#Fall2014 movie preview for any mood

Interstellar Christopher Nolanthe hunger games mockingjay part 1Alright summertime is now officially over. Hope all you action junkies got your fix because now it’s time for the fall movie season and with it comes a slew of films each studio will be pushing hard as we begin the road to The Oscars 2015. There’s gonna be a TON of drama, but some comedy and even a potential blockbuster or two, but for more demanding moviegoers, this is their prime season to indulge. It may be a bit overwhelming to figure out what you should add to your calendar so no worries, I’ve got the perfect fall movie for any possible mood you’re in over the next three months. So let’s get to it!

ABCs of Death 2For the gore-seekers…
ABCs of Death 2 – Oct. 31
Timed perfectly for Halloween, this sequel to the 2012 comedy/horror takes a new look at 26 ways people can be killed. This may be the best shot for a scare for horror fans.

Need something for the entire family…
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Oct. 10
Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner headline this adaptation of Judith Viorst’s beloved children’s book. For family entertainment, this looks to be the season’s big-time winner.

While you’re waiting on “Taken 3”…
A Walk Among the Tombstones – Sept. 19
Director Scott Frank (“The Wolverine” screenwriter) tackles what honest to goodness is not “Taken 3” as Liam Neeson stars as Matthew Scudder, a private investigator hired by a drug kingpin to determine who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

For the romantic…
Beyond the Lights – Nov. 14
This music drama sees Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”) as a young musician closing in on the brink of superstardom struggling with the burden of her new success including a would-be suitor Nate Parker. Danny Glover and Minnie Driver co-star. I’m looking forward to this one and seeing if Mbatha-Raw and Parker can create one of the more memorable on-screen couples we’ve seen in awhile.

michael-keaton-birdmanThis year’s Oscar comeback story has landed…
Birdman – Oct. 17
In what could be his big comeback film like “The Wrestler” was for Mickey Rourke, Michael Keaton stars as a has-been whose big claim to fame was starring as an iconic superhero who now has to shelve his wounded ego to prepare for a Broadway play that could be his ticket to the limelight once again. From very early buzz, prepare for a lot of Batman comparisons and hearing a lot of how Keaton found his inspiration for award nomination.

big hero 6This year’s big animated Oscar contender…
Big Hero 6 – Nov. 7
Child prodigy Hiro Hamada and his plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax form a super hero team with a group of friends in Disney’s latest production they’re hoping will charm audiences just like “Frozen,” which debuted last November.

If you own a time machine…
Dumb and Dumber To — Nov. 14
In what may be a case of too little too late, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise the roles they made infamous from their 1994 hit comedy. The trailer doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence, but maybe Carrey has one more big side-splitting comedy left in him?

Foxcatcher movie posterFor wrestling fans…
Foxcatcher —Nov. 14
Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo star in this true sports drama about Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum) whose relationship with his brother, Dave (Ruffalo), and sponsor (John du Pont) leads to unlikely circumstances.

For the tank fans…
Fury – Oct. 17
After a playful look at World War II in “Inglourious Basterds” Brad Pitt returns to the battleground in a far more serious war drama. This time, he plays the commander of a Sherman tank, whose five-man crew (Logan Lerman, Shia LeBeouf, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal) try to carry out an important mission in Nazi Germany-occupied territory.

gone girlIf you want to be ok with not having to root for Ben Affleck…
Gone Girl – Oct. 3
Before he comes to theaters in 2016 as Batman in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Ben Affleck is starring in David Fincher’s latest mystery thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s novel. After a woman (Rosamund Pike) disappears, the search for her becomes a national headline, but her husband (Affleck) may know more than he’s letting on. While a bit early for most Oscar contenders, due to its pedigree, there’s little chance critics and audiences won’t be buzzing about it for the rest of 2014.

Looking for a Wolfpack replacement…
Horrible Bosses 2 — Nov. 28
After starting their own business, Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), get scammed by a smooth investor (Chris Pine) and decide to try and get payback via a kidnapping plot. Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston return as well in what should be the major adult comedy of the season.

instellar poster2The best movie to be ignored come award season…
Interstellar – Nov. 7
Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight Rises”) comes back to save us from the doldrums of regular boring movies with this action mystery starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hatahway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley and the obligatory appearance by Michael Caine. A team of explorers find a wormhole that allow them to conquer time space travel

Think third time is the charm…
Kill the Messenger – Oct. 10
After a series of action-heavy roles, you may have forgotten that Jeremy Renner can tackle serious dramas with the best of them. The two-time Oscar-nominated actor (Best Actor in 2010’s “The Hurt Locker” and Supporting Actor for 2011’s “The Town”) looks to earn a third nod in this film based on the true story of a reporter whose efforts in exposing the CIA’s role in importing cocaine and arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua result in him becoming targeted in a smear campaign so vicious he’s driven to the brink of suicide.

penguins of madagascarFor the animal lovers …
Penguins of Madagascar — Nov. 28
The “Madagascar” scene-stealers get their own spin-off as they partner with the undercover organization The North Wind in an effort to stop the evil Dr. Octavius Brine. Gotta love that clever branding to make sure families know these aren’t some random penguins. I can’t get enough of these guys in their cameo role and I’m curious if they work better in small doses or can sustain their own film.

If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic…
The Equalizer – Sept. 26
Denzel Washington reunites with his “Training Day” Director Antoine Fuqua in this action thriller about a former black ops commando who comes out of retirement to save a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) from Russian gangsters. This film version of the four-year long TV series is also one to keep an eye on for its outstanding supporting cast including Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman and Marton Csokas.

The one film you can’t miss…
The Hunger Games Mockingjay – Part 1 — Nov. 21
Undoubtedly the most anticipated film of the season is the penultimate chapter of the “Hunger Games” saga, which sees Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss becoming the symbol of the slowly building mass rebellion against the indulgent opulent Capitol.

the imitation gameThe thinking viewer’s World War II film…
The Imitation Game — Nov. 21
Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) is an English mathematician and logician is tasked with cracking the Enigma code during World War II and if that’s not enough to get you interested, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode and Keira Knightley co-star. For as much critical acclaim as he gets, Cumberbatch has yet to headline a major hit. That could change with this, but going against “Hunger Games” won’t do him any favors.

Like Iron Man or Tom Hagen?
The Judge – Oct. 10
Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall star in this very intriguing drama where Downey plays a hot shot city lawyer who returns home after his father (Duvall) is accused of murder. Vera Farmiga and Balthazar Getty co-star. Can’t really see this one not being anything short of mesmerizing if for no other reason than the (hopefully) numerous Oscar-bait scenes between Downey and Duvall.

maze runnerIf you’re looking for the next YA franchise…
The Maze Runner – Sept. 19
Wes Ball (“Beginners”) directs what could be the next big YA franchise or just another “Hunger Games” wannabe. Dylan O’Brien (“The Internship”) stars as Thomas, who finds himself placed in a community of young boys each who also have had their mind erased. Now they’re trapped in a maze and have to team with other “maze runners” (including “We’re the Millers’” Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangler “Game of Thrones”) in order to escape.

For a look behind the genius…
The Theory of Everything – Nov. 7
Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables”) and Felicity Jones star in this bio drama of the relationship of physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. This is positioned in peak Oscar nomination territory so distributor Focus Features is feeling pretty strongly about its chances.

this is where i leave youWant a funny version of “August: Osage County”…
This is Where I Leave You – Sept. 19
In what may be the most stacked comedy ensemble of the season, Shawn Levy (“Date Night”) directs Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Dax Shepard and Timothy Olyphant star in this family comedy/drama where four siblings have to live under the same roof to honor their father’s dying wish.

 

  • Fred

    I would say “The Equalizer”, “Beyond The Lights”, “The Judge”, “Kill The Messenger”, “Gone Girl”, “Interstellar”, “Birdman”. “A Walk Among The Tombstones” and “Foxcatcher” are films I have an interest in checking out. There’s no doubt in my mind that The Hunger Games Mockingjay – Part 1 will surpass GOTG as the biggest grossing domestic film of the year, I think that’s pretty inevitable and I’m not even a HG fan.

  • I totally agree with you on HG winning in the end. Doesn’t look like this year will see a “Frozen” to sneak in in the end.

    I’m really hopeful for Equalizer, Judge, Foxcatcher and of course Interstellar.

    So HG hasn’t quite grabbed you yet, eh?

  • Fred

    Yeah there’s not going to be a ‘Frozen’ size hit this year, globally I think Transformers 4 is the closet we’ll get to that. I don’t hate HG or anything, I just haven’t been able to get into it. That being said eventhough I’m not a HG fan I’m smart enough to not let my personal judgement cloud my thoughts on a film’s hit potential. And I do know it will be the biggest domestic hit of the year, it should be no lower than the high 300 million range at worst and low 400 million range at best.

  • Think you’re right on TF4 being the closest worldwide.

    I could see it hitting $400 as the fan base hasn’t been let down yet and Jennifer Lawrence’s stock continues to be on the rise.Beyond HG, what do you think will be the big grosser?