Leg­ends of the fall

As the sum­mer’s friv­o­lous re­leases slowly give way in the mul­ti­plexes, the au­tumn movie sched­ule is shap­ing up to be a promis­ing se­lec­tion of star-driven dra­mas about se­ri­ous is­sues – in­clud­ing sev­eral on the Iraq war, writes Michael Dwyer

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SEPTEM­BER 14 3:10 TO YUMA James Man­gold’s re­make of the 1957 west­ern, based on an El­more Leonard story, stars Chris­tian Bale as a strug­gling rancher de­ter­mined to bring in a no­to­ri­ous crim­i­nal (Rus­sell Crowe). DIS­TUR­BIA In a con­tem­po­rary spin on Rear Win­dow, a trou­bled teen (Shia LaBeouf), who is un­der house ar­rest, sus­pects that his neigh­bour is a se­rial killer. Guess what? No­body be­lieves him. SU­PER­BAD Knocked Up star Seth Ro­gan co-writes and fea­tures in a coarse com­edy chart­ing the mis­ad­ven­tures of three teen nerds (male, of course) over a sin­gle day and night. DE­CEM­BER BOYS Daniel Rad­cliffe takes a break from play­ing Harry Pot­ter for a com­ing-of-age pic­ture about Aus­tralian teen or­phans in the 1960s. THE SER­PENT Eric Bar­bier’s thriller trans­poses a Ted Lewis novel from 1960s Eng­land to present-day France, where a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher (Yvan At­tal) be­comes the next tar­get of a psy­chotic black­mailer (Clo­vis Cornil­lac). SHOOT ’EM UP The ac­tion in this thriller be­gins when a man (Clive Owen) de­liv­ers a baby dur­ing a shoot-out and has to pro­tect the child from hit­men. With Paul Gia­matti and Mon­ica Bel­lucci. IN THE HANDS OF THE GODS A doc­u­men­tary fol­low­ing five young US soc­cer fans to Buenos Aires, where they hope to meet their idol, Diego Maradonna. ED­MOND A New York ex­ec­u­tive (William H Macy) ex­pe­ri­ences a dark night of the soul in Stu­art Gor­don’s film of David Mamet’s one-act play.

SEPTEM­BER 21 KINGS Colm Meaney, Donal O’Kelly and Bren­dan Conroy head the cast of Tom Collins’s bilin­gual drama deal­ing with Con­nemara men who went to Eng­land as emi­grants and are re­united 30 years later for a wake when one of them dies. A MIGHTY HEART Michael Win­ter­bot­tom drama­tises the search for Wall Street Jour­nal re­porter Danny Pearl (Dan Fut­ter­man) when he is ab­ducted in Karachi. An­gelina Jolie plays his jour­nal­ist wife. DEATH PROOF Women sit around ef­fu­sively spout­ing ex­ple­tives in Quentin Tarantino’s B-movie pas­tiche, a two-part yarn in which a griz­zled Kurt Rus­sell plays the link­ing char­ac­ter, a misog­y­nis­tic stunt­man. I NOW PRO­NOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY Adam San­dler and Kevin James play het­ero­sex­ual fire­men pos­ing as gay to pull off a fi­nan­cial scam. With Jes­sica Biel and Steve Buscemi. SPARKLE In Tom Hunsinger and Neil Hunter’s en­gag­ing se­ri­ous com­edy, a cabaret singer (Les­ley Manville) is drawn to a lonely bach­e­lor (Bob Hoskins), while her son (Shaun Evans) gets in­volved with a PR man­ager (Stockard Chan­ning). EVENING La­jos Koltai’s film of Susan Minot’s novel fea­tures Vanessa Red­grave as a dy­ing ma­tri­arch and Claire Danes as her younger self. With Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Toni Col­lette, Natasha Richard­son and Pa­trick Wil­son.

SEPTEM­BER 28 THE BRAVE ONE Neil Jor­dan’s New York thriller fea­tures Jodie Fos­ter as a ra­dio pre­sen­ter who turns vig­i­lante af­ter she and her fi­ance (Naveen An­drews) are bru­tally at­tacked in Cen­tral Park. With Ter­rence Howard. ACROSS THE UNI­VERSE Di­rec­tor Julie Tay­mor draws on a wealth of Bea­tles songs and ref­er­ences for her pic­ture of Jude (Jim Sturgess), a young Liver­pudlian, dis­cov­er­ing the counter-cul­ture in late 1960s New York and fall­ing in love with Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood). MICHAEL CLAY­TON Tony Gil­roy, who wrote the Bourne tril­ogy, turns di­rec­tor ROCKET SCIENCE Di­rec­tor Jef­frey Blitz fol­lows the spell­ing bee doc­u­men­tary Spell­bound with a cal­cu­lat­edly quirky pic­ture of teen angst set among am­bi­tious high school de­baters. THE SINGER Gérard Depar­dieu does all his own singing as an age­ing, di­vorced dance-hall per­former who falls for an es­tate agent (Cé­cile de France) less than half his age. YELLA Nina Hoss was voted best ac­tress with this le­gal drama star­ring Ge­orge Clooney as the spe­cial­ist do­ing his firm’s dirty work. With Tilda Swin­ton, Tom Wilkin­son and Syd­ney Pol­lack. at this year’s Ber­lin fes­ti­val for her por­trayal of a trou­bled young busi­ness­woman, in Chris­tian Pet­zold’s meta­phys­i­cal thriller. MR WOOD­COCK A com­edy with Seann William Scott as young man de­ter­mined to stop his mother (Susan Saran­don) from mar­ry­ing the gym teacher (Billy Bob Thorn­ton) who gave him a hard time at high school. WAR Ac­tion doubt­less will speak louder than words when an FBI agent (Ja­son Statham) seeks re­venge on his part­ner’s killer (Jet Li). HOT ROD An ama­teur stunt­man (Andy Sam­berg) plans to clear 15 buses to fund a heart op­er­a­tion for his abu­sive step­fa­ther (Ian McShane). KENNY A man who in­stalls toi­lets is the sub­ject of this Aus­tralian mock­u­men­tary. HAL­LOWEEN John Car­pen­ter’s 1978 hor­ror movie gets the re­make treat­ment from di­rec­tor Rob Zom­bie, whose wife Sheri Moon-Zom­bie joins Mal­colm McDow­ell in the cast.

OC­TO­BER 5 GARAGE Pat Shortt demon­strates his dra­matic range as a small-town mis­fit in a qui­etly pow­er­ful film from the Adam & Paul team of di­rec­tor Lenny Abra­ham­son and screen­writer Mark O’Hal­lo­ran. CON­TROL Rel­a­tive new­comer Sam Ri­ley brings the late Joy Di­vi­sion singer Ian Cur­tis vividly to life, on and off the stage, in An­ton Cor­bijn’s touch­ing por­trait of the artist as an an­gry young man. THE KING­DOM Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jen­nifer Gar­ner and Ja­son Bate­man play FBI agents teaming up with a Saudi colonel (Ashraf Barhom) to track down a ter­ror­ist bomber in Riyadh. Peter Berg di­rects. AND WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FA­THER? Anand Tucker’s drama ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween au­thor Blake Mor­ri­son (Colin Firth) and his ail­ing fa­ther (Jim Broadbent). DAY WATCH The sec­ond film in Timur Bek­man­be­tov’s tril­ogy, which be­gan with Night Watch, con­tin­ues the con­flict be­tween the forces of light and dark­ness in con­tem­po­rary Moscow. THE HEART­BREAK KID Peter and Bobby Far­relly’s re­make of Neil Si­mon 1972 ro­man­tic com­edy stars Ben Stiller as a man fall­ing for an­other wo­man while on his hon­ey­moon. With Michelle Mon­aghan.

OC­TO­BER 12 RATA­TOUILLE In Pixar’s in­ven­tive, charm­ing an­i­mated com­edy, a young rat re­veals out­stand­ing culi­nary skills

THE NANNY DI­ARIES The new film from Shari Springer Ber­man and Robert Pul­cini, who made Amer­i­can Splen­dor, is a com­edy star­ring Scar­lett Jo­hans­son as a col­lege stu­dent work­ing as a nanny to a spoiled brat. THE COUN­TER­FEIT­ERS Ste­fan Ru­zow­itzy’s ab­sorb­ing, fact-based drama deals with con­cen­tra­tion camp pris­on­ers made to forge money for the Nazis. MR BROOKS This sounds very strange in­deed. Kevin Cost­ner plays a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man liv­ing a se­cret life as a se­rial killer, egged on by an REN­DI­TION Tsotsi di­rec­tor Gavin Hood’s film fol­lows the quest of an Amer­i­can (Reese Wither­spoon) to find her Egyp­tian-born hus­band (Omar Met­wally) held at a se­cret de­ten­tion cen­tre out­side the US. With Jake Gyl­len­haal, Meryl Streep and Peter Sars­gaard. THE DARK IS RIS­ING An 11-year-old boy learns he is the last in a line of war­riors and that no less than the fu­ture of the world de­pends on him. With Ian McShane, Frances Conroy and Christo­pher Ec­cle­ston. DADDY DAY CAMP Cuba Good­ing Jr takes over from Ed­die Mur­phy in the se­quel to inane com­edy Daddy Day Care. THE NIGHT­MARE BE­FORE CHRIST­MAS 3-D The ap­peal­ing 1993 an­i­mated imag­i­nary friend (William Hurt), and with a mil­lion­aire de­tec­tive (Demi Moore) on his trail. THE IN­VA­SION Con­tem­po­rary spin on In­va­sion of the Body Snatch­ers, star­ring Ni­cole Kid­man and Daniel Craig. BLACK SHEEP A ge­netic en­gi­neer­ing ex­per­i­ment goes dis­as­trously wrong in Jonathan King’s New Zealand splat­ter com­edy. RES­I­DENT EVIL: EX­TINC­TION Milla Jovovich is back in ac­tion for the finale of the tril­ogy based on a video game.

OC­TO­BER 19 RAZ­ZLE DAZZLE Ben Miller and Kerry Arm­strong head the cast of Dar­ren Ash­ton’s over-the-top Aus­tralian mock­u­men­tary set on the con­test cir­cuit for pre-teen dancers. STAR­DUST Di­rec­tor Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) as­sem­bles a di­verse cast for a ro­man­tic fan­tasy-ad­ven­ture: Claire Danes, Char­lie Cox, Michelle Pfeif­fer, Peter O’Toole, Si­enna Miller, Ricky Ger­vais and, as a cross-dress­ing sea cap­tain, Robert De Niro. in Paris. The voice cast no­tably in­cludes Peter O’Toole as a snooty NANCY DREW food critic named An­ton Ego. Emma Roberts (daugh­ter of Eric and niece of Ju­lia) plays the teen de­tec­tive dis­cov­er­ing clues to a mur­der-mys­tery in­volv­ing a movie star. fea­ture pro­duced by Tim Bur­ton re­turns in dig­i­tal 3-D.

OC­TO­BER 26 THE AS­SAS­SI­NA­TION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD New Zealan­der Andrew Dominik (Chop­per) di­rects Brad Pitt and Sam Shep­ard as bank-rob­bing brothers Jesse and Frank James, and Casey Af­fleck as Ford. EAST­ERN PROM­ISES David Cro­nen­berg fol­lows A His­tory of Vi­o­lence with an­other crime thriller star­ring Viggo Mortensen, this time set among Rus­sian gang­sters in Lon­don. With Naomi Watts and Vin­cent Cas­sel. SICKO The tar­get of Michael Moore’s new polemic is the US health­care sys­tem. Ad­her­ing to a now-familiar for­mula, he draws on sta­tis­ti­cal data, hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence and hu­mour to make his points. SAW IV Ex­pect much more gore as the hor­ror fran­chise, now a Hal­loween sta­ple, con­tin­ues. THE WIT­NESSES Set in mid-1980s Paris, An­dré Téch­iné’s com­pelling drama fol­lows the com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ships of four char­ac­ters – Emmanuelle Béart, Sami Boua­jila, Michel Blanc and Jo­han Libéreau – be­fore the spec­tre of Aids looms.

Above: Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess in

Across the Uni­verse; left: Day Watch; be­low left: Colin Firth and Gina McKee in And When Did You Last See Your Fa­ther? Be­low: The Brave One

From top: Claire Danes in Star­dust; Black Sheep; Tom Wilkin­son and Ge­orge Clooney in Michael Clay­ton

Brad Pitt (right) stars in The As­sas­si­na­tion of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Au­tumn Movie Preview con­tin­ues on next page

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