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The AmericanThe American - September 1, 2010
Academy Award winner George Clooney stars in the title role of this suspense thriller that has him playing an assassin looking forward to getting out of the racket. All goes according to plan until a beautiful Italian woman in the form of Violante Placido enters the picture. Cool movie poster by the way - would have been Steve McQueen back in the day.


MacheteMachete - September 3, 2010
Danny Trejo stars in this Robert Rodriguez flick that drew its first breath as one of the mock trailers that accompanied Tarantino and Rodriguez's 2007 Grindhouse double feature.

Count us in on any movie that features a gun-shaped whiskey flask and Cheech Marin as a dual shotgun-toting priest. Bring it on!

Resident Evil: AfterlifeResident Evil: Afterlife - September 10, 2010
The fourth installment of the hugely successful RESIDENT EVIL franchise, RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE is again based on the wildly popular video game series, and will this time be presented in 3-D.
Milla Jojovich in 3-D? Hell yeah!


Never Let Me Go Movie PreviewNever Let Me Go - September 15, 2010
As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. Stars Carey Mulligan who broke out in last year's An Education.


Easy AEasy A - September 17, 2010
Emma Stone and Amanda Bynes square off in this film that (according to the trailers) feels a lot like a classic John Hughes '80s movie. After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

We like sarcastic humor.


BuriedBuried - September 24, 2010
Ryan Reynolds stars in this Sundance thriller that had us sold simply on its one sentence synopsis: A U.S. truck driver in Iraq finds himself trapped inside a coffin with only a cell phone and a lighter. The film was shot for less than $2 million over 17 days in Barcelona... and takes place entirely in a coffin.


Wall Street: Money Never SleepsWall Street: Money Never Sleeps - September 24, 2010
Oliver Stone sequel to the 80s Blockbuster, Wall Street, that starred Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas. As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor. Shai Labeouf, Carey Mulligan, and Charlie Sheen star. Michael Douglas reprises his role as Gordon Gekko.



FreakonomicsFreakonomics - October 1, 2010
A must-see for fans of the book. Interestingly, six different directors divide up the chapters and put their own spin on the best-selling book by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. The directors involved are Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Rachel Grady, Eugene Jarecki, and Morgan Spurlock.


The Social Network Movie PreviewThe Social Network - October 1, 2010
David Fincher helmed thriller about real-life Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who began the social network from his dorm room in 2003 at Harvard University. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Zuckerberg not only became the youngest billionaire in history, but he also learned that success leads to both personal and legal complications.


Let me InLet Me In - October 1, 2010
Cloverfield director Matt Reeves takes a shot at remaking 2008's cult vampire hit from Sweden, Let the Right One In. Like the Americanization of the Dragon Tattoo series, this one's to appease audiences who don't go anywhere near foreign films. Can't blame the studios for trying, so let's give Reeves a chance.


It's Kind of a Funny Story Movie ReviewIt's Kind of a Funny Story - October 8, 2010
The makers of Half Nelson and Sugar, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, adapt this comedy-drama (set in a mental institution) from Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name. Stars The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis and Julia Roberts's niece, Emma Roberts who broke out with Hotel for Dogs. World-premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.


SecretariatSecretariat - October 8, 2010
Stars Diane Lane as Penny Chenery, who took over ownership of the racehorse Secretariat, that won the Triple Crown in 1973. Did we mention it stars Diane Lane? Ooo la la!


Jackass 3DJackass 3D - October 15, 2010
The Jackass boys are back with more lowest-common-denominator bottom-feeding Idiocracy-ness... count us in!


RedRed - October 15, 2010
Hellen Mirren shooting a machine gun... count us in! This graphic novel adaptation stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Robert Schwentke.


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's NestThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - October 15, 2010
The Swedish trilogy raps up with Noomi Repace as Lisbeth Salander, the rough-hewn, leather-wearing biker chick, who's as wise-beyond-her-years as she is vulnerable and broken from a childhood of sexual abuse.


Paranormal Activity 2Paranormal Activity 2 - October 22, 2010
Lightning has never struck twice in the same place... and we're sure it won't happen here. Don't know much about this one as they're keeping a tight lid on developments, but don't forget Blair Witch 2.



Megamind
Megamind - November 5, 2010
Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and David Cross voice this Dreamworks animated feature. Keep your fingers crossed on this one and pray like hell, but it's good to know it's from the team that brought us Kung Fu Panda.


Due DateDue Date - November 5, 2010
Stars The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis and Iron Man's Robert Downey, Jr. About a high-strung father-to-be who is is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child's birth on time. Planes, Trains and Automobiles for a new generation?


unstoppableUnstoppable - November 12, 2010
Director Tony Scott and actor Denzel Washington team up for the fifth time in another runaway train thriller. Chris Pine also stars in the film based on an actual event that took place in Ohio back in 2001.


Morning GLoryMorning Glory - November 12, 2010
An all-star cast leads this story about a hotshot television producer who is given the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program, despite the constant feuding of its high-profile anchors. Stars Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Diane Keaton, 50 Cent and more.


Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsHarry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 - November 19, 2010
With Voldemort now in power at the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are left to complete Dumbledore's work and finish off the Dark Lord. Not only the last book of the Potter franchise (though part 2 comes out next year), but the first to be released in 3D. Anyone else ready to get this thing going so we can put the franchise to bed?


The Next Three DaysThe Next Three Days - November 19, 2010
Crash's Paul Haggis scripts this crime drama that stars Liam Neeson, Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks in a story about how a married couple's life is turned upside-down when the wife is accused of a murder.


TangledTangled - November 24, 2010
Disney takes another chance on bringing classic childhood fairy tales to life, even after The Princess and the Frog failed to resonate with audiences last year. They have a new strategy though... change the name from something we're all familiar with - in this case Rapunzel - to something that totally makes no sense. Good luck, Disney.


BurlesqueBurlesque - November 24, 2010
Moulin Rouge for a new generation? Stars Cher, Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell, and Stanley Tucci



The TempestThe Tempest
- December 10, 2010
Stars Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina and Russell Brand and is about a sorceress who rules over a magical island and its shipwrecked captives.

The most notable difference between Taymor's take and the umpteen other cinematic renderings of the Shakespeare tale, is that Prospero's name has been changed to Prospera and, you guessed it, is now a woman (Helen Mirren).


The FighterThe Fighter - December 10, 2010
Stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Mark Wahlberg. Sports biopic about boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.


Tron: LegacyTron: Legacy - December 17, 2010
Sequel to the 1982 Disney cult-hit based on the popular video game of the time, Tron. Nearly 30 years in the making, so suppose it's time, but must say, the trailers frankly disappoint.


Gulliver's TravelsGulliver's travels - December 22
Jack Black stars in this twist on Jonathan Swift's classic novel about a modern-day mail room clerk who, via the Bermuda triangle, ends up on the island of Lilliput where he towers over the tiny inhabitants. Be prepared for plenty of political satire and social commentary.


Little FockersLittle Fockers - December 22
The third film in the Meet the Parents franchise. Do they really think there's any more mileage to be had out of "I'm watching you" (with two fingers pointed at the eyes)? They'll probably even run back through the lie detector bit too. We have a feeling that even rolling Barbra Streisand back out won't be enough for this tired franchise.

Fail.


true GritTrue Grit - December 25
Christmas day brings us the Coen Brothers version of the classic Charles Portis novel of the same name. Of course, John Wayne earned an Oscar for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 adaptation, but something tells us, this one will have a slightly different slant. Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, and Barry Pepper star.


Blue ValentineBlue Valentine - December 31, 2010
Debuted at Sundance this year and is still riding a big enough high to garner Oscar consideration. Stars Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

Holding steady at 86% Rotten Tomatoes Approval.

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