- Rachel Getting Married: Our gal Anne Hathaway is receiving the best notices of her career (including plenty of Oscar talk) as a rebellious daughter fresh out of rehab for her sister's wedding. This dysfunctional family drama is directed by Jonathan Demme and also stars Debra Winger (where have you been?), Bill Irwin and Rosemarie DeWitt.
- Beverly Hills Chihuahua: No Oscar talk here, but this Disney frolic should please the family crowd as well as dog lovers everywhere. Jamie Lee Curtis (where have you been?), Piper Perabo and Michael Urie star, along with the voices of Drew Barrymore, George Lopez and Andy Garcia.
- Blindness: Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo headline this apocalyptic thriller, set in a city that is suffering from an epidemic of sudden blindness, from City of God helmer Fernando Meirelles. Danny Glover and Gael García Bernal co-star.
- Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: A five-minute ruse turns into an unforgettable night for the title characters (Michael Cera and Kat Dennings), who spend the evening trekking across New York's queercore punk scene. Even the Nellie Olesons make an appearance. Based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
- Flash of Genius: In this "David and Goliath" biopic, Greg Kinnear plays the former, the inventor of the intermittent windshield wipers who goes up against Big Auto when they steal his idea. Lauren Graham, Alan Alda and Dermot Mulroney also star.
- How to Lose Friends & Alienate People: Simon Pegg is a British journalist (not named Toby Jones) lured to a high profile New York magazine (not named Vanity Fair) in this comedy based on Jones' memoir. Jeff Bridges, Kirsten Dunst, Gillian Anderson and Megan Fox also star.
- The Express: Dennis Quaid is in familiar territory -- a based on a true story sports movie -- as the coach of the first African American football player (Rob Brown) to win the Heisman Trophy.
- Religulous: Bill Maher's incendiary documentary takes him around the world to examine -- and poke holes in -- different religious faiths.
- An American Carol: This Dickensian right wing satire (directed by David Zucker) finds a Michael Moore type (Kevin Farley, Chris' brother) facing the ghosts of Republicans past. Kelsey Grammer, Leslie Nielsen, Dennis Hopper, Jon Voight, James Woods and Gary Coleman also star.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The Latest in Theaters: Obsessions and Addictions
This week's new releases offer plenty to feed your obsession or satisfy your addiction ... to movies: