HBO 10/2 The blind side 10/9 alvin and the chimpuks: the squeakquel 10/16 the lovely bones 10/23 invictus 10/30 amelia The blind side might strike some viewers as a little too pat, but it has the benefit of strong source material and a strong performance from Sandra Bullock. alvin and the chipmunks: the Squeakquel may entertain the kiddies, but it's low on energy and heavily reliant on slapstick humor. the lovely bones is stuffed full of Peter Jackson's typically dazzling imagery, but it suffers from abrupt shifts between horrific violence and cloying sentimentality. Delivered with typically stately precision from director Clint Eastwood, Invictus may not be rousing enough for some viewers, but Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman inhabit their real-life characters with admirable conviction. Amelia takes the compelling raw materials of its subject’s life and does little with them, conventionally ticking off Earhart's accomplishments without exploring the soul of the woman cinemax 10/2 the fourth kind 10/9 public enemies 10/16 fantastic mr.fox 10/23 pirate radio 10/30 the final destination While it boasts a handful of shocks, The Fourth Kind is hokey and clumsy and makes its close encounters seem eerily mundane. Michael Mann's latest ,public enemies, is a competent and technically impressive gangster flick with charismatic lead performances, but some may find the film lacks truly compelling drama. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully funny feast for the eyes with multi-generational appeal -- and it shows Wes Anderson has a knack for animation. pirate radio: The good cast and rollicking soundtrack eventually drown when this comic homage to pirate radio loses its quippy steam. With little of the ingenuity of previous installments, The Final Destination is predictable, disposable horror fare. starz 10/02 the princess and the frog 10/16 astro boy 10/23 when in rome 10/30 the crazies princess and the frog:The warmth of traditional Disney animation makes this occasionally lightweight fairy-tale update a lively and captivating confection While it isn't terribly original, and it seems to have a political agenda that may rankle some viewers, Astro Boy boasts enough visual thrills to please its target demographic. A pair of young, attractive leads can't overcome When in Rome's reliance on unfunny gags and threadbare rom-com clichés. Tense, nicely shot, and uncommonly intelligent, The Crazies is the rare horror remake that works. showtime no saturday premeries 10/1 10 pm H2: Halloween II Zombie shows flashes of vision in the follow-up to his Halloween reboot, but they're smothered by mountains of gore and hackneyed, brutal violence. 10/4 bandslam 7 pm Bandslam is an intelligent teen film that avoids teen film cliches, in an entertaining package of music and coming-of-age drama. epix 10/3 brothers It plays more like a traditional melodrama than the Susanne Bier film that inspired it, but Jim Sheridan's Brothers benefits from rock-solid performances by its three leads. 10/10 shutter island It may not rank with Scorsese's best work, but Shutter Island's gleefully unapologetic genre thrills represent the director at his most unrestrained.