Fall movies to see, pt. 2

By Jason Wojciechowski on August 23, 2003 at 5:32 AM

On to movies coming out in November and December, though I've already mentioned The Return of the King.

Tim Burton's new movie, Big Fish, which looks downright odd. I really don't know what to say about it, except that it's directed by Burton. Does it need more introduction than that?

21 Grams casts Sean Penn as a mathematician (albeit a terminally ill one), and also stars Benicio Del Toro. Again, what more can you ask for? Well, you could ask that the writer and director of Amores Perros also be on the project, and they are. It'll be interesting to see if the "Mexican look" that's been established by a couple of films in the last three years translates well to American film.

Ok, ok, I know it's almost certainly going to bomb terribly, but I really want to see Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai. The premise is that he's a Civil War veteran brought to Japan to work with the Japanese military, but he falls in love with the old samurai way, which the emperor wants to eradicate. I don't know what's gotten into me with this film, but I keep seeing previews where everyone else in the audience in sort of chortling at the idea and I'm going, "Must see!"