So, what did you do on your summer vacation? You already know what the Hollywood studios did -- namely, repeat their annual tradition of flooding theaters with months of sequels, action flicks, and expensive film adaptations of any book, game, or toy with enough built-in name recognition to guarantee a Top 5 debut at the box office. Now that the autumn months are upon us, it's a different story: with a few notable exceptions, popcorn pictures are out and more traditionally grown-up fare (including the yearly parade of awards contenders) is in. Which also means, as you've hopefully already guessed, that it's time for our 2009 Fall Movie Preview.
Of course, it isn't all serious stuff. Why, one week in September alone features a CGI adaptation of a classic kid's book ("Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"), a bloody good time of a horror flick ("Jennifer's Body"), and some deep space sci-fi ("Pandorum"). And that pretty much sets the tone for the season -- aside from Dimension's long-delayed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer-winning "The Road," there really aren't any surefire Oscar contenders in this year's fall slate. Which is not to say none of these movies have their fair share of buzz: Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" has been making jaws drop since its first trailer debuted a couple of months ago, Robert Zemeckis makes more motion-capture magic with Jim Carrey in Disney's new take on "The Christmas Carol," and the season also boasts new films from perennial award-winners Michael Moore ("Capitalism: A Love Story"), Steven Soderbergh ("The Informant!"), and Wes Anderson ("The Fantastic Mr. Fox").
But we're getting ahead of ourselves, aren't we? Talking about the movies is what the Fall Movie Preview is for -- so what do you say we get started? Click the images below for the month-by-month skinny on the 25 movies we're looking forward to seeing between now and Thanksgiving!