A Guide to Fall 2011 Films
Brad Pitt stars in "Moneyball," Ryan Gosling and George Clooney in "The Ides of March," and Robert Pattinson returns in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" -- this year's fall movie lineup is packed with A-list men! Oh, and there's also "Muppets"!
Check out this handy guide to 20 of the big films coming this fall!
2011 Fall Movie Guide
'Apollo 18' (Sept. 2)
In documentary-style, decades-old footage is found from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission. It shows how two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition — and reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon. [cue ominous music].
'Contagion' (Sept. 9)
Who: Matt Damon, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet; directed by Steven Soderbergh What: This action-thriller centers on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.
'Drive' (Sept. 16)
Who: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks; directed by Nicolas Winding Refn What: A Hollywood stunt performer (Gosling), who moonlights as a wheelman, discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
'Moneyball' (Sept. 23)
Who: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright; directed by Bennett Miller What: The film focuses on Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and his successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
'Abduction' (Sept. 23)
Who: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jason Isaacs, Mario Bello; directed by John Singleton What: A young man (Lautner) sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.
'What's Your Number?' (Sept. 30)
Who: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt; directed by Mark Mylod What: In this romantic comedy, a woman looks back at the past 20 men she's had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love.
'The Ides of March' (Oct. 7)
Who: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman; directed by George Clooney What: Based on the play by Beau Willimon, an idealistic staffer (Gosling) for a newbie presidential candidate (Clooney) gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.
'Real Steel' (Oct. 7)
Who: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Hope Davis; directed by Shawn Levy What: This boxing drama is set in the near-future where 2,000-pound humanoid robots do battle.
'Footloose' (Oct. 14)
Who: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell; directed by Craig Brewer What: A city boy (Wormald) moves into a small town with his mother — and finds out that dancing and music have been banned.
'Paranormal Activity 3' (Oct. 23)
This prequel shows how a young Katie and her sister may have summoned the demon that haunts them for the rest of their lives.
'The Three Musketeers' (Oct. 21)
'In Time' (Oct. 28)
Who: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer; directed by Andrew Niccol What: In the future people stop aging at 25 and must work to buy themselves more time, but when a young man (Timberlak) finds himself with more time than he can imagine he must run from the corrupt police force to save his life.
'The Rum Diary' (Oct. 28)
Who: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, Aaron Eckhart, Richard Jenkins; directed by Bruce Robinson What: Paul Kemp is a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. Paul is challenged on many levels as he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction.
'Puss in Boots' (Nov. 4)
Voices: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton; directed by Chris Miller What: This animated film is about how Puss in Boots became the sword-fighting cat hero before meeting Shrek and his friends.
'Immortals' (Nov. 11)
Who: Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff, Mickey Rourke, Kellan Lutz; directed by Tarsem Singh What: Greek warrior Theseus (Cavill) battles against imprisoned titans.
'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1' (Nov. 18)
Who: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner; directed by Bill Condon What: The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.
'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' (Nov. 18)
Who: Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Mark Strong; directed by Tomas Alfredson What: Based on the novel by John Le Carre, the film focuses on the bleak days of the Cold War, in which espionage veteran George Smiley (Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.
'The Descendants' (Nov. 23)
Who: George Clooney, Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Shailene Woodley; directed by Alexander Payne What: A land baron (Clooney) tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.
'The Muppets' (Nov. 23)
Who: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and the Muppet gang! Directed by James Bobin What: With the help of three fans, the Muppets must reunite in order to save their old studio from a greedy oil tycoon.