With leaves changing, the weather cooling and football fully caked into the air (and weekend plans) it's time to start thinking ahead of how you spend your time in the theaters. Here's a quick guide to October movies, but before we get to that, let's talk about the biggest disappointment this fall. "Saturday Night Live." Currently 0-2, with Michael Phelps and James Franco hosting the first two episodes there has been one great sketch (Tina Fey as Sarah Palin), and one great idea (James Franco as Agent 420). That's it. How could they not spend the entire summer thinking and planning? If nothing else every single season premiere should have a sketch of all the things they missed making fun of during the summer.
The good news ... Anna Faris is hosting 9/28. So there is a chance. Now back to talking movies.
And as always, all movie dates are subject to change.
October 3, 2008
Movie of the Week: Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist Plot: Nick (Michael Cera) is getting over his ex and Norah (Kat Dennings) has baggage of her own. For one night they are thrust together in a New York City night of adventure in a world of mix tapes, drunk friends, and live music. Buzz: Can Cera do no wrong? We'll see. Plus this film will sport tons of new, worthy bands. At it's worst, it will be another 200 Cigarettes.
Also Opening: Appaloosa Beverly Hills Chihuahua Blindness How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Flash of Genius Towelhead
October 10, 2008
Movie of the Week: Body of Lies Plot: A CIA operative (Leonardo DiCaprio) uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of Jordan. Buzz: Yeah, the plot is secondary. DiCaprio teaming up with Russel Crowe is the real interest here. And so far, when Ridley Scott directs Crowe, good things happen (Gladiator and American Gangster).
Also Opening: City of Ember The Express Quarantine
October 17, 2008
Movie of the Week: W. Plot: Oliver Stone directs a film about the life and times of George Walker Bush (he's the president). Buzz: All signs point to Josh Brolin's characterization of the president to be spot on. With Stone, it's always about the buttons he's attempting to push, not just the story.
Also Opening: Max Payne Sex Drive The Secret Life of Bees
October 24, 2008
Pride and Glory Plot: One family has a long history of New York City Police officers. The family's moral codes are tested when Ray (Edward Norton), investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law (Colin Farrell). Buzz: Norton is on the short list for top American actor and Farrell can do it (In Bruges) so we'll see what director Gavin O'Connor (Tumbleweeds, Miracle) can do with this gritty cop drama.
Also Opening: Saw V High School Musical 3: Senior Year The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D (re-release)
October 31, 2008
Zack and Miri Make a Porno Plot: Didn't you read the title? Two friends (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) are out of cash and attempt to make some money through amateur porn. Buzz: No, Judd Apatow isn't directing. In fact, this is Kevin Smith's chance to get back to being hip and relevant again.
Also Opening: Changeling The Haunting of Molly Hartley RocknRolla What Just Happened