Fall film preview, 2: Movies that might probably be good
Just because summer is ending, doesn't mean the sequels and remakes are going away. Among the big movies this fall are Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Tron: Legacy and the Coen Brothers' True Grit - which they emphasize is not a retread of the John Wayne movie, but a fresh adaptation of the original novel. The cineplex will still find room for original stories, but don't be surprised if many of them look a little familiar.
A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (Sep. 24) The Coens aren't just remaking movies this year, they're being remade, as superb Chinese director Zhang Yimou transplants Joel and Ethan's first film, Blood Simple, from the badlands of Texas to the wilds of the Gansu province. Like the Coens, Zhang Yimou has crafted masterful film noirs such as Ju Duo, but A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop also reportedly includes "cross-dressing, hip-hop dance routines, and outrageous noodle-spinning sequences." I don't remember M. Emmet Walsh or Frances McDormand doing any of that. This trailer plays up the connection to the original film: