September has only begun and Hollywood has already started buzzing about all of the potential Oscar bait. Among the current critical love magnets out there is 127 Hours, the new film by director Danny Boyle, who is no stranger to the awards circuit having taken home the best director and best picture Oscars home back in 2008 for Slumdog Millionaire. His latest venture centers on the incredible true survival story of Aron Ralston, a mountain climber who became trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone in Moab, Utah back in 2003. James Franco stars in the feature, which includes a supporting cast of bright young talent including the likes of Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara. The film, which is garnering all sorts of attention already, will be released in theaters on November 5th. Also coming out this fall…
Natalie Portman will be dancing into theaters on December 1st under the tutelage of the edgy Darren Aronofsky, director of The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream, in the new dramatic thriller Black Swan. The film follows ballerina Nina (Portman) and the struggle with her mysterious rival Lilly (Mila Kunis), creating a broody, eerie parallel between the films plot and the ballet of Swan Lake, which is the centerpiece of the film. Also look out for:
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps – September 24th – Michael Douglas reprises his Oscar winning role as the greedmonger Gordon Gekko, who is fresh out of prison and looking to get back into business. Other cast members include Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, and Josh Brolin.
Howl – September 24th – James Franco creates awards buzz twice over, starring in the biopic of Allen Ginsberg and the creation of his masterwork poem Howl.
The Social Network – October 1st – Zombieland’s Jesse Eisenberg stars as Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, showing the origins of the billionaire’s fame and fortune during his college days at Harvard. Also starring Justin Timberlake, Joseph Mazzello, and Andrew Garfield.
Fair Game – November 5th – Naomi Watts stars as a CIA agent whose cover is blown by White House officials out to discredit her husband. Also starring Sean Penn.
The Tempest – December 10th – The latest feature from the unique mind of director Julie Taymor, goes back to Shakespeare and puts a new spin on the 400 year-old magical comedy. The cast includes Helen Mirren, Chris Cooper, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, and Russell Brand.
The Fighter – December 10th – The film takes a look at the early career of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward, played by Mark Wahlberg, and his trainer brother Dickie Eklund, played by Christian Bale.
Somewhere –December 22nd – Sofia Coppola’s new project follows the life of a Hollywood actor, played by Stephen Dorff, who must re-evaluate himself when his daughter, played by Elle Fanning, reenters his life.
The Debt – December 29th – Three Israeli Mossad agents capture and kill a Nazi war criminal in 1965. But thirty years after the fact, a man claiming to be the Nazi surfaces and the three are forced to go undercover again. Starring Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren, and Tom Wilkinson.
In 2008, the Norwegian sleeper-hit Let the Right One In surprise audiences everywhere with its intense soulfulness and loyalty to horror genre in the purest sense. On October 1st the American version of the film Let Me In, starring Kick Ass’s Chloe Moretz, The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee, and The Visitor’s Richard Jenkins, comes to theaters with a lot of positivity behind it, promising to be as brutal and unforgiving and fantastic as the original. Also look out for:
Catfish –September 17th – Met with good reviews at Sundance, this documentary at speaks to modern times is sure to be as unsettling as it is mysterious.
Devil –September 17th – Originally conceptualized by M. Night Shyamalan, the film follows a group of people trapped in an elevator who realize the devil is among them.
Case 39 – October 1st – Social worker Emily, played by Renee Zellweger, adopts a girl to save her from a dangerous situation only to realize that by doing so, she has out herself in danger. Also starring Bradley Cooper and Ian McShane.
Paranormal Activity 2 – October 22nd – The sequel to the 2009 cult horror film, the only thing one can think on is whether to be scared for the precious baby in the trailer.
Monsters – October 29th – In the vein of District 9, Monsters follows a journalist and a tourist as they make for the U.S. border through Mexico, six years post alien invasion.
In director Tony Scott’s latest powerhouse flick, Unstoppable tells the story of veteran railway operator Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) and new-blood Will Colson (Star Trek’s Chris Pine) as they race to stop a half-mile-long freight train containing combustible materials from wiping out a city. Also look out for:
The Town – September 17th – Ben Affleck stars in his follow up to 2007’s Gone Baby Gone where he plays a bank robber whose having a hard time finding a balance between crime and his love life. Also starring Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively, Chris Cooper, and Pete Postlethwaite.
Red – October 15th – When someone attempts to kill him, former black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses, played by Bruce Willis, gathers his old team to stay one step ahead of his pursuers. Also starring Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Richard Dreyfuss, Mary-Louise Parker, and Karl Urban.
The Next Three Days – November 19th – Oscar-winner Paul Haggis brings to the big screen a story of woman accused of murder, played by Elizabeth Banks, and her husband’s, played by Russell Crowe, venture to save her by any means necessary. Also starring Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde.
Tron: Legacy – December 17th – Sam Flynn, played by Garrett Hedlund, is pulled into a cyber-universe of fierce programs and gladiators where he’s finds his father Kevin Flynn, played by Jeff Bridges, who has been living there for the past 25 years. Also starring Michael Sheen, James Frain, and Olivia Wilde.
True Grit – December 25th – The newest film from the brothers Coen, Joel and Ethan have refashioned the story of Rooster Cogburn, played by Jeff Bridges, as he helps a young woman look for her father’s murderer. Also starring Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Barry Pepper.
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