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Fall Film preview

September 2, 2010

By Melanie Addington

Staff Writer


Fall is always one of my favorite seasons. Besides the cooler air and relaxing Grove weekends, there are also what usually amount to some of the best films released. Here is a look ahead through October of what to check out although I think the only one I am really looking forward to is “Jack Goes Boating,” although several limited releases that won’t make their way to Oxford also look as enticing, especially “Catfish,” which will only have a limited release. But who knows, Jackass in 3D, could blow all our minds.


“Going the Distance”

Directed by: Nanette Burstein

Starring: Drew Barrymore and Justin Long

Rated: R

What’s it about: Summer fling turns into long-distance romance despite naysaying friends.

Who should see it: Girls.



Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Starring: Danny Trejo, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin

Rated: R

What’s it about: A fake trailer in “Grindhouse,” Rodriguez has brought back the cult classic characters for a feature length film.

Who should see it: “Grindhouse” fans, but not “Spy Kids” fans


September 10

“Resident Evil: Afterlife” (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)

Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts and Sergio Peris-Mencheta

Rated: R

What’s it about: Fourth installment of the popular video game turned classic movie series. Alice fights undead and kicks butt. Pretty much like 1, 2 and 3.

Who should see it: Video game fans

Also coming out this week is “The Virginity Hit,” from the disturbed but hilarious minds of


September 17

“The Town”

Directed by: Ben Affleck

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper

Rated: R

What’s it about: Boston bank robbers, an eye witness, new love, drama.

Who should see it: Fans of dramatic cat and mouse chase style movies.

Also coming out this week is  “Alpha and Omega,” “Devil” and “Easy A.”


September 24

“Jack Goes Boating”

Directed by: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega

Rated: R

What’s it about: Jack (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Connie (Amy Ryan) are two single people who on their own might continue to recede into the anonymous background of the city, but in each other begin to find the courage and desire to pursue their budding relationship. In contrast, the couple that introduced them, Clyde (John Ortiz) and Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega), have been together a long time and are confronting unresolved issues in their marriage.

Who should see it: Anyone who loves a good movie – it is Hoffman! It will be amazing!

Also coming out this week is: “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D), “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” and “You Again.”


October 1

“The Social Network”

Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Joe Mazzello, Rashida Jones

What’s it about: Facebook! The beginning!

Who should see it: Anyone who plays Farmville.

Also coming out this week is: “Bagman” and “Let Me In.”


October 8


Directed by: Rodrigo Cortes

Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Rated: R

What’s it about:  A man wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.

Who should see it: Anyone who wants to see what could be the most stunning film and performance all year. Please Malco bring this film here! The entire film is set in a coffin and based on real time. Brilliant.

Also coming out this week is: “Life As We Know It,” “My Soul to Take” (3D/2D theaters), “Nowhere Boy,” “Secretariat” and “Stone.”


October 15


Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Starring: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, Mary-Louise Parker, Brian Cox, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss

Rated: PG-13

What’s it about: Frank (Bruce Willis), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren) used to be the CIA’s top agents – but the secrets they know just made them the Agency’s top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive.

Who should see it: Fans of the original comic book or really just about anyone who wants to see Helen Mirren with a gun.

Also coming out this week is “Conviction” and “Jackass 3D.”


October 22

“Paranormal Activity 2”

Directed by: Tod “Kip” Williams

Starring: Katie Featherson

What’s it about: They are keeping pretty tight-lipped about the plot on this but seems to follow along with the lead character after she disappears in part one.

Who should see it: Fans of the original.

Also coming out this week is: “Hereafter.”


October 29

“The Company Men”

Directed by: Bobby Wells

Starring: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Rosemarie DeWitt, Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson

What’s it about: Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is living the American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands, and fathers.

Who should see it: Fans of “American Beauty,” or similar type films.

Also coming out this week is: “Night of the Demons” and “Saw 3D.”


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