2009 Fall Movie Preview: November
Disney's A Christmas Carol (November 6)
Robert Zemeckis returns to the mo-cap fold with this up-to-the-minute FX facelift on the classic Dickens story. We all know the tale by heart, but Zemeckis hopes to stave off boredom with a cast led by Jim Carrey (in a multitude of roles, natch), Gary Oldman, and Robin Wright Penn. As the first (and pretty much the only) unabashed holiday movie of the fall season, "Disney's A Christmas Carol" will pack 'em in on November 6 -- but only positive word-of-mouth will keep them there.
2012 (November 13)
Roland Emmerich blows up the world all over again in "2012," his latest bid for the special effects-laden blockbuster event of the year. On the minus side, we've seen Emmerich do this kind of thing before -- more than once, in fact -- but on the plus side, it's hard not to hope for good things from a John Cusack movie, and besides, those special effects sure do look cool, don't they? Prepare to switch off your brain, grab the popcorn, and greet the end of life as we know it.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (November 13)
Wes Anderson makes his animation debut with this adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic novel, and lines up a long list of famous names (including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson) to bring the book's character's to life. Between Anderson's hipster cred and the movie's utilization of stop-motion animation rather than the usual CGI fare, it's hard not to feel some uncommonly grown-up anticipation for what promises to be the go-to kids' flick of late November.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (November 20)
Werewolves, vampires, and teen angst collide in the second installment of the "The Twilight Saga," with the love triangle between Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson), and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) increasing its pitch along with the deafening roar of rabid Twihards hungry for more shots of Lautner's newly pumped physique. It's melodrama geared toward the 15-year-old girl in all of us, to be certain -- but based on all the money the first installment made, not to mention the media empire the books built for author Stephenie Meyer, that girl speaks pretty loudly.