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“New Moon,” the biggest movie of the fall, won’t be out until after the leaves are off the trees. But there are plenty of reasons to make regular visits to the cinema before that. Megan Fox eats boys, Michael Jackson sings, men stare at goats, meatballs rain from the sky. And “The Road” is finally open.

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9 September

A band of courageous rag dolls fight for the survival of civilization in this cool-looking, post-apocalyptic fantasy produced by Tim Burton and directed by Shane Acker. Elijah Wood is No. 9 on your scorecard.

Jennifer’s Body

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19 September
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Megan Fox plays a cheerleader in a Minnesota farming town who seduces, then eats boys in this horror tale from the wacked mind of Diablo Cody (“Juno”). Scary, sexy, funny.

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

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18 September
Anna Faris and Bill Hader play the main characters in the adaption of the beloved children’s book about the town of Chewandswallow, where it rains soup and snows mashed potatoes.

The Informant

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18 September
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Matt Damon plays real-life executive Mark Whitacre, who blows the whistle on his agricultural company’s price fixing. Steven Soderbergh directs the dark comedy-thriller.

Fame

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25 September
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Not sure what to expect from this loose remake of the 1980 performing arts school musical. First-time feature director Kevin Tancharoen and no big-name stars. Naturi Naughton (“Notorious”) gets top billing.

Surrogates

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25 September

A sci-fi movie about robots and humans. Bruce Willis plays the good guy, which makes it worth watching. It also has the masterminds behind “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”

Capitalism: A Love Story


2 October
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Michael Moore examines the financial meltdown in his latest documentary. “It will be the perfect date movie,” Moore said. “It’s got it all — lust, passion, romance and 14,000 jobs being eliminated every day.”

The Invention of Lying

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2 October
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Ricky Gervais, whose underrated :Ghost Town” was ignored, hopes American audiences like this interesting story he co-wrote and co-directed about a world in which no one has ever lied.

A Serious Man

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2 October
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The Coen Brothers return with a black comedy, set in 1967, about a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother won’t move out of the house

Whip It

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2 October

A not so serious woman. Ellen Page is a rebellious teen who trades her beauty pageant crown for roller skates. Add Kristen Wiig to the fun. Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut.

Couples Retreat

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9 October

A comedy about four couples at a tropical-island resort from Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort’s therapy sessions is not optional.

Where The Wild Things Are

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16 October
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In his adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s children’s book, Spike Jonze puts actors in giant costumes (voiced by James Gandolfini and Forest Whitaker), rather than leaving the creatures to CGI.

The Road

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16 October
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John Hillcoat’s (“The Proposition”) adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel — expected to be a potential late 2008 Oscar contender — is finally here for better or worse. The post-apocalyptic tale stars Viggo Mortensen.

Amelia

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23 October
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Hilary Swank, always an Oscar threat, plays Amelia Earhart, the famous aviator who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937. Maybe she landed on the mysterious “Lost” island.

This Is It

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28 October

Michael Jackson fans get to see the late King of Pop prepare for what would have been his London comeback. This documentary, set for a limited two-week release, is taken from more than 100 hours of footage shot in L.A. between April and June.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

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6 November

Who wants to see this story again, even if Robert Zemeckis is directing and Jim Carrey is playing multiple characters — Scrooge, as well as the three ghosts (Past, Present, and Future).

The Men Who Stare At Goats

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6 November
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Great title but what does it mean? George Clooney plays a reporter in Iraq who finds a strange guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army’s First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers.

The Box

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6 November

Cameron Diaz and James Marsden face a moral dilemma. Push a button on this special box and receive a million dollars. If they do it, someone somewhere will die.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

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13 November
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Wes Anderson helms this stop-motion animated version of Roald Dahl’s children book. George Clooney voices Mr. Fox and Meryl Streep voices Mrs. Fox.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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20 November
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The eagerly-awaited second installment in Stephanie Meyer’s popular vampire has a bigger budget and a new director (Chris Weitz). Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner form the love triangle.

The Great Fall Preview Continues:

Part 1: Books
Part 2: Television
Part 3: DVDs and CDs