The summer may be over, but the upcoming movies of fall 2010 might have more to offer than the non-blockbusters we’ve been disappointed by all summer long. For this list I’ve tried to include a good mix of some of the best upcoming movies of fall 2010 in a variety of different genres, including family-friendly movies, comedies, curiosities, and, of course, the movies that look like they’re trying for an Oscar or two. So get ready to watch the dollars fall from your wallet like the leaves on the trees as you experience some of the best upcoming 2010 fall movies:
Machete – I know I’m cutting it short with the fall movies of 2010 by including this “Mexploitation” movie on this list, but I enjoyed it so much I had to add it here. It’s campy, violent, and politically polarizing, but I actually found it rather funny and refreshing (plus Lindsay Lohan’s role is hilarious and Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba are muy caliente). Check it out while it’s still in theaters.
Best Upcoming Fall Movies 2010 – September 10, 2010 Release Date
The Romantics – This one might not be an Oscar contender, but I’m definitely intrigued by the pairing of Anna Paquin as a bride and Katie Holmes as her maid of honor. Of course Paquin’s character doesn’t get her picture-perfect wedding, since her maid of honor has had a known history with her groom (Josh Duhamel). But this tension does make for a potentially great romantic dramedy and some stellar performances.
Best Upcoming Fall Movies 2010 – September 17, 2010 Release Date
Never Let Me Go – This is one of the upcoming fall movies of 2010 that I’m most looking forward to, and one that could have some Oscar potential in the best picture and best actress categories. Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan star as friends attending a special boarding school with a shocking and sad secret. I won’t reveal it here, so if you want to be surprised, don’t read up too much on this one before you see it. Oh yeah, did I mention Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley make out in it?
Easy A – I’m pretty positive that this is one of the upcoming fall movies of 2010 that won’t be earning any Oscar buzz, but it could still turn out to be one of the best comedies of the year. It’s going the ‘Clueless’ route by setting a classic novel in a modern-day high school, and I’m hoping this quirky spin on ‘The Scarlet Letter’ starring Emma Roberts and Amanda Bynes is at least as entertaining as its predecessor (it’s also refreshing to see a high school comedy from a girl’s perspective every once and a while).
The Town – I’m intrigued by the premise of this crime drama infused with a little romance: Ben Affleck stars as a bank robber who falls for a bank manager he once held hostage. The star-studded cast here also includes plenty of additional eye-candy for the ladies in the form of Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner. So if you’re looking for the upcoming fall movies of 2010 that would make the best date movies, this combo of crime and a love story should please everyone.
Jack Goes Boating – I have a feeling Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut (in which he also stars), might not be for everyone, but I’m interested to see what he can do from behind the camera. It’s based on the play of the same name, an unconventional romantic comedy centered on two NYC couples, and PSH should definitely be at his best here as a limo driver inspired by his new relationship to turn his life around, considering he also starred in the off-Broadway play on which the movie is based. So hopefully that experience will turn into another Oscar nomination for the talented actor, at the very least.
Catfish – I’m generally not a fan of the movies that rely you to not read anything about them to make them effective, but I’ll bite. All I know is that it’s about a guy going to meet a girl he met on Facebook and that people are arguing over whether or not the events portrayed are real (is this another ‘Blair Witch’?). But I guess if you’re looking for something different when it comes to the upcoming movies of fall 2010, you might want to catch ‘Catfish’.
Best Upcoming Fall Movies 2010 – September 24, 2010 Release Date
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole – And here’s one of the best upcoming fall movies of 2010 for the kiddies. It sounds a lot like Harry Potter with talking CGI owls (which I guess is fitting), and it definitely looks hit or miss because of that. However, I really do like the visuals in the trailer, and it’s nice to see a non-Pixar animated movie every once and awhile.
Buried – This is one of the most intriguing upcoming movies of fall 2010, as audiences will get to get up close and personal with ‘Green Lantern’ star Ryan Reynolds, who could definitely use some superpowers to get himself out of the situation he finds himself in. He plays a contractor in Iraq who is kidnapped and buried alive in a coffin, with most of the movie focusing on his attempt at escaping his horrible fate. I guess if you want to be terrified by claustrophobia, you have two choices: this one or M. Night Shyamalan’s hell in an elevator film ‘Devil’.
Waiting for ‘Superman’ – Here’s one of the best upcoming movies of fall 2010 with a message, and one that definitely has a chance at winning an Oscar in the best documentary category. So will audiences flock to a documentary about the state of public education in America? I kind of doubt it (but I still hope they do).
Howl – James Franco, Jon Hamm, and Mary-Louise Parker are just part of the amazing cast in this movie based on the life of author Allen Ginsberg (Franco) and the 1957 obscenity trial surrounding his poem ‘Howl’. These dramatic biopics aren’t for everyone and I’m not quite sure this one will garner any Oscar attention, but it’s not the only shot at Oscar James Franco has on this list.
Enter the Void – Who knew movies about ghosts could be so colorful? This psychedelic drama centers on a deceased drug-dealer whose spirit watches over his sister in Tokyo. Just beware: while the colors are pretty, there’s lots of sex and violence to be found here. But if you’re into visuals, you might find this to be one of the best upcoming fall movies of 2010 to escape the drab gray world outside.
Best Upcoming Fall Movies 2010 – October 8, 2010 Release Date
Secretariat – As a horse racing fan, it’s hard to not want to take a look back at a time when it was one of the biggest sports in America. Diane Lane stars as Secretariat’s owner in the family-friendly Disney film, and while I don’t see this one getting any Oscar buzz or surprising us with anything too special, it’s one of the few upcoming fall movies of 2010 here that the whole family can enjoy together.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Keir Gilchrist stars as a depressed teenager who checks himself into a psychiatric ward and conveniently meets a girl that gives his life a much-needed spark (Emma Roberts). So will Zach Galifianakis be at his hilarious best here? (Sorry, that’s the only question those of us whose angsty teenage days are long gone will be asking).
Best Upcoming Fall Movies 2010 – October 15, 2010 Release Date
Conviction – Hillary Swank stars in this true story about a single mother who spends years in law school in order to get her brother’s murder conviction overturned. In other words, this is another Oscar ready role for the powerhouse performer (I’m just hoping it’s better than ‘Amelia’).
Red – If you’re looking for upcoming fall movies of 2010 that are simply fun and meant to be pure entertainment, check out this comic book flick starring Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich as a group of former CIA agents framed for an assassination. Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle? I’m there.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Quit worrying about the American remake of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and just look forward to the sequel to the original already!
Best Upcoming Fall Movies 2010 – October 22, 2010 Release Date
Hereafter – I’m hoping Clint Eastwood’s latest is Oscar worthy in some way; it’s definitely one of the upcoming fall movies of 2010 that I can’t wait to see. The premise definitely has me hooked, as the film is described as a supernatural thriller about how death touches three different people. Bryce Dallas Howard, Cécile De France, and Matt Damon make up the movie’s intriguing cast, and I’m hoping the fresh subject matter and talent help make this one of the fall movies of 2010 that will be remembered when Oscar season rolls around.
The Company Men – Somehow Ben Affleck manages to star in another of the most promising-looking upcoming fall movies of 2010, joining another cast full of well-known men yet again (including Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, and Kevin Costner). So will the many unemployed in America shell out twenty bucks to view this drama about a group of businessmen laid off by their company? I’m sure the Weinstein Company is hoping so, and I have a feeling this one could find a spot on the Oscar list for best picture nominees.
Best Upcoming Fall Movies 2010 – October 29, 2010 Release Date
Wild Target – Emily Blunt, Bill Nighy, Rupert Grint, Rupert Everett, and Eileen Atkins star in this action comedy about a bumbling assassin (Nighy) who lives to please his overbearing mother (Atkins). However, his life changes when he falls for (and spares the life of) one of his intended targets (Blunt). And so she and an unwanted apprentice (Grint) tag along for his adventures, which include avoiding an unhappy client, both believing that he’s a private detective all the while. I don’t think this one is Oscar worthy in any way, but I love the combination of names here and think this one could be a bit of fun.
Monsters – This is definitely another of the upcoming fall movies of 2010 that I’m most looking forward to, an alien thriller that hits theaters just in time for Halloween. There’s no doubt this will be called the ‘District 9’ of 2010 by many, but the aliens quarantined in Mexico here do a lot more than gamble and eat cat food. You definitely don’t want to miss your chance to see this one around Halloween night.
Best Upcoming Fall Movies 2010 – November 5, 2010 Release Date
Megamind – And here’s another of the best upcoming animated movies for fall 2010. Will it be able to take down ‘Toy Story 3’ come Oscar time? Probably not, but I love the idea here of a villain being forced to become a good guy: he kills of his superhero nemesis and creates a new one, however, his creation decides that it’s more fun to do evil than good, leaving our bumbling, blue, bulbous-headed bad guy with quite the dilemma. I just hope the final product lives up to the premise.
Due Date – If ‘Monsters’ is this year’s ‘District 9’, then this road flick is 2010’s ‘The Hangover’ (hopefully; it is directed by the same guy, after all). Robert Downey, Jr. plays an expectant father forced to hitch a ride with an aspiring actor (Zach Galifianakis) in order to make it the hospital in time to witness his child’s birth. And ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ ensues. All comparisons aside, the basic plot is beside the point; after an extremely sub-par summer of movies, I just want some laughs!
127 Hours – And if watching Ryan Reynolds try to escape from a coffin isn’t enough for you when it comes the upcoming thrillers of fall 2010, perhaps you’ll enjoy watching James Franco saw his arm off in this movie based on a true story, brought to you by the guy who gave us ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. I don’t know how having one’s arm trapped under a boulder and sawing it off to escape will translate into a full-length movie, but I’m sure it will be intense (in fact, it’s so intense that medics had to be called to a recent screening).
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf – Ugh! The name of this thing! But, then again, I’m pleasantly surprised that Tyler Perry didn’t change the name of the original play and slap his own in there somewhere. Thankfully this one will be Madea-free, although if it has any chance at an Oscar, I’m betting that the cast, which includes Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, and Janet Jackson, will be getting the attention, not Mr. Perry.
Best Upcoming Fall Movies 2010 – November 24, 2010 Release Date
Burlesque – And here’s one of the upcoming fall movies of 2010 that falls in the “guilty pleasure” category. The plot is very ‘Coyote Ugly’-esque: small town girl wants to work at an institution where women wear very little. But it’s not about the plot; it’s about Cher and Christina Aguilera and Kristen Bell and the skimpy, sparkly outfits and over-the-top musical numbers. And there could be a costume or original song Oscar nom in there somewhere.
Love and Other Drugs – This romantic comedy/attack on the pharmaceutical industry stars Jack Gyllenhaal as a Viagra salesman who falls in love with a free spirit (Anne Hathaway). Somehow I have a feeling these two will have great chemistry together, and possibly Oscar opportunities? Either way, I’m going to sit back and enjoy the drug-skewering part.
Nutcracker in 3D – Here’s another of the best upcoming fall movies of the non-animated kind for families. This live-action version of the Christmas classic stars Dakota Fanning’s little sister Elle as Mary, a little girl who finds herself in a whimsical world after being given a nutcracker toy on Christmas Eve. I kind of wish Tim Burton had taken this one on, but I’m still interested to see how it translates into 3D.
Best Upcoming Fall Movies 2010 – November 26, 2010 Release Date
Tangled – I’m sure a lot of little girls will start hating haircuts even more after they see Disney’s latest princess tale. The CGI flick features an updated version of Rapunzel, whose Prince Charming is replaced by a thief (and she’s also devised an incredible capability to use her hair like tentacles). Sure we can all predict the ending here, but this is one of the upcoming movies of fall 2010 that I think families of females will flock to anyway.
The King’s Speech – Could this true tale of King George VI’s effort to overcome a speech impediment be Oscar-worthy? Collin Firth stars as the royal one, with Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Helena Bonham Carter also comprising the respectable cast. I’m a sucker for period pieces, so I’m hoping this one lives up to the hype I’ve seen so far.
So hopefully there’s something for everyone here when it comes to the best upcoming fall movies of 2010, whether you want to see some Oscar contenders; fun family films; or are just praying that this movie season will be better than the bummer of a summer.