical.
Saw V - Horror - 10/24
In the fifth installment of the new millenium's favorite horror series, Hoffman appears to
be the only one left alive to carry on Jigsaw's legacy. First, though, he needs to get rid
of any potential loose ends.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - Animation/Comedy - 11/07
Melman the giraffe, Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Maurice and the penguins, the gang's
all back...this time they're stranded in Africa, where they meet up with distant
relatives, scheming hunters and romantic rivals. They're fond of the new digs, but also
itching for the pleasures of their Central Park home.
Australia - Adventure/Romance - 11/14
Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann teams up with the film's star Nicole Kidman,
plus Aussie Hugh Jackman to tell an epic love story set against the Australian landscape at
the brink of World War II. An English aristocrat (Kidman) and a rough and tumble local
(Jackman) work to save the land she's inherited in Australia while the Japanesse that
bombed Pearl Harbor attack the city of Darwin.
Quantum of Solace - Action/Adventure - 11/14
Now that Daniel Craig has been successfully introduced as the latest Bond, it's down to
gritty business in this latest outing, helmed by Monster's Ball maker Marc
Forster. We catch up with 007 directly after the events of Casino Royale, with
Bond determined to find out who blackmailed Vesper, the woman he loved (and who also
Bolt - Animation/Adventure - 11/21
In Disney's latest animated adventure, a Hollywood star dog named Bolt (John Travolta) is
accidentally shipped from his California soundstage to New York City. Believing that all of
his amazing feats in the past were real, Bolt tackles the big city and attempts to journey
home, aided by an abandoned housecat and TV-obsessed hamster.
Twilight - Thriller/Romance - 11/21
Fans of Stephenie Meyer's vampire book series (and we know there are lots of you), get
ready. On Nov. 21, the love story between high schooler Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and
vampire Edward Cullen (Harry Potter's Robert Pattinson) hits the big screen. As
their relationship deepens, a trio of Cullen's mortal vampire enemies arrive in the small
town of Forks, Washington, looking for her.
Four Christmases - Romance/Comedy - 11/26
Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon are the starring, happily unmarried couple who find
themseleves stuck at home for Christmas in San Francisco after a fog ruins plans for their
exotic getaway. Four local Christmas celebrations later with parents, step-parents,
siblings and assorted nieces and nephews, the two are forced to re-examine their ideals and
what may or may not be so crazy about their families, and their own future together.
The Day the Earth Stood Still - Sci-Fi/Thriller - 12/12
20th Century Fox updates the 1951 classic, with Keanu Reeves now claiming the iconic role
of Klaatu, an alien visitor and self-described "friend to man." While governments and
officials scramble to figure out what it all means, Jennifer Connelly and her young stepson
become key figures in understanding the full reasons for Klaatu's appearance.
Seven Pounds - Drama - 12/19
Will Smith partners with the filmmaking team behind his The Pursuit of Happyness
on the story of a man who changes the lives of seven strangers. Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson co-star.
Yes Man - Comedy - 12/19
Jim Carrey plays a man whose "no" motto is taking him nowhere. A self help program
causes a seismic shift in his life when "no" becomes "yes" to anything and everything.
Now, the guy's willingness to embrace all things gets him a job promotion, a new romance
and a few things he didn't expect.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Fantasy/Drama - 12/25
Director David Fincher casts Brad Pitt as the title character in this curious fantasy drama
about a man who is born in his eighties at the end of World
War I, and ages backwards into the twenty-first century. Cate Blanchett co-stars as one of
the true loves he meets on his journey acrosss time, life and death.
The Spirit - Action/Adventure - 12/25
Comic book legend Frank Miller (Sin City, 300)
directs this adapatation of fellow comic auteur Will Eisner's series about a cop (Gabriel
Macht) who returns from the dead to fight crime in Central City. His nemesis, The Octopus
(Samuel L. Jackson), pursues his own version of immortality.
Valkyrie - Action/Drama - 12/26
Tom Cruise headlines an international cast in this true story of Col. Claus von
Stauffenberg, who led a German resistance during World War II in a plot to overthrow Hitler
called Operation Valkyrie. It involved trying to plant a bomb in Hitler's bunker, and
replace the regime with a shadow government. Stauffenberg was assigned not only to lead the
coup, but to kill Hitler himself.
Revolutionary Road - Drama - 12/26
Sam Mendes captures Titanic's reunited Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's listless existence as a '50s couple caught up in delusions of grandeur, while their self-deception builds to an explosive consequence.