Autumn Movie Preview

Quote of the Day: "The Fall Movie Season has a prestige-filled lineup." -- Entertainment Weekly

One of my favorite magazines, Entertainment Weekly, published its Fall Movie Preview issue. That makes this a good time to look ahead to the films coming out this autumn.

Of course, my most anticipated movie of the season, Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has been postponed until February 2010. That just means that the Winter Movie lineup won't be a complete wasteland. Fall 2009 still has some interesting flicks coming up. Here are the ones I'm looking forward to. Note that I did not include Jennifer's Body or Saw IV on the list, since I'm not a big fan of splatter-horror or torture porn. I also excluded Lars von Trier's Antichrist, because I refuse to fall into the hype for what I see as a shock film and nothing more. I've also left out Zombieland because I want the zombie trend to just die and stay dead. And no Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel because you know and I know that it will stink.

So here's my list of movies that might be worth seeing during the fall months.

Amelia -- My wife and I both think this biopic about Amelia Earhart starring Hilary Swank could be pretty special.

Astro Boy -- I always loved this Japanese Pinocchio cartoon, and now it gets the American CGI treatment.

Avatar -- People are saying that this 3-D movie by James Cameron will change the movie-going experience forever. We'll see.

The Box -- Will his latest effort by director Richard Kelly be similar to his brilliant Donnie Darko or closer to his misguided flop Southland Tales? I'm hoping for the former.

A Christmas Carol -- The oft-retold Charles Dickens classic is remade as a computer generated cartoon, brought to you by Robert Zemeckis.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs -- I'm a sucker for cartoons, and this one stars the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, my man Neil Patrick Harris, and Andy Samberg.

Fame -- It's a remake of the 1980 movie musical, and I used to love the TV show, so I'll be there checking out the 2009 reboot, rooting for the characters on screen as they pursue their dreams, wishing it was me in another life.

Fantastic Mr. Fox -- Director Wes Anderson brings Roald Dahl's famous story to stop-motion animation life.

Gamer -- What I've seen of this film so far seems pretty cool. It stars Gerard Butler and deals with the video game mayhem.

Invictus -- Director Clint Eastwood has been on an amazing roll lately, giving us great movie after great movie this late in his incredible career. This latest endeavor, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, seems like another wonderful motion picture.

The Lovely Bones -- Peter Jackson directs this adaptation of the bestselling novel.

New Moon: The Twilight Saga -- I am not ashamed to admit that I really enjoyed the first Twilight movie and I'm looking forward to the sequel. Can the new director build upon the phenomenal success of the original? We'll see.

9 -- Another cartoon, this one about an alien ragdoll, with the voices of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connolly, John C. Reilly, and Christopher Plummer.

Nine -- Not to be confused with 9 or District 9, this adaptation of the Broadway musical (which was an adaptation of Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Dame Judi Dench, and Nicole Kidman.

Pandorum -- This science fiction flick starring Dennis Quaid has garnered some nice buzz, so I'm looking forward to checking it out.

Planet 51 -- Yet another cartoon about aliens, with the voices of The Rock, Jessica Biel, Gary Oldman, Seann William Scott, John Cleese, and others.

The Princess and the Frog -- Whoa. Disney is releasing a traditionally hand-drawn animated film based on the classic fairy tale. Hope it doesn't bomb.

The Road -- Based on the great book by Cormac McCarthy, this post apocalyptic tale of a man and his son stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron.

Sherlock Holmes -- A kick-ass remake of the famous sleuth, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams? Yes!

Surrogates -- Even though Bruce Willis wears a ridiculous blond toupee in this movie, I think it could be worth seeing, because it's a sci-fi flick, and I've enjoyed Bruce's track record with speculative fiction movies so far -- The Fifth Element and 12 Monkeys. This one features humanoid robots so how bad could it be?

This is It -- The footage of Michael Jackson rehearsing for his concert that sadly never happened because of his untimely death will be a big hit at the box office and a gift to his fans who will get the chance to see the King of Pop one last time.

2012 -- So, have you heard all those predictions that the world will end in the year 2012? Luckily this disaster movie by director Roland Emmerich, starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet, is coming out before then.

Where the Wild Things Are -- Can Spike Jonze bring the classic and beloved kids' book to satisfying life? I think he can.

Whip It -- The beautiful Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Eve, and Juliette Lewis in a roller derby movie, need I say more?

There are many other movies coming out this fall that I've left off my list because they don't excite me for one reason or another. If I've ignored something that you're really eager to see this autumn, let me know.