SEPTEMBER



SEPTEMBER
"WIMBLEDON"
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Paul Bettany, Sam Neill and Jon Favreau.
Director: Richard Loncraine.
Release date: Sept. 17.
Genre: Romantic comedy.
The 411: Struggling pro tennis player Peter Colt (Bettany) gets to play in the revered Wimbledon tournament as a wild card. His luck begins to change in more ways than one when he meets bona fide tennis star Lizzie Bradbury (Dunst).
"SKY CAPTAIN AND THEWORLD OF TOMORROW"
Starring: Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Giovanni Ribisi, Bai Ling, Omid Djalili and Angelina Jolie.
Director: Kerry Conran.
Release date: Sept. 17.
Genre: Action adventure.
The 411: Paltrow and Law play scientists who must stop an evil doctor from blowing up the planet. "Sky Captain" marks the first time that a movie was filmed in its entirety against a blue screen; digital technology enabled the makers to fill in special effects later.
"MR. 3000"
Starring: Bernie Mac, Angela Bassett, Brian J. White and Tom Arnold.
Director: Charles Stone III.
Release date: Sept. 17.
Genre: Comedy.
The 411: "Mr. 3000" is the nickname of a baseball slugger who is forced out of retirement at age 47 to claim the title he didn't earn after all.
"FIRST DAUGHTER"
Starring: Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Michael Keaton, Amerie Rogers, Margaret Colin and Lela Rochon Fuque.
Director: Forest Whitaker.
Release date: Sept. 24.
Genre: Romance.
The 411: Going off to college isn't the same when your father is president of the United States. Samantha MacKenzie (Holmes) leaves the White House for a dorm, where she becomes smitten with the resident adviser (Blucas). Turns out he's a Secret Service agent who's supposed to be guarding her.
"THE FORGOTTEN"
Starring: Julianne Moore, Alfre Woodard, Gary Sinise, Anthony Edwards, Dominic West and Christopher Kovaleski.
Director: Joseph Ruben.
Release date: Sept. 24.
Genre: Thriller.
The 411: Julianne Moore plays a mother who grieves for the 8-year-old son she lost, but a psychiatrist tells her the boy is a figment of her imagination. She questions her sanity until she meets a grieving father who receives the same diagnosis.
OCTOBER
"SHARK TALE"
Starring: Voices of Will Smith, Robert DeNiro, Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black and Martin Scorsese.
Director: Eric "Bibo" Bergeron and Vicky Jenson.
Release date: Oct. 1.
Genre: Animated comedy.
The 411: Oscar (Smith) is a little fish with a big mouth and bigger ego. He spins a yarn about slaying the son of the underwater mob boss, which wins him the admiration and respect of his peers until his story begins to unravel.
"LADDER 49"
Starring: John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Jacinda Barrett and Morris Chestnut.
Director: Jay Russell.
Release date: Oct. 1.
Genre: Action drama.
The 411: A trapped firefighter (Phoenix) awaiting rescue from a burning building reflects on his life at home and on the job. Travolta is the fire chief.
"A SOUND OF THUNDER"
Starring: Edward Burns, Catherine McCormack and Ben Kingsley.
Director: Peter Hyams.
Release date: Oct. 8.
Genre: Sci-fi action adventure.
The 411: Inspired by a Ray Bradbury short story, the movie stars Kingsley as owner of a lucrative time-travel business that provides Prehistoric Age hunting trips for the wealthy. Ah, but something goes wrong for one group, and the future of the human race is in jeopardy unless a scout (Burns) and the time-travel technology inventor (McCormack) can do something about it.
"FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS"
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund and Tim McGraw.
Director: Peter Berg.
Release date: Oct. 8.
Genre: Drama.
The 411: The road to a high school football championship match is a bumpy one for the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas. Inspired by a best-selling book by H.G. Bissinger, "Friday Night Lights" follows the coach (played by Thornton), players, parents and fans as they reach for their dreams, experience triumph and try to resolve conflicts.
"TAXI"
Starring: Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Ann-Margret, Gisele Bundchen, Henry Simmons and Jennifer Esposito.
Director: Tim Story.
Release date: Oct. 8.
Genre: Action comedy.
The 411: Fallon is a gung-ho undercover cop in pursuit of female bank robbers; Latifah is the New York cabbie who keeps him in the chase with her souped-up ride and driving skills.
"SIDEWAYS"
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh.
Director: Alexander Payne.
Release date: Oct. 20.
Genre: Comedy-drama.
The 411: One impending wedding leads to two mid-life crises for unlikely friends Jack (Church) and Miles (Giamatti), who celebrate Jack's waning days of youth and bachelorhood by sowing some wild oats. Ah, but all parties eventually end.
"ALFIE"
Starring: Jude Law, Marisa Tomei, Omar Epps, Nia Long, Jane Krakowski, Sienna Miller and Susan Sarandon.
Director: Charles Shyer.
Release date: Oct. 22.
Genre: Romantic drama.
The 411: Law stars in this remake of a 1960s film about a playboy who begins to reassess the value of bachelorhood.
"FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX"
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Giovanni Ribisi, Tyrese, Hugh Laurie and Sticky Fingaz.
Director: John Moore.
Release date: Oct. 22.
Genre: Action-adventure.
The 411: A plane crashes in the Mongolian desert. The survivors attempt to build a new plane.
"RAY"
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Terrence Dashon Howard, Larenz Tate, Richard Schiff, Aunjanue Ellis, Sharon Warren and Regina King.
Director: Taylor Hackford.
Release date: Oct. 29.
Genre: Biographical drama.
The 411: "Ray" is the story of legendary singer Ray Charles, who died earlier this year. He was a poor boy in Georgia who watched his younger brother die in an accident and lost his vision before he was 8 years old. Reared by his mother to be independent, Charles had a gift for music that made his a genre-bending success and a segregation-buster in his own right. He also had personal demons to fight -- namely, drug addiction.
"I (HEART) HUCKABEES"
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Huppert, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts.
Director: David O. Russell.
Release date: TBA.
Genre: Comedy.
The 411: Albert Markovski (Schwartzman) tries to get to the bottom of a series of confusion coincidences by hiring existential detectives (Hoffman and Tomlin) to analyze his unsatisfying life. Albert's nemesis, Huckabees retail superstores executive Brad Stand (Law), hires the same detectives, and they turn his ideal personal life upside-down.
NOVEMBER
"ALEXANDER"
Starring: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer and Anthony Hopkins.
Director: Oliver Stone.
Release date: Nov. 5.
Genre: Action adventure drama.
The 411: Stone puts his spin on the life story of Alexander the Great, world conqueror and empire-builder who changed history but died young and lonely.
"THE INCREDIBLES"
Starring: Voices of Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Craig T. Nelson, John Ratzenberger and Wallace Shawn.
Director: Brad Bird.
Release date: Nov. 5.
Genre: Animated comedy.
The 411: A superhero family tries to live low in the suburbs, but duty calls when the world needs to be saved from destruction.
"THE POLAR EXPRESS"
Starring: Tom Hanks.
Director: Robert Zemeckis.
Release date: Nov. 10.
Genre: Family adventure.
The 411: Kids love the Chris Van Allsburg book that inspired this movie, about a skeptical boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole and learns in the power of believing.
"KINSEY"
Starring: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt and Dylan Baker.
Director: Bill Condon.
Release date: Nov. 12.
Genre: Drama.
The 411: "Kinsey" refers to author Alfred Kinsey, whose 1948 book "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" shocked a society that wasn't used to talking openly about sex. The story is about Kinsey's quest to open up discussion as well as a study of human behavior.
"THE RINGER"
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Brian Cox and Katherine Heigl.
Director: Barry Blaustein.
Release date: Nov. 12.
Genre: Comedy.
The 411: What's so funny about pretending to be intellectually challenged? Knoxville, star of the MTV reality series "Jackass," plays a guy who can't get ahead in the corporate world, so he fakes his way into the Special Olympics in order to pay off a debt. The true contestants know his dirty little secret, but they enlist his help in dethroning the cocky winner of the last games.
"BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON"
Starring: Ren & eacute;e Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones and Jacinda Barrett.
Director: Beeban Kidron.
Release date: Nov. 19.
Genre: Comedy.
The 411: Picking up where "Bridget Jones's Diary" left off, the plump, outspoken title character (Zellweger) is consumed with self-doubt as she fights to keep her handsome boyfriend, lawyer Mark Darcy (Firth), out of the clutches of his new, attractive intern. Bridget's former boss and selfish lover, Daniel Cleaver (Grant), adds to her problems.
"THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE"
Starring: Voices of Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Tom Kenny, Carolyn Lawrence, Dougles Lawrence and Jill Talley.
Director: Stephen Hillenburg.
Release date: Nov. 19.
Genre: Animation.
The 411: SpongeBob and the residents of Bikini Bottom are moving from the tube to the silver screen for the first time. Beloved as he is among the youngest audiences, it'll still take some doing to make this appear to be more than a stretched-out TV episode.
DECEMBER
"OCEAN'S TWELVE"
Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Vincent Cassel, Elliott Gould, Eddie Jemison and Carl Reiner.
Director: Steven Soderbergh.
Release date: Dec. 10.
Genre: Drama.
The 411: The "Ocean's Eleven" remake of 2001, starring Clooney as lead con man in a band of thieves and Roberts as his angry but still-in-love ex-wife, sizzled enough to warrant this sequel. Pitt, Damon, Garcia, Cheadle, Mac, Gould and Reiner return for Round Two; Zeta-Jones is new to the ensemble.
"LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIESOF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS"
Starring: Jim Carrey, Timothy Spall, Liam Aiken, Emily Browning and Meryl Streep, with Jude Law as the voice of Lemony Snicket.
Director: Brad Silberling.
Release date: Dec. 17.
Genre: Family adventure-fantasy.
The 411: When Harry Potter's reign atop children's best-selling books lists ended, Lemony Snicket took over. Lemony Snicket narrates the story of three orphans who are due to inherit a large sum of money, unless their greedy distant relative, Count Olaf (Carrey) gets his hands on it first. The siblings escape Olaf's home and take up residence with an odd collection of family and acquaintances.
"MEET THE FOCKERS"
Starring: Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo and Barbra Streisand.
Director: Jay Roach.
Release date: Dec. 22.
Genre: Comedy.
The 411: The 2000 movie "Meet the Parents" introduced male nurse Greg Focker (Stiller) to his uptight future in-laws (DeNiro and Danner). Now it's time for them to meet Greg's laid-back parents (Hoffman and Streisand). What happens when cold and warm air collide? A storm, of course, and it could ruin the wedding.
"SYNERGY"
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson, Marg Helgenberger, David Paymer, Clark Gregg, Philip Baker Hall and Selma Blair.
Director: Paul Weitz.
Release date: Dec. 29.
Genre: Comedy.
The 411: The concept of synergy is taken to new levels when former magazine ad sales leader Dan Foreman (Quaid) is demoted in a corporate takeover and gets a cross-promotion-minded boss, Carter Duryea (Grace), who is half his age. Foreman has no choice but to hang on, with two teenage daughters at home and his wife's unexpected pregnancy. Then Duryea, whose wife left him, begins a relationship with Foreman's daughter Alex (Johansson).
"ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'STHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA"
Starring: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, Simon Callow, Ciaran Hind and Minnie Driver.
Director: Joel Schumacher.
Release date: TBA.
Genre: Musical drama.
The 411: It's not just a Broadway blockbuster anymore. A beautiful young soprano falls under the spell of a disfigured man with a talent for music and for haunting a Paris opera house. He becomes her mentor and develops a romantic infatuation with her.
"SURVIVING CHRISTMAS"
Starring: Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate and Catherin O'Hara.
Director: Mike Mitchell.
Release date: TBA.
Genre: Comedy.
The 411: A lonely guy longs for the joy of Christmases past, so he returns to his childhood home -- where another family now lives. Drew Latham (Affleck) uses money to get the Valcos (Gandolfini and O'Hara) to adopt him for the season, but eldest Valco daughter Alicia (Applegate) puts her foot down when she returns home.

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