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September 13, 2009

The 2009 Fall Movie Sneaks is a broad snapshot of films opening through Oct. 31. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Liesl Bradner, are subject to change.


American Casino

Documentary looks at how the greed of Wall Street led to the mortgage crisis and the effect it had on working-class Americans. Directed by Leslie Cockburn. Argot Pictures

Bright Star

The love story between the 19th century Romantic poet John Keats and his 18-year-old muse-next-door, Fanny Brawne. With Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw. Written and directed by Jane Campion. Apparition

The Burning Plain

A woman on the edge takes an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life, connecting her to similar disparate characters, all grappling with their own romantic destinies. With Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger. Written and directed by Guillermo Arriaga. Magnolia Pictures

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Inspired by the children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. Directed and screenplay by Chris Miller & Phil Lord. In Imax 3-D. Columbia/Sony Pictures Animation


An inside look at the $27-billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case -- the largest oil-related environmental lawsuit in global history. Directed by Joe Berlinger. First Run Features

Dil Bole Hadippa! (My Heart Goes Hurray!)

A love triangle between members of a cricket team. With Rani Mukherjee, Shahid Kapoor and Anupam Kher. Directed by Anurag Singh. Written by Jaya & Aparajita. In Hindi with English subtitles. Yash Raj Films

The Informant!

Based on a true story, a whistle-blower at Archer Daniels Midland has heroic aspirations with the FBI. With Matt Damon, Scott Bakula and Joel McHale. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Screenplay by Scott Z. Burns. Warner Bros

Jennifer's Body

A small-town high school hottie, possessed by a hungry demon, starts offing her male classmates. With Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried. Directed by Karyn Kusama. Written by Diablo Cody. 20th Century Fox

Laila's Birthday

A Palestinian judge-turned-taxi driver tries to navigate the political and social hassles as he tries to find a cake and gift for his daughter's birthday. Written and directed by Rashid Masharawi. Kino International

Love Happens

A self-help author and a florist who has sworn off men find love. With Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston. Directed by Brandon Camp. Written by Camp & Mike Thompson. Universal Pictures


While awaiting a heart transplant, a professional dancer reflects on his life as his sister and her kids move in to help. With Juliet Binoche, Romain Duris. In French. Written and directed by Cedric Klapisch. IFC Films

You the Living

Humanity's disappointments and failures as seen through 50 sketches. Written and directed by Roy Andersson. In Swedish with English subtitles. Palisades Tartan

Sept. 21

The Age of Stupid

A global archivist living in 2055 takes us back through archival footage wondering why we didn't stop global warming when we had the chance in this docudrama hybrid on climate change. With Pete Postlethwaite. Directed by Franny Armstrong. Spanner Films

Sept. 23

Capitalism: A Love Story

Documentary tackles the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. Directed by Michael Moore. Overture Films

The Third Wave

Filmmaker Alison Thompson documents her year spent in Sri Lanka where she helped build a medical facility, a school and a refugee resource center. Presented by Sean Penn. Virgil Films/Warrior Poets

Sept. 25

The Blue Tooth Virgin

A writer gives negative feedback to another's screenplay, causing a rift in their friendship. With Austin Peck, Bryce Johnson. Written and directed by Russell Brown. Regent Releasing

The Boys Are Back

A widower struggles to raise his two sons alone. With Clive Owen. Directed by Scott Hicks. Screenplay by Allan Cubitt. Miramax Films

Coco Before Chanel

Traces Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel from her beginnings as an orphan to becoming the legendary couturier. With Audrey Tautou, Alessandro Nivola. Directed by Anne Fontaine. Screenplay by Anne Fontaine and Camille Fontaine with Christopher Hampton. French with English subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics


In this adaptation of the J.M. Coetzee novel, a professor of literature in South Africa is exiled to live in the country with his daughter after having an affair with a mixed-race student. With John Malkovich, Jessica Haines. Directed by Steve Jacobs. Screenplay by Anna Maria Monticelli. Paladin


Follows a group of dancers, singers, actors and artists over four years at the New York City High School of Performing Arts. With Megan Mullally, Kelsey Grammer, Debbie Allen. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen. Screenplay by Allison Burnett; based on the motion picture "Fame," written by Christopher Gore. MGM

I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

The adventures of Tucker Max, a beer-guzzling womanizer. With Matt Czuchry, Jesse Bradford and Geoff Stults. Directed by Bob Gosse. Screenplay by Max and Nils Parker. Freestyle Releasing

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