Fall movie preview: The good, the bad and the really intriguing
All release dates are subject to change. "Limited" means limited markets for that date -- i.e. not Central Florida -- wider release dates also included where known. Oct. 9

Couples Retreat (Universal) Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Faizon Love, Jon Favreau and Justin Bateman are in this all-star comedy about couples trapped in a resort where they're forced to fix their relationships.

The Informant (Warner Bros.) Matt Damon stars in this Steven Soderbergh farce about a real-life whistle blower who was almost as dirty as the folks he was blowing the whistle on.


Bronson (Magnolia) Tom Hardy stars in this historical heist picture about a Brit robber who spent much of his life behind bars, where he earned the nickname Charles Bronson.

Whip It (Fox Searchlight) Ellen Page, Juliette Lewis and Kristen Wiig join star and director Drew Barrymore for this lady-roller-derby dramedy.

Oct. 16

Law Abiding Citizen (Overture) Gerard Butler stars in this thriller about a man whose family was murdered who then takes the law into his own hands when the justice system fails him.


The Stepfather (Screen Gems) This is a remake of the 1987 thriller about the man who tries to kill off a family he has married into that isn't working out. Sela Ward and Amber Heard are among the stars.

Where the Wild Things Are (Warner Bros.) The Spike Jonze version of Maurice Sendak's classic children's fantasy book stars Forest Whitaker, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo and Catherine O'Hara.

Oct. 23

Amelia (Fox Searchlight) Mira Nair's biography of aviation legend Amelia Earhart stars Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

Astro Boy (Summit) Another animated Japanese TV series from the '60s earns a big-screen outing, with the voices of Nicolas Cage, Eugene Levy and Freddie Highmore as the robot, Astro Boy.

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (Universal) Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek and, as a vampire, John C. Reilly, are prime attractions at a "freak show" circus that a young boy (Chris Massoglia) falls into.

Ong Bak 2 (Magnolia) More Thai martial-arts action starring and directed by Tony Jaa, with this vengeance tale set in medieval Thailand

Saw VI (Lionsgate) The slasher series that will never die until YOU people stop buying tickets makes its annual Halloween Eve return.

Oct. 28

Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT (Columbia) High School Musical director Kenny Ortega is editing this documentary, using the rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for what was to be a world tour prior to his untimely death last summer.