Leg­ends of the fall


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NOVEM­BER 2 EL­IZ­A­BETH: THE GOLDEN AGE In a se­quel that ac­tu­ally looks promis­ing, di­rec­tor Shekhar Ka­pur con­tin­ues the story be­gun in El­iz­a­beth (1998) with Cate Blanchett re­turn­ing as the queen, Clive Owen as Wal­ter Raleigh and Sa­man­tha Mor­ton as Mary Stu­art. DEATH AT A FUNERAL Matthew Macfadyen, Ru­pert Graves and Peter Din­klage fea­ture in Frank Oz’s dark com­edy set over a fam­ily re­union. 30 DAYS OF NIGHT Set in an Alaskan town plunged into dark­ness ev­ery win­ter, this graphic novel adap­ta­tion stars Josh Hart­nett as a sher­iff tack­ling visit­ing vam­pires. IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON This doc­u­men­tary charts the his­tory of the Apollo moon land­ings and fea­tures most of the sur­viv­ing as­tro­nauts.

NOVEM­BER 9 LI­ONS FOR LAMBS Robert Red­ford, who also di­rects, plays a pro­fes­sor who learns that two of his stu­dents are ma­rooned in Afghanistan. Tom Cruise co-stars as a Repub­li­can sen­a­tor try­ing to per­suade a jour­nal­ist (Meryl Streep) to pro­mote his pro-Iraq war views. INTO THE WILD Sean Penn’s fourth film as di­rec­tor ob­serves the ex­pe­ri­ences of a 1990 col­lege grad­u­ate (Emile Hirsch) who drops out of so­ci­ety and seeks spir­i­tual ful­fil­ment in Alaska. PARA­NOID PARK The pro­tag­o­nist of Gus Van Sant’s min­i­mal­ist movie is an alien­ated teen (Gabe Ne­vis) in a moral dilemma when sus­pected of killing a rail­way se­cu­rity guard. SH­ROOMS Di­rec­tor Paddy Breath­nach ven­tures into the hor­ror genre with a tale of US col­lege stu­dents on an Ir­ish hol­i­day who bite off more than they can chew, so to speak, when they take magic mush­rooms in a re­mote wood. IN­TER­VIEW Steve Buscemi di­rects and stars in the US re­make of Theo Van Gogh’s Dutch movie as a vet­eran po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ist irked when as­signed to in­ter­view a TV soap star (Si­enna Miller). SILK François Gi­rard’s erotic his­tor­i­cal drama fea­tures Michael Pitt as a 19th-cen­tury French mer­chant at­tempt­ing to do busi­ness in Ja­pan. Keira Knight­ley plays his wife. THE BAND’S VISIT Eran Kolirin’s well-re­garded de­but film ex­plores cross-cul­tural re­la­tions when an Egyp­tian po­lice band is stranded in a re­mote Is­raeli town. SAAWARIYA Ro­mance blos­soms in a Bol­ly­wood treat­ment of the Dos­teovsky story White Nights.

NOVEM­BER 16 BE­OWULF Robert Ze­meckis di­rects a lav­ish, hi-tech ad­ven­ture based on the Old English epic poem and star­ring Ray Win­stone in the ti­tle role along­side An­thony Hop­kins, John Malkovich, Bren­dan Glee­son, Alison Lohman and An­gelina Jolie. GOOD LUCK CHUCK A den­tist (Dane Cook), the vic­tim of a hex in child­hood, is un­able to find a wo­man to marry un­til he meets an ac­ci­dent-prone pen­guin spe­cial­ist (Jes­sica Alba). No kid­ding. HOW ABOUT YOU An­thony Byrne (Short Or­der) di­rects a Maeve Binchy adap­ta­tion, with Hay­ley Atwell as a young wo­man left in charge of a res­i­den­tial home over Christ­mas. The cast in­cludes Vanessa Red­grave, Imelda Staunton, Joss Ack­land, Brenda Fricker, Orla Brady and the late Joan O’Hara. AMER­I­CAN GANG­STER Af­ter the suc­cess of Gla­di­a­tor and the de­ba­cle of A Good Year, Ri­d­ley Scott teams up with Rus­sell Crowe again for a fact-based, 1970s-set thriller. Crowe stars as a de­tec­tive on the trail of a no­to­ri­ous drug dealer (Den­zel Wash­ing­ton). BRICK LANE Sarah Gavron’s film of Mon­ica Ali’s novel fea­tures Tan­nishtha Chat­ter­jee as a Bangladeshi im­mi­grant to Lon­don, trapped in an un­happy ar­ranged mar­riage. THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB Maria Bello, Hugh Dancy, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker and Kevin Zegers fea­ture in Robert Swicord’s US drama of char­ac­ters drawn to­gether by their ad­mi­ra­tion for Austen’s nov­els.

NOVEM­BER 23 AU­GUST RUSH Kirt­sen Sheri­dan’s sec­ond fea­ture (af­ter Disco Pigs) stars Fred­die High­more as an or­phaned mu­si­cal prodigy seek­ing out his par­ents (Keri Rus­sell and Jonathan Rhys Mey­ers). With Robin Wil­liams and Ter­rence Howard. SLEUTH Ken­neth Branagh di­rects Harold Pin­ter’s adap­ta­tion of the An­thony Shaf­fer play, first filmed in 1972 with Lau­rence Olivier and Michael Caine as a wealthy writer and a strug­gling ac­tor in a bat­tle of wits. Caine now plays the older man, co-star­ring with Jude Law. THE DAR­JEEL­ING LIM­ITED Owen Wil­son, Adrien Brody and Ja­son Schwartz­man play es­tranged brothers on a spir­i­tual quest through In­dia that goes wrong. Wes An­der­son di­rects. GONE BABY GONE Ben Af­fleck’s di­rect­ing de­but stars his brother Casey Af­fleck and Michelle Mon­aghan as Bos­ton private in­ves­ti­ga­tors in search of a kid­napped four-year-old girl. THE HUNT­ING PARTY Richard Gere and Ter­rence Howard play sea­soned TV jour­nal­ists teaming up with a rookie re­porter (Jesse Eisen­berg) to track down a Bos­nian war crim­i­nal. Richard Shep­ard (The Mata­dor) di­rects.

NOVEM­BER 30 RES­CUE DAWN In Werner Her­zog’s gritty,

fact-based film set early dur­ing the Viet­nam war, Chris­tian Bale is re­li­ably ad­ven­tur­ous as a Ger­man-born US Navy pilot who crash­lands in Laos. TALK TO ME Don Chea­dle plays a real-life Wash­ing­ton DC DJ who be­comes a voice for black Amer­i­cans in the 1960s. HIT­MAN Ti­mothy Olyphant plays a pro­fes­sional as­sas­sin who him­self be­comes a tar­get while on as­sign­ment in east­ern Europe. With Dougray Scott. STRANGERS Liv Tyler and Scott Speed­man play a cou­ple whose re­mote home is be­sieged by masked at­tack­ers. FRED CLAUS Over­shad­owed by his brother Ni­cholas/Santa (Paul Gia­matti), Fred (Vince Vaughn) turns to crime in a com­edy with Judi Dench and Kevin Spacey. THIS CHRIST­MAS Nia Long and Del­roy Lindo fea­ture in a com­edy set dur­ing a fam­ily re­union.

DE­CEM­BER 7 THE GOLDEN COM­PASS To­gether again af­ter The In­va­sion (see Oc­to­ber 12, above), Daniel Craig and Ni­cole Kid­man star in Chris Weitz’s ef­fects-driven ad­ven­ture based on Philip Pull­man’s best-sell­ing novel, pub­lished here as North­ern Lights. YOUTH WITH­OUT YOUTH Francis Ford Cop­pola’s first film as a di­rec­tor in 10 years is a ro­man­tic mys­tery set in pre-war 1930s Europe. Star­ring Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara and Bruno Ganz. THE KILLING OF JOHN LEN­NON Andrew Piddington’s film ex­plores the psy­che of Mark Chap­man (Jonas Ball) who mur­dered the ex-Bea­tle in De­cem­ber 1980.

DE­CEM­BER 14 BEE MOVIE In the new DreamWorks an­i­mated com­edy, Jerry Se­in­feld pro­vides the voice of a bee (named Barry B Ben­son) fall­ing for a florist (Renée Zell­weger). MR MAGO­RIUM’S WON­DER EM­PO­RIUM Dustin Hoff­man plays the 243-year-old owner of a store where the toys come to life when in­fused by his spirit. Natalie Port­man is the very much younger man­ager. THE AIR I BREATHE Jieho Lee’s drama in­ter­links the fates of a gam­bler (For­est Whi­taker), a gang­ster (Bren­dan Fraser), a doc­tor (Kevin Ba­con) and a pop star (Sarah Michelle Gel­lar). With Andy Gar­cia, Julie Delpy and Emile Hirsch. EN­CHANTED Amy Adams, Susan Saran­don, Pa­trick Dempsey and James Mars­den lead the cast of Dis­ney’s partly an­i­mated ro­man­tic com­edy in which a young princess is ban­ished to present-day Man­hat­tan.

DE­CEM­BER 21 PS I LOVE YOU Hi­lary Swank re­unites with Free­dom Writ­ers di­rec­tor Richard LaGrave­nese for the movie of Ce­cilia Ah­ern’s novel. Swank plays the griev­ing widow find­ing mes­sages left by her hus­band (Ger­ard But­ler) to ease her pain. ST TRINIAN’S The 1950s Bri­tish com­edy se­ries set at a girls’ school gets an up­dat­ing with Ru­pert Everett in a dual role (one as the head­mistress). Rus­sell Brand and Girls Aloud also fea­ture. ALVIN AND THE CHIP­MUNKS The car­toon char­ac­ters move in with a strug­gling song­writer (Ja­son Lee) and be­come a mu­si­cal sen­sa­tion with his songs, but fame goes to their heads.

DE­CEM­BER 26 THE KITE RUN­NER In Marc Fos­ter’s film, shot in the Dari di­alect with a cast of un­knowns, an Afghan im­mi­grant re­turns from the US to Kabul in search of his child­hood friend. BALLS OF FURY A ping-pong tour­na­ment is the set­ting for a com­edy spoof with Dan Fogler and Christo­pher Walken.

DE­CEM­BER 28 MY BLUE­BERRY NIGHTS Wong Kar-wai’s vis­ually stylish English-lan­guage de­but stars singer No­rah Jones (see cover pho­to­graph with Jude Law) as a lovelorn wait­ress who’s as naive as the film it­self.

Re­lease dates are sub­ject to change

Left: Dustin Hoff­man and Natalie Port­man in Mr Mago­rium’s Won­der Em­po­rium; be­low left: Ray Win­stone and An­thony Hop­kins in Be­owulf; Be­low: Jude Law in Sleuth

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