Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller set in the competitive world of ballet and starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Winona Ryder, will open the 19th annual Philadelphia Film Festival on Oct. 14. 127 Hours, Danny Boyle's true-life tale of the adventurer Aron Ralston (James Franco), who cuts off his arm to save himself, will be the festival's closing-night movie on Oct. 23.
Preboots and remakes, begone! Sequels and special-effects spectaculars, outta here! It's fall now, that post-Labor-Day-to-Christmas season when moviedom's masterminds roll out their more substantive fare - awards-worthy projects with stuff for the grown-ups among us. Like "Douchebag" and "Jackass 3-D."
Erin (Drew Barrymore), an aspiring journalist, and Garrett (Justin Long), a music-industry scout, have both chemistry and physics. What they don't have much of is history or geography. Within weeks after they meet in a scruffy Manhattan tavern, Erin must return to San Francisco for graduate school.
Pat Tillman Jr., the charismatic defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, startled his franchise and his family when in 2002 he announced that he was turning down a $3.6 million NFL contract in order to join the Army Rangers for service in Afghanistan and Iraq. He and his brother Kevin were in the same platoon.
George Clooney, neck muscles ropy with tension, is the title figure in The American, a minor-key thriller about a utility player in the assassination game. He is a so-called shadow dweller who customizes weaponry and ammunition for top-level contract kills, ever looking over his shoulder for the bullet with his name on it.
Carrie Rickey was born in L.A. around the time the Jennifer Jones/Laurence Olivier movie Carrie hit screens. Hence her name. Since then she's seen more than 12,000 films without losing her love of movies -- or wordplay. But don't envy her job too much. She has to sit through the likes of Battlefield Earth just so she can warn you not to.