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The Best is Yet to Come: Fall / Winter 2007 Movie Guide

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August 27, 2007

FS.net's Fall / Winter 2007 Movie Guide

The summer is over, school is starting back up, the leaves are slowly beginning to change; it's fall again and that means we're in for an exciting selection of Oscar-bait and two more blockbuster seasons: Thanksgiving and Christmas. You may have thought with the likes of 300, Grindhouse, Knocked Up, Sunshine, The Host, Sicko, and much more that we'd already seen most of this year's best films. Unfortunately that's not the case - the best is yet to come! Take a look at FS.net's exclusive fall / winter 2007 movie guide highlighting the best of what's to come from this September to December.

This guide is a quick look at 40 movies that are expected to be above average this fall and winter. These 40 movies have been chosen specifically by the editors here at FS.net, and others that are missing are based simply on personal preference. We hope you enjoy this movie season as much as we're looking forward to seeing each and every one of these ourselves.

As always, we suggest you bookmark and keep up-to-date on all the official release dates for the movies mentioned below at our Official 2007 Release Schedule page.

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September 2007


3:10 to Yuma
September 7

Director: James Mangold | Starring: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster
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The reviews have been great so far and the cast is phenomenal - could this be the first strong push for the return of the western in Hollywood? It's almost entirely out of place with the rest of this year's movies, but even I'm interested and I hate westerns!


Shoot 'Em Up
September 7

Director: Michael Davis | Starring: Clive Owen, Monica Bellucci, Paul Giamatti
Watch the Trailer
It's intense, it's entertaining, it's over-the-top, and it's fun as hell. Yes, it kicks as much ass anyone could ever imagine. Shoot 'Em Up is Crank combined with Children of Men. It may be the most fun you'll have all year!


Across the Universe
September 14

Director: Julie Taymor | Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess
Watch the Trailer
Although not everyone is interested, this very colorful and rather whimsical Beatles-filled musical looks like it may be a little gem that no one will hear about. Even if you don't like the Beatles it still looks pretty damn good.


The Brave One
September 14

Director: Neil Jordan | Starring: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews
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Jodie Foster looks like she may be a strong performer, but it's Terrence Howard that will always be the tipping point on dramas like this. On top of that I'm interested in seeing how the story plays out and if she gets caught, which will essentially determine if this is Oscar worthy or not. Update: I saw it and it's incredible. Loved it, the story was good, and Terrence Howard is fantastic as always!


Eastern Promises
September 14

Director: David Cronenberg | Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel
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It's David Cronenberg, who usually doesn't let down, but I'm not sure whether this will be a jumbled mess or something incredibly brilliant. I can say that Mortensen and Watts both look fantastic, it just comes down to how intricate the story is and if the buzzed-about naked fight scene is really worth it.


Dragon Wars
September 14

Director: Hyung-rae Shim | Starring: Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks
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This little Korean film came out of nowhere and made an earth-shattering impact on the internet. A movie with giant dragons and mythical creatures attacking Los Angeles - how could this not sound exciting?!


In the Valley of Elah
September 14

Director: Paul Haggis | Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Susan Sarandon
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Along with No Country for Old Men, this looks like it may be Tommy Lee Jones' chance for an Oscar win and beyond that it looks like one hell of a good war drama. Written and directed by the same guy who did Crash, it could be this year's most emotional war drama, too. Update: I saw it, it's stunning and worth seeing, but is it the best drama of the year? I don't entirely think so...


Ira & Abby
September 14

Director: Robert Cary | Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Chris Messina
Watch the Trailer
A hilarious, quirky, and yet wonderful independent romantic comedy that will delight everyone that sees it. You may never even get the chance to catch it in theaters, but I suggest you go out of your way to see it if you can - it's definitely worth it!


King of California
September 14

Director: Mike Cahill | Starring: Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood
Another one I caught at Sundance that hit me on such a personal note that I can't help suggesting it to everyone. It's such a laid back and fun comedy in the same vein as Sideways but with a different story and brilliant performance by Michael Douglas.


Good Luck Chuck
September 21

Director: Mark Helfrich | Starring: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler
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This doesn't look like the best comedy of the year, but I will admit it does look pretty funny. I'll give Dane Cook one more shot to act in his natural genre of comedy (what gives with doing drama in Mr. Brooks?); hopefully this time it won't be a flop like Employee of the Month.


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
September 21

Director: Andrew Dominik | Starring: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschanel
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Holy sh*t does this look like it may be the most brilliant return to western genre since Unforgiven! Casey Affleck and Brad Pitt are the perfect duo and everything else looks perfect, too! I can't wait to see this and I hope more than anything it lives up to the serene brilliance in the trailer.


The Darjeeling Limited
September 29; Expands October 5

Director: Wes Anderson | Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody
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Who doesn't love Wes Anderson's wacky movies? And this one looks incredibly wacky, especially when you put Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Adrien Brody together in India. I really hope this one isn't a lengthy bore...

October 2007


Michael Clayton
October 5; Expands October 12

Director: Tony Gilroy | Starring: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack
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Another lawyer drama starring George Clooney, but this time it's incredible. One of the best dramas this year with a riveting and entertaining enough plot to be watched again and again; also featuring an absolutely perfect final scene. Definitely suggested!


Rendition
October 12

Director: Gavin Hood | Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Alan Arkin, Peter Sarsgaard
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This looks like it may be another strong Oscar contender from the director who already won a Foreign Language Oscar for Tsotsi in 2005. I've also got a feeling Reese Witherspoon may win another Oscar for this, or so I hope.


We Own the Night
October 12

Director: James Gray | Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall, Eva Mendes
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Could this be this year's Departed? It looks as exciting and perfectly crafted as Martin Scorsese's cop drama, with another twisted story and tragedy amidst. I just hope it lives up to everything the first trailer from Cannes made it out to be.


30 Days of Night
October 19

Director: David Slade | Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster
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After the pretty damn exciting red band trailer, I'm convinced this is going to re-ignite the vampire genre. And after directing the indie hit Hard Candy last year, this is David Slade's next film, and he looks like he's going to pull off another amazing success.


Gone, Baby, Gone
October 19; Expands October 26

Director: Ben Affleck | Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris
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Who thought Ben Affleck could both write and direct?! I may be jumping the gun here, but this looks like contender for Best Picture already! Or at least it will show that Affleck is much more capable as a director than an actor.


Reservation Road
October 19

Director: Terry George | Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, Mira Sorvino
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Another strong drama that's going to be pushing for Oscar glory. Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo show some incredible chemistry in the trailer and it's going to be exciting to watch the tension boil over between these two fathers.


Saw IV
October 26

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman | Starring: Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, Lyriq Bent
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This franchise just won't die and neither will its villain Jigsaw! Nothing released so far has been too exciting yet, but with a new set of writers let's all hope this one turns out as good as or better than the previous three.


Run, Fatboy, Run
October 26 - Moved to March 28, 2008

Director: David Schwimmer | Starring: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria
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Directed by "Friends" star David Schwimmer and starring the one-and-only Simon Pegg - I don't think I need to say more to get everyone excited. It's quirky and has an odd story, but it looks like it'll pull quite a few laughs.

November 2007


American Gangster
November 2

Director: Ridley Scott | Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor
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This looks like it'll be the strong contender for the best all-around mob drama this entire year. Ridley Scott is at it again but this time he may actually pull off another near masterpiece with two of the best actors in Hollywood.


Bee Movie
November 2

Director: Steve Hickner / Simon J. Smith | Starring: Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger
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As we near the point where everyone is getting burned out by endless CGI movies, this one seems to shine above the rest. For once a CGI movie that's not made by Pixar looks like it could actually be good.


Lions for Lambs
November 9

Director: Robert Redford | Starring: Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Michael Pena
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I'm not sure whether this will be good or not, but it's something to keep an eye on. Not only is it Tom Cruise's first film back as United Artist, but it's Robert Redford back again directing.


No Country for Old Men
November 9

Director: The Coen Brothers | Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin
Watch the Trailer
Hot damn this is going to be the little indie gem that could. The Coen Brothers are back in style with one hell of a drama on their hands featuring one hell of a freaky Javier Bardem and one hell of a stern Tommy Lee Jones. Interest? Also watch the new red band trailer.


Southland Tales
November 9

Director: Richard Kelly | Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar
Watch the Trailer
The next film from Donnie Darko writer/director Richard Kelly - an apocalyptic tale set in futuristic Los Angeles. I've been waiting a year to finally see this and now Kelly's had plenty of extra time to polish off his second filmmaking effort.


Beowulf
November 16

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Starring: Ray Winstone, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins
Watch the Trailer
The first real mainstream CGI film that's not for kids since Final Fantasy. Think Polar Express but based on the old English tale of Beowulf. Sound good yet? How about in 3D?


Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
November 16

Director: Zach Helm | Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman
Watch the Trailer
It's cute, heartwarming, and entertaining, like this year's Night at the Museum. Well, at least hopefully a lot better than Night at the Museum and with a better set of actors, including the quirky Dustin Hoffman and the gorgeous Natalie Portman!

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November 21

Director: Xavier Gens | Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko
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Who knows whether this will be a forgettable flop or a gigantic hit just yet, but it's got positive buzz building. Timothy Olyphant may not be the perfect Agent 47, but at least he'll pull off one hell of an exciting violence-filled show.


Pathology
November 30

Director: Marc Schoelermann | Starring: Milo Ventimiglia, Lauren Lee Smith, Johnny Whitworth
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It looks like the most disgusting and most intense psychological thriller coming out this fall. They always save the best for last and this will certainly live up to that cliche.


The Savages
December 26

Director: Tamara Jenkins | Starring: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco
Watch the Trailer
Another brilliant comedy from the depths of the Sundance Film Festival. The best performance I've seen from Philip Seymour Hoffman in years and Laura Linney looks better than she has in years. Not something you can miss, a must see!

December 2007


The Golden Compass
December 7

Director: Chris Weitz | Starring: Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards
Watch the Trailer
New Line Cinema is pushing this as the next big Lord of the Rings-like franchise based off of books, but I don't think it's going to be that good. It has some potential to be entertaining, but that's it.


Leatherheads
December 7

Director: George Clooney | Starring: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski
You haven't heard of it yet, but you will soon - it's a football-based romantic comedy set in the 1920s. George Clooney is directing, John Krasinski is starring and I don't think you could ask for more out of a football film!


Grace is Gone
December 7

Director: James C. Strouse | Starring: John Cusack, Alessandro Nivola
Watch the Trailer
This won the Audience Award at Sundance, so that says something about how great it is. I didn't get a chance to see it there but I'm looking forward to seeing whether it's everything it's cracked up to be - a fantastic and emotional drama.


I Am Legend
December 14

Director: Francis Lawrence | Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga
Watch the Trailer
The big winter action movie that is poised to take us by storm come this December. Will Smith stars as the last guy left on earth, or is he really the last guy? Or are their vampires waiting in the dark to scare the bejeezus out of us for two hours?


Juno
December 14

Director: Jason Reitman | Starring: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman
Watch the Trailer
The sweet sensibility of a teenage youngster getting pregnant and speaking more slang than you can decipher is portrayed with a perfect comedic undertone in Juno. This is a must-see, comedy-of-the-year indie film that has some Oscar-winning performances along with some of the most hilarious dialogue you'll ever hear. The trailer should sell you.


National Treasure II: Book of Secrets
December 21

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Ed Harris, Diane Kruger
Watch the Trailer
Can you believe they decided to make a sequel? Like or not, they did, and this one will be as over-the-top (kidnap the president?!) and mind-numbingly entertaining as the first, guaranteed.


Sweeney Todd
December 21; Expands January 11

Director: Tim Burton | Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen
A dark and twisted musical based off of a Broadway play starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton? I think that right there explains how incredible this could be and no more words will describe what a yet unseen trailer will itself.


The Bucket List
December 25; Expands January 18

Director: Rob Reiner | Starring: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman
Watch the Trailer
Throw two old brilliant actors together in a comedy about fulfilling their last wishes before they die and you've got The Bucket List. Plus it's actor and filmmaker legend Rob Reiner returning to the directing chair - what more could you ask for?

Aliens vs Predator: Requiem
Aliens vs Predator: Requiem
December 25

Director: Colin and Greg Strause | Starring: David Paetkau, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis
Watch the Trailer
It was this damned new trailer that sparked my interest in this. If it weren't for Fox pulling their head out of their ass and realizing that a real AVP movie needs to be rated R to the max, then this wouldn't even be listed here.

There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood
December 26

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano
Watch the Trailer
Adapted from the Upton Sinclair novel "Oil!", this is supposedly the front runner for Best Actor thanks to Daniel Day-Lewis. A period piece that looks as thrilling and as entertaining as a blockbuster but as masterfully crafted as everything else the brilliant Paul Thomas Anderson has written and directed, which would be Boogie Nights and Magnolia.

And after that, we'll see you in 2008! Not only is there another new Sundance Film Festival yet again, but the Oscars as well, a comic book movie packed summer, and much, much more... Enjoy this last half of 2007!

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  • Ethan
    Where's There Will Be Blood? Which is directed by PT Anderson and stars freakin' DANIEL DAY LEWIS!!!
  • http://www.andreascliment.com Andreas
    Great list! We've got some awesome movies to wait for. Personally, I'm the most excited about Sweeny Todd, I am legend, Elah, Jesse James, Gone Baby Gone and No Country for Old Men.
  • TheGuyInThePj's
    Great List of Films... the only one that's on my list of Fall films that you folks missed is "There Will Be Blood" written/dirested by Paul Thomas Anderson. My Must See Top Five Fall Films: 1. Southland Tales 2. No Country For Old Men 3. Eastern Promises 4. The Darjeeling Limited 5. There Will Be Blood
  • CSpuppydog
    This is a great list guys... just you left out Resident Evil: Extinction it comes out on Sept. 21st. Sure its gonna suck but im still going to see it. But I am most excited for Across the Universe... I think it will be a must see.
  • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
    I know of There Will Be Blood I'm just not sure if it's still coming out Dec. 26 like it's listed or know much about it... I know it seems/looks good, but it's just still in the dark. Once we know more it'd be something I'd consider adding.
  • lamartherevenger
    just stumbled upon the AVP trailer. I'm officially sickened. no way should kids under 14 be nailed by a facegrabber. with so much gore and death they should name it AVP: everyone dies. when I saw the first Alien (at age 14) I had nightmares for weeks... thats Fox for giving me a reason to go to the therapist again. and it looked like predators were killing people with out guns. thats BS. unless their carrying aliens... ewww.
  • Heckle
    I Am Legend Good Luck Chuck Dragon Wars AVP2 Will all suck. Though i may want to see Alba in her undies. Southland Tales No Country for Old Men Eastern Promises Jesse James Michael Clayton We Own the Night Run, Fatboy, Run Lions for Lambs American Gangster Sweeney Todd Will all be amazing. Can't wait.
  • http://www.mediamensch.com Andrew Kaplan
    I was fortunate enough to have been an extra on the George Clooney Leatherheads movie for 10 days. If the fun on the set is reflected in the movie, then it will be a throwback to those old romantic comedies. Some pictures from the set are on my website. More will be added as the movie heads toward release. Andy Kaplan http://www.mediamensch.com
  • Zach
    Man, it seems like a lot of my favorite directors are putting out movies at the end of this year. Woody Allen, PT Anderson, Wes Anderson, Ridley Scott, The Coen Brothers, and Michel Gondry. The movies that I am most looking forward to are: 3:10 to Yuma, The Assassination of Jesse James..., The Darjeeling Limited, Sleuth, American Gangster, No Country for Old Men, Cassandra's Dream, I'm Not There, and Be Kind Rewind.
  • DC Guy
    Where's "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" ???
  • Dirk
    This list is more of a, "take the tagline from the studios and plaster it on my site" list, than any actual thought going into it. Not looking forward to most of this. I wanted so badly for I am Legend to be made, then I read the script. P.O.S. to put it lightly. It will make money and all the sheep will heap praises but it will be crap to anyone that read the story. Thanks for ruining what could have been great.
  • Marshall Banana
    Yeah... we'll see how many will actually "make it". Except for Sweeney Todd they'll probably manage to jump on the IMDb Top250 for a week and then sink. Can't wait for "Run, fatboy, run" and "Shoot 'em up" though. Hope they make it big. I'd expect to check them on http://manygoodmovies.com/ :)
  • http://www.dtmdb.com Mike
    I'm really looking forward to The Assassination of Jesse James and The Darjeeling Limited! Rock! http://www.dtmdb.com
  • Jerke Wadde
    But where's Stephen King's "The Mist"? I've been waiting 22 years for that movie!
  • Rose
    The only one you didnt include which i am desperate to see is Atonement especially the one-shot Dunkirk scene. It's being compared to the unforgettable beach scene from Saving Private Ryan, though on a reduced budget.
  • http://www.theplugg.com ruustycat
    This is a great post! THX
  • Smokedaddy
    The old English tale Beowulf? Never heard of that one.
  • daveb
    how is the Kingdom not on this list
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  • Caitlin
    Personally, I'm dying to see August Rush, which comes out Nov. 21.
  • lily-rose
    i wanna c dragonwars thats like the best movie that looks good this year
  • kristina
    Josh Hutcherson is soo hawtt!! <3 <3 !
  • http://www.rumneyexclusive.com canvas art
    I loved alien v preditor and sween todd, great movies!!
  • http://vzwpix.mobi vzwpix.com
    Downplaying The Golden Compass? Blasphemy!

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