Now that the summer of sequels finally has ended, Hollywood has a message for adults: It's safe to get back in the theaters again.

The fall always looks great from a Labor Day perspective as the studios and indie distributors prepare to unveil their Oscar hopefuls. Stars such as Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman (x2), Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Anthony Hopkins and Renee Zellweger will be back in the game, as will directors Quentin Tarantino, Ron Howard, Tim Burton, Edward Zwick, Anthony Minghella, Jane Campion and Peter Jackson (who made the one follow-up we really want to see: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King").

Of course, we won't know whether the movies live up to the buildup until we actually see them. So here's the lineup of what looks like a typically crowded fall field. For what it's worth, the director's previous movie, if there is one, is listed in parentheses, and as always, the dates are subject to change.


"Alien."Director: Ridley Scott ("Matchstick Men"). Stars: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright. Will those hideous slimy creatures burst out of anyone else's skin in this "director's cut" of the 1979 space chiller? One can only dream. Oct. 31.

"Die Mommie Die." Director: Mark Rucker. Stars: Charles Busch, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Priestley. In an homage to Hollywood melodramas, a former star kills one man to be with another. Oct. 31.

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." Directors: Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain ("9/11"). Documentary detailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's chaotic 48 hours in 2002 that found him briefly deposed and local government in upheaval. Oct. 31.


"Brother Bear."Directors: Aaron Blaise & Robert Walker. Voices: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Jason Raize. A boy magically transformed into a bear befriends a bear cub in this animated tale driven by Phil Collins songs. Nov. 1.

"The Matrix Revolutions."Directors: The Wachowski Brothers ("The Matrix Reloaded"). Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss. The final chapter in this leather-and-cyberspace trilogy with comic book sensibilities and philosophical underpinnings. Nov. 5.

"Anything But Love." Director: Isabel Rose. Stars: Rose, Andrew McCarthy, Cameron Bancroft. This throwback Technicolor-style fable finds a striving female singer of old pop standards torn between her fiance and her accompanist. Nov. 7.

"Elephant." Director: Gus Van Sant ("Gerry"). Stars: Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson. Working in his experimental mode, Van Sant won the Cannes Palme d'Or for his naturalistic take on the Columbine high-school shooting tragedy. Nov. 7.

"Elf." Director: Jon Favreau ("Made"). Stars: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel. A rather tall, doughy human (Ferrell), raised as one of Santa's elves, returns to the big city. Nov. 7.

"The Flower of Evil."Director: Claude Chabrol ("Merci pour le Chocolat"). Stars: Nathalie Baye, Benoît Magimel, Suzanne Flon. Venerable director's latest finds French politics and family histories clashing to reveal a scandalous past. Nov. 7.

"21 Grams." Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Amores Perros"). Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, Naomi Watts. The story intertwines three emotionally and physically troubled people. The title refers to how much weight your body supposedly loses when you die. Nov. 14.

"The Embalmer."Director: Matteo Garrone ("Roman Summer") Stars: Ernesto Mahieux, Valerio Foglia Manzillo. An aging taxidermist finds an energetic young apprentice. Nov. 14.

"Hukkle." Director: György Pálfi. Stars: Ferenc Bandi, József Forkas, Attila Kaszás. A Hungarian filmmaker follows the residents of a small town while murder brews in the background. Nov. 14.

"Looney Tunes: Back in Action."Director: Joe Dante ("Small Soldiers"). Stars: Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin. Warners cartoon critics team up with live-action Fraser and Elfman to the battle evil, buck-toothed Martin and to find the mythical Blue Monkey Diamond. Nov. 14.

"Love Actually."Director: Richard Curtis. Stars: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney. Directorial debut of "Four Weddings and a Funeral"/"Notting Hill" screenwriter Curtis is a sprawling romantic comedy interweaving multiple storylines on Christmas Eve in London. Nov. 14.