Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall Movie Preview (October 2010)

Some films with Oscar aspirations start to pepper the release schedule for October, but are mixed in with some others who most definitely don’t have those kind of hopes. Those releaes will be perfectly happy just making a lot of money.


OCTOBER

“The Social Network”

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

Directed by David Fincher

Working from a script by Aaron Sorkin (TV’s “The West Wing”), director David Fincher helms the topical tale of the origins of Facebook, and the ensuing legal fight over its ownership. Eisenberg, portraying Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, has been building up a solid resume of films in recent years, and this one might launch him into a lot more starring roles. (Oct. 1)



“Life As We Know It”

Starring Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas

Directed by Greg Berlanti

In this comedy-drama, Heigl and Duhamel play single adults who are forced into parenthood when mutual friends of theirs pass away in an auto accident. The couple leaves behind their infant daughter into their friends’ care. Doesn’t sound like the sunniest scenario for a comedy, but tougher sells have been made by Hollywood. Still, Heigl hasn’t had the best track record in projects over the past couple of years. (Oct. 8)



“Secretariat”

Starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, James Cromwell, Kevin Connelly and Scott Glenn

Directed by Randall Wallace

After the big success of “Seabiscuit” several years ago, it seems remarkable that Hollywood wasn’t all over the story of Secretariat before now. The legendary racehorse is largely considered the greatest non-human athlete of all time. Lane portrays the horse’s owner, while Malkovich is the tempermental trainer. This should be one of the season’s surefire standouts. (Oct. 8)



“Stone”

Starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Francis Conroy

Directed by John Curran

Stars De Niro and Norton reteam in this dramatic thriller, having previously worked together on the entertaining heist picture, “The Score.” Here, De Niro is cast as Jack Mabry, a parole officer who gets wrapped up in the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton). The case gets further complicated when Stone’s wife (Jovovich) gets involved. This might not be highbrow entertainment, but there should be some enjoyment in being able to watch two great actors at work together. (Oct. 8)



“Jackass 3D”

Starring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius

Directed by Jeff Tremaine

For those who think that 3D is an unnecessary and overused trend in movies right now, prepare yourself for whatever in-your-face antics the fearless wackos of “Jackass” concoct for the third film in the series. If you’ve ever seen any episodes of the TV show or the previous movies, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. And you can be sure that yes, people were harmed in the making of this movie. (Oct. 15)



“Red”

Starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, Mary-Louise Parker, Brian Cox, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss

Directed by Robert Schwentke

A great cast populates the adaptation of a graphic novel centered around a small group of ex-CIA agents forced back into action after an assassin targets them. Having Willis in an action-comedy is a no-brainer, but it was some inspired casting to get Mirren and Freeman on board as fellow agents. That’s saying nothing about the great Mary-Louise Parker as a federal office clerk roped into the fray. The trailer sells the movie very well. (Oct. 15)



“Hereafter”

Starring Matt Damon, C├ęcile De France, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jenifer Lewis

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Eastwood, who has become quite the prolific director in recent years, obviously hit it off with Damon in last year’s “Invictus,” as the actor returns to star in “Hereafter,” a supernatural-themed drama. He plays a former psychic looking to escape his past, who finds his life intersect with two others living overseas. This would appear to be a bit of a departure for both star and director, and it seems like with every movie of Eastwood’s, Academy Award talk is involved. This will probably be no different. (Oct. 22)



“Saw 3D”

Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Cary Elwes

Directed by Kevin Greutert

They’ve now titled this latest installment of the horror franchise with a 3D designation, so I’ve forgotten how many there have been now. At this point, the producers might have as well, but when Halloween rolls around every year, you can be sure to find another bloody good affair being released. Well, “good” might not be an apt description. But this series has a devoted, if dwindling, fanbase. For those keeping track, a group of victims of the killer, Jigsaw, gather to seek out guidance from a self-help guru. But then strange (and most assuredly, violent) things start to occur. (Oct. 29)


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