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Fall 2014 Movie Preview!

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With the summer firmly behind us its time to take a look at all the exciting films coming out in the Fall. We’ve already had some great films this year  and the upcoming season already feels more exciting than last. The contenders “Best Picture” Oscar aren’t as obvious this year because there are quite a bit of options. Competition should be rough, making it all the more interesting. The word of the season is variety. We have everything from exciting indie films to blockbuster epics coming up.  The films are listed in release order (from earliest to latest) from as early as tomorrow to the official end of Fall (December 21st). So lets get into it…

Gone Girl:

I haven’t read the book but the trailers piqued my interest. David Fincher wouldn’t have returned to the murder mystery genre (after already perfecting it with Se7en and Zodiac) if he didn’t think he could make something special. And if Fincher is making a film about a missing wife you can expect it will be more complex than that (and judging by the early reviews, it is) – Paul

Both a twisted portrayal of modern marriage and a thrilling meditation on the effects of media and the public eye, Gillian Flynn’s mega-hit Gone Girl is finally coming to the big screen with a sure-fire cast and one of the best directors around today. There has been some controversy surrounding the film pertaining to the question of a changed ending in the film or if Affleck is really a good choice for the fickle and moody character of Nick Dunne, but as one who has read the book and loves David Fincher I am sure this will one of the hits of the fall movie season. – Andrew

Release Date: October 3rd

Whiplash:

Usually star power isn’t enough to get me to go see a movie. In this case it would have. J.K. Simmons is one of my favorite underrated actors (along with Gary Oldman and John Goodman) and his performance in Whiplash looks to be his best work yet. On top of that I’m a giant Jazz fan and the music in the film sounds phenomenal. – Paul

Release Date: October 10th (Limited)

Birdman:

This film looks so visually unique and energetic. I haven’t seen anything else quite like it. It should make for a refreshing movie going experience. On top of that, the cast is loaded and apparently has dual scene-stealing performances from Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. – Paul and Andrew

Release Date: October 17th (Limited)

Nightcrawler:

On my list I think Nightcrawler is probably the film I’m looking forward to the least. I’m more intrigued by it than I am anticipating it. That’s not a bad thing. Often times it’s the films that you don’t pay attention to that surprise you the most. Jake Gyllenhaal is solid in everything he’s in (especially in the last couple of years) and he’s often overlooked. Visually, It looks sleazy and grimy, and since it’s a film about crime journalism in LA, I wouldn’t want it any other way. – Paul

Release Date: October 31st

Interstellar:

Christopher Nolan has very quickly transformed himself into an event filmmaker. He consistently produces incredible films with every outing. For that reason he is my favorite director. When people ask the ridiculously hard question of “What is your favorite movie?” typically my go to answer is Inception or The Dark Knight Trilogy. From what i’ve seen, i wouldn’t be surprised if Interstellar slowly earns its spot. Hans Zimmer’s score sounds beautiful. The cast is easily the most star studded (no pun intended) this year. I’m also very excited to see what Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytma does with the IMAX canvas.  Everything about Interstellar has me beyond excited and it easily takes position of my most anticipated film of the year. – Paul

Release Date: November 7th

Foxcatcher:

Like most people, the main reason I’m attracted to this film is because of the performances of Steve Carrell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum. Carrell’s transformation is reminiscent of Marlon Brando in The Godfather. My one fear is that the film will turn out to be Oscar bait, but if I were a betting man, I’d bet it will be better than that. – Paul

I’ve been hearing about this one for a while now. One of the more promising movies of the fall, director Bennet Miller known for his excellent film Moneyball, coming back to the sports genre with a more than promising cast. Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and the most hyped, Steve Carrell in a much talked about and allegedly Oscar worthy performance. – Andrew

Release Date: November 14th

Mockingjay Part 1:

If you enjoyed the first two then it’s all aboard the hype train! Catching Fire blew Hunger Games out of the water and with Francis Lawrence returning to direct I have very high hopes for Mockingjay. The final book was underwhelming at best and even though its a trend to split the final book in a series into two parts, it may very well prove beneficial for Mockingjay. There is a very real chance Mockingjay could join the list of films that are better than their book. – Paul

Release Date: November 21st

Wild:

 

Reese Witherspoon is in serious need of a career boost. The actress hasn’t been in the spotlight for too long and now its finally time for her to return. Starring in the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, the film is already being called a reinvention for Witherspoon. – Andrew

Release Date: December 5th

Exodus:

Ridley Scott has been hit or miss as of late and he’s certainly been under scrutiny when it comes to the casting of Exodus. He knows how to do an epic though so my hope is that this film is more Gladiator, Directors Cut of Kingdom of Heaven, or Blade Runner than it is The Counselor. – Paul

Release Date: December 12th

The Battle of the Five Armies:

Yes, The Hobbit films are not as good as The Lord of The Rings. They don’t have consistent tone and the over reliance of CGI does get a tiny bit annoying at times. The films have been pretty entertaining though and hopefully this will be a proper and satisfying goodbye to Middle Earth. – Paul

Release Date: December 17th


 

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