2016 Fall Movie Preview

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As one of the most disappointing summer blockbuster seasons in recent history closes out, we can’t help but looks past the desolate summer movie doldrums and into what the rest of 2016 holds. It’s the fall, so hopefully a lot of big awards movies will finally show themselves. But there’s also a lot of big blockbusters coming out, everywhere from Marvel to the return to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As usual, we’ve picked five films from each month we are most excited about. Here’s what the rest of 2016 has us on the edge of our seat for.


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Movies about teenagers are hardly uncommon, but The Edge of Seventeen looks especially honest. This comically dark look at growing up will premiere at TIFF in the weeks leading up to its release, which is a sign of confidence from the studio. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedwick and Blake Jenner, the cast is well-rounded enough to hopefully make this an early season surprise. (9/30)


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What if Tim Burton directed a mash up of X-Men and Harry Potter? Based on the famous novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has Burton diehards hopeful it’ll be a return to form for the peculiar director who’s recent efforts have been mostly duds. The film stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Terrance Stamp, Judi Dench, and Rupert Everett. (9/30)


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Remakes are mostly out of style these days, but this update of the 1960 classic, as well as the 1954 Japanese classic, diversifies the cast with some current Hollywood favorites. With Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard, and Matt Bomer, the film will be undeniably fun. Coming from director Antoine Fuqua of Training Day, it could be a little more. (9/23)


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The biggest surprise to come out of San Diego Comic Con this year didn’t have to do with a superhero. Initially titled The Woods, Lionsgate didn’t clue anyone in that this little found footage horror film would be a sequel to the 1999 classic until just a few weeks ago. As for the reaction from SDCC? It was really positive. Halloween might come early this year. (9/16)


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Snowden feels like it’s been coming out for years. Oliver Stone’s biopic of Edward Snowden was filmed all the way back in February 2015. It finally premiered at San Diego Comic Con this year to a positive reception, leaving us really excited that this could be one of Stone’s better recent efforts. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the titular role, with the cast rounded out by Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans, and Nicolas Cage. (9/16)




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Look, when awards season really kicks off this month, don’t expect this hard-boiled sequel to an already forgotten action movie to make any waves. But the trailer for this movie is irresistibly self-aware. The film looks to extract all the pulp it can out of star Tom Cruise for a harmless, fun action flick to cut the tension of a politically charged Oscar season. (10/21)


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Based on Philip Roth’s novel, American Pastoral marks Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut. The actor also stars, alongside Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, and Uzo Aduba. Buzz surrounding the film hasn’t picked up much steam so far, but it will premiere at TIFF, which will likely spell whether it’s going to be a success. (10/21)


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Patrick Ness, author of the young adult novel on which this film is based, wrote the script for the adaptation, giving it that Perks of Being a Wallflower level of authenticity. Running the show, however, is J.A. Bayona of The Impossible. Liam Neeson voices the titular monster, with Felicity Jones and Sigourney Weaver backing him up in live-action. The trailer points to a whimsical children’s tale that will hopefully challenge 2016’s lesser fare. (10/21)


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The novel has been the talk of the town for a few years now, so naturally Hollywood jumped on it in hopes of making bank. With Emily Blunt leading the cast, the studio will probably make their money back, even if the film ends up failing to garner awards attention like the sadly forgotten Gone Girl did a few years ago. But with the source material’s popularity, the film is likely to stick close to it to keep fans happy. (10/7)


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Since Sundance in January, just one film has dominated pretty much any and all awards talk, and that’s this title reclaiming story of a slave uprising in the South. Buzz for this one is massive, and with the #OscarsSoWhite controversy earlier this year, expect this one to garner the attention everyone is saying it deserves. (10/7)




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Marvel made one of the only truly great summer blockbusters this year with Captain America: Civil War, but will lightning strike twice for the massively popular property? Doctor Strange looks like a Marvel movie smashed together with The Matrix and Inception. The character himself may not be the most exciting, but with Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetal Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelson, and Tilda Swinton in the cast, it may rise above and become one of Marvel’s best films. (11/4)


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Ang Lee re-enters the awards conversation with an adaptation of the acclaimed novel of the same name. The director moves away from the more mystical elements of Life of Pi for the more human story of a soldier trying to discover his place in the world after the war is older. The film stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin, the weirdest cast for a potential Oscar contender ever. But the film will speak for itself come November. (11/11)


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Another Sundance favorite hitting theaters right in time for awards season is Manchester By the Sea, the story of a small family in a small town in the face of tragedy. Kenneth Lonergan, writer of Gangs of New York, writes and directs, with Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Kyle Chandler starring. (11/18)

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Up and coming master of tension, Denis Villeneuve, director of Prisoners and Sicario, has an ultra-secret sci-fi flick starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner coming out this fall. That should be enough to get you excited. If not, Renner recently described the film as a marriage between Spielberg and Kubrick. Little is known about it at the time of writing, but the promise is huge. (11/11)


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Phantom Menace and The Hobbit be damned, Harry Potter is going the prequel trilogy route. David Yates, director of the last four and best three Potter films, returns to the franchise. But the big behind the scenes story here is that J.K. Rowling herself is penning the script. Bringing the Wizarding World to New York City, the film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, and Jon Voight. (11/18)




5. Fences

Denzel Washington will make his directorial debut this fall when he adapts August Wilson’s play Fences, which he also starred in a Broadway version of. Also returning to the source material from that same version is Viola Davis. The story revolves around a former Negro league baseball player coming to terms with the way his life turned out. With racial tensions high in the country right now, expect this one to make a few headlines come December. (12/16)

Note: No trailer or poster currently available. 


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Shakespeare in Love director John Madden is teaming up with Jessica Chastain this fall to take on another hugely topical U.S. issue: gun control. Chastain will play the titular character as she faces off against the gun lobby to pass gun control legislation. It may be awards bait, but the star and topic are hard to ignore. (12/9)

Note: No trailer is currently available. 


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Michael Keaton’s comeback from Birdman onward has been one of the most delightful aspects of awards season the last few years. He’s back again in 2016, playing Ray Kroc, the man responsible for McDonald’s as we know it. Moving from a summer release to a more awards season friendly date in December, The Weinstein Company is gearing up for a big Oscar campaign for this one. (12/16)


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The Force Awakens was just the beginning. Disney’s Star Wars films continue this year with the first film outside the episodic saga. Gareth Edwards directs Rogue One, the story of how the Rebellion stole the plans to the Death Star before A New Hope. Hopefully, the film will be different enough from the rest of the franchise to justify the slew of other films coming up beyond Episode VIII. (12/16)


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As someone who thinks Whiplash is one of the best films of the decade, I’m very eager Damien Chazelle’s follow-up. The young director appears to be sticking to music, but taking a whole different direction. La La Land looks like a classic Hollywood musical in the same vein as Singin’ In the Rain. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star as two aspiring artists in Los Angeles. We’ve seen their chemistry before in Crazy, Stupid, Love. and it was magnetic. This time we get that in a musical setting. What’s not to love? (12/2)



What movies are you most looking forward to in the fall? Let us know in the comments below!


By Matt Dougherty

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