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Fall Arts Preview: Film 

Fall is in full swing but the entertainment is just beginning as Art for Arts Sake kicks off this week, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art celebrates its 10th anniversary and the New Orleans Film Fest turns 20 in October. From sports in the Louisiana Superdome to alternative theater at the Fringe Festival, Gambit's annual fall entertainment guide has something to suit every taste. Mark your calendars and enjoy.

Movies

Release dates are national. Movies may open later in local theaters.

Capitalism: A Love Story

Michael Moore takes on the financial behemoths and CEOs in his probe of the recent meltdown on Wall Street.

Overture Films

Oct. 2

The Invention of Lying

Ricky Gervais (Britain's

The Office) stars in a film about an alternate world where everyone tells the the truth, until he discovers a groundbreaking new concept.

Warner Bros.

Oct. 2

click to enlarge Hilary Swank stars as lost aviator Amelia Earhart in Amelia. - FOX SEARCHLIGHT 2009
  • Fox Searchlight 2009
  • Hilary Swank stars as lost aviator Amelia Earhart in Amelia.

More Than a Game

This documentary follows five Ohio high school basketball players who work toward NBA careers.

Lionsgate

Oct. 2

A Serious Man

The Coen brothers' latest film chronicles an ordinary man's life in 1960s middle America as his wife leaves him for a colleague and he tries to adjust to changing times.

Focus Features

Oct. 2

Toy Story 2

Buzz and Woody are back in the digital 3-D release of the popular Pixar film.

Walt Disney Pictures

Oct. 2

Whip It

Ellen Page plays a indie-rock-loving social misfit who gets her life on track when she joins a roller derby league in her hometown outside Austin, Texas.

Fox Searchlight

Oct. 2

Zombieland

Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin star in a gory sendup of the zombie genre.

Columbia

Oct. 2

Couples Retreat

Four Midwestern couples head to a tropical island resort for a weekend of fun and soul searching in a comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman and Jon Favreau.

Universal Pictures

Oct. 9

The Damned United

A top British soccer coach takes over Leeds United and clashes with players as he tries to break them of their dirty style of play.

Sony Classics

Oct. 9

An Education

Peter Sarsgaard stars in Nick Hornby's (High Fidelity) screenplay about an older man who gets involved with a teenager in 1960s London.

Sony Classics

Oct. 9

Free Style

Cale Bryant (Corbin Blue) refuses to give up his dream of earning a spot on the national motocross team in this upbeat teen story.

Samuel Goldwyn

Oct. 9

From Mexico With Love

Hector, an undocumented immigrant working on a Texas ranch, dreams of becoming a professional boxer but has to face his employer's son in the ring.

Roadside Attractions

Oct. 9

Good Hair

Chris Rock celebrates and deconstructs African-American hairstyles.

Roadside Attractions

Oct. 9

Law Abiding Citizens

Jamie Foxx is a Philadelphia prosecutor pitted against a criminal mastermind who is orchestrating revenge from a jail cell.

Overture Films

Oct. 16

New York, I Love You

A dozen directors including the Coen brothers, Gus Van Sant and Wes Craven create short films about finding love in New York City.

Palm Pictures

Oct. 16

The Stepfather

An otherwise normal man resorts to extreme measures to acquire the perfect family in this horror thriller.

Screen Gems

Oct. 16

Where the Wild Things Are

Spike Jonze directs an all-star cast including Catherine Keener, Benicio Del Toro, Forest Whitaker and James Gandolfini in this adaptation of the classic children's story.

Warner Bros.

Oct. 16

Amelia

Hilary Swank stars as Amelia Earhart in a look at the pilot's relationship with George Putnam (Richard Gere) before she disappeared while crossing the Pacific in 1937.

Fox Searchlight

Oct. 23

Astro Boy

A robot tries to please his creator/father in a futuristic sci-fi adventure.

Summit Entertainment

Oct. 23

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

A bored teenager apprentices to a vampire (John C. Reilly) in a story set in New Orleans.

Universal Pictures

Oct. 23

Motherhood

Uma Thurman takes on all she can handle as a Manhattan mom planning her soon-to-be 6-year-old daughter's birthday party.

Freestyle Releasing

Oct. 23

Saw VI

Jigsaw is back in another grisly installment of the horror series.

Lionsgate

Oct. 23

Michael Jackson: This Is It

Produced with the support of the pop star's estate, this documentary goes behind the scenes as Michael Jackson prepares for his London O2 Arena concert series.

Sony Pictures

Oct. 28

Gentlemen Broncos

A home-schooled boy with a passion for writing encounters the comically bizarre outside world when his story is ripped off by a famous author.

Fox Searchlight

Oct. 30

A Christmas Carol (3D)

Jim Carrey stars in the Disney version of the Dickens classic.

Walt Disney Pictures

Nov. 6

The Box

Cameron Diaz and James Marsden star as a couple in a rocky marriage who suddenly become wealthy when they discover a magic box. But they don't realize all that they have unleashed by opening it.

Warner Bros

Nov. 6

The Fourth Kind

An Alaska town is plagued by four decades of mysterious disappearances in this thriller starring Milla Jovovich.

Universal Pictures

Nov. 6

Men Who Stare at Goats

An army unit is devoted to paranormal explorations in this comedy featuring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

Overture Films

Nov. 6

Precious

Based on the novel Push by Sapphire, an illiterate, obese girl fantasizes about a better life.

Lionsgate

Nov. 6

2012

Global apocalypse looms in an action adventure film starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson and many others.

Sony Pictures

Nov. 13

The Messenger

A soldier struggles with his sense of honor and loyalty when he falls for a fallen officer's widow.

Oscilloscope Laboratories

Nov. 13

Pirate Radio

Philip Seymour Hoffman is joined by an all-star cast in a comedy set in 1960 Britain about a band of renegade British DJs who prefer new pop music to jazz.

Focus Features

Nov. 13

Women in Trouble

A large group of disparate women all share a taste for trouble in this sprawling comedy.

Screen Media Films

Nov. 13

The Blind Side

Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron star in the true story of a homeless black teen with tremendous football talent who is taken in by a rich white family.

Warner Bros

Nov. 20

Broken Embraces

Pedro Almodovar directs Penelope Cruz and Lluís Homar in a story about a blind writer seeking to heal old wounds.

Sony Classics

Nov. 20

Planet 51 (3D)

A lost American astronaut lands on a planet afraid of alien invasion in this animated action adventure.

TriStar Pictures

Nov. 20

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

In the sequel to the MTV Video Award favorite Twilight, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattison) tries to save his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) from other vampires.

Summit Entertainment

Nov. 20

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Bill Murray, George Clooney, Meryl Streep and a host of stars lend their voices to an animated version of a Roald Dahl story about farmers protecting their chickens from a fox.

20th Century Fox

Nov. 25

Nine

Middle-aged playboy and director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) tries to finish a film amid many distractions in this musical drama.

The Weinstein Co.

Nov. 25

Ninja Assassin

Bloody conflicts abound as a young ninja abandons the orphanage where he grew up and fights a clan of warriors.

Warner Bros

Nov. 25

Old Dogs

Robin Williams and John Travolta star as old friends and business partners who suddenly find themselves raising 7-year-old twins.

Walt Disney Pictures

Nov. 20

The Road

Viggo Mortensen stars as a man trying to save his son in a post-apocalyptic world.

Dimension/The Weinstein Co.

Nov. 25

Up in the Air

George Clooney stars as a frequent-flying business consultant specializing in firing people who may be grounded.

Paramount

Nov. 20

Brooklyn's Finest

Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle star in a film about three Brooklyn police veterans who follow different paths to the same dangerous place.

Overture Films

Nov. 27

Armored

Employees of an armored car company plan a heist but turn on each other when their foolproof scheme unravels.

Screen Gems

Dec. 4

Brothers

Tommy Cahill (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Grace (Natalie Portman) find strange comfort together when Sam (Tobey Maguire), her husband and his brother, is believed to have been killed in battle in Afghanistan.

Lionsgate

Dec. 4

click to enlarge Spike Jonze directs the film adaptation of the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are. - WARNER BROS. 2009
  • Warner Bros. 2009
  • Spike Jonze directs the film adaptation of the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are.

Everybody's Fine

A widower (Robert De Niro) tries to reconnect with his grown children and finds they live complicated lives.

Miramax

Dec. 4

Invictus

After becoming South Africa's president, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) campaigns for the nation to host the rugby world championship to help unite his nation.

Warner Bros.

Dec. 11

The Princess and the Frog

Set in New Orleans' French Quarter during the jazz age, a young girl is befriended by a frog in this new Disney fairy tale.

Walt Disney Pictures

Dec. 11

Avatar

James Cameron (Titanic, the Terminator series) directs a CGI sci-fi adventure about a paraplegic war vet who travels to another planet inhabited by a humanoid race.

20th Century Fox

Dec. 11

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

After witnessing a murder, a New York couple (Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker) are relocated to a small Wyoming town by the Witness Protection Program.

Columbia

Dec. 11

The Young Victoria

Young Queen Victoria assumes the British throne at the age of 18 and is devastated by the loss of her husband Albert.

Apparition

Dec. 18

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel

The Chipmunks adjust to fame and fortune and cope with a rival all-girl band.

20th Century Fox

Dec. 25

It's Complicated

Two men vie for Meryl Streep's affection.

Universal

Dec. 25

The Lovely Bones

An abducted and murdered young girl watches from the heavens as her family is torn apart by the loss and search for justice.

Paramount

Dec. 25

Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. lends some James Bond-style swagger to Sherlock Holmes in this more adventurous take on the legendary sleuth.

Warner Bros.

Dec. 25

The White Ribbon

Strange events and mysterious ritual punishment at a rural school in Germany in 1913 may be a precursor to the rise of fascism.

Sony Classics

Dec. 30

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Fall Films without a release date

Case 39

Renée Zellweger stars as a social worker investigating abusive parents when she realizes the child might not be so innocent.

Paramount

Hurricane Season

John Ehret High School's Al Collins coaches his basketball team to the state championship a year after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the school and scattered its students.

Dimension/MGM

The Poughkeepsie Tapes

Homicide detectives find a shocking collection of tapes depicting the work of a serial killer's decadelong reign of terror.

MGM

Wild Child

A spoiled troublemaker from Malibu is sent to a girls boarding school in England, where she attempts to get expelled.

click to enlarge Hilary Swank stars as lost aviator Amelia Earhart in Amelia.
  • Hilary Swank stars as lost aviator Amelia Earhart in Amelia.
click to enlarge The hit musical Cats comes to the Mahalia Jackson Theater Oct. 27-Nov. 1. - 2008 G CREATIVE
  • 2008 G Creative
  • The hit musical Cats comes to the Mahalia Jackson Theater Oct. 27-Nov. 1.
click to enlarge KISS will be fully attired for its Voodoo Music Experience performance.
  • KISS will be fully attired for its Voodoo Music Experience performance.
click to enlarge The New Orleans Ballet Association presents the Houston Ballet on Oct. 24. - PHOTO BY DREW DONOVAN
  • Photo by Drew Donovan
  • The New Orleans Ballet Association presents the Houston Ballet on Oct. 24.
click to enlarge Quarterback Drew Brees leads the high scoring New Orleans Saints. - PHOTO BY JONATHAN BACHMAN
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