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2011 Fall Movie Preview

Three months of blockbuster films

  • The Ides of March
  • Margaret
  • The Rum Diary
  • Meloncholia
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
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The summer doldrums have passed and the glorious Southern California weather is growing slightly cooler, meaning another exciting fall movie season is upon us. Hollywood studios notoriously stack the end of the calendar with its most prestigious fare hoping to grab the attention of Oscar and audiences alike. This year appears to be no different, but which movies are worth your time and money? In an attempt to wade through all the muddy water, SanDiego.com’s presents their Fall Movie Preview, an in-depth guide focusing on the wide array of films we feel deserve your attention (sorry Twilight fans.) San Diego release dates are provided for each film.

October:
The Ides of March (10/7): Sure to be an Oscar favorite, George Clooney’s third directorial effort stars the great Ryan Gosling as a young political hotshot caught between loyalty and scandal during an intense presidential primary. The film itself is a tad self-important (look for my review next Friday) but definitely worth a look.

Margaret (10/7): Delayed nearly six years because of creative and legal squabbles between director Kenneth Lonergan and producers, this 9/11 allegory has been called everything from a “fascinating mess” to a “disaster” by critics. That means it’s one of those “see for yourself” type deals.  Starring Matt Damon, Anna Paquin, and Mark Ruffalo.

Take Shelter (10/14): Jeff Nichols made quite a splash with his masterful debut, 2008’s Shotgun Stories. His sophomore effort, which tells the story of a man slowly succumbing to madness, has been hailed by critics around the world after successful premieres at Sundance and Cannes. Look for great performances by Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.

The Skin I Live In (10/21): Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar is back with one of his nastiest films to date; a colorful and conniving combination of melodrama and film noir. Antonio Banderas stars as a brilliant plastic surgeon with some very disturbing desires. See this on the big screen at all costs!

Martha Marcy May Marlene (10/28): This stunning debut film from Sean Durkin charts a young woman’s (Elizabeth Olsen) futile attempt to emotionally and physically escape a dangerous cult. The less you know about it the greater the impact it will have.

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  • Rating: 4 of 5