2015 FALL MOVIE PREVIEW
With the onset of cooler weather, bring the migration indoors for entertainment, at least for the wimpy and lethargic among us. And there’s no place to be lazy and have fun like the movies! Between now and the end of the year are tons films, including many holiday blockbusters and Oscar contenders vying for your movie-going dollar. We’ve pulled most of them together in one ridiculous list for your fall and winter movie planification! We can’t guarantee that every film listed here will make it to Dubuque screens, but we’re pretty sure most will. So warm up that special extra chamber of your stomach reserved for popcorn and grab the crew. You’ve got some serious moving watching to do!
PAN (Oct. 9)
In the newest take in the iconic children’s story, the origins of Peter Pan are revealed. Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara star. Let’s Hope it’s better that Hook.
STEVE JOBS (Oct. 9)
Writer Aaron Sorkin’s take on Apple founder Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and directed by Danny Boyle. Steve Jobs was a complicated, larger-than-life genius who changed the way we interact with technology and each other, but he was also not without his demons. This telling works from Walter Isaacson’s biography and aims to give us an unapologetic look at one of the most influential men of the 21st century.
THE FINAL GIRLS (Oct. 9)
Todd Strauss-Schulson’s send-up of campfire slasher movies is, as the trailer says, “Brilliant” based on early review. The fun movie plays around with some classic horror tropes and is unafraid to get weird. It features a strong ensemble cast. Come for the sex and death, stay for the hyper-meta jokes that will please horror fans of any ilk.
BRIDGE OF SPIES (Oct. 16)
Steven Spielberg directs Tom Hanks in a drama about the negotiation between the Soviet Union and the U.S. for the release of an American U2 pilot downed in the U.S.S.R. in 1960. Steven Spielberg hasn’t directed a movie since 2012’s Lincoln. He hasn’t collaborated with Tom Hanks since 2004’s The Terminal. This Cold War spy drama, Bridge of Spies, also finds these two titans in an odd collaboration with The Coen Brothers who wrote the film. It’s part legal drama, part espionage thriller, and all stylish period piece that promises treading back into the same dark terrain as Munich and Schindler’s List for Spielberg.
GOOSEBUMPS (Oct. 16)
The scary monsters in the works of writer R.L. Stine (Jack Black) come alive in this adaptation of the popular books. It appears that all of R.L. Stine‘s monstrous creations are unleashed on a small town at the same time. There’s been some early buzz behind the scenes from test screenings that indicate this may be better than you have anticipated, Jumanji-style.
ROOM (Oct. 16) More than a survival story, it’s the harrowing tale of a young woman (Brie Larson) and her five-year old son who has been raised in captivity, since his mother was kidnapped years ago and kept in an isolated shed turned into a makeshift apartment.
CRIMSON PEAK (Oct. 18)
With Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain already make this one sound like more than just another Halloween horror movie. Guillermo del Toro’s imaginative, moody and gothic supernatural thriller looks like someone gave him carte blanche to go wild and make whatever terrifying thing that lives in his wicked mind come to life.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION (Oct. 23)
After the absolutely insane ending of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, this is supposedly the final entry in the Paranormal Activity franchise.
BONE TOMAHAWK (Oct. 23)
First off, you name a movie Bone Tomahawk, my eyebrows go up and my ears twitch a little. Then you tell me it stars Kurt Russell? Does he have facial hair? Yes, HUGE facial hair! Oh, and it’s a western in which Russell fights off a bunch of cannibals? Sold!
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS (Oct. 23) A live-action version of the 1980s animated TV show about a pop singer, her band and their adventures. Jem fans are already miffed that the trailer pretty much completely abandons the cartoon Jem story like for a puff flick about a girls rise to fame. No crime fighting here. Boo!
ROCK THE KASBAH (Oct. 23)
Bill Murray is a down-on-his-luck music manager who discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star. Also starring Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Willis and Kate Hudson.
THE LAST WITCH HUNTER (Oct. 23)
Vin Diesel plays a witch hunter in modern day New York. It involves him doing more than just the grunting and growling required in the Fast & Furious movies. That could be a disaster. But the trailer looks… interesting. And the movie also features Elijah Wood and Michael Caine. so…
BURNT (Oct. 23)
A burned-out chef (Bradley Cooper) finds a new recipe for living. With Sienna Miller. Awe, shucks.
SUFFRAGETTE (Oct. 23)
Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan fight for women’s right to vote in early 20th-century Britain.
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS (Oct. 30)
Sandra Bullock is a disenchanted political strategists called in to help a presidential campaign in Bolivia. Um?
SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (Oct. 30)
Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.
PEANUTS (Nov. 6)
It’s the first big screen adaptation of Charles Schulz’s iconic comic creations done with stylistic computer animation, and the spirit of Charlie Brown and Snoopy appears to be firmly intact. Do these classic characters have what it takes to compete in the modern animated film era? We’re sure Dubuque’s own Jeff Dyer, who writes for the Peanuts comic books series would say yes fur sure!
SPECTRE (Nov. 6)
James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns, with Christoph Waltz as his adversary and Léa Seydoux as the newest Bond girl. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are again 007’s MI6 backup. In Sam Mendes’ follow-up to 2012’s Skyfall, Daniel Craig’s Bond will finally come face-to-face with the evil organization Spectre and some harsh truths about himself.
TRUMBO (Nov. 6)
Bryan Cranston plays blacklisted Hollywood writer Dalton Trumbo in this biopic about his fight against studio bosses and the McCarthy communist persecution.
SPOTLIGHT (Nov. 6)
This whistle-blower drama doesn’t really need to do much to convince you that the scandal uncovered is despicable and needs to be exposed, but it’s the cast that brings some real drama to the table as it includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup.
THE 33 (Nov. 13)
A drama about the real-life story of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days.
BY THE SEA (Nov. 13)
Angelina Jolie is behind the camera again, and this time she’s directing herself and husband Brad Pitt in a drama about a crumbling marriage, and the couple trying to salvage it while on vacation. Sounds like a chick flick to me.
LOVE THE COOPERS (Nov. 13)
A family comes together for the holidays, with unexpected results. Olivia Wilde, Marisa Tomei, Anthony Mackie and Diane Keaton co-star.
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 (Nov. 20)
Katniss Everdeen’s violent futuristic fable comes to an end as one of the biggest franchises of the past half-decade looks to finish strong. Jennifer Lawrence again stars.
SECRET IN THEIR EYES (Nov. 20)
Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in a drama about a tangled police case and the toll it takes on detectives and victims.
CAROL (NOV 20)
Oscar buzz already stirs for both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in this romance between an older woman and a young store clerk set against glamorous 1950’s New York. The film from director Todd Haynes (I’m Not There) won two awards at Cannes, including Best Actress for Rooney Mara.
LEGEND (NOV 20)
From Academy Award (R) winner Brian Helgeland comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an incredible performance.
CREED (Nov. 25)
Michael B. Jordan stars as the son of Apollo Creed, working with a trainer who knew his old man well: The Italian Stallion, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone). It’s a nice does of Rocky for fans needing a fix, kind of like my wife feel when walking into Target even if she doesn’t buy anything.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Nov. 25)
Pixar’s second feature this year (after “Inside Out”) is this fanciful fable wondering what would have happened had dinosaurs not died out. It’s a new Pixar movie with talking dinosaurs and stunning animation. Seriously, that should be enough to get your excited about this movie. With a lot of prequels and sequels announced, it might be the last new Pixar storyline you see for a bit.
VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN (Nov. 25)
Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Jessica Brown Findlay and James McEvoy.
THE NIGHT BEFORE (Nov. 25)
Take Jonathan Levine, the director of 50/50, and reateam him with the film’s stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and add Anthony Mackie and some raunchy holiday comedy. Sounds like a winner right? This one’s probably not for taking mom to see.
THE DANISH GIRL (Nov. 27)
Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) plays the world’s first recipient of a sex-change operation, Lili Elbe, in the early 1900’s… so just give him th Oscar now I guess. Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) directs.
I SAW THE LIGHT (Nov. 27)
Tom Hiddleston is Hank Williams. It’s almost hard to see loki doing country music but the film’s release date in late November suggests that Sony Pictures has confidence that this could put him in the Oscar conversation. He certainly does look dapper in that 10-gallon hat.
MACBETH (Dec. 4)
Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, two of today’s finest working actors, play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth respectively in what appears to be a wild vision of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.
KRAMPUS (Dec. 4)
There’s a holiday monster on the loose, and no, it’s not your mother-in-law. Toni Collette and Adam Scott have to face the fiend their son summons on a wintry night.
YOUTH (Dec. 4)
Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. Stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Rachael Weisz.
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (Dec. 11)
A whaling ship goes up against a giant whale in this seafaring adventure from Ron Howard. Chris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy star. Who wants to see Thor fight Moby Dick? It’s like Jaws, except this time they do have a bigger boat, several of them, and it doesn’t seem to help at all.
STAR WARS: EPISODE VII — THE FORCE AWAKENS (Dec. 18)
Another J.J. Abrams indie flick! Okay, like you didn’t already take the next day off at work for this one. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are back and the next Star Wars offering introduces new characters played by Lupita Nyong’o, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and John Boyega, soon to be household names. C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca are back, too. Worried about getting another dose of Jar-Jar binks, many fans, having seen the trailer and hearing the on-set buzz, now think there’s a chance that we could get something line with the old-school kick-assedness of the original trilogy. And most of us will probably see it a few times.
SISTERS (Dec. 18)
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are siblings who have to sell their parents’ house — but first decide to have one last party there. This is for everyone who just refuses to ever see Star Wars.
THE BIG SHORT (Dec. 23)
Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed. Stars Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Karen Gillan, Marisa Tomei, Selena Gomez, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell.
JOY (Dec. 25)
With David O. Russell (Silver Lining’s Playbook) at the helm and a cast led by Jennifer Lawrence and everyone else from Silver Lining’s Playbook, there’s reason to believe that Joy will be interesting. The trailer, on the other hand, makes it look like things get a little abstract and strange. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. That’s how the studio puts it anyway.
DADDY’S HOME (Dec. 25)
A step dads life is turned upside down, when his step kids father comes back into their life. Stars Linda Cardellini, Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell.
CONCUSSION (Dec. 25)
Will Smith stars in a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player.
THE HATEFUL EIGHT (Dec. 25)
Quentin Tarantino’s, as usual, killer cast should be enough to get most genre fans to the theater for this one. It’s a veritable buffet of madness from his usual gallery of rogues, including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. Then we saw the trailer and watched Jennifer Jason Leigh steal the whole thing without saying a single word. This is going to be fun. See it on a huge screen!
THE REVENANT (DEC 25)
Director Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman, Babel) is once again pushing the visual envelope. And he’s once again brought along a fierce cast of performers, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson. In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. If the trailer is this exhausting to behold, the movie is going to be intense. Christmas fun!
SNOWDEN (Dec. 25)
Nothing says Christmas like politically outspoken director Oliver Stone making a movie about the headline-making NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden. Playing the titular character is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, recapping important parts of Snowdens’ life that would inform the key decisions he made later that would change his future forever.
POINT BREAK. (Dec. 25)
Someone remade Point Break. No, seriously! So you could have a gnarly Christmas with Bodhi and Johnny Utah!