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    Fall Movie Preview


    Jennifer’s Body

    As if high school wasn’t scary enough, here comes the story of Jennifer — a young cheerleader played by Transformer’s Megan Fox — who is sacrificed to the devil by a local rock band looking to gain success and gets possessed by a demon. Amanda Seyfried (Mammia Mia) plays Needy, the shy best friend of Jennifer. After Jennifer’s sacrifice Needy starts to realize that her former best friend isn’t acting her usual self lately and learns she is feeding off the flesh of the boys in their school. Only trouble is no one believes her. It’s up Needy to stand up to Jennifer and stop her from finishing off the entire male student body at their high school. ‘Jennifer’s Body’ seems like an action thriller that gives high-schoolers another reason to fear going back to school this fall. It hits theaters on Sept.19.

    Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself

    Director and writer Tyler Perry is at it again. In his seventh directorial movie Tyler Perry reprises his role as the Southernm wisecracking, lovable matriarch Mabel Madea Simmons in ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself.’ This movie focuses on three young siblings who are sent to live with their only relative April, played by Taraji P. Henson, after breaking into Madea’s home. April, a selfish heavy drinker and nightclub singer, however, doesn’t want anything to do with her niece and nephews. The children are searching for a place to belong and April is searching for hope and faith in life. In true Tyler Perry fashion this movie promises to have lots of heart and lots of laugh so bring some tissues for the Sept. 11 release.


    ‘9’ is the post-apocalyptic animated adventure story produced by the famous Tim Burton. In Burton’s latest animated movie humanity is fighting to stay alive in a world where machines have fought back against mankind. This movie promises to follow Burton’s tradition of using animation in a film with themes and issues aimed at adults. Catch Burton’s latest movie Sept. 9.


    Whip It

    Ellen Page stars in Drew Barrymore’s directorial film debut ‘Whip It’ about a young indie-rock misfit (Page) from Bodeen, Texas who does not fit the image of what her mother thinks a young woman should be. Page’s character, Bliss, comes across a team of female roller derby players — Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wig, Juliette Lewis, Eve, and Ari Graynor — while on a shopping trip. Bliss eventually joins the roller derby league and finds that she has found her true passion. Barrymore’s film comes out Oct. 2.

    Couples Retreat

    ‘Couples Retreat’ is a comedy that follows four couples and their different relationships. Kristen Bell and Jason Bateman star as a married couple that are trying to make their marriage work by going on a couple’s retreat and sign up their married friends as part of a group package. Among there group of friends is Kristen Davis and Jon Favreau who play a married couple who, on the surface, appear to have a perfect relationship but are each engaging in affairs. Vince Vaughn and Malin Akerman play the only couple in the film that appears to have a solid marriage. Also starring is Fazion Love whose character is an entering a new relationship with a younger woman played by Kali Hawk.

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Writer Maurice Sendak’s children’s book hits the big screen in a live-action movie of the same name. ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ is the story of Max, a young boy dressed in a wolf costume who creates an imaginary world to escape to after his mother sends him to his room without supper. There, wild and mysterious monsters roam a forest. Discover where the wild things are Oct. 16.


    A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens’ famous holiday story ‘A Christmas Carol’ is undergoing another adaption this fall season. This animated adaption features Jim Carrey as the cranky Ebenezer Scrooge as well as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come. In the teaser trailer Jim Carrey is almost unrecognizable in role as Scrooge. Though the story is nothing new, this adaption provides a new flip on an old story with graphics that will not disappoint. ‘A Christmas Carol’ comes out in theaters Nov. 6.


    John Cusack stars as a father in ‘2012’ — a story in which, in accordance with the Mayan calendar and science, the world ends in the year 2012. As humanity sees its world falling apart before its eyes, humans fight to stay alive and protect their families. For those who are planning to see this movie they should expect lots of explosions, crashes and action.

    New Moon

    ‘New Moon’ is the second film adaption of Stephanie Myer’s vampire book series. The film follows where the first leaves off. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) celebrates her 18th birthday with boyfriend Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and his vampire family that ends with Bella’s life in danger. Cullen breaks up with Swan after this incident in an attempt to give her a normal and safe life. After Edward leaves her Bella grows closer to her family friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). As their friendship grows Bella learns that Jacob and his family have a secret of their own and have a history with the Cullen family. Catch ‘New Moon’ in theaters Nov. 20.


    The Lovely Bones

    Based on the novel by Alice Sebold, ‘Lovely Bones’ follows protagonist Susie Salmon and her family played by Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Rose Mcluver, and Susan Sarandon. Susie played by Saoirse Ronan is a 14-year-old girl who narrates the story of her rape and murder in December of 1973 as she looks down on her family from her personal heaven. If the movie is half as good as Sebold’s novel it will be worth spending the money to go see in theaters. The story of Susie, Salmon like the fish, comes out Dec. 11.

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