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Fall Movie Preview: Thrills and Action

Well it's September, folks, and the summertime movie season is officially over. Now we have a whole new crop of films to check out in the coming chillier months, so in preparation for that, I'm giving you little glimpses of this fall and winter's must-see movies with my Fall Movie Preview series. Today I'm checking out some of the season's thrillers, chillers and action flicks.

Opening November 30, Pathology stars Milo Ventimiglia as a med student who becomes embroiled in a dangerous game along with a group of other students: to see who can commit the perfect murder. No trailer yet, but you can be sure I'll post one once it comes out.

More thrilling and action-packed titles to check out, so

The trailer for Rendition already gives me goosebumps: A woman (Reese Witherspoon) tries to find out what's happened to her missing husband, who is being tortured on suspicion of being a terrorist. The fantastic cast (Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, Peter Sarsgaard) only adds to my anticipation for this movie, which opens October 19.

Reservation Road
Joaquin Phoenix. Mark Ruffalo. Jennifer Connolly. A dark and twisty thriller that combines murder, suspicion and family drama... Need I say more? Based on the novel by John Burnham Schwartz, Reservation Road has all the fixin's for a thoroughly satisfying thriller. We'll find out if it is for sure when it opens October 19. Check out the trailer and see what you think.

IMDB describes the plot for Hitman thusly: "A gun-for-hire known only as Agent 47 (Olyphant) is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe." Yikes. Watch the trailer — eerily set to "Ave Maria" — before Hitman hits theaters November 21.

The Orphanage
I have heard only phenomenally positive things about this Spanish-language thriller about creepy little ghost children. However, it looks so scary I'm not sure I can handle watching it! The story follows Laura (Belén Rueda) and her young son Simón who transform Laura's childhood home into an orphanage. Soon, however, Simón makes an invisible friend. Aaaah! Creepy McCreepfest. The film opens in Spain in late October, but not until December 28 for us Americans.

Eastern Promises
Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen star in this mystery-thriller which was directed by David Cronenberg (A History of Violence). Mortensen plays Nikolai, a member of a notorious London crime family. Watts is Anna, a midwife who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family. As the plot description puts it, "Now Nikolai must put into motion a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution." The trailer is so spooky, I can't wait to see this when Eastern Promises opens September 21.

The Kingdom
Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman and Chris Cooper star in this war drama/action flick which opens September 28. "When a terrorist bomb detonates inside a Western housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an international incident is ignited. While diplomats slowly debate equations of territorialism, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) quickly assembles an elite team (Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman) and negotiates a secret five-day trip into Saudi Arabia to locate the madman behind the bombing." I'm sure everything goes as planned. Or maybe not.

Rendition photo courtesy of New Line Cinema
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