Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Movies We're Looking Forward To This Fall

Sept. 22: "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger" -- strong cast, including Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin and Patricia Clarkson, speaks Woody Allen-speak. The trailer is excellent. This appears to be a new script -- one that Woody didn't take out of a drawer and dust off.

Oct. 8: "Secretariat" -- We're suckers for a good story at the track. Directed by Randall Wallace and starring the sublime Diane Lane.

Oct. 22: "Hereafter" -- Director Clint Eastwood has taken on Boston gangsters, women boxers, World War II, old age and Nelson Mandela in recent years. Now he takes on life after death with his new fave Matt Damon. With the terrific Jay Mohr and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Oct. 22: "The Company Men" -- Can Hollywood honestly capture the anxiety and humiliation of the modern worker? Director John Wells gives it a shot with Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and the Craig T. Nelson. The only woman in the cast appears to be Maria Bello, which means what?

Nov. 12: "Morning Glory" -- ONLY for Rachel McAdams.

Nov. 19: "The Next Three Days" -- Paul Haggis directs an all-star cast in a thriller whodunit headed up by Russell Crowe and the great Elizabeth Banks. That's the most interesting pairing of the fall.

Dec. 1: "Black Swan" -- Not a huge fan of Aronofsky's. Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei notwithstanding, "The Wrestler" was overrated. "The Fountain" was awful. But this pic, with Natalie Portman, looks interesting.

Dec. 17: "How Do You Know" -- A curiously lackluster title, but with a great cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson. From writer/director James L. Brooks.

Christmas Day: "True Grit" -- More out of curiosity than anything else. Jeff Bridges, an actor everybody seems to love, takes over from John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn. This version is said to be more faithful to the Charles Portis book, which is told from the point of view of a 12-year-old girl. Let's hope the Coen brothers keep big chunks of the book's dialogue as did the original 1969 movie.

What do you want to see?