My most dreaded time of year is January-February. Hardly any films are released and usually I’m not dying to see them if they are. But FALL!!!! Fall is when we get the good ones! Most films nominated for fancy awards are released in the fall.
Plus – we are looking for date nights… and family time… and fall 2014 really has some stuff for us to put on our must see movies list. Starting with September.
Skeleton Twins – Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star as an estranged brother and sister back together after he tries to commit suicide. Luke Wilson and Ty Burrell also star in this awesome cast. It’s a dark DRAMEDY — but it did garner a Best Screenplay win at the Sundance Film Festival. That means it’s at the top of my list.
This is Where I Leave You – More sibling movie fun – and SNL alum love with Tina Fey playing the sister to Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, and Corey Stoll’s characters — all brought back together by their father’s funeral. Jane Fonda plays their mother. It’s based on the 2009 novel by Jonathan Tropper.
More films to add to your list —
No Good Deed –stars Taraji P Henson and Idris Elba… This role is a far cry from his last role — as Nelson Mandela in that BIO-PIC. He plays an escaped convict who terrorizes a wife and mother when he breaks into her home.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: THEM — Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy star in a film that shows both sides of the end of a marriage.
Jimi: All is by My Side — Jimi Hendrix BIO-PIC … John Ridley wrote and directed …. took some heat for hiring OutKast frontman Andre Benjamin -AKA Andre 3000 — because of his lack of much acting experience. I’m hip to see this and what they made together.
The Box Trolls – if you’re a fan of STOP-MOTION animation maybe this one is for you. It comes from the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman. And I like both of those. Features voices of Ben Kingsley and Elle Fanning.
And then we have October…
Gone Girl - Directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, Social Network). He actually hired Gillian Flynn — who wrote the novel it’s based on– to write the screenplay (her first ever screenplay). Ben Affleck stars in this murder mystery as the husband of a woman gone missing on their fifth anniversary. Also stars Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star as the parents in this movie version of a the beloved 1972 children’s book by Judith Viorst. The 11-year-old title character is played by newcomer Ed Oxenbould. As Alexander says — Sometimes life just gives you a wad of gum in your hair. Can’t wait to see this one.
More films to add to your list in October—
Annabelle — spin off from my favorite scary from last year… It’s a pre-quel to The Conjuring.
The Judge — Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall star in a legal drama about a father and son conflict.
Fury — WWII tank movie from Director David Ayer stars Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Michael Peña
St. Vincent — Bill Murray plays a old man in Brooklyn who bonds with the kid next door. Also stars Chris O’Dowd and Melissa McCarthy.
And then we have November…
Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 — The long awaited arrival on November 21st.
Interstellar — Director Christopher Nolan; starring Matthew McConaughey.
Rosewater – This is Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s directing debut! It’s based on the 2011 memoir of an Iranian-born journalist.
More films to add to your list in November — Penguins of Madagascar, Dumb & Dumber To, and Horrible Bosses 2.
And then we have December –
Into the Woods – The Broadway musical about sarcastic and cynical fairy tale characters changes colors and becomes a family-friendly Disney film this holdiay season. Director Rob Marshall weaves together the adventures of Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood, among others, for the screen. The big bad Wolf (Johnny Depp), the Baker’s Wife (Emily Blunt) and Cinderella’s Prince (Chris Pine). Marshall says he was surprised by some of the actors’ singing chops, but he expects audiences will really be talking about about Meryl Streep’s vocal performance as the Witch.
More films to add to your list for December –
Exodus: Gods and Kings — Christian Bale as Moses, directed by Rdley Scott.
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies — The last in the trilogy.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb — Ben Stiller is back at the museum!
Annie — Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz star in this new take on the 1977 Broadway musical.
Paddington — The stuffed animal and children’s book character comes to life this holiday season.
And a preview of 2015: Selma – Oprah Winfrey teams up with relatively unknown female director (Ava DuVernay), and a British actor (David Oyelowo), for the a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic. Selma chronicles the civil rights leader during three months in 1965, from the ”Bloody Sunday” assault on protesters to the historic march through Alabama… The film will have an Academy run in December before rolling out nationwide by MLK weekend in January,