Fall Film

A selective preview, compiled and written by Michael Atkinson, Ben Kenigsberg, Dennis Lim, and David Ng


CASA DE LOS BABYS
September 19

Marina de Van stars in one of the best films of the year, In My Skin.
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Marina de Van stars in one of the best films of the year, In My Skin.

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The season's worst title, and hardly top-shelf John Sayles by the look of it: Six fashionably semi-neurotic Western women (Daryl Hannah, Marcia Gay Harden, Susan Lynch, Lili Taylor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Mary Steenburgen) are stranded in a South American city waiting for the local bureaucracy to green-light their adoption requests.


DEMONLOVER
September 19

Fearlessly experimental, Olivier Assayas's masterpiece cyber-trips through a virtual battlefield of manga-porn-hoarding multinationals before shape-shifting into the ungraspable, binary essence of itself. This first great film of the millennium defies all rational explanation, but it'll scorch a permanent space in your mental hard disk.


IN THIS WORLD
September 19

Michael Winterbottom channels the Iranian new wave in his Golden Bear-winning pseudo-doc that follows two young refugees on their journey from Pakistan to London. Stunning DV photography and uncute performances by the self-playing leads redeem what could've been a feature-length UNICEF promo.


TO BE AND TO HAVE
September 19

Nicolas Philibert, often called the French Frederick Wiseman, trains his patient, unobtrusive eye on a rural schoolhouse. Dictation and arithmetic have never been this enthralling.


UNDERWORLD
September 19

Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman are genus-crossed lovers in an ancient war between vampires and werewolves.


YOSSI & JAGGER
September 24

Gaysploitation goes global with a "don't ask, don't tell" romance from Israel.


DUPLEX

September 26

Because rent control prevents them from getting her booted, Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore attempt to kill the batty old woman in the apartment upstairs. Directed by Danny DeVito.


THE RUNDOWN
September 26

The Rock and Seann William Scott hunt for hidden loot, scuffle with greasy psychopath Christopher Walken, and blow shit up in the process. Peter Berg directs.


THE HUMAN STAIN
October 3

Philip Roth's Clintonian allegory becomes Miramax Oscar fodder. Anthony Hopkins plays a professor persecuted by the p.c. police; Nicole Kidman (affecting a woozy-floozy patois) is the unlikely keeper of his secret.


OUT OF TIME
October 3

Carl Franklin and Denzel Washington reunite for another detective story. Washington is a framed Florida police chief rushing to solve a double homicide before his colleagues discover he's a suspect.


THE SCHOOL OF ROCK
October 3

The combined psychosis of Richard Linklater (director), Mike White (screenwriter), and Jack Black (star) would seem to guarantee at least a few unhinged moments, even if the premise (an aspiring rocker becomes a substitute teacher) sounds a little too Daddy Day Care.


THE STATION AGENT
October 3

An audience hit at Sundance, Tom McCarthy's debut feature brings together a reclusive dwarf, a bereft painter, and a loquacious hot-dog vendor. The scenario is fatally cute, but the bullshit-free acting—especially from four-foot-five Peter Dinklage—defuses the land mines.


WONDERLAND
October 3

Celeb biopics can be a rip, and this is a humdinger: a police procedural based on the 1981 L.A. quadruple-murder case in which super-schlong porn-freak John Holmes was implicated. Directed by nobody James Cox, the upshot is impossible to forecast, but Val Kilmer, heading a massive cast as Holmes, will be something to see.


BUS 174
October 8

Providing a front-row seat to a hijacking of a Rio bus, Jose Padilha's psychologically acute doc simultaneously traces the poverty-to-crime trajectory that awaits too many of the City of God's street kids.


MYSTIC RIVER
October 8

Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon play reunited childhood buddies in Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's bestseller. Prizeless at Cannes, it nevertheless headlines this year's New York Film Festival and could be the studio

pic of the season.


THE FLOWER OF EVIL
October 10

Like a grandfather clock made of stainless steel, Claude Chabrol continues his annual factory production of lean, mean, sophisticated demi-noirs, this time focusing on a bourgeois family up to its earlobes in closeted skeletons and psychological affliction. Nathalie Baye is the matriarch and The Piano Teacher's Benoit Magimel the mature son.


INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
October 10

An old Coen script returns to the brothers with a clutch of rewriters' names attached, pitting George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones against each other in a Chayefsky-meets-Tex Avery divorce-lawyer farce. Geoffrey Rush, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cedric the Entertainer grab the ludicrous dialogue and run.


PORN THEATER
October 10

The favorite character actor of directors Andre Techiné and Claire Denis, Jacques Nolot directs and stars in this romantic drama about a day in the life of a Parisian porn house.


RUNAWAY JURY
October 17

Be still our hearts—an honest-to-God John Grisham courtroom thriller. Good cast, though: Gene Hackman, John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz.


SYLVIA
October 17

It had to happen: Sylvia Plath gets her own biopic, ending in the oven. Who better to cast than Gwyneth Paltrow as Sylvia, and Blythe Danner as her imperious mom? The director is a rookie, and Daniel Craig (the worm in Road to Perdition) is a tepid choice for Ted Hughes, but today, if you're going to finally drive the Plath convertible all the way off the cliff, the lovably tragic Paltrow family should ride shotgun.


THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
October 17

The Tobe Hooper original—which grows nastier and more metaphorically explosive with each passing year, due to the all-too-convincing 1970s daylight as much as to the cannibal family vaudeville—gets inevitably remade, with prettier teenagers.

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