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Fall Movie Preview: Fantasy Adventure

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 preview features three other-worldly movies (and for those of you who are fans of science-fiction, fear not — I'll do a separate sci-fi preview post!).

The Golden Compass
This movie isn't even opening until December 7 yet there's already crazy buzz around it and its star-studded cast (Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Eva Green). The movie, based on the bestselling trilogy of His Dark Materials novels by Phillip Pullman follows Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards), a 12-year-old girl who, while rescuing her kidnapped friend, is drawn into a quest to save her world. There's already a fun, flashy website for the movie, and we've gotten to see a trailer, a 5-minute preview, and a behind-the-scenes look — all for a film that doesn't even open for over four months! Well, the hype has worked to draw me in, and I can't wait to catch The Golden Compass on the big screen.

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Speaking of star-studded casts, lots of well-known folks (Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Wright Penn, John Malkovich) appear — kind of — in this computer-animated telling of the classic text Beowulf. For many, the title conjures up memories of sophomore year English class, but it looks like Neil Gaiman (who adapted the work for the screen) and director Robert Zemeckis are hoping Beowulf will be a breathless adventure full of war and seduction. Or, as seductive as people with those CGI "dead eyes" can get, anyway. Check out the trailer for Beowulf before it opens in theaters November 16.

The Water Horse
This tale of a boy and his creature friend is also based on a novel, this time by the same author who wrote Babe. Starring Ben Chaplin (remember The Truth About Cats and Dogs?!) and Emily Watson, The Water Horse brings us the story of a lonely boy (Alex Etel) in Scotland who finds a mysterious egg. The egg hatches into the Loch-Ness monster and is quickly feared by many — except for the boy. Check out the cute trailer (baby Loch-Ness is so adorable!) before The Water Horse opens December 25.

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