New Trailers: a Bunch of Indies, Thrillers, True Stories, and Romantic Comedies

When you watch the Howl trailer, you’ll have an actor’s actor orgasm. James Franco (Spider-man) leads the cast as poet Allan Ginsberg as he undergoes the obscenity trial that follows his poem, Howl. He’s joined by Jeff Daniels (The Squid and the Whale), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), and Mary Louise Parker (Weeds). Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 24, 2010

Looking for another Wes Craven horror movie? Try My Soul to Take. Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 8, 2010

More trailers after the jump…

Daydream Nation, an indie, features Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) as a promiscuous teenager who fools around with her teacher (Patrick Wilson from Little Children). Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 24, 2010

A simple comedy, Due Date, would normally be on my wait-for-the-DVD-to-come-out list—except it’s got Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man). The road-trip movie pairs him with Zach Galifianakis on a race to make it in time for the birth of Downey’s child. It’s the second collaboration between Galifianakis and The Hangover director, Todd Phillips, as well as The Soloist co-stars Downey and Jamie Foxx, who plays a small role. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 5, 2010 Check out the international trailer version, which has at least one new scene:

The Illusionist offers up a magician who has a life-changing encounter with a fan. Oscar-nominee Sylvain Chomet (Paris Je T’aime) directs this animated movie. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 25, 2010

Fresh off his Slumdog Millionaire win, director Danny Boyle brings us 127 Hours. It tells the true story of Aron Rolston (Spider-man‘s Franco), who goes canyoneering (shown in an awe-worthy scene below). After he’s trapped under a boulder, he’s faced with the decision to cut off his arm to save his life. Kate Mara (We are Marshall) and Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia) play fellow adventurers. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 5, 2010

If you’ve seen an episode of Parenthood, then you’ve caught a glimpse of Dax Shepard’s dramatic acting chops. In The Freebie, he (of Punk’d fame) flaunts his talents more as a one-half of a couple who gives each other one night to be with someone else. Expected U.S. release date: unknown

Amidst the flurry of economic-downturn films, comes the documentary, Inside Job, which questions the people on Wall Street. Matt Damon narrates. Expected U.S. release date: unknown

In Case 39, Renee Zelwegger (Cold Mountain) stars as a social worker in charge of a girl who appears to have dark forces after her. Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) plays a supporting role. Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 1, 2010

Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) is an undercover CIA agent outed after her husband (Oscar-winner Sean Penn) writes a damaging piece against the Bush administration. Fair Game is is the movie that tells her true story. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 5, 2010

Vanishing on 7th St.‘s story may sound familiar. It’s basically like I am Legend—only with more people, namely Hayden Christensen (Star Wars), Thandie Newton (Crash), and John Leguizamo (Ice Age). We have yet to see if it’ll be as good as Legend. Expected U.S. release date: unknown

The well-made trailer of I’m Still Here makes you want to see it—until you remember it’s a documentary centered on the out-there actor Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line). Expected U.S. release date: Sept. 10, 2010

Another weirdo would be director Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain). His latest effort, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman (Closer) as a ballerina involved in a rivalry with Mila Kunis (That ’70s Show). Oh yeah, it’s a supernatural thriller with Portman appearing to turn into a swan. To Portman’s credit, she’s receiving rave reviews for her performance. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 1, 2010

Monsters serves up another end-of-days plot with no one famous acting or directing it. However, it’s slowly gaining momentum and could be the next District 9, a low-budget film that snags an Oscar nom. Expected U.S. release date: Oct. 29, 2010

Tangled may have people reliving the fairy-tale days of old-school Disney. The animated film is a twist on the Rapunzel (singer Mandy Moore) story. Zachary Levi (Chuck) voices her prince. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 24, 2010

Edward Burns fans unite! He does the triple threat (director/writer/actor) again with Nice Guy Johnny. Expected U.S. release date: unknown

The Next Three Days has a great premise: Guy’s wife goes to prison and he tries to break her out of there. It also has various selling points for just about anyone: Paul Haggis (Crash) is directing and it’s got Russell Crowe (Gladiator) and Elizabeth Banks (Definitely, Maybe) in the lead roles. Liam Neeson (Taken) and Olivia Wilde (House) round out the cast. The trailer just isn’t well-executed, but I’m holding out hope that it has no bearing on how the movie is. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 19, 2010

Love and Other Drugs pits Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Prince of Persia) together in this romantic comedy. Expected U.S. release date: Nov. 24, 2010

How Do You Know looks like the smarter romantic comedy. It boasts of Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man), Owen Wilson (Darjeeling Limited), Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets), and writer/director James Brooks. Filling the blank in the title, it would read, “How do you know when you’re in love?” In their little love triangle, Witherspoon, Rudd, and Wilson attempt to figure that out. Expected U.S. release date: Dec. 17, 2010

Do you think there’s any Oscar 2011 nominees in the bunch? Sound off below…

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