Ten movies that look like winners for final months of the movie season
Last week this column looked at some of the most anticipated movies that will be playing at the Toronto International Film Festival. When this story comes out I’ll be up in Toronto covering the Festival’s opening day. Check out the AC Weekly Web site and blog for my reports.
Of course, there are plenty of buzz-worthy movies that aren’t part of the film festival scene that look like sure bets for success. Here are 10 non-festival flicks that look the most promising, in order of their scheduled release date.
Trouble With the Curve — For the first time in two decades Clint Eastwood is acting for a director other than himself (Robert Lorenz, his long-time producer). He plays a gruff, old-school baseball scout losing his eyesight whose daughter (Amy Adams) goes with him on a road trip. With Justin Timberlake as a fellow scout. (Sept. 21)
Pitch Perfect — The enticing coming attraction makes this comedy about the competitive world of collage a cappella singing looks like Glee with a nastier edge, and features a star-in-the-making turn by Rebel Wilson. With Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow. (Oct. 5)
Flight — Director Robert Zemeckis returns with this drama about an airline pilot (Denzel Washingtom) who becomes a media darling and hero after he lands his badly damaged plane safely. However when it’ s revealed that he is an alcoholic, his hero status crashes and burns. With John Goodman, Don Chedle and Melissa Leo. (Nov. 2)
Lincoln — Steven Spielberg tackles the life of Lincoln without a vampire in sight. Daniel Day-Lewis has the title role with David Strathairn, Sally Field, John Hawkes and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. (Nov. 9)
Skyfall — Daniel Craig’s original reboot of James Bond, Casino Royale, was a gritty winner that brought the dark side back to 007. The next film in the series, Quantum of Solace, was a forgettable mess. Now director Sam Mendes is looking to right the ship with help from Javier Bardem as the latest Bond villain and French actress Bérénice Marlohe as the latest Bond girl. (Nov. 9)
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