Baltimore's fall movie season comes on strong in October

From the Michael Sragow Gets Reel blog:

The dailies and newsweeklies and entertainment shows have already set off their starters' pistols, but let's get serious: in Baltimore, as in most American cities, this year October 1 marks the beginning of the fall movie season.


That's when

David Fincher

's sizzling-smart "The Social Network" (with

Jesse Eisenberg


Andrew Garfield

) premieres in theaters nationwide. So does Matt Reeves' "Let Me In," the promising American variation on the haunting Swedish horror movie "

Let the Right One In

," starring

Chloe Moretz

(left), of


as the young vampire who befriends a lonely boy.

That same day, Baltimore audiences will start to see some of the conversation-starters already in

New York

, like

Philip Seymour Hoffman

's debut as a director,

"Jack Goes Boating."

And just a week later comes Davis Guggenheim's provocative and heartbreaking attack on the American educational system, "Waiting for



Randall Wallace

's elating racehorse movie "Secretariat" (with

Diane Lane


John Malkovich

), and

"Never Let Me Go"

(with Carey Mulligan,

Keira Knightley

and Andrew Garfield), Mark Romanek's adaptation of a 2005 Kazuo Ishiguro novel that I thought was unfilmable. I treasure the book, but I can't wait to see whether Romanek rose to the challenge of filming it.

All that in two weeks in October -- a bracing relief from the summer, don't you think?