Where the Wild Things Are — Oct. 16
The beloved book by Maurice Sendak will be coming to the big screen this October with two of today’s most brilliant artistic minds at the helm — author (and fellow Illini) Dave Eggers and director Spike Jonze. While many might be scratching their heads at how ten sentences could become a feature length film, the world the two have created promises to be one of pure and beautiful child-like fantasy. With the thumbs up from Sendak himself, Where the Wild Things Are just might prove to be one of those rare and glorious children’s films to be remembered for years to come. I say let the “wild rumpus” begin.
A Serious Man — Oct. 2 (limited release)
The Coen brothers return this fall, still hot off the rampant success of their last drama, No Country For Old Men, with something both familiar and completely different. Abandoning their usual cast of actors (there’ll be no Frances McDormand this time around), A Serious Man stars unknown actor, Michael Stuhlbarg, as protagonist Larry Gopnik. Set in 1960s suburban Minnesota, Larry’s life begins to crumble as he seeks help and guidance from his local rabbis. The trailer does an outstanding job at setting up the film and suggesting the way Larry is being beaten down by forces out of his control. It seems once again that the Coen’s can do no wrong.
The Men Who Stare at Goats — Nov. 6
Based on a shocking and seemingly ludicrous true story, The Men Who Stare at Goats is about an experimental U.S. military unit that is trained to attack not with their weapons, but with their minds. Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) is one such operative on a mission and reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is determined to follow alongside him and, hopefully, get the story of a lifetime. Clooney seems to flourish in quirkier roles (O Brother Where Art Thou?, Burn After Reading) and this film looks to be no exception. If the rest of the cast can keep up, this looks like it might be the go-to dark comedy of the fall.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox — Nov. 25
Wes Anderson treks new territory with his latest film, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which uses stop-motion animation to create Anderson’s vision. Famous for his pseudo-indie fare like Rushmore and most recently, The Darjeeling Limited, Mr. Fox should prove an interesting change in Anderson’s repertoire. He does, however, return to some old favorites with his cast of voice actors (most notably, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman), but whether this film, which is another remake of a childhood classic (Roald Dahl’s book of the same name), can stand up against Where the Wild Things Are remains to be seen. Nonetheless, it looks to add a spice of life to the otherwise predictable kids’ film fare.

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