August 31, 2008

Coming Attractions

My favorite season of the year is approaching. Oscar season! And, while there's still a handful of films I wish to see before the end of summer (Tropic Thunder, House Bunny, and Vicky Christina Barcelona), it doesn't even compare to the gaggle of films I'm looking forward to in the next few months! So, with some help from Entertainment Weekly and, I'm going to breeze over the films I think are worthy of buzz.

What could be better than a Brad Pitt/George Clooney reunion? (Well, a Leonardo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet reunion. But I'll get to that later.) On September 12th, Brad & George are together again on the big screen in Burn After Reading, a dark spy-comedy from Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen.

It sounds like the film has an interesting plot - an ousted CIA official's memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find - and will definitely be worth the watch.

Another anticipated on-screen reunion will take place in Righteous Kill, where acting veterans Robert De Niro & Al Pacino play a pair of New York City police detectives on the trail of a vigilante serial killer.

While the September 12th box-office will likely belong to CIA agents and veteran cops, The Women will probably bring Sex and the City fans back to the theater with its A-list female-filled cast!

The chick-flick stars Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing, Candice Bergen, Bette Midler, et cetera.

On September 19th, Dakota Fanning's Hounddog will open in limited release. The film, about a sexually assaulted 12-year-old girl who finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley, has been a cause for controversy since it began production. But any movie starring miss Fanning is a must see! And if you want a laugh, look no farther than Igor, the animated story of one Igor who's sick of being a lowly lab assistant and dreams of becoming a scientist.

Oh, and the film feature's Sean Hayes as the voice of the Brain! That's enough to get me to the theater!

On September 26th, there's a good chance I'm going to see Eagle Eye, because I can't get enough of Shia LaBeouf (Hey, I think I just came up with a new slogan)!

It's described as a fast-paced race-against-time-thriller, and was executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Need I say more?

Body of Lies, the film starring DiCaprio & Crowe (as the theatrical trailer refers to them, only by last name), comes out on October 10th, and is based on Washington Post columnist David Ignatius' 2007 novel about a CIA operative who uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader.

On October 17th, another one of Dakota Fanning's new films, The Secret Life of Bees, hits theaters and co-stars Jennifer Hudson (and Paul Bettany!). And, a film I am extremely curious about, W. (based on the life of George W. Bush) also debuts on the 17th.

Of course, every young and young-at-heart person on the planet won't be able to stay away from High School Musical 3: Senior Year on October 24th!

But, if you're looking for something with a little more depth, go see Changeling, the movie that may help Angelina Jolie win another Oscar. In the film, a mothers prayers are met when her kidnapped son is returned. But amidst the frenzy of the photo-op reunion, she realizes this child is not hers. Facing corrupt police and a skeptical public, she desperately hunts for answers, only to be confronted by a truth that will change her forever.

Paris Hilton's new movie/musical Repo! The Genetic Opera is due out on November 7th, and looks creepy yet cool. I'd give it a go if you're up for something new.

Baz Luhrmann's epic film Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, comes out on November 14th. I think it was Vogue magazine who did a spread on this film, featuring photos taken by Annie Lebovits, and it looks stunning! Soul Men, another movie featuring Sean Hayes and starring Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac, is also out on the 14th.

November 21st, the day that was supposed to be all about Harry Potter, is now all about Twilight, the love story between a vampire and a human based on the book by Stephenie Meyer.

But HP fans won't be entirely let down because Robert Pattinson (a.k.a Cedric Diggory) stars in the film!

On November 26th, Academy Award winner Sean Penn stars as gay-rights icon Harvey Milk in Academy Award nominee Gus Van Sant's Milk. This non-documentary feature explores the life of Mr. Milk, an activist and politician and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America. He was voted to the city supervisors’ board of San Francisco, and the following year was shot to death by another city supervisor, Dan White.

On Christmas day, theatergoers will receive a gift... another Brad Pitt movie! The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adapted from the classic 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards. But Brad isn't the only Pitt in this film. Keep your eyes open for Shiloh, who will make her big screen debut along side her daddy!

Marley & Me also opens on December 25th. Baed on the book by John Grogan, Marley & Me is a heartwarming story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.

Tom Cruise's long-awaited historical thriller film, Valkyrie, opens on December 26th. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film is based on the 1944 assassination attempt against Hitler.

And now, for the grand finale of 2008, the moment Titanic fans have all been waiting for: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star in Revolutionary Road, which also hits theaters on the 26th! (I'll add the poster when I get it.)

Based on the celebrated novel by Richard Yates, director Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road is the story of a young couple trying to find fulfillment in an age of conformity. Trapped in a world of encoded convention, they dream without faith, as lies and self-deceptions build to explosive consequences. But frankly, I don't care what it's about, I'll be running to the theater to see Leo and Kate's much hyped on-screen reunion!

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