FALL INTO THESE MOVIES
30 films worth seeking out between now and mid-November, including Thor, Blade Runner 2049
“It’s the best movie I’ve ever made, I think.” — Denis Villeneuve is proud of his work on Blade Runner 2049.
Despite standouts like Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians
of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and The Big Sick, Hollywood wasn’t uncorking the champagne as its summer movie slate came to an end.
The summer’s $3.8 billion in box-office dough was actually a decline of almost 15% from last year. And even more alarming was news that this past season’s number is its lowest since 2006.
But as we slip into the warmer clothes, and the Toronto International Film Festival puts a wrap on another star-studded year, it’s time to look ahead to a fall film slate that’s packed with Oscar fare and superheroes alike. With George Clooney’s Suburbicon, Jessica Chastain’s Molly’s Game and Jennifer Lawrence’s mother! earning raves at TIFF, and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok and Zack Snyder’s Justice League poised to take familiar characters in new directions, we make our picks for the flicks you should keep an eye out for at a theatre near you from now until mid-November.
Sept. 22 The LeGo movie Ninjago:
Young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja (Dave Franco), along with his ninja warrior pals and their wise-cracking mentor Master Wu (Jackie Chan), must defeat an evil warlord — who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Don’t worry, the kids and grandkids can fill you in on the rest. Kingsman: The Golden Circle:
Debonair spy Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) gets to go stateside to once again save the world in this sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 hit based on the Mark Millar comic. Despite Colin Firth’s death in the first movie, his character Harry returns. Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Elton John also star.
Battle of the sexes:
After finding Oscar gold at TIFF with last year’s crowd-pleasing
La La Land, Emma Stone stars as tennis champ Billie Jean King in a biopic that examines her historic 1973 match against Bobby Riggs (played by Steve Carell). Riggs, decades removed from any sort of tennis relevance, came up with the $100,000 winner-takeall match. King was game, wanting to prove a woman could be just as good as a man in tennis.
Jake Gyllenhaal chases an Oscar in this biopic of 2013’s Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman. Tatiana Maslany co-stars with David Gordon Green directing.
Sept. 29 American made:
Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman for a story that details the real-life exploits of a pilot who was recruited by the CIA and finds himself mixed up with Central American drug cartels. Cruise’s performance is already being hailed as one of his best in years.
Twenty seven years after the original, five medical students embark on a dangerous experiment to conduct neardeath medical experiments. Kiefer Sutherland (who starred in the original) returns as Dr. Nelson Wright. The cast also includes Ellen Page, Diego Luna and Nina Dobrev.
Oct. 6 Blade Runner 2049:
Thirty years have passed since the events of the first film. Now a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), uncovers a long-buried secret that sends him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has been in hiding for three decades. The top-secret film is a passion project for director Denis Villeneuve, but it doesn’t mean he wasn’t nervous trying to breathe new life into Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic. “Once I made peace with the idea (that) what I was about to try was insanely difficult and my chances of success were very narrow, I became free,” he told the New York Times in a recent interview. “It’s the best movie I’ve ever made, I think.” Jared Leto and Robin Wright co-star.
The mountain Between Us:
After their plane crashes in the wilderness, two strangers (played by Idris Elba and Kate Winslet) must band together to survive.
Oct. 13 mark Felt: The man Who Brought Down the White House:
Liam Neeson plays Mark Felt, the FBI No. 2 who was the “Deep Throat” whistleblower in the 1970s Watergate scandal.
The Florida Project:
One of the buzziest films to screen at TIFF, indie wunderkind Sean Baker’s (Tangerine) latest shines a spotlight on kids and adults living on the fringes of Orlando. With Willem Dafoe.
Professor marston & the Wonder Women:
Luke Evans plays psychologist William Moulton Marston — the man who invented Wonder Woman — with the film examining the relationship between himself, his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall), and their shared romantic partner Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote). “It’s fundamentally a love story between the three of them,” director Angela Robinson told EW.
Oct. 20 Geostorm:
Gerard Butler has saved the president, now he’s going to save the world. After an unprecedented series of natural disasters, the world’s leaders create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate. But when something goes awry, Butler’s scientist character is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction.
Michael Fassbender is in pursuit of an elusive killer in this adaptation of book No. 7 in Jo Nesbo’s bestselling crime series involving Norwegian police detective Harry Hole. “I’m normally a slow reader, but I flew through eight of them,” Fassbender told EW in a recent interview.
only the Brave:
Billed as the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots — a firefighting team that battled the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. The cast includes Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jeff Bridges.
Andy Serkis, known to most movie fans as Gollum in the
Lord of the Rings series, directs Andrew Garfield in this biopic based on Robin Cavendish, who was stricken with polio at the age of 28 and went on to become an advocate for the disabled.
suburbicon: Jigsaw: Oct. 27
George Clooney teams with the Coen brothers — “the boys” as he called them during a conversation at TIFF — for a dark comedy about an exec (played by Matt Damon) who embarks on a get-rich-quick scheme with deadly consequences. “People are angry,” Clooney said of the film — his sixth as a director — that mixes in social commentary with a subplot about a black family moving into the idyllic town. “It’s certainly angry and it got angrier as we were shooting.”
The eighth film in the Saw franchise comes seven years after the supposed “Final Chapter.” In this reboot, police investigate after a new series of murders seems to mimic the crimes of the original series’ Jigsaw killer.
Thank You for Your service:
Returning U.S. soldiers struggle to integrate back into family life after a tour of Iraq. With Miles Teller and Amy Schumer.
Nov. 3 Thor: Ragnarok:
Thor goes on a galactic road trip