Fall Movies to See

The fall season has arrived, and with it, a slew of horror, drama, and holiday flicks to satiate the movie needs of the cold and huddled movie-going masses. Listed here are my ten picks of what, I believe, will be the fall movies to see.

Kicking off the month of Halloween is a movie that has come to unsettle us by digging up the casket of children’s fears we’ve all buried long ago. Annabelle is a spin-off of the supernatural horror film The Conjuring and shows the origins of the movie’s titular nightmare-doll incarnate. Don’t compete in a staring contest with this creepy doll, or she’ll haunt your pants off.

Release Date: October 3, 2014

Gone Girl
After watching the trailer to this mystery-thriller, I’m thinking that I don’t know what to think about Ben Affleck’s character, and because of that, I’m intrigued. After reporting his wife missing, Nicke Dunne (Ben Affleck) faces the onslaught of the mainstream media while dealing with the judgemental and suspicious leers of his small town neighbors, friends, and family. Personally, I’m into mystery-thrillers, and I’m sure this flick will keep me guessing, even to the end.

Release Date: October 3, 2014

The Judge
Robert Downey Jr. That’s pretty much all I have to mention to get those movie-watching juices flowing, amiright? If not, how about this: RDJ plays a hot-shot lawyer who jetsets back to his small town home after receiving notice of his mother’s passing, but when he meets up with his estranged father, a renowned and well-respected judge, he discovers that he has represent the judge in court, over charges of… murder.

Release Date: October 10, 2014

Dear White People
At first glance, this movie looks funny, so I’m definitely interested in this biting satire about four black college students who attend an Ivy League college where white students host an annual black-themed party. Hilarity, I’m sure, ensues.

Release Date: October 17, 2014

During World War II, Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), and some other guys (among them, Shia LaBeouf), hop in a small tank, armed to the teeth with machine guns, turrets, and enough grit to make a grown man’s eyes calcify after watching the first official trailer of Fury. This war-hardened squad of skull crackers are tasked with driving their hell-on-tracks straight into enemy territory to stop an oncoming onslaught of vicious Nazi soldiers; so yeah, of course I’ll totally be there.

Release Date: October 17, 2014

Let’s just be clear about one thing: Christopher Nolan can do no wrong. He’s brought Memento, The Dark Knight, and Inception.  Add a recent Oscar-winning Matthew McConaughey, and we have ourselves a potential hit on our hands. Interstellar is about a man who must explore the far reaches of space, time, and possibly — I don’t know — an alternate reality; I mean, let’s not kid ourselves, we’ll probably leave the theaters awestruck and disoriented and likely spend the rest of the following week sewing back the unraveling of our collective minds. So, what I’m saying is, don’t miss this movie because you’ll be asking yourself twice as many questions, beginning with, “Why didn’t I see this movie?”

Release Date: November 7, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
left audiences with an awesome cliffhanger, and the sequel to complete the faux-trilogy will be following the recent trend of splitting a single finale into a two-part series. Harry Potter has done it, Twilight too, and hell, The Hobbit split their single source material into three freakin’ movies! Anyway, I was never a fan of THG, I even have a copy of the first book, but I’ll have to admit that Catching Fire was a pretty decent movie — I’m wondering if the first part of Mockingjay can keep the fire coming.

Release Date: November 21, 2014

Horrible Bosses 2
The world’s worst criminals are back, and despite their attempts to return to a life of calm and normalcy, their unexplainable thirst for crime has them jonesing to commit more outlandish felonies. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day brought the laughs in the first go around, and honestly, I was surprised that Horrible Bosses did so well, but here we are, the sequel.

Release Date: November 26

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Despite the outright whitewashing of the biblical story of Moses and his exodus, I’ll say that I’ll watch anything directed by Ridley Scott at this point. The man makes epics.  The scale of the scenes are captivating and the music he employs — all that chanting and yodeling — really hits the spot. Come for the epic, and stay for the Christian Bale yelling.

Release Date: December 12, 2014


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The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
So Smaug, a huge gold lusting dwarf killing fire-breathing dragon, is on his way to bring fire and death to the lowly townsfolk of Laketown… Did I mention that this will be the hit of the fall? No, I didn’t, but I’ll say this: everyone is going to watch the finale of The Hobbit.

Release Date: December 17, 2014

Honorable Mentions:

Automata (Limited Release)
I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi and anything that involves Antonio Banderas wielding a gun. This flick contains elements of both Blade Runner and Isaac Asimov’s book, I, Robot.

After watching the trailer to this film, I instantly thought of the movie Young Adult, and began realizing that there has been a recent surge in movies about arrested development for the 20-somethings out there. I think it could be a sign of our times, and a rom-com would be one way to put it.

The Theory of Everything
A young Stephen Hawking unravels one of the possibly infinite mysteries of space and time whilst conquering burgeoning feelings of love, and the fair lady who precipitated said feelings? Alright… I’m listening.

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