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

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.


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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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.


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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).


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.

Continue to October 2010 Movies…


Case 39

October 1st

Synopsis: A social worker (Zellweger) fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected, as demonic forces come after the girl.


October 1st

Synopsis: Freakonomics is the film adaptation of the 2005 bestseller titled Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.  The novel was a collaborative effort between journalist Stephen Dubner and economist Steven Levitt that examined several unusual cases of incentive-based thinking. The movie features the work of several highly-regarded documentarians, including Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and Seth Gordon (King of Kong).

Let Me In

October 1st

Synopsis: In this remake of the hit Swedish novel/movie Let The Right One In, a troubled young boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) befriends a strange girl who moves in next door (Chloe Moretz) – a girl who only goes out at night and must consume blood to live. The two strike up a unique friendship, even as a string of murders in their small town threaten to tear them apart.

The Social Network

October 1st

Synopsis: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes Facebook, a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history… but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. Starring Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Rooney Mara and Rashida Jones.

I Spit On Your Grave: Unrated

October 8th

Synopsis: Writer Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) takes a retreat from the city to a charming cabin in the woods to start on her next book. But Jennifer’s presence in the small town attracts the attention of a few morally deprived locals who set out one night to teach this city girl a lesson. What starts out as terrifying acts of humiliation and intimidation, quickly and uncontrollably escalates into a night of physical abuse and torturous assault. Against all odds, Jennifer Hills survives her ordeal. Now, with hell bent vengeance, Jennifer’s sole purpose is to turn the tables on these animals and to inflict upon them every horrifying and torturous moment they carried out on her… only much, much worse. A remake of the cult classic.

My Soul To Take

October 8th

Synopsis: In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again. Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven teens, or did he survive the night he was left for dead? Only one of the kids knows the answer.

Nowhere Boy

October 8th

Synopsis: Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) plays Beatles legend John Lennon in this look at the rocker’s younger years.  John is a spirited teenager, curious, sharp and funny, growing up in the shattered city of Liverpool. Two extraordinary sisters tussle for his love – Mimi, the formidable aunt who raised him from the age of 5 and Julia, the spirited mother who gave him up to Mimi’s care. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into art and the new music flooding in from the U.S. His fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the young Paul McCartney. But just as Johns new life begins, the truth about his past leads to a tragedy he would never escape.


October 8th

Synopsis: A convicted arsonist (Edward Norton) looks to manipulate a parole officer Robert De Niro) into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife (Milla Jovovich) in the lawman’s path.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

October 15th

Synopsis: Those who are fans of the Millennium Trilogy will probably be in line for the American release of this, the third Swedish film adaption of the late Stieg Larsson’s novel series. (SPOILER ALERT!) In this third chapter, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) must prove her innocence. Meanwhile, Lisbeth is plotting her own revenge against the people who put her in this situation. Expect expectation to be great, seeing as how the American remake of Girl With The Dragon Tatoo, the first Millennium chapter, is due in theaters next year.

Jackass 3D

October 15th

Synopsis: It’s another Jackass movie. Filmed in 3D. What more can you say?


October 15th

Synopsis: Rank (Bruce Willis), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren) used to be the CIA’s top agents but the secrets they know just made them the Agency’s top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive. To stop the operation, the team embarks on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters, where they will uncover one of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups in government history.

The Company Men

October 22nd

Synopsis: The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company – and how that affects them, their families, and their communities. Starring Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Craig T. Nelson and Maria Bello.


October 22nd

Synopsis: The story of three people who are touched by death in different ways. George (Matt Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a psychic connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cecile De France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus, a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might–or must–exist in the hereafter. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

Paranormal Activity 2

October 22nd

Synopsis: The details are still being kept under wraps, but if the Paranormal Activity 2 trailer is anything to judge by, we’ll be seeing more demonic home invasion caught on “amateur home video.”


October 29th (Limited)

Synopsis: Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, a new life form began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain “the creatures”…… Our story begins when a U.S. journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.

Saw 3D

October 22nd

Synopsis: As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.

Continue to November 2010 Movies…


127 Hours

November 5th

Synopsis: True story of a mountain climber (James Franco) who becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Due Date

November 5th

Synopsis: High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) on a road trip in order to make it to his child’s birth on time.  Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, and RZA all co-star.

Fair Game

November 5th

Synopsis: Valerie Plame’s (Naomi Watts) status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. Sean Penn co-stars.


November 5th

Synopsis: After super-villain Megamind (Will Ferrell) kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man (Brad Pitt), he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan (Jonah Hill), who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life.


November 12th

Synopsis: Two rail company workers (Denzel Washington and Chris Pine) frantically work to prevent an unmanned, half-mile-long runaway freight train carrying combustible liquids and poisonous gas from wiping out a city. Tony Scott directs,.

Morning Glory

November 12th

Synopsis: A hotshot television producer (Rachel McAdams) is set the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program, despite the constant feuding of its high-profile anchors (Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton).


November 12th

Synopsis: After a late night party, a group of friends are awoken in the dead of the night by an eerie light beaming through the window. Like moths to a flame, the light source is drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into the air. They soon discover an otherwordly force is swallowing the entire human population off the face of the earth. Now the  band of survivors must fight for their lives as the world unravels around them.


November 12th

Synopsis: The long-haired Princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) has spent her entire life in a tower, but when she falls in love with Flynn (Zachary Levi)  a bandit who was passing by, she must venture into the outside world for the first time to find him.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

November 19th

Synopsis: Voldemort’s power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore’s work and find the rest of the Horcruxes necessary to defeat the Dark Lord. However little hope remains for them, so everything they do must go as planned.

The Next Three Days

November 19th

Synopsis: Life seems perfect for John Brennan (Russell Crowe) until his wife, Lara (Elizabeth Banks), is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn’t commit. Three years into her sentence, Lara becomes suicidal and John decides there is only one possible, bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison. Refusing to be deterred by impossible odds or his own inexperience, John devises an elaborate escape plot and plunges into a dangerous and unfamiliar world, ultimately risking everything for the woman he loves. Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde and RZA co-star.


November 24th

Synopsis: A small-town girl (Christina Aguilera) ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer (Cher). Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Eric Dane and Cam Gigandet co-star.


November 24th

Synopsis: An ex-con (Dwayne Johnson) sets out to avenge his brother’s death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago. During his campaign, however, he’s tracked by a veteran cop (Billy Bob Thorton) and an egocentric hit man (Oliver Jackson-Cohen).

The King’s Speech

November 24th (Limited)

Synopsis: Tells the story of the man who became King George VI (Colin Firth), the father of Queen Elizabeth II (Helena Bonham Carter). After his brother abdicates, George (‘Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

Love and Other Drugs

November 24th

Synopsis: Maggie (Anne Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won’t let anyone – or anything – tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Based on Jamie Reidy’s memoir “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman.”

Continue to December movies…


Black Swan

December 1st

Synopsis: Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well.  As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side – a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. Directed by Darren Aronofsky.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

December 10th

Synopsis: Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

The Fighter

December 10th

Synopsis: The Fighter, is a drama about boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky (Christian Bale), a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO’d by drugs and crime.

The Tempest

December 10th

Synopsis: In Julie Taymor’s (Titus) version of ‘The Tempest,’ the gender of Prospero has been switched to Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor’s version, Prospera (Helen Mirren)  is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it’s a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda (Felicity Jones). This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban (Djimon Hounsou) and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect.

The Tourist

December 10th

Synopsis: The Tourist is a remake of the 2005 French thriller “Anthony Zimmer.” The thriller concerns an American tourist (Johnny Depp) who finds his life in danger when a female Interpol agent (Angelina Jolie) uses him as a dupe to flush out an elusive criminal with whom she once had an affair.

How Do You Know

December 17th

Synopsis: Feeling a bit past her prime at 27, former athlete Lisa Jorgenson (Reese Witherspoon) finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis (Paul Rudd) competes with Lisa’s current, baseball-playing beau (Owen Wilson). Jack Nicholson co-stars in this comedy, which was written and directed by James L. Brooks.

Tron Legacy

December 17th

Synopsis: In this sci-fi sequel, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

Yogi Bear

December 17th

Synopsis: Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. That means families will no longer be able to experience the natural beauty of the outdoors — and, even worse, Yogi (Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake) will be tossed out of the only home they’ve ever known. Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove that he really is “smarter than the average bear” as he and Boo Boo join forces with their old nemesis Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh) to find a way to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.

Country Strong

December 22nd (Limited Release)

Synopsis: A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Garrett Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Gwyneth Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (Tim McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Leighton Meester).

Gulliver’s Travels

December 22nd

Synopsis: Jack Black stars in this re-imagining of the classic tale. Lemuel Gulliver, a free-spirited travel writer on an assignment to the Bermuda Triangle, suddenly finds himself a giant among men when he washes ashore on the hidden island of Lilliput, home to a population of industrious, yet tiny, people.

Little Fockers

December 22nd

Synopsis: It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Teri Polo) and countless hurdles for Greg (Ben Stiller) to finally get in with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack (Robert De Niro). After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack’s suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back. When Greg and Pam’s entire clan — including Pam’s lovelorn ex, Kevin (Owen Wilson) — descends for the twins’ birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he’s fully capable as the man of the house.


December 22nd

Synopsis: A hard-living Hollywood actor (Sephen Dorff) re-examines his life after his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning – Dakota’s little sister) surprises him with a visit. Directed by Sofia Coppola (Lost In Translation).

True Grit

December 25th

Synopsis: Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin), 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with “true grit,” Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn (Jeff Bridges).  Against Cogburn’s wishes, Mattie joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon), who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her “grit” tested. Directed by the Coen Brothers.

The Debt

December 29th

Synopsis: In 1965, three young Israeli Mossad agents on a secret mission capture and kill a notorious Nazi war criminal. Now, thirty years later, a man claiming to be the Nazi has surfaced in Ukraine and one of the former agents must go back undercover to seek out the truth. Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson star.

Blue Valentine

December 31st

Synopsis: A major hit at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, this film centers on a contemporary married couple (Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams), charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

That wraps up our Fall 2010 Movie Preview. Which films on the list are you excited to see? Anything we missed?