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2008 Fall Movie Preview: September/October

The fall film season starts this weekend with three star-filled releases this weekend with plenty more dramas, comedies, and music themed entertainment until the end of October.

NOTE: All dates subject to change.


Burn After Reading – The writing/directing Coen brothers helm another unique comedy where a gym worker discovers a government agent’s secret book. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, and Frances McDormand star.

Righteous Kill – Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino team up again in a cop action-thriller directed by Jon Avnet. Co-stars include 50 Cent, Carla Gugino, and John Leguizamo… who wouldn’t want to star with these two legends?

Towelhead – Alan Ball writes and directs this controversial adaptation of Alicia Erian's with stars Aaron Eckhart, Marie Bello, Toni Collette, and rising star Summer Bishil (limited release).

Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys – Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard star in this latest family drama by playwright Perry, his sixth feature film.

The Women – This remake of the 1939 George Cukor classic stars (deep breath) Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Candice Bergen, Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, and Eva Mendes.


Appaloosa – Ed Harris co-writes and directs this western about two friends, played by Harris and Viggo Mortensen, coming to the aid of a small town. Renee Zellweger plays the romantic interest and Jeremy Irons plays the antagonist (limited release expanding to wide).

The Duchess – Kiera Knightley stars as Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire in this 18th century drama with Ralph Fiennes (limited then wide).

Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) – This 1997 action crime thriller import from Brazil hits the U.S. in limited release.

My Best Friend’s Girl – Comedy where Kate Hudson attracts the romantic interest of two men on opposite sides of the spectrum, played by Jason Biggs and Dane Cook.

Ghost Town – British comedian Ricky Gervais gets a comedic showcase as a socially cold dentist who gets the ability to converse with deceased people including Frank, played by Greg Kinnear.

Igor – Animated take on Dr. Frankenstein’s famous assistant bolstered by an all star comedy voice cast lead by John Cusack in the title role.

Lakeview Terrace – This neighborhood thriller stars Samuel L. Jackson as a volatile neighbor who’s also a police officer.


Blindness – Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo star in this mysterious drama where people everywhere start losing their sight. Based on the 1998 novel written by José Saramago (limited then wide).

Eagle Eye – Rising stars Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan star with Billy Bob Thornton in this action thriller produced by Steven Spielberg. Also in IMAX theaters.

Fireproof – The creators of Facing the Giants present this drama/romance starring Kirk Cameron as a firefighter trying to repair his marriage.

The Lucky Ones – Cross country military drama stars Tim Robbins, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Pena.

Miracle at St. Anna – Spike Lee directs this World War II drama chronicling a battle company experience in Italy.

Nights in Rodanthe – Richard Gere and Diane Lane star in this romance drama based on the Nicolas Sparks novel.


An American Carol – Star-filled David Zucker comedy uses the "Christmas Carol" template as a ruthless filmmaker Michael Malone, played by comedian Kevin Farley, Chris’s younger brother, discovers the true meaning of the U.S.A.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua – Dogs rule this live action comedy as Drew Barrymore, Salma Hayek, Andy Garcia, and George Lopez provide the canine voices and Jamie Lee Curtis and Piper Perabo star.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People – British star Simon Pegg stars as a reporter new to the U.S.A. in this comedy with Kirsten Dunst, Megan Fox, and Jeff Bridges.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist – Rising star Michael Cera and Kat Dennings star in this romantic comedy where their relationship begins on a night on the town in Manhattan.

Rachel Getting Married – Director Jonathan Demme’s new drama stars Anne Hathaway as a recovering drug addict who attends her sister’s wedding (limited).

Religulous – Bill Maher headlines this documentary discussing God directed by Larry Charles (limited).

What Just Happened? – Barry Levinson directs Robert DeNiro who plays a producer in this Hollywood satire, which also stars Sean Penn and Bruce Willis as themselves.


RocknRolla – Director Guy Ritchie returns to his familiar crime genre with stars Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Tom Wilkinson, and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges.


Body of Lies – Russell Crowe reteams with director Ridley Scott in this CIA thriller also starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

City of Ember – This futuristic fantasy focuses on two children trying to save an underground city in an energy crisis. Bill Murray stars as the mayor.

Happy-Go-Lucky – Mike Leigh creates another gem with this comedy drama about a energetic schoolteacher played by Sally Hawkins.

Quarantine – Writer/director John Erick Dowdle hopes to cash in on the documentary style thrillers like Cloverfield with this offering about a news crew that documents the spread of an infection through an apartment building.

Soul Men – This musical comedy has a touch of drama as Samuel L. Jackson co-stars with the late Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes.


Max Payne – Mark Wahlberg tries to revive the fledgling video game adaptation genre with this revenge filled action thriller.

The Secret Life of Bees – Based on the 2002 Sue Monk Kidd book, a girl, played Dakota Fanning, and her nanny, played by Jennifer Hudson, find peace at a beekeeping farm run by sisters played by Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, and Sophie Okonedo.

W. – Oliver Stone’s latest presidential pic stars Josh Brolin as our current president, George W. Bush. The amazing, all star supporting cast includes Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney, and James Cromwell as the father George H.W. Bush.


Changling – Clint Eastwood directs Angelina Jolie who plays a strong mother who must contend with her son’s kidnapping in this powerful drama set in 1928.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Disney’s successful musical series continues with returning stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale.

Pride and Glory – New York family police drama stars Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, and Jon Voight.

Saw V – This horror fest continues to be a Halloween tradition at theaters.

Synedoche, New York – Basically meaning whole to part or part to whole, the title foreshadows talented screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s likely plot surprises in his directorial debut featuring an all star cast featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener (limited).


The Haunting of Molly Hartley – Thriller where a young teen tries to escape her troubled past at a new school. Haley Bennett and Chase Crawford star.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno – Director Kevin Smith’s latest content driven film didn’t receive an NC-17 rating as Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks play broke roommates who film the suggestive show.

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