Screen Rant’s 2010 Fall Movie Preview

Published 5 years ago by , Updated October 4th, 2010 at 9:50 am,

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Summertime and all that easy living is now done, and unless you’re one of those people who lives where the sun is always shining then the onset of Fall means four things: colder weather, earlier sunsets, heavier clothing and movies galore.

Yes, the summer has all those big blockbusters we’ve been waiting all year to see, but Fall is the time when we actually want to be in the movie theater: when being outdoors is no longer an attractive alternative and the cinema offers many, many, award-worthy films. A few of them even stand the chance of being pretty good.

Of course the Fall movie landscape has been changing pretty radically in the last few years: September is now a “showcase for unique genre films” instead of just a studio dumping ground ; October is now a mishmash pattern of horror movies and early-bird award season hopefuls; while the latter half of November is now the official launchpad for the “Winter blockbuster season” that runs all the way through the end of December. And the films of 2010 certainly illustrate this new Fall movie mosaic.

Before we dig in, here’s a little video taste of the upcoming 2010 Fall/Winter movie season courtesy of our own video guru Mike Eisenberg:

We’ll start with September and go by week of release all the way through the end of the year. Click any of the movie titles that appear in gold to see more info and coverage on that particular film.

If you’re just here to hop around, you can skip to a specific month:



The American

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September 1st

Synopsis: Alone among assassins, Jack (George Clooney) is a master craftsman. When a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, he vows that his next assignment will be his last. Jack reports to the Italian countryside, where he holes up in a small town and relishes being away from death for a spell. Surprising himself, Jack seeks out the friendship of local priest Father Benedetto and pursues romance with local woman Clara. But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be tempting fate.



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September 3rd

Synopsis: The highly-skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he’s about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he’s been set up. He barely survives the sniper’s bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his old friend Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren’t you!


Going The Distance

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September 3rd

Erin and Garrett are good together–even when they’re apart. When aspiring journalist Erin (Drew Barrymore) moves to San Francisco to finish her last year of school, boyfriend Garrett (Justin Long), an assistant music scout, stays in Manhattan to pursue his ambitions and wait on that promotion he’s been promised. With a webcam connection and frequent flier miles, the two gamely navigate the pitfalls of their bi-coastal romance. But when it seems their wait is almost over, Erin scores her dream job in California just as Garrett’s career heats up in New York. The big breaks they’ve been hoping for could break them up for good… unless their love can truly go the distance.


Resident Evil: Afterlife

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September 10th

Synopsis: In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice (Jovovich), continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead – and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.


I’m Still Here

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September 10th (Limited release)

Synopsis: I’m Still Here is a portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, the documentary follows the Oscar-nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip hop musician. The film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads and explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.



Legendary Screen Rants 2010 Fall Movie Preview

September 10th

Synopsis: A book-smart teenager joins his school’s wrestling team as a way to reunite his surviving family members, who split apart after the death of his father, a college wrestling legend, 10 years ago. John Cena, Danny Glover and Patricia Clarkson star.


The Romantics

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September 10th

Synopsis: Seven close friends reunite for the wedding of two of their friends. Problems arise because the bride and the maid of honor (Katie Holmes and Anna Paquin)  have had a long rivalry over the groom (Josh Duhamel). Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong and Elijah Wood all co-star.


Never Let Me Go

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September 15th (Limited)

Synopsis: As children, Ruth (Keira Knightley), Kathy (Carey Mulligan) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield), spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.


Alpha and Omega 3D

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September 15th

Synopsis: Two young wolves at opposite ends of their pack’s social order are thrown together into a foreign land and need each other to return home, but love complicates everything. Voices include Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Danny Glover and the late Dennis Hopper.



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September 17th

Synopsis: Filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost document a story involving Ariel’s brother, Nev, a 24-year-old New York-based photographer, and Abby, an 8-year-old girl from rural Michigan who contacts Nev via Facebook, asking for permission to make a painting from one of his photographs.



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September 17th

Synopsis: A group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them. From a story by M. Night Shyamalan.


Easy A

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September 17th

Synopsis: After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl (Emma 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.


The Town

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September 17th

Synopsis: As he plans his next job, a longtime thief (Ben Affleck) tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager (Rebecca Hall) connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent (Jon Hamm) looking to bring him and his crew down. Jeremy Renner and Blake Lively co-star.


You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

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September 22nd

Synopsis: This Woody Allen film follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) and Helena (Gemma Jones), and their daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) and husband Roy (Josh Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds.


Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

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September 24th

Synopsis: Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie’s, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga’Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie’s. The film is based on the first three books in the series.


Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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September 24th

Synopsis: As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader (Shia LaBeouf) partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader’s mentor (Frank Langella).



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September 24th (limited release)

Synopsis: Paul (Ryan Reynolds) is a U.S. contractor working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap. Opens in wide release on October 8th.

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  1. damn, looks like some fine movies coming out, and some not so fine ones lol, i guess we gotta take the good with the bad

  2. Going the distance looks like crap.. im in a long distance relationship so i know how it is, but that just looks bad.

  3. I dunno Anthony, looks like alot more duds than studs in those films.

  4. Dangit, you guys beat me to it. I guess I’ll hold off watching your trailer until I finish mine. :)

  5. everything is either a re-boot/remake, or garbage.

  6. Looking forward to;

    The Town.

    Tron Legacy.

    Black Swan.

    Harry Potter.

    Morning Glory.


    That’s about it for me. Nice selection. The rest is meh.

  7. The synopsis of MegaMind gave away far more than the trailers have. Oops to me for reading that haha.

    This will be an interesting Fall, but to me the more watchable movies are occurring in September/October, which is odd considering most of the time that’s when studios dump their horrible movies.

  8. WOW. Theres alot of movies i have to see ;)

  9. What about Harry potter???

  10. Movies here that I want to see:
    Black Swan
    The Tempest
    Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
    Paranormal Activity 2
    The Social Network
    Easy A
    The Towm
    Maybe Devil

    Glaring Ommision:
    Never Let Me Go

    • Nah, I saw that. Didn’t know how many people who read us would be interested in it. But Jose, I’m adding it just for you!

      • Really? Thanks.

  11. I forgot about a lot of these movies. Thanks for the roundup, looks like I’ll be blowing lots of cash this fall in the theaters.

  12. Alpha and Omega
    Never Let Me Go
    Love and Other Drugs

    Have all been added. Never thought I’d hear the SR crowd inquiring about those films :-)

  13. The King’s Speech?

  14. Tree of Life?

    • It’s probably not on here since its not official whether or not its even going to be released this year.

  15. Waaaay too many movies in that list I want to see. I will most likely have to wait for the smaller movies to come out on DVD or Blu Ray as I doubt a movie like Black Swan for example, will play up here in Alaska.

  16. As usual, you Screen Ranters have gone the extra mile and given us all stuff to look forward to…or avoid completely! lol
    Personally, I can’t wait to see RED (I’m regfering to the film…not anger)

    Thank you ScreenRant!

  17. “Honey want to catch a movie tonight?


    sure what’s playing?

    “I Spit On Your Grave: Unrated”

    ,,, 8-)

    Cool list,,,

    I’m down for Machette and Monsters. Maybe Skyline and that train flick.

  18. Danny Trejo is A list in my book!

    • he is THE MAN..i was at comic-con a few years back and RR was there doing a panel of the now defunked Red Sonja remake/reboot/ and someone in the audience went off topc and asked him about Machete. so RR goes off in a perfect trejo imitation, it was spot on and very funny.

  19. EDIT: The synopsis for Burlesque is incorrect. Christina Aguilera is playing the small-town girl who moves to LA. Kristen Bell co-stars.

    • Thanks Elisabeth,

      Edit made.

  20. “The Romantics” (I haven’t wanted to see Katie Holmes in something in a long time)

    “Easy A” (just love Emma Stone)

    “The Town” (Ben Affleck is finally looking good again)

    “Case 39″ (for Ian McShane)

    “Never Let Me Go”

    “Let Me In” (just to compare to original)

    “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” (Woody Allan has been hit or miss for me lately… we’ll just have to see)

    “Nowhere Boy” (Kick-Ass is looking good)

    “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” (Noomi Rapace blows me away as Lisbeth Salander)

    “Unstoppable” (because I like to see a movie with virtually no CGI, thank you Tony Scott)

    “Harry Potter…” (here comes the end of my childhood)

    “The Next Three Days” (I like Russell Crow well enough and am curious if the wife did it or not)

    “Black Swan” (looks effing amazing)

    “Somewhere” (haven’t Stephen Dorff in a good role in a while)

    “True Grit” (I want to like Westerns… this might help)

    “Blue Valentine” (I really like Michelle Williams and hope Ryan Gosling is in “Half-Nelson” form)

  21. I still do not know….2010 has thus far been so dissapointing. Alot of fluff and bad, bad films. Perhaps the Fall can save this year, but I see only a handfull to attend, a few to rent. To me the choices are obvious. However staying true to form….I can ALLWAYS count on SR to help me with these decisons. Thank you for the complete list.

  22. Tron, Skyline, Wall Street,Spit On Grave, Saw 3d,
    and one of the biggest omissions RED DAWN.
    Still seems up in the air as to whether RED DAWN
    will be released this November. Time will tell.

  23. Harry potter is the only movie im DYING to see but also wanna see machete,megamind,unstoppable,case 39,paranormal activity,little fockers,gullivers travels,etc….

  24. Tron :D

  25. Okay, now which one of you taking me to the movies? 790? Anthony? The Rickster?

    I will go half’s on the popcorn & soda? Buy your own Milk Duds.


  26. Wow… got some tough choices here, guys.

    Here are the movies I’m looking forward to seeing…

    Due Date — I’d watch Robert Downey Jr. read the phone book out loud. (LOL!) Seriously, I hope this will be as funny as The Hangover.

    Unstoppable — Even though I’m getting a strong Pelham 1-2-3 vibe, this looks pretty cool, with no 3D or CGI involved.

    RED — Can’t wait to see Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman kick some serious butt.

    Tron Legacy — Absolutely!

    Hereafter — Will be interesting to see how Clint Eastwood tackles the supernatural.

    Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps — Normally, I’m not a Shia LeBeouf fan, but he may be tolerable in this one.

    The Social Network — Another interesting film I’m looking forward to seeing.

    Paranormal Activity 2 — They’d better not hurt that baby…. :)

    Movies I’ll wait for on DVD/Blu-Ray…

    Skyline — This film didn’t excite me for some reason.
    Little Fockers — see above.
    The Next Three Days — This is one of those movies I’d have to watch a second time, and the movie-going budget doesn’t allow for repeat watchings.
    Burlesque — This has “cult classic” written all over it. :)

  27. Does anybody know what tools Mike Eisenburg used to make this Anthemic short?

  28. AIDys
    LOL well i can get u in for free :)

    • Sweet! Now that’s what I’m talking about ;D

      • HAHAH and free popcorn too ;)