Movies

A Guide to the 2010 Fall Movies

The fall movie season starts off with assassin George Clooney in "The American," opening Sept. 1, and culminates with the highly anticipated "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I," opening Nov. 19. Check out this year's crop of thrillers, romantic comedies, kid flicks -- and the all-important Oscar bait!

2010 Fall Movie Guide

'The American' (Sept. 1)

Stars: George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten; directed by Anton Corbijn Synopsis: An assassin (Clooney) hides out in Italy for one last assignment — and falls for the wrong woman. Get ready for a darker, more sinister Clooney.

'Machete' (Sept. 3)

Stars: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Rodriguez; directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis Synopsis: After being betrayed by the organization who hired him, an ex-Federale (Trejo) launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

'Going the Distance' (Sept. 3)

Stars: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day, Jason Sudekis; directed by Nanette Burstein Synopsis: A romantic comedy centered on a guy and a gal (Long and Barrymore) who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between Chicago and Los Angeles to see one another.

'Resident Evil: Afterlife' (Sept. 10)

Stars: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates; directed by Paul W.S. Anderson Synopsis: In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice (Jovovich) continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend.

'Devil' (Sept. 17)

Stars: Bojana Novakovic, Chris Messina, Bokeem Woodbine, Jacob Vargas; directed by Drew and John Erick Dowdle; produced by M. Night Shyamalan Synopsis: A group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them. Uh-oh.

'Easy A' (Sept. 17)

Stars: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd; directed by Will Gluck Synopsis: A clean-cut high school student (Stone) inadvertently pretends to be a bad girl — and suddenly sees her social standing rise.

'The Town' (Sept. 17)

Stars: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall; directed by Ben Affleck Synopsis: As he plans his next job, a longtime thief (Affleck) tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager (Hall) connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent (Hamm)looking to bring him and his crew down.

'Alpha & Omega' (Sept. 17)

Vocal Stars: Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover Synopsis: In this animated flick, two young wolves at opposite ends of their pack's social order are thrown together into a foreign land and need each other to return home, but love complicates everything.

'You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger' (Sept. 22)

Stars: Antonio Banderas, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Lucy Punch, Freida Pinto; written and directed by Woody Allen Synopsis: The film follows a pair of married couples — Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones) and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin) — as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds.

'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' (Sept. 24)

Stars: Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin; directed by Oliver Stone Synopsis: In this sequel, corrupt financial mogul Gordon Gekko (Douglas) is released from prison and looks to start a newer, less greedy life. He tries to reconnect with his daughter (Mulligan), who is engaged to a whipper-snapper trader (LaBeouf), but of course, it doesn't work out as planned.

'You Again' (Sept. 24)

Stars: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Betty White; directed by Andy Fickman Synopsis: When Marni (Bell) realizes her brother is about to marry Joanna (Yustman), the girl who bullied her in high school, she sets out to expose her future sister-in-law's true colors. At the same time, Joanna's aunt (Weaver) turns out to be the one who tortured Marni's mother (Curtis) in high school. Small world. Oh, and then there's White as the grandmother who tortures everyone.

'Buried' (Sept. 24)

Stars: Ryan Reynolds Synopsis: A U.S. truck driver in Iraq finds himself trapped inside a coffin with only a cell phone and a lighter. Panic mounts as he yells into his rapidly fading phone. Yikes.

'The Social Network' (Oct. 1)

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake; directed by David Fincher Synopsis: This is the story about the founders of the social-networking website, Facebook — which was created in a college dorm room — and told from the different perspectives of each young man.

'Case 39' (Oct. 1)

Stars: Renee Zellweger, Bradley Cooper, Jodelle Ferland; directed by Christian Alvart Synopsis: A social worker (Zellweger) fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected. Does she see The Ring?

'Let Me In' (Oct. 1)

Stars: Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins; directed by Matt Reeves Synopsis: Based on the 2008 Swedish cult film "Let the Right One In," Smit-McPhee ("The Road") befriends his new neighbor, played by "Kick-Ass" star Moretz, only to find out she's a deadly vampire in the body of a 12-year-old girl. Let's just say the relationship is more than a little weird, but it works.

'Life As We Know It' (Oct. 8)

Stars: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Jean Smart; directed by Greg Berlanti Synopsis: Two single adults (Heigl and Duhamel) become caregivers to an orphaned baby girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident. The two have never really liked each other, of course, but raising this baby brings them closer. Natch.

'Secretariat' (Oct. 8)

Stars: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh; directed by Randall Wallace Synopsis: Most of us know the story of the great Secretariat, the horse who won the Triple Crown in the 1973, but not many know the story of Penny Chenery (Lane), the housewife who inherited her father's horse farm — and oversaw the training of this thoroughbred champ.

'Nowhere Boy' (Oct. 8)

Stars: Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff; directed by Sam Taylor-Wood Synopsis: This British film chronicles John Lennon's childhood, as a spirited teenager, curious, sharp and funny — and being raised his aunt Mimi (Thomas), and his spirited mother Julia (Duff), who gave him up to Mimi's care.

'Jackass 3D' (Oct. 15)

Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Jason Acuna; directed by Jeff Tremaine Synopsis: The boys are back for more pranks, stunts and general pain-inducing antics — and in 3D, no less!

'Red' (Oct. 15)

Stars: Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban; directed by Robert Schwentke Synopsis: When his idyllic life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses (Willis) reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive.

'Paranormal Activity 2' (Oct. 22)

Stars: Katie Featherston (and that's all... for now) Synopsis: That's is another big question mark. While the plot is being kept under wraps, from the trailer, it looks like Katie may have gotten married (to who, we don't know) and had a baby. Oh, and there's a dog, too. Hope nothing happens to that baby.

'Hereafter' (Oct. 22)

Stars: Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr, Richard Kind; directed by Clint Eastwood Synopsis: A supernatural thriller centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways.

'The Company Men' (Oct. 22)

Stars: Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Rosemarie DeWitt; directed by John Wells Synopsis: The story centers on a year in the life of three men (Jones, Affleck and Cooper) trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company — and how that affects them, their families, and their communities.

'Megamind' (Nov. 5)

Vocal Stars: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill; directed by Tom McGrath Synopsis: The supervillain Megamind (Ferrell), sent to Earth as an infant from a dying planet, finally conquers his nemesis, the hero Metro Man (Pitt)... but finds his life pointless without a hero to fight.

'Due Date' (Nov. 5)

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Zack Zach Galifianakis, Juliette Lewis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx; directed by Todd Phillips Synopsis: High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman (Downey Jr.) is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time.

'Morning Glory' (Nov. 12)

Stars: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton; directed by Roger Michell Synopsis: A hotshot television producer (McAdams) is set the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program, despite the constant feuding of its high-profile anchors (Ford and Keaton).

'Unstoppable' (Nov. 12)

Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson; directed by Tony Scott Synopsis: Based on a true story, a rail company frantically works to prevent an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying combustible liquids and poisonous gas from wiping out a city.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I' (Nov. 19)

Stars: Daniel Radcliffer, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes; directed by David Yates. Synopsis: In the last of the "Harry Potter" series, Part I sees Harry, Hermione and Ron leave Hogwarts and go on a quest to destroy the rest of Lord Voldemort's horocruxes — so they may rid the wizardry world of his evil once and for all.

'Burlesque' (Nov. 24)

Stars: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Cam Gigandet; directed by Steven Antin Synopsis: A small-town girl (Aguilera) ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.

'Love and Other Drugs' (Nov. 24)

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Judy Greer, Hank Azaria; directed by Edward Zwick Synopsis: Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone — or anything — tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales.

Comments