Best of the Rest: Movies

Balls of Fury
Putnam County kid Dan Fogler plays Ping-Pong to the death. His nemesis? Christopher Walken, in chinoiserie. August 29.

Death Sentence
There will be more blood, and further degrees of separation: Saw’s James Wan directs Kevin Bacon in this revenge flick. August 31.

Hong Kong’s hard-boiled Johnny To directs an ice-slick thriller, set in Macao, where hired guns hunt one another. August 31.

The Bubble
Eytan Fox (Walk on Water) inserts a Palestinian friend into the chilled-out bliss of some pals in Tel Aviv. September 7.

In the Shadow of the Moon
In this stunning doc, Apollo astronauts play an epic game of show-and-tell. September 7.

Brothers Solomon
Will Arnett and Will Forte play clueless brothers prowling for women. September 7.

Shoot ’em Up
Clive Owen versus a comically evil Paul Giamatti. September 7.

The Hunting Party
In this satirical adaptation of Scott Anderson’s Esquire reporting, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, and Jesse Eisenberg play journalists who hunt a Bosnian war criminal. September 7.

Across the Universe
Julie Taymor’s Beatles-inspired sixties musical about a Liverpool artist named Jude (Jim Sturgess) who falls for an American girl named Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood). September 14.

Great World of Sound
Long before American Idol, con artists offer bogus record deals to small-town dreamers. September 14.

December Boys
Four orphans vie for the attention of an Australian couple. One (Daniel Radcliffe) may have a slight edge. September 14.

Mr. Woodcock
Billy Bob Thornton plays a gym teacher. September 14.

A period romance starring Michael Pitt as a smuggler who falls for a concubine, angering his wife (Keira Knightley). We’re guessing Pitt gets naked. September 14.

The Landlord
Film Forum revives Hal Ashby’s tale of a brat (Beau Bridges) who moves into the ghetto of 1970 Park Slope. September 19.

Into the Wild
Sean Penn adapts Jon Krakauer’s true story of how a young college grad (Emile Hirsch) renamed himself Alexander Supertramp and hitched his way into the wilderness. September 21.

Photo: Chan Kam Chuen/Focus Features

Lust, Caution
Ang Lee comes down from Brokeback Mountain with a period romance starring Tony Leung. September 28.

The Darjeeling Limited
Wes Anderson sends three brothers (Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Adrien Brody) on a spiritual quest through India. September 29.

Lake of Fire
Tony Kaye’s controversial two-and-a-half-hour documentary about abortion. October 3.

The Good Night
Gwyneth Paltrow in her brother Jake’s directorial debut, about a man (Martin Freeman) who falls for the girl (Penélope Cruz) of his dreams—who, sadly, exists only in his dreams. October 5.

Grace Is Gone
John Cusack plays a man whose wife dies in Iraq, leaving him with two daughters. October 5.

Heartbreak Kid
Ben Stiller promises sex scenes in the Farrelly brothers’ R-rated wedding comedy. October 5.

Michael Clayton
George Clooney plays a Wall Street law firm’s fixer who does damage control when an attorney (Tom Wilkinson) goes off his meds. October 5.

My Kid Could Paint That
A doc about the Binghamton 4-year-old who became an abstract-art star. Or con artist. October 5.

Strange Culture
The war-on-terror dragnet goes bonkers in this doc about Steve Kurtz, a conceptual artist accused of bioterrorism. October 5.

Music-video superstar Anton Corbijn tries to explain exactly how love tore apart Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. October 10.

Photo: Merie W. Wallace/SMPSP/Touchstone Pictures

Dan in Real Life
Steve Carell suffers another midlife crisis in this drama by Peter Hedges (Pieces of April). October 12.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Oscar bait: Cate Blanchett reprises her role as Queen Elizabeth and diddles with Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). October 12.

Lars and the Real Girl
Silly plot—a shy guy develops a real relationship with a sex doll—but if anyone can make it work, it’s Ryan Gosling. October 12.

Reservation Road
Mark Ruffalo plays the hit-and-run driver who kills the son of a young married couple (Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly). October 12.

We Own the Night
Joaquin Phoenix plays a club manager who squares off with his NYPD brother (Mark Wahlberg). October 12.

30 Days of Night
David Slade (Hard Candy) returns with a vampire flick set in sunless Alaska. October 19.

Photo: Courtesy of Miramax Films

Gone Baby Gone
Ben Affleck directs brother Casey in this gruff, street-talking adaptation of the Dennis Lehane noir. October 19.

Mr. Untouchable
Legendarily flashy seventies drug kingpin Nicky Barnes explains how he got rich—and why he ratted on his buddies. October 19.

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
In Sidney Lumet’s thriller, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke are New York brothers who attempt the perfect crime—and fail. Miserably. October 26.

Funny Games
Two serial killers (Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet) terrorize a couple (Tim Roth and Naomi Watts) in Michael Haneke’s American remake of his own 1997 art-house thriller. October 26.

Martian Child
John Cusack adopts a kid who believes he’s an E.T. October 26.

Run, Fat Boy, Run
David Schwimmer directs a Knocked Up remix: A London slacker (Simon Pegg) leaves his pregnant fiancée (Thandie Newton), then decides he wants her back. October 26.

Saw IV
Already? October 26.

Things We Lost in the Fire
Halle Berry swerves back to drama in Susanne Bier’s family-crisis film, with Benicio del Toro. October 26.

Rails & Ties
Clint Eastwood’s daughter Alison makes her directorial debut, with Kevin Bacon starring as a remorseful train conductor. October 26.

Anthony Hopkins stars in, writes, and directs (and channels Charlie Kaufman in) this mind-bender about a scriptwriter who begins to meet his characters. October 26.

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
Julien Temple (The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle) returns to his punk roots with a doc about the Clash’s front man. November 2.

Fred Claus
From Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin: Bad Santa meets Elf, starring Paul Giamatti as Santa and Vince Vaughn as his dyspeptic brother. November 9.

Southland Tales
A postapocalyptic epic by Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko). It was nuked at Cannes. November 9.

Robert Zemeckis applies his rubbery Polar Express motion-cap to Angelina Jolie, who gets a prehensile ponytail. November 16.

Another Philip Roth adaptation: This one stars Ben Kingsley. November 16.

Love in the Time of Cholera
Javier Bardem leads Mike Newell’s adaptation of everyone’s second-favorite novel. November 16.

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Dustin Hoffman goes all Willy Wonka. November 16.

Photo: Berry Wetcher/SMPSP/Disney

Amy Adams plays a Disney princess who tumbles from her cartoon into Manhattan, where she falls for Patrick Dempsey. November 21.

The Killing of John Lennon
An indie Mark David Chapman biopic, starring newcomer Jonah Ball. November 28.

Cassandra’s Dream
Woody Allen extends his European visa with a film about two broke brothers (Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor)—but no Scarlett Johansson. November 30.

Best of the Rest: Movies