Can fall films make up for summer slop?

Cole Krug, Staff Writer

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                 Now that all the summer cinema garbage has been taken to the curb (excluding Inception and Toy Story 3), the time for “good movies” is now. This fall looks promising enough to even compensate moviegoers for what the summer seriously lacked.

              Right off the bat, The Town, starring and directed by Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, bursts into theaters this Friday. The film takes place in Boston, “the bank robbery capital of America.” Affleck plays an experienced thief who becomes attracted to one of his hostages (Rebecca Hall) in a high stakes heist, and is trying to evade the FBI agent (Jon Hamm) hunting him and his squad. Other cast members include Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker), Chris Cooper (American Beauty), Blake Lively (Accepted), and Pete Postlethwaite (Inception). The Town looks to be Affleck’s third blockbuster film as a director.

              Also debuting on September 17 is M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil. Shyamalan is notorious for making absolutely horrible movies – Lady In The Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender – however, this film could be his redeeming moment. Despite popular belief, Shyamalan did not direct Devil, but rather wrote the story (not the actual screenplay) and produced it. Devil is about five strangers trapped in an elevator who realize that one of them is Satan. With Shyamalan out of the director’s seat, this film may just stand a chance in the box office and in the eyes of the critics.

Another dark film, starring Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal), is slated to be one of the best films of 2010. Buried is about a man who wakes up to find himself buried alive, without knowing why, and has only a cell phone and a lighter to try to get himself rescued before his air runs out in 90 minutes. England’s The Times hails it as “a masterclass in invention and surprise.” Ain’t It Cool News calls it “claustrophobic, suspenseful, and just plain awesome.” Buried will be in select theaters on September 24th, and will be released everywhere October 8th.

The untold story of the creation of Facebook is coming out on October 1st. Although it sounds like a movie about Facebook would be humorous or light-hearted (or just plain terrible), don’t be so quick to judge. Jessie Einberg, Rashida Jones, and Justin Timberlake star in The Social Network, directed by David Fincher. Fincher’s movies tend to have extremely dark undertones (Fight Club, Zodiac, Panic Room, Se7en), and The Social Network follows suit – complete with a score written by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). The film’s tagline, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies,” foreshadows the mood that Fincher loves to portray (and does so masterfully), and also reassures audiences to expect nothing less than fantastic.

Other movies to check out in late October include Paranormal Activity 2, Saw 3D, and The Company Men.

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