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2005 Fall Movie Preview

Published October 4, 2005 in Movie Discussion
By Kasey Schiedeck | Images property of respective holders.
A History of Violence A History of Violence
Kasey says that, even though the summer is over, there are still a ton more films coming our way before the year ends out. Can we actually experience a better box office this fall/winter than summer?

Fall Movie Preview


SEPT. 30

A History of Violence
Viggo Mortensen stars as Tom Stall, a down home diner owner confronted by two burly CIA-like operatives (Ed Harris, William Hurt) after disarming two robbers in a single stroke of Jackie Chan combat. Stall denies linage to a violent past and must protect his family from undue harm when his submissiveness is ignored.

Proof
Adapted from the popular Pulitzer-winning British stage play, Gwyneth Paltrow stars as the daughter of a brilliant but severely mentally ill mathematician (Anthony Hopkins). Paltrow struggles to cope with the recent death of her father and descends into a romantic affair with Jake Gyllenhaal. Hope Davis appears as Paltrow's concerned older sister.

Oliver Twist
A follow up to 2002's acclaimed The Pianist from well renowned director Roman Polanski is the umpteenth screen production of the classis tale by Charles Disckens. Ben Kinglsey stars as the wretched Fagin and little Barney Clark makes his acting debut in the lead role.

Oct. 7

Everything Is Illuminated
Actor Liev Schreiber makes his directorial debut based on a same-name novel written by Joseph Safran Foer. Elijah Wood travels to Ukraine find the woman who saved his grandfather from capture by the Nazis during WWII.

Thumbsucker
Newcomer Lou Pucci is a seventeen-year-old who still sucks his thumb and is liberated from immaturity when he becomes a highly charged debater. Also stars Tilda Swinton and Keanu Reeves.

In Her Shoes
Cameron Diaz, a thirtysomething party girl, and her sister attorney sister, Toni Collette, become estranged. Diaz travels to find her long lost grandmother, Shirley MacLaine, who in turn reunites the sisters. Based on the bestselling chick lit fave by Jennifer Weiner.

Domino Domino
OCT. 14

Domino
Keira Knightley is Domino Harvey, a former model turned bounty hunter (the real Harvey died in June 2005).

Elizabethtown
Cameron Crowe directs a film about a down home Kentucky family during the memorial of a passing father. Orlando Bloom stars as the disconnected son who travels back to the funeral and happens to fall for Kirsten Dunst in the process. The film comes highly anticipated but received mixed reviews at the recent Venice film festival…we'll see how much improvement from editing can be done.

North Country
Based on a true story, Charlize Theron stars in a Erin Brokavich-style story about a female miner in Minnesota who instigates a case against sexual harassment in the mining industry. Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand, and Sissy Spacek also star.

Where the Truth Lies
Fifteen years after a dead body is found in their hotel room, writer (Alison Lohman) investigates the real story behind the famed 1950's entertainers (Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth).

OCT. 21

DOOM
Universal Pictures, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Karl Urban bring the best-selling first person shooter to the big-screen. Though the story revolves mostly around shoot-em-up, the cinematography for DOOM is its high note.

OCT. 28

Separate Lies
First time director Julian Fellowes, Oscar-winning writer of Gosford Park, creates a story about an upper class marriage (Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson) disturbed by a terrible crime and infidelity.

The Legend of Zorro
Back again after seven years, Antonio Banderas leathers up as the South American version of the caped crusader, this time trying to settle down as a family man. Catherine Zeta Jones returns as his feisty wife.

The Weather Man
This long delayed film by Wolfgang Peterson stars Nicolas Cage as a Chicago weatherman too used to aggression from angry city dwellers when his weather projections fail. Cage struggles to bond with his children, appease his angry ex-wife, and reunite with his father (Michael Caine).

Capote
Perhaps one of the most interesting biopics in more recent years, Capote, aptly titled, tells the life of Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman), famed true crime writer of the infamous In Cold Blood in which he recounted the vicious 1950s murder of a Kansas family. The film is being widely regarded as a top Oscar contender. "Capote" The excellent Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Cold Mountain") walks a very fine line between character acting and caricature in bringing one of the last century's most important writers to the screen.

NOV. 4

Chicken Little
The latest computer animated Disney movie stars a young chicken who instigates calamity by declaring that the world is coming to an end. The falling piece of "sky" was actually an acorn.

Jarhead
Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), this film is an adaptation of Marine Anthony Swofford's memoir about his duty in the first Gulf War. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard star.

The Family Stone
A long list of stars make up this family dramedy about family quirks as the oldest son brings home his fiancée for the holidays. Stars Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton among others.

Good Night, and, Good Luck
This black and white film by amateur director George Clooney chronicles the life of anchorman Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and his decade-long quarrel with "Red Scare" director U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy of the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
NOV. 11

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
A buddy comedy/crime thriller starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. Downey plays an actor in Los Angeles who is unwillingly entangled in a murder investigation and is assisted by a real police officer (Kilmer). Written by 90s uberscreenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon).

Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Rapper 50 Cent (a.k.a Cutis Jackson) makes his acting debut as in a semi-autobiographical film about an orphan dabbling in drugs who opts to pursuer a career as a rap star; although, one in which he doesn't get involved with Vivica A. Fox and then carp her on national television.

Zathura
First time director Joe Favrau (formerly the omnipresent actor) heralds this story about two kids caught in a Jumanjiesque outer space who must finish their game or they will be stuck in space forever. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg.

NOV. 18

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson return as now teenaged pupils at wizardry school in the latest installment of the J.K. Rowling's series. Enough said.

Walk the Line
Joaquin Phoenix is The Man In Black, Johnny Cash, in this biopic of the legendary country crooner's early years. Reese Witherspoon plays his wife of over thirty years, June Carter Cash. James Mangold (Identity) directs Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon in what is reported to be Oscar-worthy performances (both stars sing their own tunes as well!)

Shopgirl
Based on the novella by Steve Martin, Claire Danes is a lonely salesgirl fighting between a wealthy older man (Martin, again) and an eccentric (Jason Schwartzman).



Syriana Syriana
NOV. 23

Rent
The multi-Tony winning Jonathan Larson musical has finally made it to the bid screen starring Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, and Jesse L. Martin among others living in metropolitan New York in the 80s amid AIDS and abject poverty.

Yours, Mine & Ours
Raising 18 children is no small feat for Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid in this remake formerly starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.

Syriana
For the famed role in which he gained a hefty 30 lbs., George Clooney is a career CIA operative who delves into the oil industry in this thriller about politics and law.

DEC. 2

Aeon Flux
Based on an animated MTV series, the film is set 400 years in the future as most humans have been killed off. Charlize Theron is a spandex clad female warrior set to protect the last of the Earth's population.

Pride & Prejudice
Once again a remake for the umpteenth time… Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen star in another update of Jane Austen's classic tale of upper vs. lower class love, wealth, glamour, grief ,etc. Stay tuned for more Mr. Darcy fever.

Underworld: Evolution
The sequel to the $100 million worldwide hit, Underworld: Evolution continues the saga of war between the aristocratic Death Dealers and the barbaric Lycans [werewolves]. The film traces the beginnings of the ancient feud between the two tribes as Selene [Kate Beckinsale], the beautiful vampire heroine, and Michael [Scott Speedman], the lycan hybrid, try to unlock the secrets of their bloodlines.

DEC. 9

Memoirs of a Geisha
Following up 2002s Oscar nominated Chicago, director Rob Marshall adapts Arthur Golden's bestselling "memoir" about a Japanese geisha (although curiously starring Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang). The film follows the book closely in studying the nature of a geisha's lifestyle. Also stars Ken Watanabe and Michelle Yeoh.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
This children's classic about an enchanted world written by C.S. Lewis hits the big screen. Directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek), Narnia is a live-action version with added digital effects. No word yet on the possible inappropriateness of the half-lion breed.

DEC. 14

King Kong
Fans of the Lord of the Rings trilogy have waited patiently for the unveiling of Peter Jackson's latest: a remake of the 1930s classic about the famous giant ape. Still set in the 1930s, the film stars Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, and Jack Black (questionably clad in a safari suit).

DEC. 16

Brokeback Mountain
Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) directs this Western epic about two young cowboys (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal) who forge a formidable friendship that eventually becomes of the forbidden variety. The films, based on a short story by Annie Proulx, follows the two leads as they struggle to return to the women in their lives and ignore the plain and sipmple urges bestowed upon them. Already the film has won several standing ovations at the pre-circuit film festivals and generated substantial buzz about its content as a "gay western." Leave it to the audience to decide how inspiring the romance is.

All the King's Men
Based on Robert Penn Warren's novel and an update of the 1949 film of the same name, Men tells the story of the life of populist Southerner Willie Stark meant to parallel that of Governor Huey Long of Louisiana. This updated version stars Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, James Gandolfini, and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Fun with Dick and Jane Fun With Dick and Jane
DEC. 21

Fun with Dick and Jane
Unseen since the early 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Jim Carrey returns to comedy in this film about-you guessed it-Dick…and Jane. Dick (Carey) takes the blame for his companies scandal then decides to go into larceny himself, accompanied by his wife (Tea Leoni).

DEC. 23

Munich
The first film about the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics, director Steven Spielberg tells the story of what happened after the murders. Eric Bana stars as the leader of an Israeli team delegated to locate and kill the Palestinians believed to have planned the murders.

The Ringer
Steve Barker (Johnny Knoxville) pretends to be mentally handicapped to enter the Special Olympics so he can win some money in a fixed bit. Sounds borderline cruel, but if taken lightly, may be highly enjoyable.

DEC. 25

Rumor Has It
In her first role since the big bad breakup, Jennifer Aniston stars in an ensemble cast as a woman who discovers her family might have inspired The Graduate. Rob Reiner directs, Kevin Costner and Mark Ruffalo also star.

Match Point

Instead of another film about Manhattanites, director Woody Allen decides to try his hand in London. Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Emily Mortimer star in this drama about luck.

*All dates subject to change.

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