Screen Rant’s 2011 Fall Movie Preview

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Now that the Summer 2011 Movie Season is over, it’s time to look ahead to Fall. For some movie fans, Fall is a welcome respite from the oft-numbing assault of Summer blockbusters; for other fans it will be time spent having to endure a lot more “artsy” films and Award season hopefuls until the holiday movie season arrives with its own slew of blockbuster fare.

For better or worse, the Fall 2011 season will match the preceding Summer season in the sense that remakes, spinoffs and sequels will rule the cineplex – but even amongst those seemingly uninspired offerings, there are certainly a few gems to keep an eye out for.

Our guide to the Fall 2011 Movies includes links to our coverage of each film (just click any title), a brief synopsis about what the film is about, and our early predictions about whether the we think the movie is worth your time and ticket money. So bookmark this post now – you’ll probably need it again before the year is out icon wink Screen Rants 2011 Fall Movie Preview .

First, you owe it to yourself to check out our awesome, custom-made trailer for the Fall (and Winter) movie season(s), created by our own Mike Eisenberg!

You can jump to a particular month by clicking on the links below.

Fall 2011 Movie Guide

September 2011

Burke and Hare

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September 9th (US)

A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers (Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis) who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

Our Take: John Landis (An American Werewolf In London) is an icon for his ability to mix the humorous with the macabre, and with Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) in the lead, this could be an entertaining film – if it makes it onto people’s radar, that is.



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September 9th

Steven Soderbergh’s action-thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak. Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston star.

Our Take: In our Contagion review, we peg the movie as being interesting and stylish, but a little short on heart. Still, it’s from Steven Soderbergh, who took a similar (and successful) approach with his ensemble film Traffic. So you know it can’t all be bad.



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September 9th

The youngest son (Tom Hardy) of an alcoholic former boxer (Nick Nolte) returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament — a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother (Joel Edgerton). Jennifer Morrison, Noah Emmerich and Kevin Dunn co-star.

Our Take: Our Warrior Review pegs this film as one of the big surprises of 2011. Although ‘rise to glory’ sports stories are a dime a dozen, Warrior stands out thanks to it’s fantastic lead performers and the skilled direction of Gavin O’Connor (Miracle).


Straw Dogs

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September 16th

L.A. screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) relocates with his wife (Kate Bosworth) to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both. Alexander Skarsgård, Willa Holland, Dominic Purcell and James Woods co-star.

Our Take: People will likely be attracted (literally and figuratively) to the cast of pretty faces, but the Straw Dogs trailer paints this as being yet another unnecessary remake.



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September 16th

A Hollywood stunt performer (Ryan Gosling) who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong. Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks co-star.

Our Take: In our Drive Review we describe the film as a brilliant work of bloody, thrilling, high-art crime drama with some award-worthy performances. It may sound like an odd mix of parts, but director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson) makes it all run as smooth as a high-octane sports car.


I Don’t Know How She Does It

I Dont Know How She Does It Screen Rants 2011 Fall Movie Preview

September 16th

A comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker), a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids.

Our Take: If you are an on-the-go wife and/or mother, this one is for you. If you’re related to an on-the-go wife and/or mother, be prepared to be dragged along for the show. Everyone else need not apply.



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September 16th

The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII. Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper and Jane Adams star.

Our Take: Not the cup of tea we typically drink here at Screen Rant, but Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right) is definitely a star in the making, so performance-wise, we expect this film to pack a strong emotional punch.



September 23rd

A thriller centered on a young man (Taylor Lautner) who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website. Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Michael Nyqvist, Sigourney Weaver and Maria Bello co-star.

Our Take: This film will be the official barometer that measures whether Taylor Lautner will have a successful post-Twilight career. The kid is a real-life martial arts star (see HERE), so action could be a better fit for him than supernatural drama. But is director John Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious) the man to launch Lautner’s action career? We’ll see.


Dolphin Tale

September 23rd

A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick Jr. and Nathan Gamble star.

Our Take: Grab the family and head to the theater for a wholesome good time.


The Double

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September 23rd

A retired CIA operative (Richard Gere) is paired with a young FBI agent (Topher Grace) to unravel the mystery of a senator’s murder, with all signs pointing to a Soviet assassin.

Our Take: Richard Gere proved he still has dramatic edge in Brooklyn’s Finest last year, and The Double trailer showed that he’ll be bringing that edge to this role as well. That’s good, because otherwise the combined presence of Topher Grace and writer-turned-first-time-director Michael Brandt wouldn’t be enough to sell us on this flick.


The Killer Elite

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September 23rd

A group of former British special forces members (Robert De Niro, Jason Statham) are being hunted by a team of assassins led by a former Navy Seal (Clive Owen).

Our Take: The Killer Elite trailer makes this look like a standard action flick for Statham (and to lesser extent, Owen), though De Niro is clearly slumming it. Might be better if saved for your Netflix Instant Que.



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September 23rd

The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s (Brad Pitt) successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget, by employing a young man’s (Jonah Hill) computer-generated analysis to draft his players. Robin Wright, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Chris Pratt co-star.

Our Take: After many starts and stops this film finally arrives. Selling audiences on a baseball movie is hard enough – selling them on a movie about baseball statistics would’ve been impossible, if not for the presence of Brad Pitt, the comedic talent of Jonah Hill, and a crackling script from Aaron Sorkin, who already won an Oscar for making a Facebook movie into a cultural event. Don’t count this one out just yet.



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September 30th

A semi-comedic account of a 27-year-old guy’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. Seth Rogen co-stars.

Our Take: Given that this story comes from the real-life account of Rogen’s friend (and the movie’s writer) Will Reiser, expect it to respect the subject matter with a careful balance of humor and authentic drama. With Gordon-Levitt in the lead, and Rogen basically playing Seth Rogen, it should be an entertaining ride. Still don’t believe us? Check out the 50/50 trailer for proof.



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September 30th

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, they face danger every day. Yet when tragedy strikes close to home, these fathers are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, and their faith. From the creators of Fireproof.

Our Take: There is definitely an audience for these faith-based movies about life and hope. The question is: are you part of that audience?


Dream House

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September 30th (USA)

Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling. Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts star.

Our Take: An impressive cast and skilled director (Jim Sheridan of In The Name of the Father and My Left Foot fame) indicate that this is going to be much deeper than your standard psychological thriller. The trailer is effectively creepy, but shows a bit too much of the plot.



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September 30th

A young woman (Anna Paquin) witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people’s lives. Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, Allison Janney, Kieran Culkin, Jean Reno, Krysten Ritter and Olivia Thirlby co-star

Our Take: The cast is pretty strong, but other than that we’ve heard little-to-nothing about this indie offering.


Take Shelter

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September 30th

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father (Michael Shannon) questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

Our Take: Michael Shannon has already earned an Oscar nomination for his talent, and mainstream audiences certainly got to know him from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Now that he’ll be starring as the villain in Superman: Man of Steel, audiences will likely want to see the Shannon’s full talent on display.


Tucker & Dale vs Evil

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September 30th

Tucker (Alan Tudyk) & Dale (Tyler Labine) are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids.

Our Take: In our Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Review we pegged this film as a funny spin on slasher film conventions, enhanced by the great comedic abilities of Tudyk and Labine. Definitely one for horror/comedy fans to check out.


What’s Your Number? 

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September 30th

A woman (Anna Faris) looks back at the past twenty men she’s had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love. Chris Evans co-stars.

Our Take: Quick movie math: Anna Faris is charming. Chris Evans is charming. Anna Faris + Chris Evans = charming date movie.


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  1. I’m pretty much done with films this year. Other than Real Steel, Melancholia, and The Thing, there’s nothing that gets my interest.

    • Aren’t you excited for Sherlock Holmes 2?This is the last movie i will see this year!

      • Have to agree, SH2 is gonna be awesome.

      • Didn’t see the first, and no interest in the sequel.

        • Dude, you should do yourself a favor and watch Sherlock Holmes 1.
          It has a brilliant plot, the characters are perfectly cast, it has great acting, action, humor, the script/dialogue is wonderful and it’s just an AWESOME movie in general.

          To this date, I haven’t met a single person who didn’t like the movie.

  2. I love getting the heads up from you guys. I did however want to see Taylor Lautner actually doing some real martial arts from that link, whether you were being sarcastic or not, but the link isn’t attached.

  3. “The comedic talents of Jonah Hill”.
    Uh.. Yeah… Sure.
    Jonah Hill gotta be one of Hollywood’s most annoying figures right now.

    And I agree with the last one, perfectly summed up, “Oscar bait”. Brilliant.

    There are surprisingly few movies I actually look forward, judging from this list. I want to see 50/50, and I guess Moneyball, but I’ll wait for them to show up on DVD. I’m also going to watch Johnny English Reborn sometime, just because I miss Rowan Atkinson, the movie smells like turkey.

    So yeah… 50/50 is my most anticipated movie of this list.

      • Wait.. Are you seriously trying to compare Johan Hill to Rowan Atkinson? Rowan is one of the best british comedy actors of all time. Of course you wouldn’t understand if you know him only as “that Mr Bean guy”.

  4. I’ve seen this video yesterday nice work Screenrant :)

  5. A staggering amount of movies of which I will probably only see 1-2. There are SO many movies now a days that they are hardly in the theater long enough to make their money back before they show up on DVD.

  6. Finally movies that look good. So far this year has been pretty mediocre and it didn’t really bring anything new.

    • Errr… what about Harry Potter, Captain America, Thor, X-Men, Rise of the Apes, Transformers, Super 8, – they were all pretty good and some of them did bring “something new”.

      Honestly, this year’s movies have been awesome! Most of the new movies coming out over the next few months will pale in comparison to the movies released so far: most of em’ look boring – definitely worth waiting for the TV release.

      • None of those movies brought anything new save for maybe “Super 8″, it HAS been a lackluster summer full of comic book releases that didn’t live up to the hype, save for First Class, and Capt. America (which I didn’t like but most did) and of course Harry Potter (they are usually good anyway). Some folks like to get away from all of that block buster stuff every once in a while.

        • Okay, what about The King’s Speech? That was released this year (if I’m not mistaken) and it was an exceptional film IMO.

          I’m just saying, in comparison to last year (2010) and the year before that (2009), this year’s films were much better in terms of quality and quantity (not that quantity actually matters though…)

  7. Did the release of Coriolanus change or did I miss it in the line up?

    • IMBb had the date as January 2012. We did some digging and came up with December 2nd 2011. Thanks for the heads up.

  8. ’50/50′ is GREAT. I highly recommend it.

  9. Gonna see a few of these movies reel steel, sherlock holmes and prob mi4

  10. An excellent slate of movies. Finally it’s looking good again. This past summer had only a very small handful of films that I thought were great so I’m looking forward to enjoying the films I watch again!

  11. Most anticipated Movies for the rest of the Year For Me:
    1) We Need to Talk About Kevin (You guys should seriously read the book, heartbreaking and disturbing)
    2) The Muppets
    3) The Artist, probably one of the most ambitious movies of the year, and yet no mention of it here
    4) Melancholia
    5) Take Shelter

    I’ll definitely check out Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Descendents, Tintin, Mission Impossible 4, Like Crazy, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Drive, Skin I Live In, and maybe Albert Noobs (which isn’t here either)

    And why the negativity for Arthur Christmas? I remember at the Comic-Con panel for the movie whoever was covering it from Screenrant was excited for the film.

  12. I truly hope you mean it’s hard NOT to get excited about Cameron Crowe at this point. The man is one of my favorite writer/directors and he made amazing movies in Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. I’m more than excited to see We Bought a Zoo!

    • I don’t think everyone has recovered from Elizabethtown yet.

    • Yea, I didn’t understand that… Seemed like a unnecessary, random jab. The only “bomb” he made was probably Elizabeth Town and that wasn’t crappy enough to label him a bad director overall. Almost Famous, Say Anything, Jerry Maguire: Great movies.

  13. Nothing will beat the original Footloose. It’s only a matter of time before we hear of upcoming remakes for Blade Runner, any of John Hughes films or god forbid: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Back to the Future….

  14. Has anyone seen Warrior yet? I love Tom Hardy’s work and Nolte is classic but I’m worried about the authenticity of the actual fight scenes..

    • I saw it. It’s not authentic even remotely. It’s typical Hollywood fair. That’s all I can say without spoiling it.

    • I enjoyed it emmensely. SR gave it a 4.5/5.

  15. That is one sad list. Guess I’ll be saving my money for all the cool games coming out this fall: Uncharted 3, Arkham City, Gears of War 3.

  16. Which movie is the planes from? (in the trailer)

  17. There are some pretty good movies in the works. I’m pretty excited for the following movies:
    1. War Horse – At first I thought it was just going to be another Black Beauty with guns but, with Spielberg directing it, I’m sure it’s going to be more than that.
    2. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – I love spy movies so I will definitely give this one a try.
    3. The Ides of March – They shot this movie at my school (UMich) so I definitely have to go see it! (Oh yea, and because Clooney and Gosling are in it too, of course)
    4. Happy Feet 2 – I absolutely loved the music/animation from the first Happy Feet so I’ll probably go see this one, but not in 3D.
    5. In Time – The trailer definitely sucked me in. It’s a novel concept which is rare nowandays in Hollywood.
    6. Straw Dogs – Two words, Alexander Skarsgard. That is all.
    7. Sherlock Holmes 2 – Enjoyed the first one…and the trailer for SH2 was pretty sweet so I’ll probably go see this one as well.

    Looks like I’ll have a busy fall season ahead of me :)

  18. just like to point out, Brad Bird had nothing to do with Toy Story 3, he is merely just the director of The Incredibles :)

    • He was part of the senior creative team at Pixar – but you’re right, he did not directly work on the film.

  19. Some great movies are coming.
    I am waiting for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy , War horse, sherlock homes-2.

    I will love some Tom-Cruise-A$$-Kick by Jeremy Renner​

  20. So excited to see Sherlock Holmes 2! :D
    Next on the list is Johnny English: Reborn (although I have some doubts), Harold and Kumar 3, MI3 (only because Jeremy Renner is gonna kick-a**), and maybe (if I’m really bored) I’ll go see that Three Musketeers movie…

    I’m really in the mood for a “guy-comedy” (like Tropic Thunder, The Other Guys, Due Date, etc.) but it seems there is a lack of those types of movies this year… :(

  21. These are my most anticapited movies of each of the months:

    September Movies:
    The Killer Elite

    October Movies:
    Real Steel
    The Thing
    The Three Musketeers
    In Time
    Johnny English Reborn

    November Movies:
    Puss In Boots
    Piranha 3DD

    December Movies:
    New Year’s Eve
    Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
    Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol
    The Adventures Of Titin

  22. The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo teaser trailer looks like a much better take on the book so far. As an added bonus it’ll get an R rating. Real Steel and MI4 looks entertaining.

  23. Can’t wait until Immortals and SH2

    Why aren’t more people excited about Immortals? Yeah, it is copying off 300 but so what? 300 was epic and graphically it was epic… if it can get similar special effects with a new story than sign me up.

    plus actually seeing the Gods do something instead of sit on a thrown and be godly… then sign me up.

  24. Most of these movies look pretty interesting to me – except War Horse.

    I don’t know… the premise just seems really stupid.

  25. Contagion,Restless,Ides of March,Real Steel,The Thing,Martha Marcy May Marlene,PA3,In Time,Tower Heist,Melancholia,Immortals,HF2,HAK-3D,and The girl with the dragon TATOO

  26. YAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWN. Fall movie lineup looks depressing. Next year’s lineup will be EPIC. So I’ll do what I always do in the mean time, Avoid the theater until something worth watching comes up.

    -I agree War Horse seems to have a ridiculous premise, Definitely looks like some masterful work but almost comedic like the Tropic Thunder spoof trailers.

    -Movies I will see this year: Immortals, Carnage, Sherlock Holmes:AGOS, 50/50, Melancholia, Rum Diary’s, HUGO. (everything else can kick rocks unless it gets a 5/5 star review)

    -maybe TinTin, depending on the reviews because I don’t know anything about TinTin other than the character’s looks annoy me.

  27. the trailer shifted into the epic gear once “freedom fighters” from Two steps from Hell started playing

  28. Looks better then most of the summer movies. Certainly want to see Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Warrior, Tailer tinker soldier spy. Some other movies look interesting too, but probably wont see them in cinema.

  29. Most anticipated: Killer Elite and Abduction (even with the kid from twilight starring)

    Least anticipated: Money ball and Drive……Drive looks like a rip off of the Transporter