Fall Movie Preview: Top 10 You Have to See Part Two

Yesterday I covered 10-6 of the films I think everyone needs to see this Fall. (Click HERE for the first half) Well here is my top 5. As was the first half of my list, this list contains both potential blockbusters and to be critical darlings. What is the movie you want to see the most this Fall?

5. Brothers

Who’s in it? Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Mare Winningham, Sam Shepherd
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Why see it? In my picks, this is probably the second most likely film to find itself deep in the Oscar Best Picture race. You have a wife (Portman) who thinks her husband (Maguire) is dead in the Iraq conflict so she falls in love with his brother (Gyllenhaal) and everything is perfect until her husband returns. It is your typical war love story gone awry. In some respects you can compare it to the same love triangle in Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor, but let’s forget that movie and hope they don’t send them both to war to regain their honor. The reason I think Brothers will be a cut above is because of director Jim Sheridan who is able to perform miracles when it comes to direction. He was able to get 50 Cent to actually deliver a credible performance in his own bio-pic  Get Rich or Die Tryin. He also directed the brilliant films, In America, In the Name of the Father and My Left Foot. Sheridan is probably one of the greatest directors working today, and he has never won an Oscar. (But came close, twice!) Besides Sheridan, you have Gyllenhaal and Maguire  playing brothers, that is brilliant casting. And you have a strong actress like Portman struggling between them. I betcha Portman gets a nomination for this film, too. The thing going against the film is it’s trailer. If you watch the trailer, then you have seen the whole film in 3.5 minutes so why pay $12 to $15 to go see it in theatres. They did the same thing when they released Cast Away. This is a film that needed a cleverer marketing campaign that teased you as to what was going to happen. Regardless, this is a movie that is sure to move people and one that I won’t be missing.
Release Date: DECEMBER 4th
Trailer link: HERE

4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Who’s in it? Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Nikki Reed, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen
Directed by: Chris Weitz
Why see it? Chris Weitz is trying really hard to be a renaissance-type director as he seems to have his hands in every kind of pie in Hollywood. His biggest claim to fame is that along with his brother Paul, co-directed American Pie into a huge franchise. He also wrote and directed Hugh Grant’s best film to date, About a Boy. After that he has tried his hand at producing and acting. He returned to directing with the fantasy epic, The Golden Compass which was supposed to become a franchise but fizzled at the box office. It was such a failure that it nearly bankrupted a studio. For the most part it wasnt Weitz’s fault the film failed when you are being attacked by legions of fans for the book and devote Christians against the book, you are bound to create a lot of enemies. I think the way Weitz handled that situation is the reason why Summit sought him out after Twilight went supernova at the box office. Weitz knows how to handle fanboys (or in this case screaming “fangirls”) Another reason why he is such a good fit for the project is because he understands love stories and tender moments between characters. The first Twilight movie had a lot of problems but it was the books that pushed it into unknown territory with teenage girls. But with a stable director who knows this kind of subject matter, a very likeable cast and Pattison’s sunlight shining abs, we should have a gargantuan hit on our hands. And this time I think it will appeal to more than just the hardcore teen female audience.
Release Date: NOVEMBER 20th
Trailer link: HERE

3. Sherlock Holmes

Who’s in it? Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, James Fox
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Why see it? When Guy Ritchie sat down to make Sherlock Holmes, he said this wasn’t going to be a Holmes anyone had ever seen before. He was going to be more adventurer than detective and he will have a sense of humor. Guy Ritchie really returned to my good graces after the surprise RocknRolla which for me was Ritchie returning to what he does best. Now if he can just push past Swept Away and Revolver with this sure to be blockbuster then Ritchie will be right back where we thought he was going pre-Madonna. This film could also be a redemption of sorts for Jude Law as well who for me has never really proven he is a great actor. He has never quite done it for me. I still think his best performance to date was in A.I: Artificial Intelligence. Yes, I know I will probably get some flack for Talented Mr Ripley and others but that’s my opinion. Anyways, his chemistry with a very hot Downey looks to be a match made in heaven. For a great Sherlock Holmes movie the chemistry between Holmes and his man Watson must be flawless. I really this with Downey’s charm and Ritchie’s flair this will be the adventure film to see this summer.
Release Date: DECEMBER 25th
Trailer link: HERE

2. Where the Wild Things Are

Who’s in it? Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Why see it? Who doesn’t remember being read or reading this children’s book as a kid? The story is timeless and kids of all generations wonder what it would be like to see this story come to life. What makes this film such a must see is that this is a literal translation of the book but expanded to feature film length. It comes from the mind of director who brought us Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. This is Jonze’s first movie in seven years. It has been plagued with delays, script re-writes and studio tweaks. I really hope that Jonze’s magic still survived the production and we have a film that is as magical as the book I used to adore as a kid.
Release Date: OCTOBER 16th
Trailer link: HERE

1. The Lovely Bones

Who’s in it? Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Why see it? The Lovely Bones is Peter Jackson’s return to smaller scale films except he has brought along a couple films. If anybody remembers Peter’s work before Lord of the Rings, more specifically Heavenly Creatures, then they will know why this movie is a perfect fit for Peter. Based on the best selling novel, Bones is about a young girl who is murdered and watches over the investigation from heaven. Will the killer get away with it? Will her family get over her loss? This is sure to be an emotional roller-coaster and as things now sit now is probably the front-runner to win Best Picture come Oscar time. Because the Fall Movie Season is about strong emotions and thought provoking subject matter, I pick The Lovely Bones as the must see movie of the Fall, if not the year!
Release Date: DECEMBER 11th
Trailer link: HERE

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