2014 Fall Movie Preview

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Here we are looking at the final months of 2014 already. As usual, the last third of the year looks to deliver some of the best movies. Just like our Summer Movie Preview, we’ll pick five movies from each month that look to be the most worth our time, as audiences. Happy Fall!





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From the stop-motion animation studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman comes this charming-looking animated fantasy about an orphan boy raised by Boxtrolls, little creatures in the sewers that collect trash. With a voice cast featuring Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, this movie looks to win over audiences of all ages. (9/26)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2560102/?ref_=ttrel_rel_tt4. Lilting

After receiving positive buzz at Sundance, this LGBT drama puts rising star Ben Whishaw’s character in a tough position. After losing his lover, a man tries to connect with his lover’s mother, who doesn’t seem to keen on the her-son-was-dating-a-man thing. An important subject leads to what could be proof that Ben Whishaw can carry a film as a leading man. (9/26)


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Another Sundance LGBT film, but this one looks much funnier. SNL alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play a set of estranged twins that avoid death on the same day and decide to reconcile. If the trailer is any indication, Wiig and Hader’s chemistry will be top-notch. Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, and Mark Duplass also star. (9/12)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3729920/2. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

An ambitious love story, Disappearance actually was cut into three different films, subtitled HimHer, and Them (watch the trailer, it’ll make more sense). The third is the one being released into theaters this September, after premiering at Cannes earlier this year. Starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, this impressive project could be one of the most inventive and fascinating romances of the season. (9/12)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1371150/1. This is Where I Leave You

I’m not seeing too many better casts this fall. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, and Jane Fonda are all bringing the beloved novel to life. This family comedy looks to use every one of its stars to their full potential, which could very well lead to the funniest, most touching movie of the season. (9/19)




Photo Credit:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dear_White_People5. Dear White People

A story following four black students at an Ivy League university that looks to flip your typical racism movie on its head. Based on the trailer, no race is safe from being told they’re racist in this comedy that premiered at Sundance. If Dear White People even has a chance at being the film millennials need to see to get their racism straight, it’ll be worth checking out. (10/17)


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Robert Downey Jr. may have passed on the several Marvel movies that came out this year, but it would be totally worth it is he and Robert Duvall sell this courtroom drama about a son defending his estranged father in a murder case. Also starring Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thorton, this looks to be a family dramedy that could really hit home. (10/10)


MV5BMTQ5NDM2MDc5OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTYzOTcwMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_3. Fury

For those of us in need of a dose of testosterone this fall, Brad Pitt is making a return trip to World War II. But this time, director David Ayer (Training DayEnd of Watch) is directing him, as well as Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jason Isaacs. Hollywood is due for an epic WWII film. The stars appear to be aligning for Fury, which was just moved to mid-October, a recently realized more competitive Oscar release window. (10/17)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2267998/2. Gone Girl

Fans of the bestselling novel have been arguing about this adaptation for months, but two words should put skeptics at ease: David Fincher. One of the most celebrated directors in Hollywood is taking on another widely popular, albeit dark, story. With a strong cast led by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl could join the rest of Fincher’s striking mysteries and continue to build his impressive resume. (10/3)


Photo Credit:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birdman_(film)1. Birdman

This is it, my most anticipated movie of the whole season. Remember Michael Keaton? The former Batman is playing an actor struggling to rebuild his career after giving up playing Birdman. Meta enough for you? This surrealist black comedy also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. But you’re kidding yourself if you think this is anything but the Michael Keaton show. (10/17)




Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2096672/5. Dumb and Dumber To

You’re damn right I’m excited for this low-brow, unnecessary sequel. Twenty years after the original hit theaters, the Farrelly brothers are reuniting with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels for a sequel full of stupid hijinks. It’s the perfect break between all the serious Oscar-grabbing political dramas that’ll be hitting theaters at the time. Also, from an analytical point of view, the original is probably the best movie ever that contains a fart scene. It’s really that clever and oddly poignant. (11/14)


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Here’s the reason Jon Stewart left The Daily Show for a few months last summer. The comedian’s directorial debut is hardly a comedy, but makes sense if you have ever watched Stewart and understand how smart he is. This film is about a journalist being held captive in Iran for an extended period of time. Heavy stuff from a guy who works for Comedy Central. But with a mind like Stewart’s, anything is possible. (11/7)

(Note: no trailer is currently available)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951265/3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The original Hunger Games was great, but last year’s Catching Fire literally blew the roof off on the franchise. Now we head into the two-part finale of the series, as Katniss and her allies prepare for war against the Capitol. The most notable new face for the third entry is Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin. But all eyes will likely be on Jennifer Lawrence as she beautifully brings Katniss to life for a third time. (11/21)


Photo Credithttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1100089/2. Foxcatcher

Coming out of Cannes, there was one major movie that had the word “Oscar” spoken about it repeatedly. By the trailer alone you can see Steve Carell’s transformative performance as John du Pont. Based on a true story, the film follows the grisly events surrounding Olympic wrestlers and brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, played by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, respectively. (11/14)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816692/1. Interstellar

People don’t seem to love Christopher Nolan as much as they did in 2008. But that likely won’t stop this space exploration adventure from raking in the dough this fall. Nolan hasn’t done a film quite like this yet. With an all star cast, led by Matthew McConaughey himself, there’s no doubt this will be one of the blockbusters of the season. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, and Wes Bentley. (11/7)




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In a year defined by Biblical epics, Ridley Scott looks to close the trend out strong with the story of Moses freeing the slaves from Egypt. With Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Ben Kingsley, and Sigourney Weaver, there’s little doubt that this film will be epic. Scott has been tested before with Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven, two of his best films. Bring on the Bible. (12/12)


4. Inherent Vice

One thing we’ve learned over the past decade: Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most exciting directors in the medium. This dark comedy crime film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Eric Roberts, Martin Short, and Maya Rudolph. Quite the eclectic range of talent there. That guarantees that this film will be different from just about every other Anderson film to date. (12/12)

(Note: no trailer or poster is currently available)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2180411/?ref_=nv_sr_13. Into the Woods

You mean there’s a fantasy-musical coming out starring Meryl Streep? Mic drop. A collection of fairy tales come together for this adaptation of the famous musical. Element of “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Bean Stalk”, “Rapunzel”, and “Cinderella” all exist in this story. But then there’s also Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Pine. Oh, and did we mention Ms. Streep? (12/25)


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Angelina Jolie directs this film written by the Coen brothers about an Olympic athlete that gets detained in Japanese war camps in the middle of World War II. Jolie’s directing career thus far has been an interesting one to follow. Many are predicting this to be her first film that receives unanimous praise. The film features a relatively untested cast led by Jack O’Connell. With this type of story, this film is sure to be in the Oscar conversation. (12/25)


MV5BODAzMDgxMDc1MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTI0OTAzMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Fans of The Hobbit novel know how exciting of an ending the story has. Well, the arguably overlong trilogy is coming to an end this fall, as five armies collide over the fate of Erabor. What will be most interesting about this chapter is how director Peter Jackson will link it to his earlier Lord of the Rings films. With one last battle to bring to the big screen, this may be our final look at Middle Earth. (12/17)



What movies are you most excited for this fall? Tell us below!


By Matt Dougherty

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