September Preview: 10 Movies, 10 Trailers

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With Labor Day weekend upon us, it’s time to begin our Fall Preview. This isn’t really your typical monthly movie preview because a) you can see it all on one page, and b) we just sorta selected ten films that mean something to us — and hopefully to all you Lobby readers. Keep checking your feed of choice to catch our October and November posts.

:: September 9 ::

:: Crude
Documentary

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger usually teams up with Bruce Sinofsky for documentary projects as varied as the Sundance series Iconoclasts, the superb Metallica movie Some Kind of Monster, and the frightening doc Paradise Lost. Here, he goes solo to chronicle the brutal — and endless — conflict between tens of thousands of Ecuadorans and Chevron. I’ve seen this one, and certainly recommend it.

:: September 11 ::

:: No Impact Man
Documentary

In late 2006, author Colin Beavan decided to change his lifestyle, and leave the smallest possible “footprint” on the environment for one year. Here’s what happens when he pulls his wife and two-year-old daughter into his ambitious experiment. Directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein.

:: Walt & El Grupo
Documentary

Attention Walt Disney fans: Here’s a morsel of history you won’t want to miss. In 1941, at the request of the U.S. government, Disney and a group of artists and filmmakers took an incredible ten-week trip to South America as a sign of good will. Seen Saludos Amigos or The Three Caballeros? Now you can see why they were made. Written and directed by Theodore Thomas, son of one of Disney’s great “Nine Old Men,” Frank Thomas.

:: September 18 ::

:: The Burning Plain
Drama

Screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga is known for layered, multiple stories in films like Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel. Now he’s at it again — and directing as well — with a lot of the same major themes (love, destiny, tragedy) as those previous films. At the center: Charlize Theron, playing a restaurant manager with a curious past.

:: The Informant!
Comedy-Drama

Steven Soderbergh has obviously worked with Matt Damon before (Ocean’s 11 movies…) and Matt Damon has worked with screenwriter Scott Burns before (The Bourne Ultimatum). Now all three are happy together for this true story of a bipolar whistle-blower who gave up info about Archer Daniels Midland’s price fixing in the early 1990s. Look, when a title has an exclamation point, you know there’s gonna be an attempt to be funny. Or loud I guess.

:: Jennifer’s Body
Comedy-Thriller

Considering the Jennifer of the title is played by Megan Fox, there should be hordes of guys out there interested by the film’s name alone. After being possessed by a demon of some kind, high-school student Jennifer goes from being snooty and mean to really evil. Like, really evil. Karyn Kusama (Girlfight) directs, Diablo Cody (Juno) writes, and a strong cast supports.

:: Paris
Romantic Comedy

You could probably guess this, but director Cedric Klapisch’s latest is a love letter to his favorite city. The film had a 2008 release in France, and was nominated for three Cesar Awards, including Best Film.  Juliette Binoche stars, with a handful of big-name French actors.

:: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Animated Comedy

Sure, we’re being inundated lately with some so-so animated features. But this one’s about really really big food. That’s gonna make up for a whole lot of story flaws, if we find any.

:: September 25 ::

:: The Bluetooth Virgin
Comedy

Calling all writers: If you’ve ever asked a friend about your work, and been unhappy with the feedback, this indie’s for you. Two buddies — one an aspiring screenwriter, the other an accomplished magazine editor — run into trouble when honest input is out on the table.

:: Pandorum
Science Fiction

Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster play astronauts who wake up out in space — and feel mega-spaced out. They’re not sure who they are, what they’re up to, or if they’re alone. Funny, after Alpha Dog, I have no problem picturing Ben Foster going loony tunes.

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