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In The Spotlight--Baker's Dozen: 13 Films To Watch For This Fall

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by Jim Amos
June 3, 2014 12:50 PM
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In The Spotlight: Baker's Dozen,13 films to watch for this fall.

It's summer and that means Silly Season is upon us.  Sequels abound, Apes and Ninja Turtles are once again primed to cause box office wreckage and there's something called "The Fluffy Movie" on the horizon so it's never too early to look ahead to the time when the summer dust settles and moviegoers can finally sink their teeth into some serious fare.  The following 13 films are not necessarily the best films for the rest of the year nor are they necessarily the most anticipated.  But let's have some fun and see if we can uncover some cinematic gems.  In no particular order...

WHAT:  FOXCATCHER
WHEN:  November 14th
WHO:   Bennett Miller (the director of "Moneyball"), Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffallo
WHY:   Huge Cannes reception to this drama surrounding weirdo billionaire John du Pont's infatuation with the wrestling Schultz Brothers. Carell is BEYOND creepy in the trailer.

WHAT: CAMERON CROWE UNTITLED
WHEN: December 25th
WHO:  Uh Cameron Crowe, Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Jay Baruchel, John Krasinski
WHY:   If only because the guy's done three of my favorite movies, "Almost Famous, "Say Anything" and the underappreciated "We Bought A Zoo".  Plus that's one of the best casts for the holidays.  

WHAT:  ST. VINCENT
WHEN: October 24th
WHO:   Melissa McCarthy, Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard
WHY:   Bill Murray stars as a hedonistic, bawdy, misanthropic war veteran who befriends a young boy living next door to him in Van Nuys, CA.  Bill Murray and hedonistic, bawdy and misanthropic should ALWAYS be mentioned in the same sentence.

WHAT:  ELEANOR RIGBY
WHEN: September 26th
WHO:   Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy
WHY:   Cannes screening reaction for this relationship drama was exceptional and the pairing feels like it'll rock.

WHAT:  THE EQUALIZER
WHEN:  September 26th
WHO:    Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo
WHY:    This is one of the best action scripts I've ever read, both smart and exciting, and if there was ever anyone who could replace Edward Woodward in my mind as Robert McCall, Denzel is it.

WHAT:  THE GREEN INFERNO
WHEN: September 5th
WHO:   Eli Roth, need I say more?
WHY:   If you weren't paying attention, it's Eli Roth dammit.  The "Hostel" and "Cabin Fever" director has taken a six year hiatus from the helmer's chair.  Check out the trailer to understand he obviously hasn't lost his touch.  And yes, "horrifying" is indeed spelled with two r's.

WHAT:  GONE GIRL
WHEN:  October 3rd
WHO:    David Fincher, Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Missi Pyle, Neil Patrick Harris
WHY:    Because it's David Fincher, it's Ben Affleck, it's dark, it's atmospheric and it's David Fincher (oh wait, I already mentioned that one)

WHAT:  WILD
WHEN:  December 5th
WHO:    Jean-Marc Vallee, Reese Witherspoon
WHY:    I will admit to not being the biggest Reese fan but I will admit this looks intriguing.  The book's author, Cheryl Strayed spent a summer hiking 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from Southern California to the southern border of Washington State, after her mother's death and her own drug addiction.  This is Jean-Marc Vallee's follow up to "Dallas Buyers Club", just for good measure.

WHAT:   KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
WHEN:  October 24th
WHO:    Matthew Vaughn, Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill
WHY:    Because it's the guy who did "Kick-Ass" and "Layer Cake", that's why?  Need more?  It's based on a cool graphic spy novel.  So there.

WHAT:  BIRDMAN
WHEN: October 17th
WHO:   Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan
WHY:   All I know about the film is the synopsis, which reads, " A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory".  For some reason I'm envisioning "A Chorus Line" meets "Jonah Hex" yet somehow I'm intrigued.

WHAT:  THE DROP
WHEN:  September 12th
WHO:   Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini
WHY:   Sadly, it's the final time to see one of the greatest actors of our time, James Gandolfini, on screen.

WHAT:  IMITATION GAME
WHEN:  November 21st
WHO:    Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance
WHY:    A) I'd watch Benedict Cumberbatch act out a grocery list ("Watson, Cheese Nips!") and B) I was forced to read "Breaking The Enigma" about cracking the Nazi codes in WWII in my prep school Modern European History class so I'm looking forward to sounding unusually intelligent about the film's subject matter.

WHAT:  HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS
WHEN: September 26th
WHO:   Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer
WHY:   The trailer is 2:19 of absolute bliss and I utterly adore everyone in the above "Who" section. 





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2 Comments

  • Mark W | June 3, 2014 9:07 PMReply

    How is Kill the Messenger not on your list? That's in my top 3!

  • James M. | June 3, 2014 3:37 PMReply

    "Green Inferno" should be interesting. I'm not sure anyone can ever live up to Ruggero Deodato's legendary exploitation flick, "Cannibal Holocaust," which is the obvious inspiration for Eli Roth's movie, but I'm hoping Roth gets at least a nice homage out of it.

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