We may not be getting the crisp fall weather just yet, but we are getting previews for tons of movies opening in the fall. In preparation for this autumn and winter at the theaters, I've broken up the lengthy list of upcoming movies into many small themes for my Fall Movie Preview series. This way, you'll be in the know when the chillier months roll around, bringing a whole new crop of new films. Today's list of upcoming titles features some men behaving badly — and some good guys — and all of them looking very nice all the while.
Shoot 'Em Up
If you've been reading Buzz in recent months you know that I've been breathlessly awaiting the release of this movie which stars Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti. Luckily, there's not much more waiting to go since Shoot 'Em Up opens September 7. My Comic-Con correspondent Phasekitty got to see some scenes from the movie while in San Diego and this is what she reported back: "t is some of the most exciting action I've seen in a long time; very similar to the Transporter series, though with a new comedic element. Clive Owen's character is protecting a woman and a child from a hit man (Paul Giamatti), and spends most of the action sequences out-shooting people with one hand and carrying the infant baby in the other." Granted, I will watch Clive Owen do just about anything, so it's all the more enticing when I get to see him kicking butt and saving babies. Check out the awesomely done trailer here.
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Speaking of good-looking men, Denzel Washington heads up this crime thriller about a man who came to rule the gang underworld in 1970s New York. Ridley Scott directs and the ever-sexy Chiwetel Ejiofor co-stars. Washington plays Frank Lucas, a loyal family man/leader of a crime ring in 1970s Harlem and Russell Crowe plays the roguish cop hotly pursuing Lucas. The chilling trailer makes me uneasy because Washington always seems like the kind, trustworthy type and this movie has him showing a much darker side. American Gangster opens November 2.
We Own the Night
The lukewarm reviews for We Own the Night all mostly say the same thing: the story's nothing to write home about, but the cast — especially Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg — does an excellent job. The crime thriller screened at Cannes this year but didn't exactly wow people the way its filmmakers hoped. Wahlberg and Phoenix play brothers, one of whom is a cop (Wahlberg) and the other (Phoenix) is a shady guy involved in the Russian mafia. Questions of loyalty and trust undoubtedly come up. Eva Mendes also stars in this movie which opens October 12.
I recently brought you the trailer for Cassandra's Dream, Woody Allen's latest venture that stars Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor. Another storyline featuring brothers with issues, Farrell and McGregor are south London brothers who are strapped for cash. When a seductive woman (Hayley Atwell) lures them into a life of crime, the two men are pitted against each other. Cassandra's Dream opens in the U.S. November 30.
The Hunting Party
The plot description for The Hunting Party is this: "A young journalist (Jesse Eisenberg), a seasoned cameraman (Terrence Howard) and a discredited journalist (Richard Gere) embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No. 1 war criminal in Bosnia. They find themselves in serious jeopardy when they are mistaken as a CIA hit squad and their target decides to come after them." So, I guess these boys aren't so much "bad" as they are unlucky. I love me some Terrence Howard, and I must admit that Richard Gere grew on me after seeing him in The Hoax, so I'm willing to give this movie a shot when it opens September 7.