2010 Fall Movie Preview: October
Let Me In (October 1)
In which Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”) makes the ballsy move of Americanizing “Let the Right One In,” one of the creepiest and most successful foreign films of the last 25 years. Reeves knows his odds of making a superior film are slim, but he’s got a stellar cast (including Richard Jenkins, Kodi Smit-McPhee of “The Road,” and Chloe Moretz of “Kick-Ass”) in his favor, as well as the fact that most U.S. filmgoers are barely aware foreign movies exist.
The Social Network (October 1)
There aren't many filmmakers on the planet who could make us give a shit about a movie detailing the early days of Facebook, but on that short list, David Fincher is at or near the top. Enter "The Social Network," starring nerd du jour Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, the site’s founder, whose battles with his rivals (and friends) formed the basis for the 2009 bestseller “The Accidental Billionaires.” If it sounds like a couple of hours spent watching dudes in hoodies clustered around laptops, think again -- and watch that trailer.
Buried (October 8)
Ryan Reynolds is goddamn everywhere lately, and "Buried" is a perfect example of why: How many other actors could spend 90 minutes trapped in a coffin and leave you clinging to the edge of your seat the whole time?
Stone (October 8)
Once upon a time, the news that Edward Norton was playing a crafty convict locked in a battle of wits with a grizzled parole officer played by Robert De Niro would have made movie lovers’ pulses race; now, we’ll just consider ourselves lucky if “Stone” turns out better than “Godsend” or “Pride and Glory.” Still, you know there’s a whole lot of talent on display here...
Barry Munday (October 10)
In one of the weirder movies of the fall, Patrick Wilson stars as Barry Munday, a guy who wakes up after being attacked and discovers that he’s lost his nuts -- literally. What could make things even more complicated? Oh, how about a paternity lawsuit, filed by a woman he can’t remember sleeping with (played by Judy Greer)? If you like your comedies pitch black and way off the beaten path, this is your best bet of the season.
Jackass 3D (October 15)
"Jackass." In 3-D. 'Nuff said.
Red (October 15)
How do you stand out in the crowded comic book adaptation genre? If you’re director Robert Schwentke, you make a movie based on Warren Ellis’ book about retired black ops agents forced back into action when an unseen assailant begins picking them off -- and you cast a crew of seasoned vets that includes Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and a machine gun-wielding Helen Mirren.
Hereafter (October 22)
“Invictus” partners Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon reunite for this drama, which weaves three stories about a psychic (played by Damon) who, you know, sees dead people, a French TV personality (Cecile de France) who cheats death, and a pair of London twins (Frankie and George McLaren) whose lives are affected by the 2005 subway bombings. It all sounds pretty dark, but as far as Eastwood’s concerned, it’s his version of a chick flick.
Paranormal Activity 2 (October 22)
Apparently none the wiser after the "Blair Witch" sequel died with a whimper, Paramount looks to catch lightning in a bottle with this follow-up to the grassroots phenomenon that currently stands as the most profitable film of all time. How will “Paranormal Activity 2” relate to the original? The filmmakers aren’t telling, but this trailer looks awfully familiar.
The Company Men (October 29)
Two Ben Affleck movies in one fall movie preview? Believe it. Affleck continues atoning for crap like “Paycheck” and “Pearl Harbor” with this timely John Wells drama about a man whose downsizing forces him to confront some hard truths about his life -- and the American dream in general.
Saw 3D (October 29)
This franchise is bound to run out of steam (or blood) eventually, but because enough of you asked for it, here’s yet another installment in the horrific shenanigans of Jigsaw -- and this time, because it’s 2010, the latest sequel is in 3-D.