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Here Come the Fall Movies

September 15, 2008

By Bob Strauss; Glenn Whip, Film Writers

OCT. 8

ROCKNROLLA: Director Guy Ritchie returns to the mob. Gerard Butler stars. (Warner Bros.)

ASHES OF TIME REDUX: Wong Kar-Wai revisits his 1994 martial arts epic. (Sony Pictures Classics)

BILLY: THE EARLY YEARS: As in the Rev. Mr. Graham. Armie Hammer – great grandson of billionaire Armand – stars. Robby Benson directs! (Rocky Mountain)

BODY OF LIES: Ridley Scott directs this spy thriller about a CIA operative (Leonardo DiCaprio) who goes to Jordan to track a high- ranking terrorist. Russell Crowe co-stars. (Warner Bros.)

BREAKFAST WITH SCOT: Two hockey-obsessed gay guys become guardians of an effeminate boy. (Regent)

CITY OF EMBER: Residents of an underground city try to keep the light from fading and their world alive. Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray and Tim Robbins star. (Fox Walden)

THE EXPRESS: First African-

American Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis is bio-picked. Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid star. (Universal)

FRAUDE: MEXICO 2006: Was the country’s last presidential election not kosher? (Maya)

GOOD DICK: An indie film that they claim is more about romance than about what the title would lead you to expect. But it’s about that, too. (Present Pictures/

Morning Knight)

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY: English miserablist Mike Leigh (“Secrets and Lies,”"Vera Drake”) isn’t always a pill. This film’s a naturalistic comedy about an irrepressibly cheery kindergarten teacher. (Miramax)

HUMBOLDT COUNTY: UCLA med student finds himself stranded among freaky, pot-smoking eccentrics. (Magnolia)

THE LITTLE RED TRUCK: Children’s theater group makes kids happy. (Tree & Sky)

LOLA MONTES: Max Ophuls’ moving camera masterpiece about the infamous European courtesan is rereleased in what’s being called the definitive restoration. (Rialto)

QUARANTINE: Something bad’s going on in an apartment building, so the CDC seals it off – with people still inside! (Screen Gems)

SAVING MARRIAGE: Doc chronicles the attempt to legalize gay marriage in Massachusetts. (Regent)

CHOOSE CONNOR: Teenage spokesman for a Senate election campaign discovers ugly truths. (Strand)

FILTH AND WISDOM: Young adults hope meaningless jobs will finance a bright future. (IFC)

JOHNNY MONTANA: Brooklyn kid falls in with wrong crowd.

MAX PAYNE: Mark Wahlberg stars in this adaptation of the popular video game about a DEA agent breaking bones and getting revenge. (20th Century Fox)

MORNING LIGHT: Roy Disney goes sailing. (Disney)

MOVING MIDWAY: Family moves plantation to escape urban sprawl. (First Run)

PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE: Documentary about the influential rock poet. (Palm)

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES: Dakota Fanning abused in the South again; but this time, she finds shelter in a matriarchal, African- American community during the civil-rights struggle. With Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah and Alicia Keys. (Fox Searchlight)

SEX DRIVE: Teens hit the road in search of nookie. Even the upcoming Christmas family comedies sound more original than that. (Summit)

W.: Oliver Stone takes on his first sitting, albeit lame-duck, president in this impressionistic biopic of Bush II. Brolin II (Josh, that is) plays George. Richard Dreyfuss is Cheney! (Lionsgate)

WHAT JUST HAPPENED: Middle-aged movie producer can’t escape crises. Robert De Niro stars; Barry Levinson directs. (Magnolia)

THE BROTHERS BLOOM: Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo are a con artist team taking heiress Rachel Weisz on a whirlwind, worldwide scam ride. (Summit)

CHANGELING: Clint Eastwood directs Angelina Jolie in the true story of a 1920s L.A. single mom who faced a bizarre kind of institutional harassment after her son went missing. (Universal)

FRONTRUNNERS: Student council election documentary. (Oscilloscope)

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR: The Wildcat seniors make the jump to the big screen. And a sophomore class is introduced to keep the party going. (Disney)

I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG: Like “Rachel Getting Married” – without the wedding. Kristin Scott Thomas stars as a woman with a secret reuniting with her sister. (Sony Pictures Classics)

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN: Even the Swedes are jumping onto the teenage vampire romance bandwagon. (Magnet)

NOAH’S ARC: JUMPING THE BROOM: A feature-length version of the gay black soap opera from the Logo Network. (Logo Features)

PASSENGERS: Grief counselor Anne Hathaway falls for a plane crash survivor, gets suspicious when others who also escaped start disappearing. (Columbia)

PRIDE AND GLORY: A family of NYPD cops deals with how far liberties can be taken with the law. Edward Norton and Colin Farrell star. (Warner Bros.)

SAW V: Still hacking away. (Lionsgate)

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK: Theater director’s life takes an even bleaker turn when a rare condition begins shutting down his automatic functions. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in the film, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman (“Adaptation”). (Sony Pictures Classics)

THE TREE OF LIFE: L.A. woman travels to Italy to trace her family’s Jewish-Italian roots. (Interim CEO Films)

TRU LOVED: The daughter of lesbians meets a gay jock. (Regent Releasing/here! films)

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK: Graphic artists create black-and-white shorts designed to chill your bones in this French import. (IFC)

THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY: Something to do with evil in a fancy private school. “Gossip Girl’s” Chace Crawford is in it. (Freestyle)

INTERNAL BEHAVIORS: Horror comedy with the tag line “you are what you eat.”

OTHER END OF THE LINE: A call center operator in India falls for a guy she talks to, travels to San Francisco to meet him. (MGM)

THE UNIVERSE OF KEITH HARING: Like the title says. (Arthouse)

ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO: And, really, what else do you need to know, besides the fact that Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks play the title characters in this new comedy from Kevin Smith. (Weinstein/ MGM)

Two American brothers find romance, conflict in Thailand. (Unison)

BALLAST: Suicide, drug gangs and crappy economics make life hard for a single mother and her adolescent son in the Mississippi Delta. Won a couple of awards at Sundance. (Alluvial)

THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS: Nazi concentration camp commandant’s son and Jewish boy bond. (Miramax)

DEAR ZACHARY: A filmmaker trying to memorialize his murdered friend discovers that the woman who killed him was pregnant with his late friend’s son. (Oscilloscope)

MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA: The Central Park gang gets waylaid in Africa, where they meet new friends and long-lost relatives. Also opening in IMAX. (DreamWorks)

REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA: Those who’ve been wondering what a movie with both Sarah Brightman and Paris Hilton in it would look like, your wait is almost over. It’s a horror musical – in more ways than one, sounds like. (Lionsgate)

ROLE MODELS: Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott aren’t good ones. Get it? That’s what’s supposed to make it funny. And if that doesn’t work, at least McLovin himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, is in it. (Universal)

STRANDED: I’VE COME FROM A PLANE THAT CRASHED IN THE MOUNTAINS: Another film about the Uruguayan rugby team that had to resort to cannibalism. (Zeitgeist)

THE WORLD UNSEEN: Not only is this cafe in apartheid-era South Africa integrated, women are falling in love with each other there. (Regent)

Holiday desperation from French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin (“Kings and Queen”). Catherine Deneuve stars. (IFC)

THE FIRST BASKET: The history of Jews and basketball. Who knew? (Laemmle/Zeller)

JCVD: Ever wonder what happened to Jean-Claude Van Damme? (Peace Arch)

LAKE CITY: Guy on the run from drug dealers returns to his childhood home. (Screen Media)

QUANTUM OF SOLACE: The James Bond movie with the funny name (actually, it was the title of an Ian Fleming short story) starts up where “Casino Royale” left off, with Daniel Craig’s franchise- revitalizing 007 going after the cartel that corrupted and killed his lover. (Columbia)

THE ROAD: Viggo Mortensen stars in this post-apocalyptic thriller about a father trying to protect his son on a journey through a desolate America. John Hillcoat (“The Proposition”) directs. (Dimension/

MGM)

SOUL MEN: Soul-singing duo reunites for tribute concert. Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac star. (Dimension/MGM)

TV dog believes he really does have superpowers in this animated effort from Walt Disney Pictures. (Disney)

CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT: Lesbians prove Christians and Muslims can get along. (Regent)

EDEN: Irish couple get ready for their 10th anniversary. (Liberation)

NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS: Dysfunctional Christmas family comedy formula reconstituted in a Latino household. (Overture)

THE SOLOIST: Robert Downey Jr. goes for a 2008 movie hat trick playing a reporter befriending a homeless, schizophrenic musical prodigy (Jamie Foxx) on the streets of L.A. (DreamWorks)

TWILIGHT: Adolescent girls of all ages can’t wait for this teen vampire romance based on Stephenie Meyer’s gazillion-selling novel. (Summit)

Baz Luhrman (“Moulin Rouge”) makes a “Gone With the Wind” for his home country in this epic tale of an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) falling in love with the outback and a lone-wolf cattle driver (Hugh Jackman). (20th Century Fox)

FOUR CHRISTMASES: In-law trouble times two for a young couple during the holidays. Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn star. (Warner Bros.)

MILK: Gus Van Sant directs this biopic about the later life and assassination of San Francisco city supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Sean Penn stars. (Focus)

TRANSPORTER 3: Jason Statham pays the bills. (Lionsgate)

An illiterate Indian orphan wins the jackpot on the Hindi version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Then he’s suspected of cheating. Danny Boyle directs the movie, a sensation at the Telluride Film Festival. (Fox Searchlight/Warner Bros.)

When the offspring of a Nobel Prize-

winning scientist is kidnapped, his egotistical dad doesn’t want to pay the ransom. (Freestyle)

OTTO, OR UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE: Gay zombies revolt against consumerism! Remarkably, not directed by George Romero, but by Bruce LaBruce. (Strand)

Ron Howard directs “The Queen” screenwriter Peter Morgan’s adaptation of his play about the disgraced president and the British TV interviewer. They’re played, respectively, by the original cast’s Tony winner Frank Langella and Michael Sheen (aka “The Queen’s” Tony Blair). (Universal)

PUNISHER: WAR ZONE: Well, they made another Hulk movie, so why not seconds of this fifth-rate Marvel hero? (Lionsgate)

The sci-fi classic gets an eco-themed remake. Keanu Reeves stars as the alien sent to Earth to issue a warning. (20th Century Fox)

DEFIANCE: True story of Jewish partisans who fought back during World War II. Daniel Craig stars. (Paramount Vantage)

DOUBT: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams headline John Patrick Shanley’s adaptation of his Tony-winning play about nuns accusing a priest of child molestation. Shanley directed the movie, too. (Miramax)

Brad Pitt ages in reverse in David Fincher’s adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story. Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton co- star. (Paramount)

SEVEN POUNDS: Will Smith goes for the dramatic – or at least, the melodramatic – gold again with “Pursuit of Happyness” director Gabriele Muccino. This time Smith’s a suicidal guy who falls in love with a dying woman (Rosario Dawson). (Columbia)

MY NAME IS BRUCE: Cult actor Bruce Campbell directs and stars in a postmodern horror comedy. (Image)

THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX: Animated fairy tale involving princesses and rodents. (Universal)

YES MAN: Jim Carrey is a loan officer who suddenly can’t say no in this “Liar, Liar”-esque comedy. (Warner Bros.)

Hotel handyman’s bedtime stories start coming to life. Adam Sandler stars. (Disney)

THE CLASS: Teacher tries to impart life lessons to tough Parisian kids in this year’s Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner. (Sony Pictures Classics)

HURRICANE SEASON: Post-Katrina, a Louisiana high-school basketball coach assembles a team from five different schools. Forest Whitaker stars. (Dimension/MGM)

MARLEY & ME: “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” for grown-ups. Kind of. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson star as adults dealing with bills and a mischievous yellow Lab. (20th Century Fox)

THE SPIRIT: OK, try to follow this: Comic book artist Frank Miller, who drew the “Dark Night” series, wrote the thing “300″ was adapted from and co-directed “Sin City” based on his graphic novels, is directing this big-screen version of old-school comics genius Will Eisner’s noirish newspaper strip supplement. Hopefully the movie will be easier to follow. Gabriel Macht plays the ghostly detective, Samuel L. Jackson is his nemesis, and the bevy of fatal femmes includes Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes and Jaime King. (Lionsgate)

Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio together again as a 1960s suburban couple whose efforts to buck conformity have alarming consequences. Winslet’s real-life husband, Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”), directs. (Paramount Vantage)

VALKYRIE: Tom Cruise’s trouble-plagued turn as the German officer who tried to kill Hitler is apparently ready for awards season now. (United Artists)

WALTZ WITH BASHIR: Animated documentary about the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palestinian civilians by the Christian militia in Lebanon. (Sony Pictures Classics)

OCT. 10

OCT. 17

OCT. 24

OCT. 31

OCTOBER UNSCHEDULED:

THE ELEPHANT KING: NOV. 7

NOV. 14

A CHRISTMAS TALE: NOV. 21

BOLT: NOV. 26

AUSTRALIA: NOV. 28

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE: NOVEMBER UNSCHEDULED

NOBEL SON: DEC. 5

FROST/NIXON: DEC. 12

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL: DEC. 19

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON: DEC. 25

BEDTIME STORIES: DEC. 26

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD: DECEMBER UNSCHEDULED

GRAN TORINO: The fall’s second movie from Clint Eastwood also has him returning to the screen as a bigot learning to deal with his prejudices. (Warner Bros.)

HOW ABOUT YOU: Hayley Atwell (“Brideshead Revisited”) takes over her sister’s retirement home for the holidays and must cope with the antics of naughty seniors Vanessa Redgrave, Imelda Staunton and Brenda Fricker. (Strand)

THE WRESTLER: Professional wrestler thinks about a comeback in this comeback vehicle for Mickey Rourke. Darren Aronofsky directs the Toronto Film Festival buzz film. (Fox Searchlight)

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