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Fall Film Preview for Oxford Theaters

August 6, 2009


Fall in Oxford may mean football for most, but for movie lovers it means the season that brings us some of the year’s greatest films. While it is a safe bet that major studio releases will make it through Oxford, some of the films below may not make it here until weeks after their release date, but all are listed by intended wide release date.

August 7
“A Perfect Getaway” (R)
Director: Dvid Twohy
Stars: Steve Zahn, Milla Jovovich
Two pairs of lovers on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands.
Who should see it: If you liked Twohy’s work on Chronicles of Riddick, you may like this.

“G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra” (PG-13)
Director: Stephen Sommers
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller
What is it: An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe operate out of The Pit.
Who should see it: Fans of the original series, tweens – keeps getting good buzz surprisingly.

“Julie and Julia” (PG-13)
Director: Nora Ephron
Stars: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams
What is it: The movie follows Julia and Paul Child through Julia Child’s memoir, “My Life in France.”
Who should see it: Girls, foodies

Aug 14
“District 9” (R)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Stars: Nathalie Boltt
What is it: An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.
Who should see it: Humans

“Ponyo” (G)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey
What is it: An animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess.
Who should see it: Anyone, Miyazaki’s work is always great.

“Time Travelers Wife” (PG-13)
Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams
What is it: This is the story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course.
Who should see it: Fans of the book, girls

Aug 21
“Inglorious Basterds” (R)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger
What is it: In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis.
Who should see it: That is a good question.

Aug 28
“Taking Woodstock” (R)
Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Emile Hirsch, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
What is it: A man working at his parents’ motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert.
Who should see it: Music or movie lovers. Good film.

Also out that week: “The Final Destination” (R); “Halloween II” (R)

Sept 4
“Extract” (R)
Director: Mike Judge
Stars: Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig
What is it: Joel, the owner of an Extract plant, tries to contend with myriad personal and professional problems.
Who should see it: Office Space fans, people who like to laugh

Also out that week: “All About Steve” (PG-13)

Sept 11
“9” (PG-13)
Director: Shane Acker
Stars: John C. Reilly, Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly
What is it: Animated post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened.
Who should see it: Animation fans, families, anyon

Also out that week: “Sorority Row,” (R) “Tyler Perry’s I Can do Bad All By Myself” (PG-13)

Sept 18
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (PG)
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Stars: Ana Faris, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris
What is it: The most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children’s book.
Who should see it: Kids, grownups, anyone who read the book

“Jennifer’s Body” (R)
Director: Karyn Kusama (but written by Diablo Cody)
Stars: Megan Fox, Adam Brody
What is it: A newly possessed cheerleader turns into a killer who specializes in offing her male classmates.
Who should see it: People who like horror. Girls, so they can say that there is now proof that Megan Fox is evil.

Also out that week: “Love Happens” (PG-13)

Sept 25
“Brief Inerviews with Hideous Men” (NR)
Director: John Krasinski
Stars: Julianne Nicholson
What is it: A graduate student (Nicholson) copes with a recent breakup by conducting interviews with various men.
Who should see it: Anyone who loves indie film or author David Foster Wallace who wrote the original story.

“The Invention of Lying” (PG-13)
Director: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Stars: Gervais, Martin Starr, Jonah Hill, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner
What is it: A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.
Who should see it: Anyone who likes to laugh and wants to erase the memory of “Ghost Town”

Also playing that week: “Fame” (PG), “Surrogate” (NR)

Oct 2
“Shutter Island” (NR)
Director: Martin Scorcese
Stars: Leo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley
What is it: Drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island.
Who should see it: Mystery fans.

Also out this week: “Capitalism: A Love Story” (NR)

Oct 9
“Zombieland” (NR)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg
What is it: In the horror comedy Zombieland focuses on two men who have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies.
Who should see it: Fans of “Shaun of the Dead”

Also playing that week: “Motherhood” (PG-13), “An Education” (PG-13), “Couples Retreat”(NR), “Whip It” (PG-13), “The Informant” (R).

Oct 16
“The Road” (R)
Director: John Hillcoat
Stars: Viggo Mortenson, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Robert Duvall
What is it: Based on the Cormac McCarthy title of the same name, “The Road” is a post-apocalyptic tale of a man and his son trying to survive by any means possible.
Who should see it: Those who like intense drama.

“Where the Wild Things Are” (PG)
Director: Spike Jonze
Stars: Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo
What is it: An adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world–a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.
Who should see it: EVERYONE!

Also playing that week: “I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell” (R), “The Stepfather” (PG-13)

Oct 23
“Amelia” (PG)
Director: Mira Nair
Stars: Hilary Swank, Ewan McGregor
What is it: A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.
Who should see it: biopic fans

“The Vampire’s Assistant” (PG-13)
Director: Paul Weitz
Stars: John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, William Dafoe
What is it: young boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire.
Who should see it: fangers

Also playing that week: “Saw VI” (R), “Ong Bak 2” (R)

Oct 30
“Gentleman Broncos” (NR)
Director: Jared Hess
Stars: Sam Rockwell
What is it: A teenager attends a fantasy writers’ convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by a novelist.
Who should see it: Freaks and Geeks (like me)

“Youth in Revolt” (R)
Director: Miguel Arteta
Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Justin Long, Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta
What is it: 14-year-old Nick sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she’ll be the one to take away his virginity.
Who should see it: hipsters who like to laugh

Nov 6
“Disney’s A Christmas Carol” (NR)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Jim Carrey
What is it: An animated retelling of Charles Dickens classic novel.
Who should see it: Families or anyone who liked Zemeckis’ last Disney film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

Also out this week: “The Box” (PG-13), “The 4th Kind” (NR), “The Men Who Stare At Goats” (NR), “Pirate Radio” (R).

Nov 13
“2012” (NR)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: John Cusack, Amanda Peet
What is it: An epic adventure about a global cataclysm that tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
Who should see it: anyone who likes to see stuff blown up on the big screen

“The Fantastic Mr. Fox” (NR)
Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray
What is it: Angry farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with a sly fox, look to get rid of their opponent and his family.
Who should see it: Anderson or Roald Dahl fans.

Also out this week: “The Messenger” (R), “Push” (PG-13).

Nov. 20
“The Blind Side” (NR)
Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw
What is it: Story of the Tuohy family and their adoption of future Ole Miss football player Michael Oher.
Who should see it: SEC fans, everyone in Oxford and Ole Miss

“Twilight Saga: The New Moon” (NR)
Director: Chris Weitz
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson
What is it: Vampires. High School. Werewolves. Duh.
Who should see it: Supposed to be better than the first one so fans may give it a second try.

Also out this week: “Planet 51”

Nov. 25
Director: Rob Marshall
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard
What is it: Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives.
Who should see it: Federico Fellini fans (he wrote an early version of the screenplay)

Also out this week: “Ninja Assassin” (R), “Old Dogs” (PG).

Dec 4
“Brothers” (R)
Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal
What is it: A young man comforts his older brother’s wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.
Who should see it: Could be amazing film for everyone, or could turn out to be a Pearl Harbor dud.

Also out this week: “Armored” (NR)

Dec 11
“The Princess and the Frog” (NR)
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Terrance Howard
What is it: A fairy tale centered on Princess Tiana who lives in New Orleans’ French Quarter during the Jazz Age.
Who should see it: families

“The Lovely Bones” (NR)
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci
What is it: Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from heaven.
Who should see it: Anyone who enjoyed the book, fans of drama

“Invictus” (NR)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
What is it: A look at life for Nelson Mandela after the fall of apartheid in South Africa during his first term as president.
Who should see it: Eastwood continues to prove himself as a director, many should enjoy this.

Dec 18
“Avatar” (NR)
Director: James Cameron
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi
What is it: A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet’s indigenous population
Who should see it: sci-fi fans

Also out this week: “Did you hear about the Morgans?” (NR)

Dec 25
“Sherlock Holmes” (NR)
Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Robert Downey, Jr., Rachel McAdams, Jude Law
What is it: Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn.
Who should see it: Holmes fans. Downey Jr fans.

Also out this week: “It’s Complicated” (NR) and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” (PG)

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