The Fall Film Preview: All The Movies You Need To See
The dog days of summer are beginning to die down as fall quickly approaches. This means that as our seasons change, so will our movies. For the most part, the giant blockbusters are gone and many tent-poles have seen their releases. Now, the doors are open for smaller films to take the reins and Oscar buzz to build.
Here are some of the most anticipated movies for the remainder of 2014.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (9/12/14)
Synopsis: James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain star in a tumultuous tale of a couple falling in love…and trying to stay that way.
Why you should see it: The movie is actually split into 3 films told from different perspectives: Him, Her, and Them. While only Them will be shown in September, you will be able to catch all three in a special October release.
The Drop (9/12/14)
Synopsis: From writer Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island, Mystic River) comes the story of Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy), a bartender who becomes entangled in a crime underworld.
Why you should see it: Lehane’s previous work has all been great, but most importantly The Drop will mark James Gandolfini’s final performance.
The Maze Runner (9/19/14)
Synopsis: After having his memory erased, Thomas wakes up in a giant maze trying to piece together fragments of his former life. In the company of fellow “runners”, he attempts to uncover maze’s purpose and escape.
Why you should see it: Based on the hit book, The Maze Runner is the most anticipated film of September. Despite it being just another dystopian young adult tale, the concept is interesting.
This Is Where I Leave You (9/19/14)
Synopsis: After the death of their father, four estranged siblings are forced to reconcile while living under the same roof for a week.
Why you should see it: The cast. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, and Jane Fonda. That alone should draw you in.
A Walk Among Tombstones (9/19/14)
Synopsis: Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson), an ex-cop and private investigator, is hired by a drug dealer to find his wife’s killer.
Why you should see it: Liam Neeson doing what he does best. If you liked Taken, you’ll love Tombstones.
The Equalizer (9/26/14)
Synopsis: Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), an ex-special ops loner, is brought into a war with Russian mobsters after befriending a young girl.
Why you should see it: Director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington will reteam for the first time since Training Day. And Chloe Grace Moretz.
Gone Girl (10/3/14)
Synopsis: Based on the recent bestseller, Gone Girl focuses on Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) after his wife goes mysteriously missing. As the case develops, suspicions arise that point to Nick as the killer.
Why you should see it: These days Ben Affleck can do no wrong. The excellent source material should also serve as a great adaption for director David Fincher (The Social Network, Seven). Someone is walking away with a statue.
Synopsis: The creepy doll from The Conjuring makes its reappearance after being purchased by an expecting couple. Following, the family is terrorized by a satanic cult and demons.
Why you should see it: Nothing seems to be too groundbreaking here, but if you’re looking for a Halloween thrill, you’ve come to the right place. The Conjuring spin-off is an added bonus too.
The Judge (10/10/14)
Synopsis: Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is a hotshot lawyer is forced to defend his father (Robert Duvall) in a case for murder.
Why you should see it: Two stellar performances from RDJ and Duvall ,with supporting cast members Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Billy Bob Thorton. This has Oscar potential all over it.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (10/10/14)
Synopsis: Amidst a very good period for his entire family, Alexander experiences the worst day of his life. However, the tables turn as his family soon experiences their worst.
Why you should see it: Before watching the trailer, it didn’t seem like an attractive plot. But, the book is a classic and the film surprisingly looks to be a fresh family movie.
Synopsis: Struggling to be a top jazz drummer, Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) attends a premier music school studying under a cruel maestro (JK Simmons).
Why you should see it: The film has received universal acclaim receiving praise for it’s acting, intensity, and music.
Synopsis: Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a troop of 5 men during the final month of World War II when they are outnumbered behind enemy lines with only their tank “Fury” to protect them.
Why you should see it: Despite a slow trailer and Pitt looking like he hasn’t broken character since Inglorious Basterds, there are still high hopes for this penetrating war film.
Dracula Untold (10/17/14)
Synopsis: The origins of Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula.
Why you should see it: There hasn’t been a Dracula movie in quite some time, and this is a very interesting take on the character, potentially humanizing one of our most timeless villains.
Synopsis: Michael Keaton is a washed up superhero actor who attempts to make a comeback in a Broadway play.
Why you should see it: Industry types are praising Keaton’s performance saying that he may be up for a Best Actor nod.
St. Vincent (10/24/14)
Synopsis: Bill Murray stars a disgruntled war veteran who befriends the son of a newly divorced mother played by Melissa McCarthy.
Why you should see it: Early screenings have tested positive and Murray is still one of the funniest actors in Hollywood.
Synopsis: A driven man becomes spirals into a world of freelance crime journalism.
Why you should see it: The concept is edgy, the tone is dark, and Jake Gyllenhaal’s acting looks to be on point.
Synopsis: In order to help save humanity, a group of space travelers must venture through a wormhole and go beyond our known existence.
Why you should see it: It is one of the most anticipated films of the year. This is Christopher Nolan’s first project since completing The Dark Knight trilogy, and with Matthew McConaughey leading the cast, everyone will be hoping for a beautiful adventure.
Big Hero 6 (11/7/14)
Synopsis: A young boy and his inflatable robot form a team of heroes.
Why you should see it: It’s Disney’s November film. Last year we had Frozen, the year before Wreck It Ralph. There are high expectations. It’s also loosely based off the Marvel Comic’s characters, though not affiliated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Synopsis: The tragic true story of Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), an Olympic Wrestler whose pairing with coach Jon du Pont (Steve Carell) culminates in a deadly turn.
Why you should see it: Steve Carell looks to give the performance of his career in one of the most powerful films of 2014. Carell and Tatum are also generating a great deal of Oscar buzz.
Dumb and Dumber To (11/14/14)
Synopsis: Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) make their return twenty years later as they try to track down Harry’s long lost daughter.
Why you should see it: Are you seriously asking?
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (11/21/14)
Synopsis: After escaping the games again, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes part of a bigger rebellion and a cause for revolution.
Why you should see it: The beginning of the end. Mockingjay Part 1 will rule the Thanksgiving box office, competing with Interstellar for the highest grossing film of the fall.
The Imitation Game (11/21/14)
Synopsis: The true story of English mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberpatch) who cracked Nazi Germany’s Enigma Code, leading to the end of World War II.
Why you should see it: The script alone was purchased for 7 million dollars in a studio bidding war. That alone should draw attention. Cumberpatch too.
Horrible Bosses 2 (11/28/14)
Synopsis: The trio is returns as they attempt to kidnap an investor’s son after a takeover of their company.
Why you should see it: The entire cast is back from Kevin Spacey to Jamie Foxx, and they are joined by Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, and Jonathon Banks. The trailer looks hilarious…Let’s just hope we don’t end up with another Hangover Part 2.
Synopsis: Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed in the true story of a woman’s 1,100m hike through an existential journey.
Why you should see it: Witherspoon seems to be looking for another Academy Award, but all in all, this has potential to be an excellent film. Also, look for a casting of Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom‘s Don) as Cheryl’s ex-husband.
Exodus: Gods and Kings (12/12/14)
Synopsis: An interpretation of the story of Moses and the Book of Exodus.
Why you should see it: Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses while also starring AARON PAUL. And Ridley Scott is directing.
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (12/19/14)
Synopsis: In the final chapter, all of the plotlines finally intertwine culminating in the Battle of the Five Armies.
Why you should see it: Despite The Hobbit trilogy being less captivating than the Lord of the Rings, this should be an epic conclusion to Middle Earth.
Synopsis: Quvenzhane Wallis plays little Orphan Annie. You know the story.
Why you should see it: Annie is engrained in our pop culture, and Jamie Foxx and Wallis look like a great coupling.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (12/19/14)
Synopsis: Ben Stiller and the rest of the gang are back as they travel to Europe to find the key to restoring the magical tablet that brings the museum to life.
Why you should see it: The films are a bit silly, but they’re also a lot outlandish fun. Ben Stiller is always likable and this will also be one of Robin Williams’ final performances.
The Interview (12/25/14)
Synopsis: In their most daring film yet, Seth Rogen and James Franco play celebrity journalists who are recruited to assassinate Kim Jong-un.
Why you should see it: It’s made by the same people who brought us Neighbors and This is the End, its BOUND 2 be hilarious.
Into The Woods (12/25/14)
Synopsis: Disney brings the Brothers Grimm’s tales to life with the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel.
Why you should see it: This is the first adaptation of the famous play and looks to be a tremendous endeavor featuring the likes of Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine.
Gabriel Piscione | News Cult