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Chasing Mavericks

Director: Curtis Hanson, Michael Apted
Cast: Gerard Butler, Leven Rambin, Jonny Weston, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer, Taylor Handley
26 October
Chasing Mavericks


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.


 

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Cloud Atlas

Director: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
Cast: 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
26 October
Cloud Atlas


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.


 

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Fun Size

Director: Josh Schwartz
Cast: Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Thomas McDonell, Chelsea Handler, Johnny Knoxville
26 October
Fun Size


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.


 

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The Sessions

Director: Ben Lewin
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood
26 October
The Sessions


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.


 

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Silent Hill: Revelation

Director: Michael J. Bassett
Cast: Adelaide Clemens, Sean Bean, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell, Radha Mitchell, Deborah Kara Unger, Martin Donovan
26 October
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).

Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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