"Casino Royale" with Daniel Craig as the new James Bond is just one of the fall films that Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan doesn't want to miss.
"These films always manage to be fun somehow," he told Sunday Morning correspondent Jerry Bowen. "This is a franchise that has longevity."
The remake of Oscar winner "All The King's Men" gets Turan's vote, as well.
"It's clearly a great story," he said. "Sean Penn plays Willie Stark, a populist rabble-rousing politician based on Hughie Long. I have very, very high hopes for this one."
Turan also has high hopes for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. The movie is about struggle between a criminal gang and the cops.
"The gang has a mole inside the police force and the police force has a mole inside the gang," Turan said. "It's a great plot."
There are also true stories on the silver screen this season.
"We are Marshall" is about what happened after a university football team perished in a plane crash.
"Hoax" is about Clifford Irving's fake biography of the reclusive Howard Hughes.
On the heels of last year's film "Capote" comes "Infamous," another movie about the eccentric author.
"Flags of Our Fathers" is an epic World War II battle for Iwo Jima directed by Clint Eastwood.
"He's become a real classical director," Turan said. "A classicist using restraint — and this is a great story."
"Stranger than Fiction" has an offbeat story with Will Ferrell playing an I.R.S. agent who hears a voice in his head — the voice of Emma Thompson as she writes a novel. It turns out that Ferrell is the novel's main character.
"Running with Scissors" is based on Augusten Burroughs's memoir of a dysfunctional family.
The movie "Flicka" hails directly from the children's bookshelf.
"I'm hoping to relive my childhood with this film," Turan said. "And hopefully it will just kind of make me forget about all the horrible things that are going on in the world."
"Charlotte's Web" stars Dakota Fanning with Julia Roberts as the voice of the spider.
There is magic to be seen in "The Prestige," a drama about two competing magicians.
Audiences loved "Dreamgirls" on Broadway. Twenty-five years later, it's coming to the big screen with Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles and Eddie Murphy.
"It looked like an old fashioned musical," Turan said. "The kind of musical that we really, you know, that people who like musicals saying why don't they make films like this anymore."
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