Gerard Butler, Leven Rambin, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer, Taylor Handley
Gerard Butler has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and it’s not for the phenomenal success he’s had at the box office. No, the usually buff actor dropped several pounds to play the mentor to surfing legend Jay Moriarity, and of course, TMZ nation has gone ga-ga. For us, however, the most interesting thing is the fact that two directors are listed on the credits—LA Confidential‘s Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted. Why there was a need for such bifurcated duties is not part of the press materials, so we will have to wait until the release to understand the decision.
Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant
Our pick for the film to watch this month (with obvious nods to Affleck’s aforementioned Argo). The trailer looks spectacular, and no one handles fantasy and dystopian future shock better than the minds behind The Matrix. Still, the wild card here is Tykwer, who has yet to fully live up to his Run Lola Run reputation. With an unusually long running time and a lack of studio intervention (Warners is only acting as distributor), the filmmakers have labeled this “the most expensive independent movie ever.” Here’s praying its one of the best as well.
Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Thomas McDonell, Chelsea Handler, Johnny Knoxville
Josh Schwartz is a true TV icon. At 36, he’s already been responsible for The OC, Gossip Girls, and Chuck. Now he sets his sights on the big screen, directing a teen comedy scripted by Colbert Report writer Max Werner. The story has Wren, a high school sweetie, forced to watch her brother on Halloween. She’d rather go to the party thrown by her crush, Aaron. When she does, he baby bro runs off, and our heroine has to spend the rest of the film finding him. Sounds like an updated Adventures in Babysitting. Added bonus points for Johnny Knoxville and Chelsea Handler in the cast.
John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood
Let’s get this out on the record, right up front. We don’t like Helen Hunt. Don’t believe she is a good actress. Grit our teeth whenever we have to mention that she has a Best Actress Oscar for As Good As It Gets (she clearly wasn’t…). While she’s worked consistently since then, she’s never recaptured the critical buzz from 15 years ago (yes, it’s been that long). So imagine our shock when her current turn as a sex surrogate who helps a man in an iron lung lose his virginity earns indie acclaim. We will watch her costar John Hawkes in just about anything. The Hunt factor doesn’t help.
Silent Hill: Revelation
Michael J. Bassett
Adelaide Clemens, Sean Bean, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell, Radha Mitchell, Deborah Kara Unger, Martin Donovan
Silent Hill: Revelation
Yes, it was six years ago—otherwise known as TWO Hollywood lifetimes—that the original Silent Hill came out. For many, it failed to capture the true spooky spirit of the video game. Now, Michael J. Bassett (of Solomon Kane fame) is on board to write and direct this more “faithful” follow-up. Fast forwarding a few years, we get the story of a young girl (who may or may not be the reincarnation of a previous character) and her father as they try and unravel the mystery of the haunted ghost town ruled by an evil cult.
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Also opening in October: Bel Borba (10/03), The House I Live In (10/05), Atlas Shrugged, Part 2 (10/12), Excuse Me for Living (10/12), Nobody Walks (10/12), When a Wolf Falls In Love with a Sheep (10/12), All Together (10/19), Brooklyn Castle (10/19), The Loneliest Planet (10/19), The Big Wedding (10/26), Starlet (10/26).
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