2015 Fall Movie Preview

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It’s finally approaching that time of year that movie fans love. The fall is when the year’s best films tend to hit. With a number of big releases in the months to come, 2015 looks to be no exception. As we usually do with our previews, we pick the five films we think you can’t miss from each month. Without further ado, here are the movies we can’t wait for in the final four months of the year.


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The recession may be over, but the effects are still reverberating through the means of storytelling. 99 Homes is the true story of a corrupt real estate broker (Michael Shannon) who kicks people out of their homes. We follow one of his victims (Andrew Garfield) as he finds ways to support his family. This small films played well at Venice and Toronto in 2014, with a release date finally hitting this fall. (9/25)


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The director of Independence Day hardly seems like the likely choice to take on the most significant event in the LGBTQ fight for rights before June 2015. The trailer has even come under fire for white washing and showing only gay men. Still, the Stonewall riots deserve a proper film treatment, and even if this isn’t it, at least Hollywood is privy to that sentiment. If this is it, then its just another victory for LGBTQ rights in this landmark year. We’ll be rooting for the latter. (9/25)


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Charming movies about young prodigies aren’t all that hard to find, but ones that also deal with mental illness are definitely rarer. Asa Butterfield stars as a math wiz that gets to compete on the British team in an international competition. With the ever-likable Sally Hawkins playing his mother, there’s more than enough heart to go around here. (9/11)


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Hitting theaters just five short days after it premieres at New York Film Festival, The Walk follows the true story of Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the high-wire artist who walked between the two towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Considering a very well received documentary was released about the same thing, it makes sense that director Robert Zemeckis is making this into a 3-D spectacular. (9/30)


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Johnny Depp is immersing himself in the role of Whitey Bulger a notorious crime boss turned FBI informant. The trailers have an urgency we haven’t seen from Depp in quite some time. There’s no question that this film has the most potential of all the September releases. Director Scott Cooper has one great credit under his name with Crazy Heart, though Out of the Furnace disappointed many. Black Mass looks to be his redemption from that, with what looks to be the right actor in the right role. (9/18)




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Twin gangsters Reggie and Ron Kray, both played by everyone’s new favorite lead Tom Hardy, were notorious in London in the 1950s and 1960s. The movie version of the story looks like a ton of fun. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland, the guy who directed 42Legends looks to be a different film from the director. Sharing the screen with Hardy are Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston, and David Thewlis. (10/2)


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We can’t talk about October films and not mention at least one horror film. This year, visionary director Guillermo del Toro is positioned to deliver an atmospheric, back-to-the-basics haunted house movie. With a cast featuring such strong players as Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain, there’s a lot of potential for this ghost story to leave an impression. After all, when was the last time Chastain signed onto something bad. (10/16)


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Steven Spielberg is teaming up with the Coen Brothers for a spy thriller starring Tom Hanks. Excited yet? This true story follows the negotiations between the US and USSR concerning the release of a pilot whose plane was shot down in Soviet airspace. With Amy Ryan and Alan Alda also in the cast, this movie is so much of a surefire that it’s almost boring to talk about. Almost. (10/16)


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Here’s another power team: Danny Boyle directing a script from Aaron Sorkin. Put Michael Fassbender in the role of Steve Jobs, one of the most influential CEOs of all time, and you’ve got another potential surefire here, and a definite Oscar contender. Backing up Fassbender is an amazing cast that includes Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels. It’s the biopic that could define our generation. (10/9)


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Ridley Scott is due for a hit. The Martian is his best chance at getting one this decade. Based on the critically-acclaimed novel of the same name, Matt Damon stars as an astronaut stuck on Mars after a failed mission. The cast backing him up is immensely talented and includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. While not a surefire, if this film succeeds, it’ll likely be one of the best of the year. (10/2)




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Christmas will be right around the corner when this R-rated holiday comedy from the minds behind This is the End and The Interview hits theaters. Starring a trio of “wise men,” (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie), the film is directed by 50/50 helmer Jonathan Levine. With all these great minds involved, and a confirmed cameo from Miley Cyrus, this is easily the comedy not to miss this fall. (11/25)


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By mid-November, Oscar season will be in full swing. In 2015, Angelina Jolie will return to the director’s chair for another stab at awards. But this time, she’ll be teaming with her husband, Brad Pitt. The couple supposedly shot the film on their honeymoon. Based on the trailer, what a lovely honeymoon that must have been. Regardless, their chemistry was undeniable in Mr. and Mrs. Smith ten years ago. Now, their first collaboration since, will put that chemistry to the test in a far more serious story. (11/13)


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Having seemingly been in development forever (about a decade), Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and co. will finally be coming to the big screen. With a gorgeous animation style that pays tribute to the comic strip’s roots, The Peanuts Movie aims to land in the hearts of everyone who’s ever uttered “good grief” in defeat. It’ll likely do so with charm, of course. (11/6)


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How do you follow up Skyfall? You bring in some of 007’s oldest enemies for another big revamp of classic material. Revamps of the classic 007 characters and tropes have come to define the Daniel Craig era of James Bond. And what an era it’s been. Christoph Waltz, an actor almost hilariously born to play a Bond villain, plays a leader in SPECTRE, the organization that Blofeld called home way back when Sean Connery played Bond. Sam Mendes returns to direct the 24th 007 film. (11/6)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951266/1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

If another franchise wasn’t getting a massive resurgence later in the season, this final entry of the Hunger Games franchise would be the most anticipated blockbuster of the fall. This franchise has never stuttered over its previous three films, a rare feat for an adaptation of a YA novel series. But the final fight is here and boy does it look awesome. On a much sadder note, this is the last film Philip Seymour Hoffman will ever appear in. The Hunger Games may not have been the type of film he typically appeared in, but here’s to sending him off with a bang. (11/20)




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Quentin Tarantino’s eight film got off to a rocky start when the full script leaked online a couple of years ago. But the cast, which is full of Tarantino regulars, rounds out this fun-looking western to hopefully make something as entertaining as Tarantino has ever made. Sure, it partially feels like covered ground coming so soon after Django Unchained, but Tarantino will probably make it fresh somehow anyway. (12/25)


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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are on top of the world. The former SNL buddies continue to have the most marketable friendship in Hollywood. Teaming with the director of Pitch Perfect, Fey and Poehler play sisters throwing one last party at their childhood home. Joined by fellow SNL alums Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch, as well as 2015’s comedy breakout John Cena, the R-rated comedy looks to deliver the funnies all the way to the bank. (12/18)


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David O. Russell is becoming one of the most exciting directors of the decade. It also helps that he’s teamed up with the world’s most bankable actress for what will be the third time now. Jennifer Lawrence plays Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop and single mother from Long Island. Robert De Niro plays her father and Bradley Cooper plays an executive at the Home Shopping Network. We’ll see you at the theater. (12/25)


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It’s a quick turnaround for Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to have another big awards contender coming out this year. But The Revenant looks so different from last year’s Michael Keaton vehicle. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy star in the adaptation of the novel about frontiersman Hugh Glass exacting revenge on those who robbed him and left him for dead. If all goes well, Inarritu and DiCaprio could be a partnership we want to see again. (12/25)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2488496/1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Where do we even start? Everything that has come out so far about The Force Awakens points to it being the true return to Star Wars fans have been yearning for for decades. And the cast. Everyone is back from the original trilogy and the new folks are all so talented. Adam Driver as a young Sith Lord? Gwendoline Christie as a Stormtrooper captain? Oscar Isaac as the best X-wing pilot in the galaxy? Disney didn’t have to try so hard to get us to buy a ticket, but they did anyway. That’s why this is likely going to be the movie event of a generation. (12/18)



What movies are you most excited for this fall? Let us know in the comments below!


By Matt Dougherty

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