#TheList: Fall Movie Preview
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Ten films premiering this fall that you won’t want to miss.
Hollywood’s entertainment gurus are chasing an impressive summer of box office mega-hits with a fall lineup that is as visually tantalizing as it is action packed. With Leslye Headland’s quick-witted comedy Sleeping with Other Peopleand Scott Cooper’s gritty, semi-historical crime drama Black Mass rolling onto the silver screen, this upcoming season is slated to be a cinematic knockout.
Release: August 21
Directed by: Paul Weitz
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox
Feisty comedic powerhouse Lily Tomlin stars as Elle, the kind of estranged grandma who lives in an acid-wash denim jacket and shreds her credit cards to use as wind chime ornaments. But when her teenage granddaughter, Sage (Judy Greer, of The Perks of Being a Wallflower), shows up pregnant and in need of $600, Elle is catapulted back into a hilarious whirlwind of familial turmoil. Both acerbically funny and endearing, the film chronicles an afternoon in which Elle helps to unearth some cash while passing on a few small wisdoms to Sage—like how to say “screw you” to your mother and whack your boyfriend with a hockey stick.
2. No Escape
Release: August 26
Directed by: John Erick Dowdle
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Lake Bell, Owen Wilson
This explosive thriller by horror film veteran John Erick Dowdle (As Above, So Below, Devil) centers on an American expatriate family foraging for safety amidst the clamor of a sudden—and violent—political coup in an anonymous Southeast Asian country. It’s a knuckle-whitening, chest-tightening and wholly immersive experience that pinpoints the most hideous elements of xenophobia and magnifies them in a nightmarish and slightly dystopian setting.
3. Sleeping With Other People
Release: September 11
Directed by: Leslye Headland
Starring: Alison Brie, Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet
Spunky funny girl writer/director Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) has dubbed her new film about dysfunction and un-romance “When Harry Met Sally for assholes.” Alison Brie stars alongside Jason Sudeikis in this clever, laugh-out-loud story about a pair of serial sexual infidels who attempt to maintain a platonic relationship in an effort to avoid certain self-sabotage.
4. The New Girlfriend (“Une Nouvelle Amie”)
Release: September 18
Directed by: Francois Ozon
Starring: Romain Duris, Anais Demoustier, Raphael Personnaz
French filmmaker Francois Ozon’s convoluted psychological thriller skillfully weaves perversity with suspense in this film about a woman who discovers that her late best friend’s husband secretly prefers to dress as a woman. The story unravels the compelling and often shocking truths hidden behind the characters’ intricate bourgeois exteriors through its deeply intimate cinematography. It is a visually masterful modern exploration of sex and femininity doused in wry humor and a twisted, Hichcockian aesthetic.
5. Black Mass
Release: September 18
Directed by: Scott Cooper
Starring: Adam Scott, Johnny Depp, Juno Temple
Johnny Depp stars as the infamously ruthless Irish-American mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in this semi-biographical crime drama based on the 2001 book of the same name. The film focuses on a stretch of time in the late ’70s and early ’80s—following Whitey’s Alcatraz stint—while he swindles his way to the top of the Winter Hill Gang food chain. With robust technical support fueling its plot, the story delves into the appalling relationship between Whitey and the FBI. It is explicit, raw and disturbs to a point just short of disbelief.
Release: October 2
Directed by: Peter Sollett
Starring: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon
Based on the Oscar-winning documentary, this feature film both delicately and fervently depicts the true story of New Jersey police lieutenant Laurel Hester (portrayed expertly by Julianne Moore), whose deathbed fight against the state government to extend pension benefits to her domestic partner (played by Ellen Page) garnered national media attention. Both Moore and Page’s gut-wrenching and unapologetically authentic performances are gripping—they paint a two-hour landscape of very human inspiration amidst tragedy.
7. Steve Jobs
Release: October 9
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet
This highly anticipated biopic is The Social Network meets The Theory of Everything. With those iconic metal-rimmed glasses and that captivating (and somewhat pompous) creative genius persona, Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs‚ the pioneer of the microcomputer revolution and the inventor and co-founder of Apple. But as his professional career climbs an endlessly upward trajectory, his personal relationships rapidly come undone. The story explores the consequences of fame and power as well as the tenuous intersection between elusive brilliance and actual humanity.
Release: October 16
Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Brie Larson, William H. Macy, Joan Allen
Brie Larson steps out of her comedic comfort zone as Ma, an unnamed woman who is being held captive in a small, narrow room with her young son. Imagination and reality coalesce as the room becomes an entire world, complete with landscapes and skylines that Ma crafts with her storytelling. The film’s minimalist approach to the narrative is immensely powerful—it is desperate, obsessive, hopeful and horrifying all at once. As Ma plans her son’s intricate escape from the room, the story offers a painful look at abduction and the strength of a victim stripped almost entirely of her personhood.
Release: October 23
Directed by: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep
Spirited leading ladies Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep stomp, chant and riot through this semi-historical account of the early underground feminist movement in late 19th-century Britain. The film tells the stories of seemingly ordinary women—mothers, seamstresses, cooks—and their palpable outrage as they struggled to break from the traditional female gender roles and work toward equality among the sexes. The story captures the true fire of these women—cunning, brave and unrelenting.
10. Rock the Kasbah
Release: October 23
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Starring: Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel
Playing off The Clash’s 1980 punk-rock chart-topper “Rock the Casbah,” this delightfully ridiculous film stars Bill Murray as slightly slimy has-been rock band manager Richie Lanz, who drags his lone remaining client (Zooey Deschanel) on a USO tour of Afghanistan. But when Richie finds himself stranded and broke in Kabul, he discovers a young Afghan girl with an enchanting singing voice and decides to manage her. An entirely charming, feel-good film.