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Fall Movie Preview
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 05 September 2006 21:35

If we were living in Australia the month of September would mark the first day of spring. But we’re not, and in our part of the world we have to put up with the onset of Autumn. The days are getting shorter, the nights colder and the air has that distinct pumpkin-y smell that is probably comprised more of my imagination than actual air borne pumpkin particles. I’m not complaining, I love this time of year. Autumn brings with it some of my favorite things, Halloween being one of them and the crop of new fall movies being the other. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.

Comedy:


Borat –
Sasha Baron Cohen (Ali G) stars as his controversial creation Borat, a fictional reporter from Kazakhstan. It should be interesting to see whether people embrace or reject this politically incorrect comedy!

Employee of the Month –

Jessica Simpson tries out her acting chops again in this movie about employees at a bulk store called Super Club. Hoping for a Clerks style hit may result in a Good Burger miss.

Jackass Number Two –

Haven’t these guys humiliated and self-mutilated enough to last a lifetime?

Man of the Year –
A comedian runs for president and is surprised when the results are in his favor. Robin Williams plays an oxy-moron; that is to say an honest politician.

School for Scoundrels –
Jon Heder and Billy Bob Thornton are a student and teacher vying for the affections of the same girl. Let’s see if Heder tries something new or is forever typecast as Napoleon Dynamite.

Stranger Than Fiction –
Will Ferrell is an IRS Agent who begins hearing the voice of a narrator everywhere he goes. Meanwhile, an author (Emma Thompson) happens to be writing a book unaware that her character is a living person. Sounds like a cross between The Truman Show and Being John Malkovich. I’m looking forward to this one.

Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny –
Jack Black’s rock duo Tenacious D has always been theatrical. They dream of becoming the “greatest band on earth” and set out to steal a magical pick that might make their dreams come true.

Trailer Park Boys –

Maritimes, be proud! The moment you have been waiting for has arrived. Who knows how good this will be, but I’m a firm believer is supporting something locally grown.

Family:


Flushed Away –
This animated film about an upper class rat looks like a Wallace and Gromit wannabe. Despite Dreamworks’ great animation track record, I don’t have high hopes.

Happy Feet –
Cute little singing, tap-dancing penguins… and Hugh Jackman! Who could ask for anything more? This animated feature is the most promising of the season.

Open Season –
A bear raised in captivity is lost in the wild and tries to find his way home with the help of his friend deer. In an ironic twist, the release date coincides perfectly with New Brunswick’s moose hunting weekend.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause –

Tim Allen returns once again as Santa but this time he has to contend with the conniving Jack Frost who is trying to take over Christmas. Hmmm… I wonder if Santa had a similar battle with a certain Biblical savior?

Flicka –
Based on the classic novel of a girl and her horse. Country fans will be curious to see Tim McGraw in a lead role as the father.

Action:


Casino Royale –
One of the biggest movies of the season will add one more name to the list of Bond’s. Daniel Craig sure is an interesting choice, looking more like a seasoned boxer than a refined super-spy. Maybe this will bring some new life to the classic 007 franchise.

The Guardian –

An aging Coast Guard (Kevin Costner) trains a cocky young newcomer (Ashton Kutcher). Looks predictable. Fifty-bucks says Costner dies saving Ashton’s life. Sorry, if I spoiled the surprise.

Drama:


The Fountain –
I’m hoping this will be a highlight of the fall season. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz star as lovers in three different time periods beginning in 16th-century Spain, and leading up to the 26th-century. The previews for this look amazing and artfully beautiful.

All the King’s Men –
Sean Penn stars in this remake of the 1949 classic about political power and corruption. Has the words “Oscar Nominated” written all over it.

Babel –
The lives of strangers from different continents collide but a lack of communication keeps each of them isolated. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in this film that may have a similar feel to Traffic or Crash.

Flags of Our Fathers –
Inspired by a historic photo of the soldiers who raised the American flag at Iwo Jima. Ryan Phillippe may end up in the spotlight alongside his wife Reese Witherspoon for this war epic.

Hollywoodland –
A 1950’s mystery about the death of a television actor. Ben Affleck, Adrien Brody and Diane Lane form an intriguing cast.

Infamous –
Another movie based on the life of Truman Capote. This time, Toby Jones plays the eccentric author, while Sandra Bullock plays his life-long friend Harper Lee. It should be interesting to see how this version stacks up to the Oscar winning Capote.

The Last Kiss –
Zack Braff brings his unique presence to this contemporary drama about life at the age of thirty.

Marie Antoinette –

Sofia Coppola’s period drama is getting mixed reactions. Some call it brilliant while others say it is a waste of powdered wigs. Either way I’m anxious to see the colorful costumes, set design, and Kirsten Dunst as the naïve young queen.

The Science of Sleep –
Gael Garcia Bernal, the handsome and talented star of Motorcycle Diaries, plays a young man whose wild dreams start interfering with real life. Looks like thought provoking entertainment.

Horror / Thriller:


The Black Dahlia –

This highly anticipated mystery is based on the gruesome murder of an ambitious young starlett. Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank all fit the style of the 1940’s.

The Covenant –

A cheesy looking movie about a clan of young men with amazing powers that allow them to blow wind up the skirts of pretty girls.

The Grudge 2 –
I loved the first one, so I’m curious to see where it goes next. Hopefully it will be a better sequel than The Ring 2! Amber Tamblyn journeys to Japan to find out what happened to her sister. She probably doesn’t want to know!

Saw III –

More of the same. Cruel games, severed body parts and worse actors.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning –

Also more of the same. Lost teenagers, disfigured crazies, and a chainsaw. Its redeeming quality may be that it explores the influence of a corrupt police sheriff on the young Leatherface.

The Reaping –
Hilary Swank is a Christian missionary who has lost her faith but is sent to investigate a series of Biblical plagues in a small town. What a great subject to delve into on the heels of The DaVinci Code!

The Prestige –

Still more Hugh Jackman, this time paired with Christian Bale as dueling magicians who battle to be the best performer… Well, it is a close call!



As you can see, this fall promises to be a season of great entertainment with something for everyone! See you at the movies!