By R. Kurt Osenlund, The Good Life film critic
Arguably the most widely-anticipated film of 2009, James Cameron's sci-fi epic "Avatar" is the director's first film since "Titanic," the highest-grossing blockbuster of all time. I have to be honest, this teaser, which debuted on Aug. 21 after much promotional hullabaloo, isn't as impressive as I had hoped. The motion-capture effects fail to amaze and the fiercely-, forcefully-edited action eclipses a clear storyline. But the environments look mighty intriguing, and I refuse to believe that such a prolific filmmaker would deliver something of poor quality. Don't let me down, Mr. Cameron.
THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE
You've seen "The Devil Wears Prada." Now, with unprecedented access, acclaimed documentarian R.J. Cutler immerses you in the professional lives of the real people who loosely inspired the Meryl Streep comedy, following Vogue editor Anna Wintour and her devoted team as they produce the massive Sept. 2007 issue of the fashion bible. Having already seen the film (twice, in fact), I can tell you that it's well worth the ticket price. Fun, flirty and fascinating, it boasts the attributes of both a couture cocktail dress and an avant-garde gown. (And you thought I only knew about movies.)
Not much to report here, since the teaser for writer/director Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" follow-up is carefully, wonderfully mysterious. Here's what we know: Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the sci-fi thriller, which Warner Bros. execs describe as "a contemporary actioner set in the architecture of the mind." You'll have to just chew on that for a while. A long while, actually -- the movie won't be released until the summer of 2010.