Top 5 Picks for Fall Films


Sometimes I think I enjoy the trailers more than the film itself when I go to the movies. I know I’m not alone in that. I’m pretty sure everyone will agree that they enjoy being a movie critic in under 3 minutes—I can’t explain it any better than Dane Cook. I watch the screen hungrily and text myself the titles of the ones I think look good. With summer winding down, we’re now getting sneak peeks of all the awesome pictures waiting for us in the coming months. I’ve picked five of my favorites, all action/dramas, listed below according to release date. Maybe they should be on your list, too?

September 20: Prisoners
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Why: I half expected to see “Based On A True Story” flash by at some point. I love suspenseful thrillers. Even though the thought is terrifying, I like stories about abduction. Badass father taking matters into his own hands makes me think it might hopefully take some elements from Taken. Although Hugh isn’t exactly a fave of mine, I know he’ll deliver. Paul Dano can totally play the creepy kid. And as an added bonus, Viola Davis.

September 27: Rush
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl
Directed by: Ron Howard

Why: This looks like it’s going to be excellent. I’ll see anything these days if it has Chris in it. Clearly the superior Hemsworth brother. Sidebar: I don’t like hearing people call Chris “the new Heath Ledger.” The similarities really don’t go beyond the superficial: Blonde, Australian, incredibly good-looking. I don’t think it’s fair to throw their acting capabilities into the mix because Heath was on the cusp of the peak of his career when he died. Chris has been steadily building on the success of his breakout as Thor since 2011. It’s weird to think that Chris is actually now older than Heath was when he died. Anyway … I loved Heath and I love Chris, he’s become one of my new favorites. End of sidebar. Based on a true story. Well-known director. I like action films. And racing. And dangerous situations. And stories of triumph. It looks like it just miiiight be tearjerker. Maybe. I can’t wait to find out.

October 4: Runner Runner
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck
Directed by: Brad Furman

Why: JT! Gambling for tuition money (have you seen 21?), exotic locales, partying, making money illegally always leads to interesting confrontations, the FBI, an angry Ben, and oh hey, live croc bait. Yes please to all of the above.

October 11: Captain Phillips
Starring: Tom Hanks
Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Why: Another true story. Takes place at sea. Stars one of my all-time favorites. I feel like I haven’t seen Tom in ages because he really hasn’t done too much over the past few years—nothing that interested me, anyway. Last time we hung out at the movies, he was making me sob like a baby. (So long, partner.”) So I’m pretty stoked to see he has a couple things lined up that I’ll actually want to see, namely this and Saving Mr. Banks. The 2009 incident on which the story is based was the first time in 200 years that a U.S. cargo ship was hijacked. The interesting part for me is that it looks to almost make us want to sympathize with the opposite side for a moment.

November 15: The Wolf of Wall Street
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey
Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Why: Marty and Leo are a dream team, so there are no doubts whatsoever that this will be awesome. This is their fifth collaboration (the prior four being Shutter Island, The Departed, The Aviator and Gangs of New York). Takes place in my city. 49 million dollars at 26 years old? Screw you! More illegal money-making. Matthew, while looking anorexic, seems to have a comedic role. Walking Dead fans will notice a surprise appearance from Shane. FBI again. More partying. Yachts are always a good time. Just looks like one of those films that’ll take you for a  ride. Sold.

Do any of these movies look Oscar-worthy? Do you expect stellar performances from any of the actors? Will you be heading to the theater to see them?


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