The Season in Movies

He shoots, he scores! Daniel Craig returns as James Bond. Photo: Susie Allnutt/Courtesy of Sony Pictures


Mister Foe …9/5
Billy Elliott star Jamie Bell plays an inappropriately lusty teenage voyeur prowling for maturity in Edinburgh’s streets.

The Women …9/12
The updated version of the 1939 bitchfest, starring Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Annette Bening, and Bette Midler. A guilty pleasure if we’ve ever seen one.

Knightley's saucy duchess.Photo: Bob Vergara/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

The Duchess …9/19
Keira Knightley corsets herself to play notorious eighteenth-century aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish. With Ralph Fiennes.

Elite Squad…9/19
The violent, divisive fictionalized exposé of Brazil’s corrupt cops that earned director José Padilha top Berlin Film Fest honors.

Ghost Town…9/19
A misanthropic dentist (Ricky Gervais) gains the ability to commune with the dead, only to be haunted by obnoxious ghost Greg Kinnear.

Lakeview Terrace…9/19
Neil LaBute’s suburban-racism drama stars Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington as interracial lovebirds who tweak a volatile black neighbor played by Hollywood’s go-to volatile black man, Samuel L. Jackson.

Blindness …9/26
Julianne Moore is the sighted savior of a band of blind refugees (Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal) in City of God director Fernando Meirelles’s urban-quarantine thriller.

Sam Rockwell channels his inner sleazebag (and do-it-anywhere porn star) in Clark Gregg’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s dirty, gonzo sex-addict romp.

Miracle at St. Anna…9/26
The one that sparked the Eastwood feud! Spike Lee’s story (inspired by true events) follows a group of black World War II soldiers stranded in Tuscany.


First-time writer-director Lance Hammer’s Sundance sleeper hit, about the effects of a friend’s suicide on an impoverished Mississippi family.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People…10/3
British goofball Simon Pegg channels British goofball Toby Young, whose memoir about his failed tenure at Vanity Fair became a best seller.

Hathaway's bad girl. Photo: Nick Wall/Courtesy of Paramount Vantage

Rachel Getting Married…10/3
Anne Hathaway goes bad for Jonathan Demme’s drama about a fresh-out-of-rehab troublemaker who makes her sister’s wedding a living hell. The all-to-scarce Debra Winger plays the quirky mom.

Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist…10/3
Sweet stud-muffin Michael Cera plays in a queercore band and scores another babe in an East Village romance from Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas).

Borat director Larry Charles films sassy talking head Bill Maher as he travels around the world talking to regular folks about God and religion.

A great cast—Tom Wilkinson, Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton—places its fate in the hands of inconsistent director Guy Ritchie for a slaphappy crime caper.

Director Mike Leigh’s comedy about a relentless glass-half-fuller (Sally Hawkins) who frustrates and delights the people who love her.

Nights and Weekends …10/10
Mumblecore’s nakedest hero-provocateurs Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig co-direct, co-write, co-star, and co-habitate.

City of Ember…10/10
So that’s where Bill Murray’s been: ruling his own underground world, in Gil Kenan’s kid-friendly fantasy.

Gonzalo Arijón’s festival-hit documentary about the 1972 plane crash that marooned survivors in the Andes.

Clint Eastwood’s Cannes hit is a period drama based on the story of a California mother (Angelina Jolie) whose son is kidnapped.

High School Musical 3…10/24
Aiiii! Ahh! Omigod!

Saw V…10/24
Aiiii! Ahh! Omigod!

Zach and Miri Make a Porno…10/31
Kevin Smith’s smutty comedy stars Seth Rogen and Elisabeth Banks as down-on-their-luck pals who turn to porn to pay the bills.


Quantum of Solace…11/7
Daniel Craig returns as Bond. Let the drooling begin.

Role Models…11/14
Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott play morons who become big brother mentors—to McLovin!

A Thorn Birds for the new millennium: Baz Luhrmann’s Down Under epic starring Nicole Kidman as a posh cattle baron’s widow and Hugh Jackman as the bad-boy cowpoke who helps her. You know what we’re talkin’ about.

Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) hopes Robert Pattinson is the hunkiest vampire since Brad Pitt.

The Season in Movies