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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/29/2006

Looking Ahead to the Cinema Season

By Jen Chaney

So far, the fall movie season hasn't exactly blown me away. "All the King's Men"? Big disappointment. "School for Scoundrels"? Well, let's just say it's no "Bad Santa."

But I still have hope that some compelling films are just around the corner in October, November and December. Of course, you can peruse the full slate of seasonal cinema in our fall movie guide. Several pics have caught my eye ("The Queen," "The Prestige," "Stranger Than Fiction"), but here are five that I'm particularly anxious to see.

1. "Little Children": I've already caught this one. While the use of voice-over narration drove me to distraction, I thought this drama about parental apathy and suburban paranoia conveyed an appropriate mix of wry humor and intangible dread. I've thought about this film almost every day since I saw a preview last week. It opens in D.C. Oct. 20.

2. "Borat": When I saw a trailer for this before a screening of "Snakes on a Plane," the crowd went nuts. Granted, many of those people were probably drunk. But that doesn't change the fact that some serious buzz is building around this comedy, starring Sacha Baron Cohen in the role of the clueless guy from Kazakhstan. It got great notices at the Toronto Film Festival and -- if this surreal press conference held yesterday by Borat himself is any indication -- should be the most fun, bizarre movie of the season. Look for it Nov. 3.

3. "Marie Antoinette": Yes, I know it got booed at Cannes. But something about the frilly fashions and '80s New Wave soundtrack has me intrigued. Like "Little Children," this also opens on the popular date of Oct. 20.

4. "For Your Consideration": Three years have gone by since "A Mighty Wind" was released. Yet I still find myself saying, "Wha' happened?" on a regular basis. Who knows what brilliant catch phrases will enter our lexicon when Christopher Guest's next film -- an appropriately timed Oscar season spoof -- arrives on Nov. 17?

5. "Dreamgirls": This one doesn't hit theaters until Christmas time, but I don't know if I can wait that long to find out if this musical is the next "Chicago." In the meantime, I guess I'll have to a. listen to a lot of Beyonce; b. buy the soundtrack to the Broadway version; or c. keep busy by seeing all the other flicks heading to theaters.

By Jen Chaney  | September 29, 2006; 11:00 AM ET
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