Here are my top 5 anticipated films, in wide-release, for fall 2010:

1. Machete
Release Date: September 3

The battle-tested, rugged mug of Danny Trejo headlines this Robert Rodriguez B-movie flick. Trejo plays an ex-Federale, properly named Machete, in the process of painting his masterpiece of ultra-violent revenge against his former employer. Rodriguez has acquired an all-star cast, utilizing the looks of Jessica Alba, the old school talent of Robert DeNiro, the cool-factor of Don Johnson, the action savvy of Steven Seagal, and the potential Lindsay Lohan had. This flick is in my must-see films of 2010 because of Rodriguez’s ability to deliver gritty action with a side of dark comedy, topped off with a big gulp of cool. Simply put, this film looks like it will inject the cinema playing field with an escape that’s equivalent to the ideal California burrito: delectably essential junk.

Recommended flicks to hold you over: Planet Terror, The Faculty, and Desperado.

2. The Town
Release Date: September 17

Ben Affleck surprised many with his directing abilities in 2007 with Gone Baby, Gone, as most critics praised the film. In The Town, Affleck not only directs, but takes the lead role as Doug MacRay, a professional thief who falls for a bank manager. MacRay attempts to maintain an intimate  relationship with someone outside his world, as well as fend off an aggressive FBI agent on his tail. The recently Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner is also in the mix, taking a supporting role. The complexity of the dual life of a thief is what anchors my interest in the film, along with the talent involved. There are an abundance of films about thieves, but they never get old if done right because thieves are modern-day pirates, living closer to freedom than people walking the straight line. This has the potential for Affleck to deliver a stunning one-two punch, consisting of showing his directing abilities once again and showcasing that he can be an impressive actor.

Recommended flicks to hold you over: Heat, Point Break, and Thief

3. Due Date
Release Date: November 5

Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis each starred in two of the most successful comedies in the past several years: The Hangover and Tropic Thunder. In November they will team up, along with Jamie Foxx, to haul people’s behinds to theaters in droves. The plot consists of Peter Highman, a father-to-be played by Downey Jr, and Ethan Tremblay, a struggling actor played by Galifianakis, on a road trip for Peter to make it to witness his child’s birth in time. Does it bother me that Todd Phillips is doing yet another road trip movie? Not at all. It‘s his bread and butter, and the talent involved have the strength to make it worthwhile. The trio of Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx, and Robert Downey Jr. almost have the feel of the anticipation of watching the trio of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and Lebron James.

Recommended flicks to hold you over: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and Swingers.

4. Black Swan
Release Date: December 1

Only Darren Aronofsky has the ability to portray the art of ballet as sharp and perilous. This will probably be the only film about ballet that manly men will actually consider watching. Black Swan stars the beautifully talented Natalie Portman, along with Mila Kunis, and the underrated Vincent Cassel. Portman plays Nina, a veteran ballet dancer going up against Lily, the new kid in town, for Prima Ballerina in Swan Lake. The Prima Ballerina must have the ability to portray both black and white swans, and Nina must get in touch with her darker side to portray the deceptive black swan. The trailer portrays the film as a psychological thriller that also plays on the human condition to be predatory and competitive in nature. Aronofsky also adds some surrealism to heighten the transformation of Nina, and to showcase the paranoia that is her mind. Black Swan looks like a thoroughly engaging cinematic experience and will most likely add to the proof that Aronofsky is one of the best in the game.

Recommended flicks to hold you over: The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream, and The Fountain.

5. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part I
Release Date: November 19

The Harry Potter film series has been one hell of a fantastical trip, and there’s almost an air-tight guarantee that it will end in a blazing flourish. Deathly Hallows: Part I is the beginning of the last hurrah, and everyone and their mothers is going to see it. There are no real reasons to not see this film, unless you haven’t watched any of the Harry Potter films. If you fall into that category, you have some catching up to do. I don’t even need to say anymore about this film. I could have saved time and just stated the title. It’s a guaranteed ace.

Recommended flicks to hold you over: too obvious.

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