Have you seen that trailer for that film coming out this fall, the one with ALL THE GUYS in it?
When it comes to this season’s crop of big films, you’ll have to be a little bit more specific.
There are at least four movies due out this year with big, sprawling casts with a handful or more of well-known, well-respected actors. Or, you know, all the guys.
They’re playing good guys and bad guys, angels and thugs, often on opposite ends of the law. And they’re sometimes wearing period haircuts or bushy facial hair.
Who’s who and who’s doing what? Here’s a handy guide to help keep them all straight.
Who: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Kyle Chandler, Philip Baker Hall
What: Director Ben Affleck’s telling of the rescue of six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Pedigree: Two Oscar winners (Affleck and Arkin), two Emmy winners (Cranston and Goodman), two cult heroes (“Friday Night Lights’” Chandler, Philip Baker Best Ever). So yeah, pretty strong cast.
When: Opens Oct. 12
Who: Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson and hey, why not, Tom Waits
What: Director Martin McDonagh’s (“In Bruges”) screwball crime story about a guy, his dog, and assorted bad guys in Los Angeles.
Pedigree: With the talent assembled and McDonagh’s touch, “Psychopaths” looks and feels like a fast-talking Tarantino-style crime flick from the late ’90s.
When: Opens Oct. 12
KILLING THEM SOFTLY
Who: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini
What: Director Andrew Dominik (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”) reteams with Brad Pitt, who plays an enforcer investigating a heist at a high stakes mafia poker game.
Pedigree: Great cast of tough guys (and Jenkins, who can do anything) doing tough guy things. Good to see Liotta back and causing trouble.
When: Opens Oct. 19
Who: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pena and Robert Patrick
What: The LAPD, led by Gosling’s Sgt. Wooters, looks to keep East Coast gangs (led by Sean Penn’s Mickey Cohen) out of Los Angeles in this mid-century crime saga.
Pedigree: Hard-boiled stuff helmed by “Zombieland’s” Ruben Fleischer, although a scene that featured a shooting in a movie theater landed the film in some hot water following the Colorado shooting spree tied to “The Dark Knight” and caused the film to be bumped from its September release date to January.
When: Jan. 11, 2013