Ok, so technically fall starts September 23rd and ends December 22nd, so we are cheating a little and adding in a few titles before and after, but they’re so good they had to be included.
The fall is the best season of the year – perfect weather, beautiful foliage changing colors, football, Halloween (horror movies), Thanksgiving, Christmas decorations, and most importantly… Oscar season. The fall is when all the studios save their best films for a chance at numerous Academy nominations, but for film lovers it means the créme de la créme of this years theatrical bounty. Here are a few movies that we’re dying to see:
GOOD NIGHT MOMMY – SEPT 11 – (LIMITED RELEASE)
SYNOPSIS: In the heat of the summer, a lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields, lives nine-year-old twin brothers who are waiting for their mother. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The children start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother. It emerges an existential struggle for identity and fundamental trust
The internet lost their shit over the trailer for this film a few weeks back and for good reason. Goodnight Mommy looks sleek and stylistic while maintaining a great sense of suspense and mystery. I don’t know if it’s the scariest trailer ever made (which a lot of people believe) but it’s really effective and grabbed my attention. M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit releases wide the same day, so if Good Night Mommy isn’t showing near you, see that I suppose, it looks like it could be fun.
BLACK MASS – SEPT 18
SYNOPSIS: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
This is Johnny Depp’s foray back into the world of gangster films and I gotta say it looks like it could be his best mobster performance yet (sorry Donnie Brasco). Johnny looks terrifying in this and the film was directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart & Out of the Furnace), who knows his way behind a camera. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, and Dakota Johnson also in the mix, I have extremely high hopes for this film.
THE GREEN INFERNO – SEPT 25 – (LIMITED RELEASE)
SYNOPSIS: A group of student activists travels to the Amazon to save the rainforest and soon discover that they are not alone– and that no good deed goes unpunished.
I’ve been waiting two years to see Green Inferno, ever since Universal put it on the shelves for some stupid reason. Finally it’s getting a wide release and I can’t wait to dig into it. Eli Roth is a fantastic horror director and he has not been shy about citing his admiration for Cannibal Holocaust and how it inspired this film. For those of you unfamiliar with Cannibal Holocaust, check our “Most WTF Movies Ever Made” list and learn. If it’s nearly half the film Cannibal Holocaust is, I’ll be a happy man.
THE MARTIAN – OCT 2
SYNOPSIS: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit, and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
Supposedly the novel of The Martian is fantastic, but why read it when the movie is coming out? Ridley Scott is back behind the director’s chair and from what I can observe from the trailer, he’s looking to let loose another masterpiece upon us. Add on a cast of killers like Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Mackenzie Davis, and it’ll be hard to screw up.
CRIMSON PEAK – OCT 16
SYNOPSIS: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.
Guillermo del Toro always makes great movies, so basically anything with him directing automatically gets added to a must-see list. Inspiring such visual feasts as Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim, Guillermo looks like he’s continuing that winning streak with Crimson Peak, which has a twisted gothic fairytale vibe but also a great sense of classic horror.
BEASTS OF NO NATION – OCT 16 (LIMITED RELEASE)
SYNOPSIS: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.
Idris Elba is undeniably one of the best actors working today IMO. Pair him with Cary Fukunaga (True Detective and Sin Nombre) , who is one of the most interesting up and coming directors and you’ve got a must-see film on your hands. Beasts of No Nation has a limited theatrical release but will also be available on Netflix the same day.
STEVE JOBS – OCT 23
SYNOPSIS:The true story of the life of visionary Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
When I first created this list, I somehow forgot about Steve Jobs, so I’m making an amendment, sorry A Scout’s Guide to the Apocalypse but you’ve been bumped. With Danny Boyle directing, Aaron Sorkin writing, and Michael Fassbender starring, it’s gonna hard to screw this up. The only thing going against it is that it’s a biopic, which for me, normally means a cookie cutter movie that’s often times predictable. I hope I’m extremely wrong.
SPECTRE – NOV 9
SYNOPSIS: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
Skyfall was one of my favorite Bond films to date and most of the same team is back for Spectre. Daniel Craig’s smooth demeanor works well with director Sam Mendes’ sleek and glossy aesthetic. Add in Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained), who is awesome in everything and I think we’re in for great Bond experience.
TRUMBO – NOV 9 – (LIMITED RELEASE)
SYNOPSIS: The successful career of Hollywood screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, comes to an end when he is blacklisted in the 1940s for being a Communist.
Trumbo Stars Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Louis CK. I’m a massive fan of both actors, that alone makes Trumbo a must-see for me. Another big reason is Jay Roach (Austin Powers and Meet the Fockers), who is a solid comedic director, so I’m hoping the film breaks the typical biopic mold and goes to some funny places.
THE HUNGER GAMES – MOCKINGJAY PART 2 – NOV 20
SYNOPSIS: After being symbolized as the “Mockingjay”, Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol.
I think at this point, you’re either a fan of these films, or you’re not. I’m on team Hunger Games, if you are too then high five– if you’re not, then skip ahead. The Hunger Games deliver drama, romance, action, and Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t hurt either. I’ve sat through all of them, and while they are not all masterpieces of cinema, I’m still gonna continue my run and cap of the franchise with Mockingjay Part 2.
CREED – NOV 25
SYNOPSIS: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Creed, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
The Ryan Coogler / Michael B Jordan team is a freight train that leaves you winded and awe struck – point in case is Fruitvale Station (a must see if you don’t know). The two are back together for Creed and based off the trailer I’m expecting great things. When they threw Sly Stallone into the mix, I gotta admit I got goosebumps a little.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR – NOV 25
SYNOPSIS: An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
Pixar. The name, for me, is synonymous with must-see. I love everything about this trailer. The intro is perfect and doesn’t spoil too much of the film. The animation is next level and shows why Pixar are the best at what they do. While I don’t think the Pixar stamp is an automatic pass, it normally bodes well for a film and I’m hoping that applies to The Good Dinosaur.
STAR WARS – THE FORCE AWAKENS – DEC 18
SYNOPSIS: A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).
I mean, do I really need to tell you why this is a must-see film. No, I don’t think I do. J.J. Abrams better not fuck this up.
THE HATEFUL EIGHT – DEC 25
SYNOPSIS: In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?
Quentin Tarantino is a God amongst men and looking down from a high he hath bestowed upon us a new film. Amen.
THE REVENANT – DEC 25
SYNOPSIS: In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.
This is a bold statement to make so early on (not really), but I have a very strong feeling that The Revenant could be the best film of the year. It’s brought to you by last year’s winner (Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman) stars Leonardo DiCaprio (who deserves an Oscar already), and has Emmanuel Lubezki as director of photography (who is the best in the business). If the trailer is any indicator of what to expect (and they normally are), then we are in for one hell of a moving picture.
(Synopsis source: IMDB)