With absolute garbage spilling into theaters this weekend — if you were expecting actual reviews for Sorority Row and Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself we apologize — Peter Travers uses this week’s At the Movies to get you revved up for autumn with his Fall Movie Preview, spotlighting all the Oscar-bound films and the Scum Bucket-worthy debacles heading to a multiplex near you this season. The biggest directors and actors are all making a play for awards season gold or Christmas dollars, so let Travers help navigate you between the must-see films and the don’t-see flops.
With the Academy Awards’ Best Picture category expanded from five films to 10, James Cameron’s Avatar, the Titanic director’s first film since, well, Titanic, seems like a lock for a nod. The less-than-impressive teaser trailer already has the movie-loving message boards worried, but Travers insists that after seeing 40 minutes of the spectacular” 3D footage, it’s Cameron’s Best Picture category to lose. Also in the Oscar hunt are Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, which might net George Clooney a Best Actor trophy, and the musical Nine, which stars Daniel Day Lewis and is partly based on Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2.
So what’s to avoid? For starters, the sixth installment of the Saw series, mysteriously titled Saw VI. There’s also Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, which could be the worst name for a movie since Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself. There’s also Jim Carrey in A Christmas Carol, Harrison Ford in Brooklyn’s Finest and John Cusack in the world-destroying 2012. Avoid, avoid, avoid. You’ll be better off saving the money you would’ve spent on this trash and buying presents for loved ones this holiday season.
Travers also breaks down upcoming films from acclaimed directors like Terrence Malick, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze and Lars von Trier, so check out his Fall Movie Preview above.