Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Terry Gilliam directs this tale about a wager with the devil. Like many I'm curious to see how the film holds together with the last minute change of having Heath Ledger's character played by Ledger and three other actors (Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell) but I think Gilliam has what it takes to pull this off. This one starts its limited release on Christmas day.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Werner Herzog directs this sort of remake of Abel Ferrara's 1992 masterpiece of excess Bad Lieutentant. This time it's Nicolas Cage who tarnishes the badge in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I haven't been thrilled with Cage's choices of projects lately, but this one has my attention. The film goes into limited release on November 20.

This newest trailer has dampened my enthusiasm for this movie. Sure the disaster effects look great, but the car and plane dodging unscathed between collapsing freeways and crumbling buildings breaches credibility. If you're still interested you can witness the end of everything on November 13.