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2010 Fall Movie Preview

With Labor Day weekend marking the end of the summer movie season, Hollywood moves away from action films and forgettable popcorn fare and turns to more serious subject matter. But don’t worry, there’s a sprinkling of comedies still to come before we say good-bye to 2010.

Looking over this year’s list of fall releases, no one film stands out as a clear-cut Oscar nominee. That said, there are still quite a few movies on this list that are nearly guaranteed to generate huge box office numbers (yes, we’re looking at you Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1).

Here’s the scoop on 2010’s fall releases, listed in release date order.

1. ‘Never Let Me Go’

Never Let Me Go© Fox Searchlight
Starring: Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan

Synopsis: Kathy, Tommy and Ruth live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

Release Date: September 15, 2010

2. ‘The Town’

The Town© Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall and Jon Hamm

Synopsis: Doug MacRay (Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean. With no real attachments, Doug never has to fear losing anyone close to him. But that all changed on the gang’s latest job, when they briefly took a hostage–bank manager, Claire Keesey (Hall).

Though they let her go unharmed, Claire is nervously aware that the robbers know her name…and where she lives. But she lets her guard down when she meets an unassuming and rather charming man named Doug…not realizing that he is the same man who only days earlier had terrorized her. The instant attraction between them gradually turns into a passionate romance that threatens to take them both down a dangerous, and potentially deadly, path.

Release Date: September 17, 2010

3. ‘Easy A’

Easy A© Screen Gems
Starring: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, and Cam Gigandet

Synopsis: After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl (Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s in The Scarlet Letter, which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Release Date: September 17, 2010

4. ‘Catfish’

Catfish© Rogue Pictures
Starring: Nev Schulman, Ariel Schulman, and Henry Joost

Synopsis: In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

Release Date: September 17, 2010

5. ‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger’

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger© Sony Pictures Classics
Starring: Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, and Antonio Banderas

Synopsis: Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Lucy Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Freida Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. Despite these characters’ attempts to dodge their problems with pipe dreams and impracticable plans, their efforts lead only to heartache, irrationality, and perilous hot water.

Release Date: September 22, 2010

6. ‘Buried’

Buried© Lionsgate Films
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samantha Mathis, and Robert Paterson

Synopsis: Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up 6 feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his worst enemies in a tightly confined race against time- fighting panic, despair and delirium, Paul has only 90 minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.

Release Date: September 24, 2010

7. ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’

Legend of the Guardians The Owls of Ga'Hoole© Warner Bros Pictures
Featuring the Voices Of: Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten, Helen Mirren and Hugo Weaving

Synopsis: The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father’s favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd’s jealousy has terrible consequences—causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians of Ga’Hoole—Soren’s only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms.

Release Date: September 24, 2010

8. ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps© 20th Century Fox
Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, and Carey Mulligan

Synopsis: Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gordon Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his damaged relationship with his daughter Winnie, Gekko forms an alliance with her fiance, Jacob. But can Jacob and Winnie really trust the ex-financial titan whose relentless efforts to redefine himself in a different era have unexpected consequences.

Release Date: September 24, 2010

9. ‘You Again’

You Again© Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis

Synopsis: No matter how old you are, you never get over high school. Successful PR pro Marni (Bell) heads home for her older brother’s (Jimmy Wolk) wedding and discovers that he’s marrying her high school arch nemesis (Yustman), who’s conveniently forgotten all the rotten things she did so many years ago. Then the bride’s jet-setting aunt (Weaver) bursts in and Marni’s not-sojet- setting mom (Curtis) comes face to face with her own high school rival. The claws come out and old wounds are opened in this crazy comedy about what happens when you’re reunited with the one person you’d like to forget.

Release Date: September 24, 2010

10. ‘Let Me In’

Let Me In© Overture Films
Starring: Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Richard Jenkins

Synopsis: 12 year old Owen is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby, an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father. A frail, troubled child about Owens’ age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.

Release Date: October 1, 2010

11. ‘The Social Network’

The Social Network© Columbia Pictures
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake

Synopsis: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history…but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Release Date: October 1, 2010

12. ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’

It's Kind of a Funny Story© Focus Features
Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, and Zach Galifianakis

Synopsis:It’s 5:00 AM on a Sunday in Brooklyn. Craig Gilner is bicycling up to the entrance of a mental health clinic; this bright 16-year-old is stressed out from the demands of being a teenager. Before his parents and Jim Gaffigan and younger sister are even awake, Craig checks himself into Argenon Hospital and is admitted by a psychiatrist. But the youth ward is temporarily closed – so he finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby, soon becomes both Craig’s mentor and protégé. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old displaced to the adult ward, the sensitive Noelle, who just might make him forget his longtime unrequited crush Nia. With a minimum five days’ stay imposed on him by the adult ward’s staff psychiatrist Dr. Eden Minerva, Craig is sustained by friendships on both the inside and the outside as he learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up.

Release Date: October 8, 2010

13. ‘Life As We Know It’

Life As We Know It© Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel

Synopsis: Holly Berenson (Heigl) is an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer (Duhamel) is a promising network sports director. After a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world, Holly and Messer are forced to put their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they’ll have to find some common ground while living under one roof.

Release Date: October 8, 2010

14. ‘Secretariat’

Secretariat© Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, and Nelsan Ellis

Synopsis: Based on the remarkable true story, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery—with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (Malkovich)—manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

Release Date: October 8, 2010

15. ‘Red’

Red© Summit Entertainment
Starring: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, and Karl Urban

Synopsis: Frank (Willis), Joe (Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Mirren) used to be the CIA’s top agents – but the secrets they know just made them the Agency’s top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history.

Release Date: October 15, 2010

16. ‘Hereafter’

Hereafter© Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Matt Damon, Cecile De France, and Bryce Dallas Howard

Synopsis: Hereafter tells the story of three people who are touched by death in different ways. George (Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (De France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus, a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might–or must–exist in the hereafter.

Release Date: October 22, 2010

17. ‘Due Date’

Due Date© Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, and Jamie Foxx

Synopsis: Peter Highman (Downey Jr) is an expectant first-time father whose wife’s due date is a mere five days away. As Peter hurries to catch a flight home from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Galifianakis) forces Peter to hitch a ride with Ethan–on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will ultimately destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter’s last nerve.

Release Date: November, 5 2010

18. ‘127 Hours’

127 Hours© Fox Searchlight
Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Lizzy Caplan and Kate Mara

Synopsis: 127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolate canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clémence Poésy), family, and the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

Release Date: November 5, 2010

19. ‘Megamind’

Megamind© DreamWorks Animation
Featuring the Voices Of: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Tina Fey

Synopsis: Megamind is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known. And the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as ‘Metro Man’, an invincible hero until the day Megamind actually kills him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. A supervillain without a superhero. He realizes that achieving his life’s ambition is the worst thing that ever happened to him.

Megamind decides that the only way out of his rut is to create a new hero opponent called ‘Titan,’ who promises to be bigger, better and stronger than Metro Man ever was. Pretty quickly Titan starts to think it’s much more fun to be a villain than a good guy . Except Titan doesn’t just want to rule the world, he wants to destroy it. Now, Megamind must decide: can he defeat his own diabolical creation? Can the world’s smartest man make the smart decision for once? Can the evil genius become the unlikely hero of his own story?

Release Date: November 5, 2010

20. ‘Morning Glory’

Morning Glory© Paramount Pictures
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, and Patrick Wilson

Synopsis: When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts – let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning “news.”

As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky’s blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Wilson) begins to unravel – and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself.

Release Date: November 12, 2010

21. ‘Tangled’

Tangled© Walt Disney Pictures
Featuring the Voices Of: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi

Synopsis: A princess stolen from her parents’ castle as a baby, Tangled (Moore) is locked in a hidden tower longing for adventure. Now an imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade with the help of a dashing bandit (Levi). With the secret of her royal heritage hanging in the balance and her captor in pursuit, Tangled and her cohort find adventure, heart, humor, and hair…lots of hair.

Release Date: November 12, 2010

22. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1’

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1© Warner Bros Pictures
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

Synopsis: Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction—the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive.

Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale—the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became “the Boy Who Lived.” No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

Release Date: November 19, 2010

23. ‘The Next Three Days’

The Next Three Days© Lionsgate Films
Starring: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, and Liam Neeson

Synopsis: Life seems perfect for John Brennan until his wife, Lara, is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn’t commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. With the rejection of their final appeal, Lara becomes suicidal and John decides there is only one possible, bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison. Refusing to be deterred by impossible odds or his own inexperience, John devises an elaborate escape plot and plunges into a dangerous and unfamiliar world, ultimately risking everything for the woman he loves.

Release Date: November 19, 2010

24. ‘Burlesque’

Burlesque© Screen Gems
Starring: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Cam Gigandet, Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci

Synopsis: Ali (Aguilera) is a small-town girl with a big voice who escapes hardship and an uncertain future to follow her dreams to LA. After stumbling upon The Burlesque Lounge, a majestic but ailing theater that is home to an inspired musical revue, Ali lands a job as a cocktail waitress from Tess (Cher), the club’s proprietor and headliner. Burlesque’s outrageous costumes and bold choreography enrapture the young ingenue, who vows to perform there one day.

Soon enough, Ali builds a friendship with a featured dancer (Julianne Hough), finds an enemy in a troubled, jealous performer (Bell), and garners the affection of Jack (Gigandet), a bartender and fellow musician. With the help of a sharp-witted stage manager (Tucci) and gender-bending host (Alan Cumming), Ali makes her way from the bar to the stage. Her spectacular voice restores The Burlesque Lounge to its former glory, though not before a charismatic entrepreneur (Eric Dane) arrives with an enticing proposal…

Release Date: November 24, 2010

25. ‘Faster’

Faster© CBS Films
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thorton, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Synopsis: An ex-con (Johnson) sets out to avenge his brother’s murder with a deadly to-do list. Trailed by a veteran cop (Thornton) and an egocentric hit man, he methodically races against time to bring those responsible to ‘justice.’

Release Date: November 24, 2010


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