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It’s fall — time to break out the Oscar bait

Fall marks the official start of Oscar season. And yes, award shows may be silly but they challenge filmmakers, actors and everyone behind the scenes to put out their best effort.
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When it comes to fall films, it’s hard not to be optimistic. Contemplating new efforts from great directors like Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma is actually thrilling.

Fall marks the official start of Oscar season. And yes, award shows may be silly but they challenge filmmakers, actors and everyone behind the scenes to put out their best effort. The cynicism of summer box office numbers, at least for a while, can go back on the shelf. Movie fans can buy their tickets with the hope and anticipation that they could actually see a movie people will still be watching 20 years from now. This is the time of year that filmmaking once again becomes an art.

For fans of light fare of summer, don’t worry — there’s plenty of fun, scares and animated family films coming as well.

Movie fans should embrace the fall because, no matter what kind of films we enjoy, fall is about possibility. So let's take a look at the films coming our way from Sept. 15 to Nov. 10:

Fall Film Guide Sep. 15
Fall Film Guide Sep. 22
Black Flag with Dez Cadena from the movie American Hardcore
Black Flag with Dez Cadena from the movie American HardcoreAl Flipside
The Science of Sleep
Warner Independent Pictures
Fall Film Guide Sep. 27
L-R: Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson and James McAvoy in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
L-R: Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson and James McAvoy in THE LAST KING OF SCOTLANDNeil Davidson
Fall Film Guide Sep. 29
A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its belnd of art, music, politics, and carnality.
A group of New Yorkers caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its belnd of art, music, politics, and carnality.
L-r: LEONARDO DiCAPRIO, MARTIN SHEEN and MARK WAHLBERG in Warner Bros. Pictures' crime drama \"The Departed.\"
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L-r: LEONARDO DiCAPRIO, MARTIN SHEEN and MARK WAHLBERG in Warner Bros. Pictures' crime drama \"The Departed.\" PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE USED SOLELY FOR ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, PUBLICITY OR REVIEWS OF THIS SPECIFIC MOTION PICTURE AND TO REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDIO. NOT FOR SALE OR REDISTRIBUTION.
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“Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker”

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Ewan McGregor, Mickey Rourke, Bill Nighy, Sophie Okonedo, Alicia Silverstone, Damian Lewis, Stephen Fry, Missi PyleDirector: Geoffrey SaxStory: Based on the British teen books by Anthony Horowitz, Pettyfer stars as 14-year-old Alex Ryder, who gets drafted into the British MI6 when his uncle (McGregor) is killed. Little does he realize that his uncle actually has been training him for duty from early on. Alex must take on mastermind billionaire oilman Darrius Sayle (Rourke) in order to stop him from releasing a biological weapon. Buzz: This movie looks like a teen James Bond flick — our hero even uses many high-tech gadgets — so if Daniel Craig isn’t your taste, maybe you’d prefer Pettyfer. Director Sax (“White Noise”) has a background primarily in British TV; while Horowitz adapted his own books. Both are probably hoping that this British kid is as popular as Harry Potter. Web site: http://www.stormbreaker.com

Fall Film Guide Oct. 13
FILE: Robin Williams Checks In To Rehab For Alcoholism
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Fall Film Guide Oct. 20
Fall Film Guide Oct. 27
Fall Film Guide Nov 3
this photo is from the 2nd movie
this photo is from the 2nd movie
Fall Film Guide Nov. 10

Note: Dates are subject to change at studio whim.