Now that we’ve left the dog days of summer behind, the fall movie season promises to bring some very promising new movies, from tentpole blockbusters to intriguing art films. From now until the end of the year, what movies are you most excited to see?
For the purposes of this topic, we’re defining the fall movie season as the beginning of September to the last day of the year. Let’s please not quibble over the fact that fall technically ends on December 21st.
No doubt the prospects of ‘Spectre’ and ‘Star Wars’ are impossible to ignore, especially since the studios have been running trailers nonstop for the past six months. Having already seen and enjoyed ‘Everest’ in IMAX, my hope is that either ‘Crimson Peak‘ or ‘Creed‘ turns out to be worth seeing more than once. Placing hopes on the horror and sports genres respectively is a bit tricky. I’ve convinced my significant other that the period setting of ‘Crimson Peak’ is worth her time (Guillermo del Toro, please don’t let me down), but if ‘Creed’ goes bad that might be the real horror show.
Like many (most?) of my colleagues, I’m incredibly excited about both ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ and ‘Spectre‘, so I won’t go into details about why I’m anticipating those two releases, as it probably goes without saying.
I’m also cautiously optimistic about ‘The Peanuts Movie‘. Charles Shultz’s animated TV specials (and several theatrical releases) were a big part of my childhood growing up, and despite the fact that the movie opts for CGI computer animation over 2D traditional animation, I get the sense that the creators of this new release have gone out of the way to remain loyal to the Charlie Brown and Snoopy that we know and love.
Also on my must-see list for the remainder of 2015 is ‘Creed‘, which is best described as a continuation but not quite a sequel to the ‘Rocky’ franchise. Sylvester Stallone once again returns to the big screen as the Italian Stallion, but in a supporting role as the focus is now on Apollo Creed’s son. This one I’m a little more concerned about. Some of the story that has leaked has me worried that Stallone (who neither wrote nor directed this latest effort, which comes from Ryan Coogler of ‘Fruitvale Station’) may risk ruining all the good will that he created with the perfect sendoff for the Rocky character in ‘Rocky Balboa’. However, the first trailer for the movie looked really good, and I suspect that this might turn out to be one of the surprise sleeper hits of the fall.
Boy, are there ever some interesting looking movies coming out between now and the end of the year. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to all of them, but I’m gonna try my best to sneak away to see the following: ‘Steve Jobs‘, ‘Truth‘, ‘Burnt‘, ‘Spectre‘ (!!!), ‘Trumbo‘, ‘The Good Dinosaur‘, and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘.
Chris Chiarella (Sound & Vision)
Setting aside the most obvious one which shall remain nameless (let’s just say that I already have my wardrobe picked out for December 18th), I will confess great curiosity for Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian‘. I haven’t read the book but my wife has and she’s as eager to make the pilgrimage to the multiplex as I’ve ever seen her, so that’s quite an endorsement. Adding to my enthusiasm is that the film was shot in native 3D, a medium in which we know from ‘Prometheus’ that Mr. Scott is quite adroit, and I think that the subject matter will probably lend itself to large-format exhibition rather impressively. I think back to the profound emotional response I had to ‘Gravity’ in IMAX 3D and I’m now firmly committed to leave the safety of my hallowed home theater, at least for a few hours, to witness Matt Damon sciencing the shit out of his predicament.
This end of the year is shaping up to be fully-loaded, but ‘Spectre’ and ‘Star Wars’ aren’t the movies I’m most excited for. Three other releases have my full attention.
Two of my favorite things – Joe Wright and Peter Pan – combine for the October 9th release of ‘Pan‘. I’m dying to see it. Bummed that it was pushed back from its original summer release, I’m anxious to see how this visceral experience pans out. Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara and (surprisingly) Garrett Hedlund all look fantastic in the trailer.
The October 16th period horror film ‘Crimson Peak‘ has also piqued my interest. Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska were fantastic opposite each another in ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, so I’m excited to see them re-teamed alongside Jessica Chastain under the direction of Guillermo del Toro.
As a lover and student of his work (my collegiate capstone project was a lengthy dissection and assessment of the female characters in his first four films), my most anticipated film of 2015 is Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight‘. I can’t wait to see his gorgeous super-wide 70mm presentation. The entire cast has me revved up. I’ve successfully avoided the leaked script and all spoilers thus far and am ready to make a road trip 400 miles to the nearest 70mm projector if need be to see ‘The Hateful Eight’ as early as possible.
M. Enois Duarte
Aside from the obvious choices of ‘Spectre’ and ‘The Force Awakens’, there are three movies I’m really looking forward to in the coming months. The first one, and the one being released the soonest, is Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak‘. I simply love horror movies, and this atmospherically gothic tale looks as though it will please on every level.
Based solely on the exciting teaser trailer, my next choice is Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ‘The Revenant‘. Little is known about the film except that the plot is loosely based on Michael Punke’s novel, which is itself inspired by the real adventures of legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass.
Finally, the film I’m most excited for is Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight‘, and the reason is the most obvious imaginable. I have yet to be disappointed by any of his productions, and after the terrific ‘Django Unchained’, this is my most anticipated film of the year.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
‘The Good Dinosaur‘ roars into theaters the day before Thanksgiving, and this is the most excited I’ve been for a movie I know nothing about. I couldn’t give you a thumbnail summary of the premise. I have no idea who’s contributing their voices. I haven’t seen so much as a teaser trailer or a poster. The movie had me at “Pixar.”
Chris Boylan (Big Picture Big Sound)
‘Star Wars‘ is high on my list of most anticipated films of 2015. Seeing the first film in theaters when I was ten made a big impression on me, and I’m willing to look past the disappointment of the prequel trilogy in hopes that the next episode will revitalize the franchise. I’m a fan of J.J. Abrams, both from ‘Lost’ and the ‘Star Trek’ reboot, and am curious to see just how many lens flares it takes to accentuate the drama of the ‘Star Wars’ universe.
I’m also excited to see ‘The Martian‘. I’m a fan of sci-fi in general and Mars colonization in specific. Also, Ridley Scott directed two of my favorite sci-fi movies (‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Alien’). While his more recent work (‘Prometheus’, ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’) hasn’t moved me, I think he has the potential to do great things with this material.
I’m also looking forward to seeing ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2‘. Being a fan of the books, I thought Jennifer Lawrence was a little too imposing in stature to play the petite waif Katniss Everdeen, but she carries the role of reluctant heroine well. The earlier films in the series have done a great job in realizing the books’ dystopian imagery: the bland, drab existence in the outer districts contrasted with the garish and overly colorful life in the Capital. It will be interesting to see how the filmmakers capture the final attack on the Capital with all its deadly defenses, as well as the final confrontation between the leaders of the rebellion and those in the Capital. I do hope they stay true to the books as this final conflict is part of what made the series so enjoyable to read.
Honestly, as much as I’d like it to be good, I’m very wary of the new ‘Star Wars’. I’m burnt out on the franchise and don’t have a lot of faith in J.J. Abrams.
I don’t get out to the movie theater much these days, but I damn well will be there opening weekend for ‘Spectre‘. I’ve seen every James Bond movie since ‘Licence to Kill’ theatrically, and I loved what Sam Mendes did in ‘Skyfall’. Can he possibly top that movie? Probably not, but I’m a sucker for anything this franchise dishes out regardless.
I recently finished the audiobook for ‘The Martian‘ and am curious how that film turns out. The trailers haven’t wowed me, and of course the Ridley Scott factor makes me very nervous, but the story is so simple and straightforward (it’s basically ‘Apollo 13’ meets ‘Cast Away’) that Scott would almost have to deliberately go out of his way to screw it up… Shit, now that I say that, this is probably going to be garbage, isn’t it? Maybe I’ll skip it after all.
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