Fall Films of Note

Now that the summer has come and gone, it's time to roll out the fall movie season. Some are gunning for early Oscar heat, others for your holiday dollars. Here's the batch that we're most looking forward to.

The American
I've got just five words that will make you want to see this movie: George Clooney is in it. George Clooney doesn't make bad movies -- at least, he does a damn fine job of avoiding them (unless the Coens are involved). And here we have him in a film about the classic story of an assassin on his last job. Unlike most films of this type, this seems to be avoiding the bullet-riddled, explosive cliches and instead reaches for a more human tale of a man at the end of his rope -- but with George Clooney. Sounds exactly like what we need right now.

The Town
Make all the jokes about Ben Affleck as an actor that you want. He won an Oscar for his screenwriting and blew the critical world away with his directorial debut, Gone, Baby, Gone. Now he's back with another Boston crime drama with yet another A-list cast. If the material holds up to the promise, it might be Top Ten list material.

Social Network
Jesse Eisenberg was recently joked about as being the Michael Cera you got when Michael Cera turned you down. Now he's rapidly becoming known as the Michael Cera you get when you want someone with a bit more range. Social Network is David Fincher's take on the Aaron Sorkin-scripted, allegedly true story about all the backroom backstabbing that brought about Facebook. Its ingenious teaser trailer has been heralded as one of the most evocative to come out in years -- if not decades -- and the talent pool behind this screams Oscar caliber. Expect a lot of talk about this both before and after its release.

Let Me In

Q: How many film bloggers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: All of us -- one to screw it in and the rest to write about how much better the original was.

After a year of teeth gnashing from the fanboys, reciting the same tired complaint of "I don't understand why Let the Right One In needs to be remade" (psst ... it has something to do with how few people watched the original versus how many will see it in English), the talk has shifted. After a few carefully placed industry screenings, the chatter has gone from asking why to wondering aloud, "Did Cloverfield's Matt Reeves actually make the superior film or not?" There are those who have seen it who believe he has.

Unstoppable

Friend: Have you seen that trailer for Unstoppable?

Me: What's Unstoppable?

Friend: It's about some sort of super train that is going so fast that it vaporizes anything it touches.

Me: That sounds like the dumbest thing to come out all year.

Friend: Tony Scott directed it, and it stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pine.

Me: Yeah, I'm going to go buy my ticket and get in line.

Friend: It doesn't come out until November.

Me: I know.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
The seventh and second to last in one of the biggest franchises in movie and literary history is finally coming to an end. Almost. Part one comes this November, part two next summer. If I need to explain why you should be excited, I'd like you to first tell me how long you were in a coma and what the last thing is you remember before the accident.