Fall into these September films

“With summer coming to an end, students are left with little to look forward to during the first few weeks of classes. Not to worry, because the Buchtelite September Movie Preview has finally arrived and we’ve got the best flicks to help you kick those back-to-school blues.”

With summer coming to an end, students are left with little to look forward to during the first few weeks of classes. Not to worry, because the Buchtelite September Movie Preview has finally arrived and we’ve got the best flicks to help you kick those back-to-school blues.

September kicks off with the first Oscar buzz of 2007. James Mangold, director of 2005’s Walk the Line, returns to the silver screen with another all-star cast. Leading men Russell Crowe and Christian Bale saddle up for 3:10 to Yuma. In the first of three westerns hitting theaters in 2007, Crowe stars as Ben Wade, a convicted felon who is being transported to a town near the railroad to be taken to Yuma for trial. Dan Evans (Bale), a rancher in financial distress, learns he can make money by volunteering to escort Wade to the town. Evans quickly learns he’s in over his head when Wade’s gang of riders goes on the hunt, stopping at nothing to retrieve their partner. Now, stuck in a town full of apatheticgunslingers, Evans must battle both the wit of a con-man and the foray of enemy gunfire to complete his mission. Yuma enters the station on Sept. 7.

Set to take aim on the same weekend is Michael Davis’s Shoot ‘Em Up. Mr. Smith (Clive Owen) assists a woman in the birth of her child, only to find he’s now caught in a race to protect the child and mother from a thieving criminal (Paul Giamatti). Teamed up with Owen is unlikely ally Monica Bellucci.

The buzz on this one? From the opening sequence to the end titles, the pervasive gunfire and cliche dialogue make this ideal for a guy’s night out.

Sick of the gunfire and bloodshed? Check out Ron Hardy’s December Boys. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Boys¸adapted from the Michael Noonan novel, follows the summer of four orphans, all born in December, who venture out for a holiday by the sea in 1960s Australia. But when rumors spark that a local family is looking to adopt, tensions mount as the boys vie for attention from the prospective parents. Take a holiday with the Boys on Sept. 14.

Perhaps you should save your money and instead, travel with us to Saudi Arabia. In Universal Pictures The Kingdom, due out Sept. 28, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper take us into the heart of Riyadh as FBI agents sent into the tumultuous lands to investigate a bombing that took the lives of several American workers. With two Oscar winners in starring roles (Foxx and Cooper), Kingdom has already garnered amazing reviews from test screenings.

Still not into that violent content, huh? Well how about the not-so-light comedy, Run, Fat Boy, Run? Starring Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead), Fat Boy tells the unfortunate tale of a chubby man who, for the past five years, has been rethinking his decision to leave his pregnant fiancee (Thandie Newton) at the altar five years before. But there’s a new boyfriend in the mix and Dennis (Pegg) must finish a marathon while winning back her heart. Fat Boy co-stars Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria and dashes into theaters on Sept. 28.