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Picks, pans and potential gems from the fall movie season

Spring’s got the duds. Summer’s got the blockbusters. Fall — probablyin keeping with the myriad leafy colours of the season — brings in moremixed film fare.

Spring’s got the duds. Summer’s got the blockbusters. Fall — probably in keeping with the myriad leafy colours of the season — brings in more mixed film fare.


So, here’s the Metro list of what’s hot and what’s not in the world of movies for the chilly days ahead:

THE MEGA-MILLION-DOLLAR LIST:


Megamind (Nov. 5): After the disastrous Land of The Lost and the ho-hum The Other Guys, Will Ferrell needs a hit. And this animated send-up of superhero movies might just have the mainstream super-strength to save the day for the comedy star.


Due Date (Nov. 5): It’s a Todd Phillips (The Hangover) movie. It’s a Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis movie. No reason why Warner Bros. shouldn’t be laughing all the way to the bank.


Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Nov. 10): Only the boy wizard and his Hogwarts mates can take on the box-office might of Toy Story 3 and Inception — two of 2010’s biggest hits.


Also see: Tron: Legacy, Paranormal Activity 2

THE ACADEMY LIST


The Social Network (Oct. 1): Will uptight Academy voters “like” the new media phenom? Early critical buzz for the David Fincher film points to some serious nomination damage.


127 Hours (Nov. 5): It’s a Danny “Slumdog Millionaire” Boyle movie all right, but all the praise around this true tale of a trapped hiker has been heaped on star James Franco.


Black Swan (Dec. 3): If blogs are to be believed, Natalie Portman has the Best Actress Oscar locked down for her turn as a tortured ballet dancer in Darren Aronofosky’s follow-up to The Wrestler.


Also see: Hereafter, True Grit, The King’s Speech

THE ALTERNATIVE LIST


The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Oct. 15): Girl wonder Lisbeth Salander’s harrowing journey comes to an end in the final installment of the Millennium Trilogy.


Fubar 2 (Oct. 1): The Canadian cult classic about two Calgary headbangers returns with a bigger budget, but the spirit of improvised buffoonery remains intact.


Catfish (limited release): Is it a documentary? True or not, this may be this year’s biggest leftfield hit.


Also see: Jack Goes Boating, Jackass 3-D, The Tempest


THE BLACK LIST


Saw 3-D. You knew this was coming. Maybe this will be so revolting that it will turn viewers off 3-D once and for all (now that’s wishful thinking).


Burlesque. Christina Aguilera goes the Britney Spears and Mariah Carey route. That can’t be good news.


Little Fockers. Some things just don’t sound right. Or funny.

 
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