Until Thanksgiving 

The period between Labor Day and Thanksgiving is infamous as a dumping ground for movies that couldn’t cut it during the more competitive months. Don’t despair, though. Here’s a list of a few of the numerous promising releases scheduled between now and Thanksgiving. Whether they will deliver the goods remains to be seen, but they look good on paper.

As always, please remember that all dates are subject to change.

Burn after Reading

The Coen Brothers follow up No Country for Old Men with a whacked-out comedy about a pair of not-so-bright gym employees (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand) that try to extort a CIA agent (John Malkovich). George Clooney and Tilda Swinton also star. Early reviews of the movie are mixed, but I remain optimistic. With the men behind Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski working with an impressive A-list cast including several Coen movie veterans, how could I not? Due Sept. 12.

Ghost Town

Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the original U.K. version of The Office, plays a dentist who, following a brush with death, discovers he can see ghosts. Most of them are downright pesky, especially Greg Kinnear, who wants Gervais to keep his widowed wife (Tea Leoni) from marrying dull Billy Campbell. The concept has potential. Due Sept. 19

Miracle at St. Anna

Spike Lee directs the story of the 92nd Infantry Division, a real-life segregated Army unit in WWII. Laz Alonso (Stomp the Yard), Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher), Omar Benson Miller (Get Rich or Die Tryin’) and Michael Ealy (Barbershop) star. A war movie from a terrific director with a talented cast? Count me in. Due Sept. 26.

Eagle Eye

Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan star in an action/thriller about two people thrown into a life and death chase with directions coming by cell phone from someone who seems to know everything that’s going to happen. Sounds like exciting fun. Due Sept. 26.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Two high school seniors fall in love over the course of one night. This makes the list because it stars Michael Cera and, after seeing him as the befuddled son in Arrested Development, the boyfriend in Juno and the level-headed one in Superbad, I have faith in his choice of projects. Due Oct. 3.

Body of Lies

Ridley Scott directs Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe in a spy thriller. Sure, Scott and Crowe teamed up on the 2006 dud A Good Year, but they also did Gladiator and American Gangster, so they get the benefit of the doubt. Due Oct. 10.

Oliver Stone (JFK, Nixon) offers his take on the life of George W. Bush. Whether it’s a straight-ahead biography or a lurid, over-the-top assault, you can bet your money that it’s going to be entertaining and controversial. I can hardly wait. Due. Oct. 17.

Pride and Glory
Edward Norton and Colin Farrell star in a gritty tale of a multi-generational family of NYC cops thrown into crisis when one of the boys gets a case involving some family members. Love the casting. Oct. 24.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Yes, I know it sounds like a raunch-fest, but writer/director Kevin Smith swears the movie is also romantic and charming. Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks play the pair that decide to boost their cash flow by doing a sex film. Due. Oct. 31.

Role Models
Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star as two chronic screw-ups who get assigned to community service working with kids. Rudd has a great track record for smart, terribly rude comedies and this one sounds like a winner. Due Nov. 7.

Quantum of Solace

Forget the lame title, it’s the new James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig. What else do you need to know? Due. Nov. 14.

Highly-anticipated adaptation of the mega-popular book about the romance between a vampire and a human. Kristen Stewart plays the human and Robert Pattinson is her otherworldy honey-bunny. Due. Nov. 21.


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