Fall movie preview: More upcoming flicks
BY CINDY PEARLMAN August 25, 2011 7:42PM
Michelle Williams stars in "My Week with Marilyn."
Updated: November 3, 2011 6:20PM
“Bucky Larson Born to Be a Star”: Nick Swardson wants to be an adult film star in this comedy written with his buddy — some guy named Adam Sandler.
“Drive”: Ryan Gosling is a stunt driver for films who also does a few real-life heists on the side. He tangles with a mobster played by Albert Brooks and finds that his life and the life of his girlfriend (Carey Mulligan) are on the line.
“Straw Dogs”: James Marsden plays an L.A. screenwriter who moves to the Deep South with his wife (Kate Bosworth) and then encounters the locals, including Alexander Skarsgard.
“The Lion King 3D”: It’s Simba coming right at ya — in a bigger-than-ever circle of life.
“Abduction”: Wolf pack, what wolf pack? Taylor Lautner hangs up his fur to join forces with John Singleton in the story of a young man who has been living someone else’s life when he finds himself as a little boy on a missing persons website. A team of trained killers targets him as he tries to unravel the past and deal with new love Karen (Lily Collins).
“Killer Elite”: Jason Statham is a member of Britain’s Elite Special Air Services who goes gonzo for revenge when his mentor (Robert De Niro) is kidnapped. Jason must go gunning for three assassins and their leader (Clive Owen).
“The Double”: Richard Gere teams up with some young blood (Topher Grace) to thwart annoying Russian assassins.
“Restless”: Gus Van Sant directs Mia Wasikowska (“Jane Eyre”) in the story of a terminally ill teen who falls in love with a boy (Henry Hopper) who likes to go to funerals.
“Machine Gun Preacher”: Gerard Butler ditches drugs to protect Sudanese orphans.
“Margaret”: Kenneth Lonergan writes and directs the story of a 17-year-old high school student (Anna Paquin) who feels she played a role in an accident that killed a woman. The film, three years in the can, also stars Jean Reno, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Damon.
“50/50”: Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a young man who finds out that he has cancer. He decides that his diagnosis has its upside, like hanging with his best buddy (Seth Rogen) and the chance that women will feel bad for him and thus “date” him.
“Dream House”: There’s nothing like co-starring in a horror film to bring love in real life. The film is about a couple (Daniel Craig and his new Mrs., Rachel Weisz) with two cute girls who move into one of those houses that has paranormal “issues.”
“Real Steel”: Hugh Jackman goes into the boxing ring with a 2,000-pound humanoid robot that makes Mr. T look like a weakling. Hugh also reconnects with his son as they rebuild their own robot fighter named Atom.
“Wanderlust”: Did you think you’d escape the season without at least one Jennifer Aniston flick? Silly you, that’s never the case. This time, she stars with Paul Rudd as an urban couple who decide to live a more counterculture life. The film also stars Justin Theroux, her real-life main man these days.
“Texas Killing Fields”: Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan look into murders in the Lone Star State.
“The Way”: Martin Sheen plays a father who must go to France in order to identify and bring home the body of his dead son.
“The Big Year”: Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin star in the must-see sporting event of fall: bird watching. The guys must compete to find the rarest bird in North America in a comedy directed by David Frankel.
“The Thing”: Joel Edgerton (“Warrior”) joins Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ulrich Thomsen in this sci-fi thriller about an Antarctica research spot where an alien craft wreaks havoc and then everyone is suspected of being a little out of sorts.
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”: Elizabeth Olsen makes a stunning debut as Martha, a young woman whose life hits the wall when she gets caught up in a cult led by a charismatic monster (John Hawkes).
“The Three Musketeers”: Logan Lerman is D’Artagnan, and he joins forces with more musketeers (Matthew Macfadyen and Ray Stevenson) as they swash and buckle their way to save the day and the French throne before war breaks out in Europe. And it all happens in 3-D!
“The Skin I Live In”: Pedro Almodovar directs Antonio Banderas in the story of a crazed plastic surgeon who experiments on a woman (Elena Anaya) held hostage in what’s billed as one of the most disturbing movies of the year. Try not to let anyone tell you the big secret.
“The Rum Diary”: Johnny Depp returns to Hunter S. Thompson territory in this film of one of Thompson’s early novels about an American journalist living in Puerto Rico.
“Safe”: Jason Statham brings his toned and tanned self to the character of a former elite agent who rescues a 12-year-old Asian girl who has been abducted by the Triads. Suddenly, they find themselves in a standoff between the Russian Mafia and corrupt New York City politicians, proving there are days when it’s better to just stay in bed.
“In Time”: Justin Timberlake continues to dominate the big screen in his third movie of the year. This one is a sci-fi thriller directed by Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca”) where in the future humans are created to expire at age 25 because there are too many darn people in the world. JT is a factory worker and murder suspect who is on the run. Olivia Wilde plays his mother. We’ll do the math for you … she’s only 27.
“Anonymous”: It’s the film that asks that high school English class question: Did William Shakespeare really write all those classics? Rhys Ifans is Edward de Vere, the earl of Oxford, who wielded a mean pen but wasn’t in favor with Queen Elizabeth.
“Like Crazy”: Felicity Jones is a London lass who falls in love with a guy from L.A. (Anton Yelchin) in college, and then they try to make their long-distance romance work over the pond. Good luck, kids.
“My Week With Marilyn”: Michelle Williams dons the platinum wig in a story revolving around Marilyn Monroe’s problems with Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) during the 1957 production of “The Prince and the Showgirl.” Julia Ormond plays Vivien Leigh.
“Town Heist”: High concept alert! Director Brett Ratner cast Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy as two guys working at a swanky apartment complex who steal $20 million from a swindler (Alan Alda) who loses other people’s money in his Ponzi schemes.
“Another Happy Day”: Ellen Barkin is back on the big screen as Lynn, a woman who must deal with her ex-hubby’s horrifyingly young-looking new wife (Demi Moore) at a family event.
“A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas”: There’s nothing like ushering in the holiday season with our favorite potheads just out of Guantanamo Bay prison. Harold is married and happy while Kumar is still unhappy until a mystery gift sends them on a crazy holiday adventure. Is there any other kind?
“Jack and Jill”: Adam Sandler doubles his fun as a suburban dad and his annoying twin sister who is visiting for Turkey Day and won’t leave. The film also stars Katie Holmes and Al Pacino.
“Immortals”: Future Superman Henry Cavill is a man trapped by Greek gods (Kellan Lutz and Luke Evans) who must help them save Olympus and Greece from … Mickey Rourke. Olympus is doomed.
“Melancholia”: Just before the world has ended, Kirsten Dunst is a sad sack woman who is marrying her devoted fiance (Alexander Skarsgard) in this Lars von Trier drama that’s heavier than your mother’s stuffing recipe.
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”: Gary Oldman is a spy in Britain who is joined by Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and Ciaran Hinds in this caper based on the John le Carre novels.
“The Artist”: This black and white Cannes hit has virtually no dialogue, but it does have subtitles and a gorgeous score. Star Jean Dujardin won a best actor statute for playing a ’20s silent film star whose life changes when the talkies come in.
“Hugo”: Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz star in a 3-D story that takes place in 1931 Paris, where an orphan boy is given an automaton by his late father. The inventor is Georges Melies (Ben Kingsley). By the way, this was directed by Martin Scorsese and is based on the 2007 novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
“The Descendants”: Alexander Payne directs George Clooney, Beau Bridges, Shailene Woodley and Robert Forster in the sometimes tragic story of Matt King (Clooney), an indifferent husband and father of two daughters, who must look back and forward when his wife is in a boating accident.