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Upcoming fall movies hitting theaters

After this summer’s slate of movies, does anyone care about fall films at all? From Wall-E to The Dark Knight, the season usually known for mindless yet fun entertainment served up some truly heady movie-going experiences.

Yup, fall has a lot to live up to. Fortunately, the lineup is a solid one – filled with popcorn-bucket blockbusters, plenty of stuff for kids and some definite Oscar bait. Check out some of
the hot titles on our must-see lists, or visit’s Celebrate Fall holiday site for more movie news, plus crafts, recipes and travel tips for the season.

Kiddie Flicks Aplenty

Yes, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince decided to ditch its November 21 release date in favor if a summer 2009 opening. But tots and teens have plenty to keep them occupied ’til Hogwarts is back in session.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Yes, it is possible for tweens to get misty-eyed, and that’s just about a given when Troy, Gabriella and the rest of the East High gang prepare to part ways in the first HSM flick for
the big screen. October 24

Bolt — Hmm, will the kid draw for this one be John Travolta voicing Bolt, a Hollywood leading dog? Or Miley Cyrus as his co-star Penny? Regardless of who’s sounding off behind the scenes, we know
a few things for certain: 2009 will see a lot of puppies named Bolt, and an even greater number of hamsters named Rhino (after the flick’s hyper and endearing rodent sidekick.) November 21

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
— The same solid cast (Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith) reunites for another animated comic adventure that also brings new talent to the jungle, including the late Bernie Mac, Alec
Baldwin, and the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am. (And, yes, those hilarious penguins make a return, too.) November 7Next: Heart-Pounding Heroics

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